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Focus Your Talent - Portrait Session - Alchemy Thomas by Christian O'Grady

Recently Christian took some time to work with the head turning Alchemy Thomas. During the adventure through Pontiac Christian photographed Alchemy in a variety of spots. Christian as he walks through a space is always looking for "good" light, meaning light that will offer a way to make an interesting photo. 

Shooting directly into a light source you can create lens flare. Sometimes this is a problem, but in this case it adds an interesting element to the photograph.

Shooting directly into a light source you can create lens flare. Sometimes this is a problem, but in this case it adds an interesting element to the photograph.

Pontiac is a wonderful place for a photographer to shoot. There are tons of angles with clean backgrounds and amazing textures.

Light coming at the camera through leaves of a tree makes for excellent bokeh. Bokeh is the out of focus light in the background which forms little circles and it makes a great look for a photograph.

Light coming at the camera through leaves of a tree makes for excellent bokeh. Bokeh is the out of focus light in the background which forms little circles and it makes a great look for a photograph.

When you have a backlit subject you can take advantage of shapes with a silhouette. Pay attention to the overall shapes and remember that you won't all the detail that your eye can see because the dynamic range of a camera is much less than the human eye.

When you have a backlit subject you can take advantage of shapes with a silhouette. Pay attention to the overall shapes and remember that you won't all the detail that your eye can see because the dynamic range of a camera is much less than the human eye.

The top deck of the Phoenix center is a favorite spot in the Pontiac area.

Rather than doing a silhouette in this case with similar lighting Christian decided to expose the photo so you can see the colors in the sky but still kept detail in the subject. This takes some computer work to bring out the colors of the highlights and the tones in the shadows.

Rather than doing a silhouette in this case with similar lighting Christian decided to expose the photo so you can see the colors in the sky but still kept detail in the subject. This takes some computer work to bring out the colors of the highlights and the tones in the shadows.

As you work with a subject they begin to loosen up and that's when you can ask them to do something like lay across a staircase. 

If you turn yourself all the way around and look at the light on the subject rather than the sunset  you can capture a nice soft light for your photograph.

If you turn yourself all the way around and look at the light on the subject rather than the sunset  you can capture a nice soft light for your photograph.

Commercial Fashion - CRAINE&LOVE - Esii Perez by Christian O'Grady

This past week FYT got to shoot with some of their favorites: CRAINE&LOVE and model Esii Perez.  CRAINE&LOVE is a clothing brand centered towards producing basic and essential pieces for women and men.  

Christian and Victoria have been working alongside owner Carol Craine for several months watching new ideas and inspirations come into play while she experiments with new fabrics and patterns.  For our latest shoot we welcomed long time friend Esii, who Christian says is the most dynamic model he has worked with, to model.  

Her form was as versatile as the pieces themselves.  Each style was photographed on Esii to represent the uniform standing on it's own.  Then combinations of clothing we're thrown into the mix such as jeans, skirts and sweaters tied around the waist and shoulders, all to show the different personas that each of the designers pieces can take on.  

Your uniform, how you define it, how you wear it.

 

Whether a night out for dinner or jet-setting cross country, the style and simplicity of each piece is tailored to your true self.  FYT is excited to be on this journey with Carol as she explores new opportunities for her brand.  We look forward to seeing our images implemented.  

FYT and CRAINE&LOVE plan to produce a video at the end of the month to showcase the different styles of the brand and how the form and functionality play's a crucial role in each piece.

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Food Photography - Chromatic Cornucopia - Madalyn Knebel Design by Christian O'Grady

This week FYT had the opportunity to work with Madalyn Knebel Design to continue our series Chromatic Cornucopia.  In the spring we tackled the green color spectrum and this week it's blues and purples.  With Madalyn's great eye and sensibility for design, we're able to get a hold of fresh produce that is both unique and beautiful.  With a vibrant cornucopia as our final product, Christian and Victoria are able to photograph the process in which it's built using studio lighting for still lives and macro photography.  

Victoria looked for interesting patterns within the still lives to create compositions of the tiny details.  Some were harder to find than others.  Christian caught sight of what Victoria was doing and began his own search for compositions within the tiny world that is macro photography.

Madalyn brought over her mothers old sewing box filled with tools for styling the shoot.  Cotton balls, Q-tips, sticky tack, and jars are just some of the things that contribute to the clean look and attention to detail. Our still lives range from the classic to the contemporary.  When photographing green foods in the springtime, we focused on one setup.  This time around we set up two different tables where one housed the large cornucopia and the other was staged for experimentation.

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These purple potatoes became part of a surreal landscape with the collaboration of FYT and Madalyn Knebel Design.  The deep purples in the potatoes reminded Victoria of gemstones, which gave Madalyn the idea to slice off angled sections to create rock-like formations.  The blue cornmeal resembled sand to give the still life ground.

Documentary Photography - Black Magic - Valentine Distilling Co. @ Ferndale, MI by Christian O'Grady

     Christian and I worked with a close friend of ours on a stylish shoot for a marketing campaign for Black Magic body spray and body wash.  We spent the day working inside of the rather fragrant and airy Valentine Vodka in Ferndale, where Christian helped with lighting and I shot  behind the scenes.  On the set, Christian was using a portable lighting rig that he fashioned together using a vintage photographers light strip with four LED light bulbs while I was ducking and weaving through clothing racks and distillery vats.  

     The highlight of the day?  Christian getting to hose down a sexy 6'2 model.