Sunday, June 21, 2015

More on Dixie Belle Paints

Dixie Belle Paint is expanding their offerings almost every quarter as the demand for unique craft colors explodes. This company offers the highest quality artisan chalk paints on the market. This month 5 new colors hi the catalog: Holy Guacamole, Colonel Mustard, Cobalt Blue, Buttercream, and Lucky Lavender. Good thing we document our set and lighting. We can go back to any client shoot and recreate the exact same photos using the new product keeping the continuity between shoots the same. The catalog photos all look as if they were shot in the same session.  As always the client can download both TIFF and JPG files immediately and we always send a DVD with both formats and supporting documents by US mail.

Full set ready for the website and catalog.

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Out of my Wheelhouse

I don't as a rule do any portrait work. But when a friend asks (low or no fee) what are you gonna do... Call Loyce Hood a dear friend who is a pro baby and portrait photographer. Her web blog is here....

Not much to say about the shoot except Loyce is very good at posing people(even difficult subjects who have an incorrect preconceived idea of what a good portrait of them is...). Because of the subject, I chose butterfly lighting with a hard hair light from above camera left and a white bounce board from camera right. This lighting tends to be more forgiving to the subject and skills of the photographer (did I mention I don't do portraits?). The lighting became more of a loop style of lighting because of the hair light. The advantage is the best of both worlds, some shaping of the face and de-emphasizing of the lines.  We worked through several different poses. The client chose the 3 she liked best from the shoot. After choosing the one with the best all around feel my work in Photoshop began. Here is the final presented to the client.

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