Erie Save an Eye Game

Friday was the setting for the Save an Eye game – a match pitting the Erie city all stars against their peers in the county.
I was asked again this year and accepted the role of staff photographer, taking images for the program book (which looked great!) and as the exclusive photographer of the game itself.
A wonderful weather night and great play by both teams made for an exciting game through the last seconds.
Here are some images. There are hundreds more on my website in this gallery. Note that image downloads from the gallery are free! Prints may be purchased as well.

Erie Senior Pictures: Maria

Maria began her session indoors at our studio. In this image, she is modeling a lovely dress she made herself.
 We gelled a backdrop to a compatible color to her clothing:
 Heading to the beach, we had just a short time to see the sun sneak behind a cloud bank before it set.  More pink!
 Here’s a nice image of Maria walking along the beach. Though it did not rain, there were no other people on the beach tonight.

Lovely images, Maria!

Erie Senior Portraits: Mary

We had another perfect summer evening for senior portraits.
Mary started with some interesting images including her Dad’s F150 truck. Then we moved to several different areas, ending at the beach, arriving just before sunset.
Here are a few images from Mary’s session:

Lovely images, Mary! I hope you enjoy them!

Lake Erie Senior Portraits: Rebecca

Perfect weather for senior portraits tonight. Deep blue skies, 80 degrees, a nice breeze, and no hint of the rain that pounded us earlier today.
Rebecca started in the studio. We captured some really nice indoor images. The first was against a plain black background, and the second against “high key” white:
We matched the colors on her top with some gels in our background light for this interesting image:
Then we shifted to natural light in the studio for this image against one of our brick walls, with the amazing north-facing light we have:
Look at how soft the light is coming from the left. I finished it in a gentle BW/sepia finish.
We ventured outdoors after the studio session, and among other settings, we captured this great image at an incredible Presque Isle sunset:

Lovely images, Rebecca! It was a pleasure working with you!

Harborcreek Senior Photos: Tyler

A gentlewoman from the South would have rated Thursday night “a bit wahm”. Though we didn’t have any fans to bat our faces with, we did have a mission: to capture some great lakeside and sports images for Tyler, and to face the 90+ degrees with dignity.
Tyler is an athlete. A P90X, track-running, soccer-playing, kayak-paddling athlete. I don’t think there is a sport he hasn’t tried.
We started at the lake under full sunlight at over 90 degrees, and Tyler fresh out of soccer camp. He was a trooper all of the way.
I like the play of colors on the many boats at his neighborhood beach/dock, and Tyler in the background, ready to head out on the water.
Later, we captured some crisp images on the soccer field:
I like the rim lighting we placed on the right side of the image. The black and white finish of this image emphasizes the rim light and the sports uniform.
Then we captured an image of Tyler at the track, emphasizing some previous awards. I used a spot color edit on this image to highlight the track awards.
In our Senior Portrait business, we try to emphasize the senior’s lifestyle – their sports, activities, recreations, and most of all, their personalities. I believe we captured Tyler’s spirit in this series. 
To cap it off, Tyler even posed in a jacket and tie after sunset for some classy images. I think this one has a bit of “Michael J. Fox” in it.

Great images, Tyler!

Senior Portraits in Erie: Jeff’s Session

Tonight we focused on Jeff.
Starting in studio, we captured some great images using our white “high key”, black low key, and some of our other backgrounds. Here’s an example of a high key image:
Following the indoor session, we tried a few interesting locations, including this one in bright daylight. Balancing the available light with some reflected light, we captured this image:
At yet another location, we captured this image, which we converted to black and white:
Jeff, you have some great images. We’ll see more soon as we proof your whole portfolio.

Erie Senior Portraits: Meaghan

Monday was a classic summer portrait day: Hot, muggy and the radar projection was showing all manner of badness about to happen.
Meaghan worked with us in studio for a couple of hours, focusing mostly on dance images, including this lovely black and white portrait:
Then we ventured outdoors, eventually arriving at one of my favorite walls:
I love the jeans and boots look in this image!
Considering the weather was so threatening, we did not have high expectations for sunset. However, the clouds parted and we experienced one of the most colorful and intense sunsets that I have seen in quite some time. Here is the sun about ten minutes before setting:
Look at that beautiful warm light. We’re throwing a bit of light back to Meaghan so she is not silhouetted by the strong backlight of the sun and sky.
This dance image was taken after sunset. Note the intensity of the colors in the sky. We emphasize these through underexposure of the background:
Again, front/side lighting is necessary to render the details of the dancer. We simply turned off the lights to render this lovely silhouette of essentially the same pose:

Meaghan, your images are lovely! Thanks for the opportunity to capture your senior portraits. 

Coming Soon: Stay tuned for an “In the Box” dance collage featuring Meaghan!