First full black and white shoot. (NSFW)

This is one of my first full on, black and white only photo shoot. Where I set my camera to black and white and set up my lighting and posing from that starting point. Personally I've noticed a lot of black and white photography is primarily done with one light, I've been using two. I have my main profoto d1 either to the left or right of the model with my Fotodiox 4' Softbox and a second d1 behind me high above and over my head with an umbrella, I'm thinking about adding a third light as a hair light to get that more cinematic 3 light look. 

This is Estephania, this is her first shoot exploring herself and her comfortability. We first did a simple white over the shoulder sweater with no bra on so she can get the feel of being somewhat topless and not show anything. Then we gradually moved on to completely topless and we used her hair to further cover her and help her feel more comfortable. She did amazing for her first implied nude shot and these are the results of that shoot.

My father passes away when I was around 9 years old so growing up my mother, aunt and grandmother were basically the ones who raised me. My grandfather and uncle were never to fond of me so the never really engaging in my life, also my dad's side of the family stopped talking to me when I was around 12 so I never really had much family growing up and it was difficult for me to want to socialize. The little family I did have always spent Thanksgiving and Christmas making fun of my height and weight and as a result from it I felt very self-conscious just for being alive, I would always feel alone and like I didn't matter. When I turned 21 I switched gears, I needed to care and love myself without the approval of friends or family. I matter to me and that's all that is important now. When my mindset changed so did my confidence in being myself and talking to people. I feel that because those 3 women were basically the only family and people who cared about me, I now predominately photograph women, I want to do for my clients what my little family did for me. To show them they are beautiful, they are awesome, they do matter and it's an amazing feeling to watch them come out of the session with so much confidence in themselves. That what I do this for, to show how beautiful they truly are and don't even need something like clothes do define them, just their character and their soul which is also why I shoot more on the implied/nude side when I can, to really show them.

Gear: Camera - Sony A7II Lenses - 28-70mm and a 50mm prime. Lighting 2 Profoto D1 Air 500 Light meter Sekonic Light meter 

 

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 70MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 70MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 70MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 70MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 35MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 35MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 50MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 50MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 50MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 50MM

Adios Color! (NSFW)

Getting away from color photography.

A lot of new and old is coming into play here. When I first started attending photography school I was in love with the fine art side of photography, I still am, but, I remember I wanted to do nothing but black and white photography. Then I discovered the fashion side, then came commercial, boudoir, senior, etc. I got a little lost in the photography world that I ended up for the most part sticking to color.

Now that I'm exploring and discovering my style and preference I want to go back to shooting primarily in black and white at least for a good while. I want to refocus on what made me fall in love with photography in the first place. What occurred was a sense that I needed to produce images I thought people would love to see. However, I started losing myself and knew it was time to create for myself.

This set I did with Isabel is my segway into exploring the art of b&w photography once again. We used Holi Paint to go out with a colorful bang and this same set is when I did the switch to black and white. 

 

For this shoot I used my Sony a7II with my 28-70mm lens and for my lighting I had two Profoto D1 Air 500. I placed my large Fotodiox Pro Softbox 32x48 on my main light, which was set up camera right and an umbrella on the second, behind me, over my head.

Gear used for this shoot.

Gear used for this shoot.

"All of these are affiliate links. If you're interested in purchasing any of the items I used for this shoot please feel free to use these links for it will help support this shoot!" 

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 70mm

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 70mm

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 70mm

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 70mm

I'm not 100% sure if I'll stick to black and white, but I know everything finally feels right and I will continue to stick to my gut, whether people like it or not. I want to focus on my art first and foremost. Like several quotes I've heard, "When you try to please everyone, you will please no one, so please yourself first."

 

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 70mm

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 70mm

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 70mm

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 70mm

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 50mm

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 50mm

To wrap everything up, I'm sticking to black and white for personal/social media work. If someone hires me to shoot in color, of course I will! However, for the most part I'd love to stick to black and white, until my gut tells me to go back to color.

Thanks for reading to the end! I will definitely be posting once a week, but that being said I will post as frequently as I can. Heres the link to my full photography gear https://kit.com/leonbluestudios/photography-kit which as also affiliate links, anything you purchase from this link will help immensely! Thank you -Mike.

Two loves of mine.

Have you ever had 2 things in life that you’re passionate about and love so much and can’t just pick one, kinda like our parents how do we pick one, or our children (for those with 2 kids).

Bts of me photographing Izzy. 

Bts of me photographing Izzy. 

My heart and passion goes to photography and music production. Ever since I can remember I’ve had both a camera and a guitar in my hand, although when I was younger it was a plastic guitar that was forever out of tune and a disposable camera, but non the less I was shamelessly always doing both.

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I went to school for both photography and music production, so I’ve always had a difficult time blending both until recently where I had the opportunity to photograph my very talented friend Izzy Bella, she’s a singer song writer based here in San Antonio, TX. She has even co written a song with me (which I’m releasing soon) and it was an awesome idea to photograph people in the music industry to still have that sense and feeling that I’m merging my photography with music. Even though this was a paid shoot, it still felt like a fun personal project for me. I look forward to photographing more music industry people, it’s the greatest feeling to do what I love to do for a living and I even found a way to merge both of my favorite things in life. 

Just go for what you want in life, done is better than perfect, just get it done.

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Life saver

I did a shoot on 2014 new years eve and it wouldn't of been possible with this vital piece of equipment, my reflector.

 

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I predominantly shoot with one light and this helped me so much to get a two light look and it's so inexpensive!


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I use it so much I already broke the zipper from its 5 in one use!

 

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But without it I wouldn't of been able to get this shot. And I strongly encourage everyone to get at least one in their arsenal! I had the light behind the subject and the reflector in front of him to get this look.

 

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Formo

My first publication was for a local fashion magazine and was a fun shoot with the Spurs Silverdancer Katarina Harding.

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Make up

Had a pretty fun and simple photo shoot for a make up artist who wanted photographs of her work, it was simple, plain, and fun. Video of the shoot coming soon!