Kathleen & Matthew, wedding

I can’t remember how long it’s been since I blogged a wedding, but I’ve had some great ones so far in 2015.  Kathleen and Matthew’s wedding in Lafayette was the inspiration I needed to start blogging some weddings again, so here goes! Hope you enjoy it even a fraction of how fun it was in person… Coordinator: Audra Hair & Makeup: Lauren & Morgan Church: St. Boniface Reception: Family Sports Center Band:  Naked Karate Girls Photobooth & Photographer:  Brian I think he said something like, “She’s mine! You can’t have her!”  :) I love Matt’s tie (below).   Blue and green are my favorite …

STUDIO LIGHTING miniWORKSHOP: review

A while back, I did a short workshop/demo at our studio and just had fun with a couple of great models.   Here are the techniques I demonstrated and new ones I experimented with!  If you have any questions, leave a comment below. LOOK #1 One of the basic things you should be able to do is control for the ambient light;  i.e. make it disappear and then make the light in the exposure only from your lights.  This gives you maximum control over the photo.   So even though our studio is white, I can get backgrounds like the …

single shot: rainy couple

Sometimes when I’m going out on a shoot without an assistant, and I have to walk around a few locations where a roller bag doesn’t work (or is too big to bring into Wrigley Field!), I try to pack as much potential into my shoulder bag as I can.   Here’s what I brought: A photo posted by Brian Powell (@brianpowell) on Aug 21, 2014 at 9:17am PDT This collapsible 43″ umbrella from Wescott packs down so small, I never leave for a shoot without it now.  On an engagement shoot in Chicago, it was raining off and on — …

single shot: winter couple

This week’s post will be a series within my blogging where I just show 1 photo and explain how I shot it, did the lighting, the post processing, etc.  Hope it’s helpful! Here’s the final shot: Before we went out on this shoot, I tweeted a bit of shoot-planning strategy for the winter photogs out there: So this shot was towards the end, after some fake snow dusting on their hair and shoulders had already melted.. their noses were a little red.. and their eyes and nose a little runny perhaps.   But in a WIDE shot, when their faces …

Speedlight workshop: Orlando wrap-up and review

2-light headshots for crossfit staff, 7:30am yo A photo posted by Brian Powell (@brianpowell) on Jul 7, 2014 at 4:07pm PDT Here’s a wrapup from my trip to Orlando last year.  Finally! The morning after I arrived, we set up a quick and simple 2-light headshot spot in the back alley of Luke’s crossfit box. We created the typical black-background-out-thin-air by using the interior of the gym behind the open bay door. Key light was the 28″ Apollo indirect softbox, and rim was just a bare flash clamped to a weight stand or something  (You can see them in the …

How To Light A Photobooth

The photobooth, fun booth, crazy booth, funky booth, whatever you want to name yours…  it’s a super fun and very popular addition to any event.  As a photographer, I’ve been setting them up at a lot of wedding receptions the last few years, but also some charity events, sorority houses, and even middle school dances.   A few people have been asking me (for a while now) to do a writeup on the setup and the lighting, so here goes! SPACE & VENUE CONSIDERATIONS:   I typically have my huge 9′ wide seamless ‘super white’ roll of paper (Savage brand) …