Ringing in the Holiday’s

The beauty of the holidays…(besides the obvious) is that I have time to work on some creative and no-pressure projects (i.e. no one is paying me or taking a once in a lifetime step – so i don’t have to worry about screwing it up!). Today I brought over two gorgeous friends of mine, Beth and Erin, and set em loose in front of the camera – and look what they did:

Honestly – give these ladies minimal guidance, set up some lights like the SB 800 as the main light in the lastolite 15×15 softbox – and they created such astounding beauty. Erin is here playing in my curtains, backlit by the sun – frontlit with studiolights and Sepia done in post.

Here she is looking uber-tough – done with a SB800 gelled with full cut CTO – taped off to create some irregular shadows (off high camera left) and a SB 600 dialed down three stops from the main light set about 5 feet off camera right and shot into a gold reflector that is in front of her face. What I love about this shot is that she is clearly on the move, and the reflection in her glasses gives a sensation of urban life.

And Beth – sat her down on a rickety old porch chair in the freezing cold with some directional natural light filling in her face – evened it out using the softbox 45 degrees camera left and up high – and look at those eyes – gorgeous –

And Erin in fur…

And the pair. Too bad I made Erin look like Santa Claus here – but hey – she’s pulling it off.

our parting shots today – getting cozy – erin in her usual spot – curled up with a book – what I love about this shot is of course the lines, but also that you are spying in on her – capturing a fleeting moment of sun flowing in on a Sunday afternoon –

beth making coffee look sexy…she thought this should be a Sanka ad. Anyone out there remember Sanka? I don’t think it ever looked this good…

Infant Toes

How you parents out there get anything done during the day is beyond me. With these little feet and fingers and cheeks to ooh and ahh at, I would be completely useless if I had one of my own. I had a very full day today, shooting little Aiden this morning, followed by a few client meetings to get everyone’s holiday print orders in. Today encapuslated why I love what I do. “Creating family heirlooms through fine art photography”. that was my mission statement when I opened Stacey Vaeth Photography, and to this day it continues to be the driving inspiration behind each and every shoot. These images, for instance. I cherish the fact that Aiden will have these images, printed big and beautiful, when he’s going off to college, getting married, and having kids of his own. And the prints that my clients ordered today – big canvases, float mounts, mobiles, and ornaments…truly we are creating fine art here.

I’ll be posting something more in detail this week – but if you’re looking for a gift idea, i’m going through photo session gift cards like hotcakes this year~
Happy Sunday all…