Week’s best: April 3-9
April brought a couple portrait sessions to start the month. April showers prevented Jamie Bradley and me from doing some outside work, like her mom and I had discussed, on the day we shot. The shooting day being April 4, when severe thunderstorms rolled through the Bluegrass, we agreed an outdoor shoot would not be wise unless we were going for something really dramatic or Jamie was auditioning for a Wizard of Oz production.
So, we repaired to the Bradley household and found a few corners to shoot some headshots and portraits Jamie needs for upcoming regional auditions. My favorite place was in the playroom which had a sunny yellow paint job and some framed artwork by the Bradley kids. Jamie wanted to some portraits with her guitar, and I encouraged her to play instead of pose to see if we could get something lively out of it. I lit the room up with a pair of flashes that, along with Jamie’s personality, made the shot belie the lousy weather outside.
I was actually going for something a tad darker with the five young pastors who will preach at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church on Holy Week. The idea that was presented to me was this would be five pastors the age Jesus was when he was crucified or younger who bring a serious, radical message. Conveying that led me to a directional style of lighting with strong highlights and shadows. After shooting and working with the images in post, I decided the harshest contrast didn’t work for me – we were going for serious, not scary.