Shoot #4: Nature Exploration

Date of shoot: 9/23/16

If you remember from my last post, I was hired to do a birthday shoot in the SIUE Gardens. Well prior to that shoot, I had never took photos at that location. Because my client was paying me, I wanted to be efficient with the time we had and be able to have a preconceived idea of where the best spots in the gardens were. In order to do this, I asked a friend of mine to come to the gardens with me the day before the birthday and do some sample/test shots. Here are a few of my favorite shots from that day:

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In this shot I attempted to capture an exploration vibe. I shot at a low, upward angle so that the magnitude of the trees seems larger. I also intentionally postioned my lens so that the sun would cause a flare that adds to the “climbing towards the heavens” look.

This photo was taken in the same gazebo as my previous post.  I wanted to capture the symmetry of the rails going along the gazebo. To achieve this, I lowered myself and attempted to align my model in the center of the frame. I didn’t have many directions for my model, so I told him to “do something symmetrical” and this is what he did. I think i turned out pretty cool actually.


Going out ahead of time turned out to be a really great idea because I was able to have a mental road map to what places had the best lighting, best scenery, etc.

*none of the photos have post-editing done on them*


Shoot #3: Birthday Shoot

Shoot Date: 9/25/2016

I was hired by a friend of mine to do a birthday themed shoot for her 21st birthday. She just wanted to have quality photos that she could show/send to her family members. She wanted to have a nature-type scenery to her photos, so I took her to the SIUE Gardens and roamed around for different locations. Here are a few of the shots from that shoot:

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This shot was done on a gazebo that over looked a small lake located within the gardens. I like this photo because of the props used; the banner in the back that spells out “Happy Birthday Keelah” made it a really fun photo. Unfortunately, I wasn’t paying close enough attention and my lens was slightly out of focus, which ruined a lot of the shots at this location.

This photo is one of the many shots where I attempted to add depth and character into the scenery by using the white balloons. I like the way they hover around her body because it almost looks as if she’s sitting on a cloud made of balloons.In these shots, my friend wanted to incorporate a cake into a portrait photo that she could eventually print and frame. I used a super useful trick that I learned from a fellow photographer a few months ago. The trick is to use a white poster board to bounce the sunlight onto the models face. That’s why, in the second photo, it looks as if there is another light source coming from the lower right-hand side of the frame.

*none of the photos have post-editing done on them*

Shoot #2: Color

Shoot Date: 3/23/2017

So for this shoot, I wanted to try something that I’ve never tried before. I got tired of taking the same-ol boring portrait photos, so I wanted to do a shoot that stood out. So I decided to pick a theme for this photo shoot, as you can tell, that theme is color. More specifically, I wanted to incorporate colored lights to create different emotions with different models. Here are a few of my favorite photos:

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In this shoot, I used an LED light panel, wrapped in green film, as a key light and positioned it to shine on her right side. After testing out other colors, I discovered that the green complemented her skin tone better than darker colors.  I took me a few tries to figure out which light I wanted to fill the other side of her face, but red seemed to contrast well with the green.

I specifically requested that my models keep a blank facial expression because I wanted the colors to be the influence of emotion. But this model had such a bubbly personality, it was hard for her not to smile and giggle. I decided to capture her personality by using a warm blue light to cover her right ride, then I added a red fill light to highlight her collar bones, and chin. I also added a green light in the distance to separate her from the dark background.


I was surprised to find out that I didn’t have to do any  post-editing to the photos

Shoot #1: City Garden, St. Louis

Shoot Date: 3/24/17

For this shoot, I took four models out to City Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri. City Garden is an urban sculpture park that contains many different types of art work. Here are a few of my favorite shots I took from that day:

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For this shot, I tried to capture the contrast between the models red lipstick and the sculpture she’s laying on. I also liked how the bright red sculpture stands out from the grey-ish colored buildings in the background. In order to get the depth that I wanted, I had to get far away from the model and zoom in. But because that sculpture is on a street corner, I actually had to stand in the middle of the street.

On the day of the shoot, the model wore a blue, denim jumpsuit that contrasted well with the bland background. For this angle, I was actually sitting on the ground shooting up at my model, using a tall building as a background. I like this photo especially because his outfit gives off a working-class vibe, but his bandanna and glasses adds a young, retro feel to the frame as well.

The model I chose for this shot had red hair, so I decided to complement her hair by asking her to stand in front of a red sculpture. This model was really camera shy and it took a few shots to get her out of her shell. But I was able to capture this nice candid shot of her laughing at something her friend said.


About Me

Welcome to my blog! My name is Braxton and I’m a sophomore at SIUE studying business marketing.

In my spare time, I enjoy taking portrait photos for my friends and family. [Studio] G Production/[Studio] G Photography is the name I use when I publish my creative content.

The purpose of this blog is to showcase some of my favorite photos I’ve taken, and to give viewers an insight into what creative processes go into my photos. Feel free to follow my social medias listed below.


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