Miami Beach

I have always loved creating images on the beach. Something about the sand and sea just brings out the best in a person. Maybe it's the soothing sound of the ocean in the background or maybe it's the feeling of the sun on your skin, but images on the beach always look good.

As this week comes to a close, I'm prepping to head to Miami beach for another photo shoot. I've been shooting in Miami since the early 90's but this is my first shoot in Miami since I shot for Future American President there.  I hope to see old friends while I'm there and hopefully make some new friends as well. 

While I'm there I will try and shoot behind the scenes images to share my lighitng setup on location. The average person would never believe the amount of equipment we need to make a great picture.

Have a great weekend and always dream big.

Night Photography and the Sony A7R

In the 90's  I shot a swimsuit calendar for Tyra Banks. We shot all over the island of Jamaica and were often up at 4:00am to start hair and makeup. Back then, to shoot at night or  early morning before the sun came up was difficult. I remember having my assistants carrying all types of photo gear and lighting gear to create the types of images I wanted.

Today photography has come a long way, and thanks to the Sony A7R camera, photography is much easier than it was in the past. No more lugging heavy cases of photo gear to create photographs with high production value. Now this lightweight camera has opened up opportunities for me to create great images in a much easier manner.

The other night I wanted to try shooting on the beach at night. I brought minimal gear, just my Sony A7R with two lenses, the 24-70mm lens and a 55mm lens. I also took along a Profoto B1 strobe and a small stand, and a handheld light meter. Everything fit into one lightweight backpack, so instead of having an army of photo assistants, cases of gear and heavy lights and strobe packs, I could easily shoot by myself and create stunning images.

I love shooting in this manner and I love how photography has become easier today. You still need knowledge to create powerful photographs but technology has opened the door so we can create images in a much easier way. I wonder what Sony will come up with next?


Always Dream Big!