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Episode 12 - I Messed Up

Over the course of our time as creatives, we all experience points of major breakthroughs as well as lulls in our growth. In the video below I share how I've dealt with both of these instances and what you can typically expect as you continue on in your photography career.

 

As a side note, this is my first video using lighting and grading techniques that I typically use in my portrait work, so let me know what you guys think about the look in the comments below!

Cheers
-Nate



Raw Beauty | Personal Work

A lot of my personal work over the past year has been shot in black and white. I have this style in my brain that I am trying to figure how to best portray, which is a balance between polished but raw, and sort of intersects where fashion meets portraiture. It's really hard to put into words. Those of you who follow my work will know about the Texture Series that I have been working on for the last year (see it here), well this isn't an evolution of that, but more of a step sideways, riding on that same aesthetic but creating something with a different feel. Portraits like these don't come together without team work, so a huge thank you to Paris Solati for modeling and to Mira Pucchi Maqillage Inc. for doing the awesome hair & makeup.

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{ Behind The Scenes }

I created these portraits using what I lovingly refer to as "The Black Box". At the studio we have this huge wall of south facing window light in the front foyer, and I constructed the black box out of a bunch of black foam core. It's held together with c-stands and super clamps so I could move the walls into whatever position I needed in order to shape the light. The photo below shows what it looks like...sort of... it's a tight space so it's the best angle I could get.

All of the portraits were shot with the Nikon D800 tethered to LR, with the first image shot with the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G and the rest on the Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4.

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Thanks for reading.

Cheers -Nate

The Texture Series | Personal Work

Just over a year ago I decided I wanted to do a series of black and white portraits that were simple and honest. No styling, no hair/makeup, no heavy retouching, just simple portraits. Thus, the Texture Series was born. This will be an on-going series, so more portraits will be added over time, but as of right now, this is where the collection stands. Texture-Series-01Texture-Series-02Texture-Series-03Texture-Series-04Texture-Series-05Texture-Series-06Texture-Series-07

All of the images were shot using the Fuji X-Pro1 + XF 35mm f/1.4.

I recommend viewing the larger images on my portfolio site. You can check them out by clicking here.

Cheers -Nate