Mobile Portrait Studio

Day two. Yesterday I was at a church in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It was a long day. I drove down, helped set up the studio in the church, watched my trainer take pictures for six hours, packed up and drove to a hotel near the town we’d be shooting at today.

I feel overwhelmed by all the many things to do and learn. It’s a bit like learning how to do an instrument scan or to land an airplane. I’m sure in a few weeks it will all be second nature and I’ll be able to set up the studio and pose people in my sleep.

All the equipment is placed in precise locations on the floor, measured from the center of the backdrop (see the masking tape on the floor?). For the church directories we shoot four standard poses on a blue background. After the directory photos are taken we can change backgrounds, gel the backlight and get creative with the poses.

Today we shot about fifty Catholic priests at their conference in Weston, Mass…one at a time. It was my first opportunity to get behind the camera and take pictures myself. I enjoyed working with the priests and trying to master the art of portrait photography. I have a lot of work ahead of me!

Tomorrow I’m at Laconia, New Hampshire, where we’ll shoot at a church for three days. It should be fun.

2 Replies to “Mobile Portrait Studio”

  1. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to set that thing up blindfolded pretty soon :-)

  2. It gets easier. Having things laid out really helps. I have spots on the floor that most people don’t see that I use in my little studio to get lighting ratios right. Even with these I fine tune a lot with power ratios on the strobes.

    How did you get a gig in a church? Have to sign anything? Any lightning or other weird things happen?

    I tried to get you a name badge but stopped short of going to jail!

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