As some of my friends know, I’ve been working on creating a photography studio in the past few months. Things are slowly coming together and I have begun snapping a few “practice” studio portraits, one of which I’ve attached to this blog. I’m really excited about opening up a portrait studio because it is giving me and Austin Americana Photography a new outlet for photographic creativity in a whole new environment. A studio allows a photographer to slow the action down a little bit and create a special style and a mood in a quiet space that the normal action and excitement of a wedding or other event sometimes miss.
This weekend as I began making all the necessary preparations for lighting and equipment in the new home portrait studio that has been assembled, my wonderful wife agreed to be my “on-the-spot” model. She quickly sat in for me as I tried out a couple of lighting techniques and perfected the lighting intensity in front of the black muslin cloth prior to the arrival of my maternity client. I really like this particular photo because not only do I love black and white, but I also love the minimalistic lighting technique that is created by using only one or two small lights. It creates a special mood that is quiet and deep, capturing what is ethereal and emotional about the photographic subject. It lends simplicity to the subject and yet brings out a raw, calming quality that words don’t really do justice.
I’m not sure if my lovely wife approves of the photo, but I’m posting it because I love the image. One other note: my wife did not prepare for the shoot in any way, with makeup or getting ready. She is simply as she would be on any given Sunday afternoon around our home. The photo is a snapshot in time of the real her. It’s genuine and it’s honest.