Christine N. - Lockridge Park

It was a cold, blustery day to take photos, the day Christine and I got back together for a shoot.  We got a bit of a late start, because Christine was coming from one state over, and we were pressed for time because she had to go to a show that night, but we made our way to Lockridge and got a quick shoot in! She was a really good sport about the whole thing, even though the weather was super frigid and she wasn't wearing nearly *enough* layers for the temperatures we were playing in... but that was another reason I tried not to make the shoot any longer than necessary... I didn't want to freeze the woman! XD

That day I was also lucky enough to have drug my husband out to assist me on the shoot so I had someone holding reflectors for me, rather than trying to balance it all by myself.  Let me tell you... having an assistant makes a *world* of difference!

Here are a few shots from the shoot that day:

This one was captured right after a sneeze! I showed it to her because I thought it was funny and she told me that she *definitely* wanted it, so... here it is!

Oh my god, it's photography!

I just got done with the first image of about 40 (which could change as I cut even more photos out as I always do at this stage in the game... a little, backwards, I know...) and I had a strange moment... I was actually *proud* of myself!  XD

I looked at the finished image and declared to my sleeping cat, who could've cared less, "Oh my god, it's photography!"

I'm aware of what a strange thing that is to say, but it's what came out.  Don't judge me.

As some of you may be well aware of, I started taking on the task of learning what I'd like to call "People-off-stage" photography.  Some of you call it portraiture... however, I'm still not entirely convinced that's what I'm producing.  But either way... they're photographs of people *not* performing on a stage, and that is, while no longer a new phenomena as far as I'm concerned, it's still viewed by some as "different for me".

I have done several shoots involving "People-off-stage", but I haven't, until today been overtly proud of myself for my work.  I'm sure this feeling will wear off the more I edit this set and grow weary and once again shout at my indifferent feline, "Where's the end?! I need it to be the end!" - or maybe it'll happen in a few weeks (more like days), when I look back at this shot and think to myself "I thought *that* was *good*?" - BUT, for right now, I just can't contain myself any longer and I must share with you the product of hours of my toiling over a keyboard, and mouse in front of a computer monitor that I'm surprised hasn't sent me it's notice of retirement yet...

While it may be pre-mature, as I don't usually like showing off individual photos until the entire set is done (which is why so much time always passes between posts here), I couldn't get a hold of the model in the photo so I could gush over my accomplishments... so that pleasure gets passed onto all of you!

And with *that*... here is Image 1 of Christine N. amongst the ruins of what used to be a big furnace...uh... place.  Yeah.

Some of you are looking at that thinking, "So what?  I don't get it?  What's so special about that?"

Probably absolutely nothing.  But compared to what it is to where I came from, it's a lot to me.

I've been trying to come up with a PP (Post Processing for you non-photogs following) style that I like for a while, and while it's probably going to evolve a few more (hundred) times, I actually really like what I've done.  It took several different shoots and HOURS upon hours to get here... which is one of the reasons I'm so proud of myself currently.

The other reason, again, is just comparing the shoot in general to what the first ones I did were like... I feel like I've made vast improvements (and I am NOT full of myself at all... I'm quite modest and my hardest critic when it comes to my work, but I can also acknowledge my own achievements).

That being said... feel free to knock me down a peg or two.  XD  Critique only makes one better in the end... ^_^

Christine N.

The shoot with Christine was certainly an adventure! The morning of the shoot, I woke up after an exhausting work week (for those of you who didn't know, I'm now a school portrait photographer for Lifetouch... sure beats the piss out of... giving piss tests... and dealing with ridiculous, angry, and condescending people at my previous job. XD ). It wasn't even a full week (THIS past week was a full week... 50 hours... not counting drive time... O_o), and I was exhausted. BUT... I got up... and went about the task of trying to save some files I had previously lost.

I should have charged my camera while I was doing that, but I didn't think about it... I was too concerned about getting my lost files back. By the time it was time to leave, I realized my camera hadn't charged yet. I called up Christine and asked her if she wanted to grab some food before we started to talk about what each of us wanted out of this, and to allow my camera time to charge.

I got into my car, got halfway down the road, and then realized I forgot to dump my SD cards from the night before. (ARGH!) So I turned around, went back into the house, and uploaded the images to my computer. Then I tried heading to Lancaster for the second time.

After a few false starts in my morning, I was finally on my way. Once I got there, we ordered pizza, she did her makeup and then we were on our way.

First stop was the Christmas tree farm across the street from where she lived. The sun was super bright, and it was REALLY windy. I had a make-shift reflector with me, but it didn't do me much good, since the only way I had to hold it up was to tape it to two stands... and then the wind would catch it and topple it over. Regardless of the wind and my fighting with the reflector, we managed to fire off a few frames... and by a few I mean a lot. ^_^

Here are a few of my favorites from that spot:

After the Christmas tree farm, we headed to the woods behind Christine's house. There we found several overgrown lots, with benches, tables, home foundations, and a gnome! After the woods adventure, we then headed to downtown Lancaster where I found a colorful piano out in a couryard... Overall it was a fun day. I got some practice in, Christine got a free photoshoot... it was a gorgeous day outside... ^_^

It was an interesting experience... it was definitely outside of my comfort zone, seeing as this was the first time I've shot anyone *off* stage. I definitely want to do it again, and I definitely want to improve. Now it's just a matter of figuring out what I need to do next to improve... and finding the resources to help me learn how to do that.