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Dramatic portrait lighting is making a comeback! We use soft boxes for most of our studio portraits, usually a large or medium Chimera with silver interior. For a more “fashiony” look, we use the white Mola Demi (the Mola is off-white) beauty dish , often with a white grid. That’s as “hard” as we have been lighting portraits for a […]

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We recently had the opportunity to photograph beautiful couture bridal gowns from Mon Amie and Casablanca Bridal boutiques at Laguna Beach’s Seven-Degrees, a very unique wedding venue on Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. The architecture and decor are very modern, with lots of glass, beautiful wood floors, chromed steel ceilings and sleek cement walls. These photographs […]

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This one light portrait, or headshot, of our great model Brenda was made at one of our Beginning Studio Lighting & Posing workshops. There is no retouching, only LR corrections and shadow detail was increased in PS. The background is a painted canvas we use for formal portraits, and can be lit with a background light. During this […]

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Bridal Magazine advertising and exposure are very important parts of our overall marketing plan. Most bridal magazines favor their advertisers when it comes to weddings featured and decor and bridal shoots, as it should be, in my opinion. You have to submit the “right” weddings to the “right” magazine when it comes to having your weddings […]

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After our last OCF Class at our studio, Mirta and I played a little with “Clam Shell” lighting. We’ll cover this great headshot lighting style in our Advanced Studio Lighting and Posing workshop coming up Sunday, March 13th. Here are some basics on Clam Shell lighting: This technique, usually associated with fashion head shots, produces beautiful results and is very […]

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