Hi friends! It's me! Before I write more, let me be honest, I don't look like this every single day, and I'm sure my friends will attest to that. I have blemishes, I have these natural bags under my eyes which is genetic (I've had them since I was younger and it's always made me look way more tired than I often am), I have a bit of redness and slight damage to my eyes from all my years of playing sports and being in the sun, and some other things that I'd rather not point out because I'm getting older. I wear minimal makeup these days (especially when I'm in Hawai'i)... mascara, lip balm, concealer, and some foundation. Every now and then, I try to make an effort to look more like that girl above. That's always fun! Anyway...
My husband bought a new ring light for one of his music projects, but I've pretty much stolen it. It's become my latest obsession. I'm sharing this because I wanted to give a quick example of the results you can get when using a ring light. The one we have (the 19" Neewer DVR-160TVC 19 with SMD LCD tech and 4 quarters on/off switch) is great for close-up head shots; it's also very flattering especially for beauty portraiture! In the photograph above, you can see the actual shape of the ring light reflected in my eyes; this adds a different style to my photos which I find intriguing and the reason why I can't wait to use it for a shoot. A subject in this light and a little bit of fine tune editing in post-production can truly improve a portrait and the overall look. These are just my thoughts. I've tested this ring light out on my husband, and even he loves it (I've still got a bunch of shots of him, but I'll post those at a later time)...
Here are a few more self-portraits (not the best - don't mind the hair details) that I snapped yesterday. I edited these up this morning as samples for my blog. The top images are my original shots, and the bottom images are quick edits. I am a bit further away from the light and my camera in the first image, so you can't see too much of a reflection in my eyes, but the ring light still gives a nice overall light to work with. Pair this with other studio lighting, add a beautiful backdrop, and you can't go wrong, really. Let me know what you think!
And one last thing! I don't shy away from using Photoshop. Some people prefer to not use it, I personally like have to have fun with it!
If you are interested in working with me, I am currently on Oahu till mid-April 2017.
Email me for bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me here.
Ideal for head shots, up-close beauty portraits, senior portraits, creative or emotive portraiture.
Shot indoors or in a studio setting.