Workshop: Dreamy Studio Lighting

Over the weekend we held a studio lighting workshop with a couple of local Evanston portrait photographers. The first of what I hope to be many more! The idea was born out of a recent conversation we had about some photographers wanting to gain more studio lighting experience with their subjects. I liked the concept and was happy to host it at my studio and share any experience I have with studio lighting! I believe that we all benefit by collaborating with others in the same industry. It enables us to share ideas and learn from each other in a way that improves the quality of our practice as a whole; and that quality is ultimately shown in the work we provide to our clients. 

This workshop was an excellent exercise in shooting out of our comfort zones, and frankly I love the results that our collaborative effort yielded! We held the workshop at my studio space in Evanston, where I set up a simple single light source scenario on a seamless grey paper backdrop. Liz (of Liz Hansen Photography) arrived with her two lovely daughters and provided the wardrobe and design elements of our shoot. Yuliya (of Yuliya Ryvkina Photography) also joined and added some splendid posing ideas.

I'm happy to share my photos with you from our session that day! I went with a "dreamy" style edit to my photos, as I thought it worked well with the mood and overall style of the shoot. I'm sure that this concept, or something similar, will find its way into my client work eventually. What do you think? Is this a style you would enjoy capturing with your children? 

At this point, there are three photographers photographing two young girls, so you can imagine they are getting restless. But really, they had so much patience to be putting up with us so far. If I'm not mistaken, I believe there was candy promised at the end of the shoot :)

Here you can see mom fixing up the hair and head piece for the next look on the chair, styled by Liz Hansen... 

While getting her hair fixed up in between takes, she makes sure to tell her mom: "I love you mommy". Awww

While getting her hair fixed up in between takes, she makes sure to tell her mom: "I love you mommy". Awww

And finally, to wrap things up, I was able to get in a few more snaps of the youngest sister at the end before they both declared they were done, and in need of sugary treat rewards! 

Thank you again to photographers Yuliya Ryvkina Photography and Liz Hansen Photography for contributing to this workshop!