Chelsea, downtown Halifax, June 17 2015

June 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

For my first blog post, I've decided to start with my most recent shoot, and then eventually work backwards through some old favorites. I decided to do this blog format because I wanted to be able to scroll through a gallery with all of my photos from a shoot inline on a single page. So, here goes!

My shoot with Chelsea in downtown Halifax was my first time shooting with this girl, and it nearly didn't happen. I had considered bailing because I was starting to get a headache shortly before shooting. Indeed, peering through the viewfinder at each brightly lit scene didn't help at all, and by the end of the evening I had a pounding headache. I'm so glad I did the shoot though as the images turned out great, and I can't wait to shoot with Chelsea again! Let's have a look.

The only way to shoot her in front of these incredible roll up doors with the view of Georges Island in the background was to deal with full on front lighting from the evening sun. Luckily we were under enough of a soffit to shade her eyes, but the lower half of her body was brightly lit. I minimized this as best I could in Lightroom using grads.

For these few photos, I broke Roberto Valenzuela's "Three Color Rule". Roberto teaches that if the background has more than three distinct colors it may distract from the subject of the photo. I was comfortable breaking it for these photos though because I felt that the red dress and her large bright eyes were enough to hold anyone's attention!

At this point we went for a little drive to find a nearby tunnel to shoot in, which ended up not quite being what I had expected it to be. Lucky my assistant and wonderful girlfriend Amy suggested we check out the Keith's Brewery, where we took these next photos.

Overall, I was really pleased with this shoot! We showed up to a new location with a new model, and both turned out to be amazing finds! I've been noticing more consistency in my shooting quality and I'm looking forward to shooting more with Chelsea and other models and sharing their beauty with the world.

Thanks for reading,

Mick


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