Ashley and Taylor

I’ve found myself writing more often than I have in the past, quite possible due to the fact that a lot of my communication with potential companies will begin with digital communication. That and due to the fact that several people have been encouraging me to take the time to actually put some content worth reading to go along with the photos. So, random blurb aside, you may remember the shoot I did with my roommate Jon for some business portraits (you can see the original post here: http://www.paulrohde.com/business-portraits/). I took the time afterward to shoot some pictures of my roommate Taylor and his girlfriend Ashley, partly because I wanted to play with the setup I had created, and partly because they wanted pictures of themselves. I probably would have posted pictures from this particular shoot soon if I hadn’t had issues with my hard drive getting corrupted and losing my catalog, but that’s another story for another time.

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I styled some of the way I did this set of photos after Peter Boysen’s red couch series, trying to get some of the harder, more contrasty light and of course, the rule that I will not tell you what to do on the couch, you can do whatever you want. I’ve seen some crazy things come from that, I personally got a pillow fight. For those of you that are interested, the primary light is a soft box with an Alien Bees up against the ceiling towards the camera and to the right, I don’t recall what it was set at other than it was overpowering the ambient light and providing the primary fill light. The only other light was the one off to the left which was snooted (essentially shooting the light through a tube so that it forms a smaller ‘beam’ of light) for part of the shoot, though I believe that for most of the photos below the light had no modifiers attached. Looking back I should probably have Gobo’d (Put something in between, a ‘go between’) it so that I didn’t get the star like result from the flash. I had a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did:



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– Paul Rohde