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SOFI K - Royal Oak Music Theatre - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

14-year-old Sophia Washer - known as Sofi K rocked the Royal Oak Music Theatre Friday night as she debuted the release of her album "LoveHate," a collection of 10 tracks that showcase an eclectic mix of creative directions and different styles that have influenced Sofi over her young career. The lyrics for the tracks were written by Sofi K and the music was co-written by Sofi K and produced by Kresge fellowship recipient Bryce Harding. 

The concert also included performances by Soul Divide and Stereo Jane. 

Teenagers filled the music theatre to see Sofi K, grabbing free popcorn, candy and soda before the live performance. As the opening bands transitioned from one song to the next, the anticipation grew stronger. Stereo Jane wrapped up their set and the MC introduced "the reason we're all here tonight!" The crowd began to scream with excitement as Sofi entered the stage with a big smile, greeting her fans.

Watching Sofi perform, I noticed the young pop artists stage presence come so naturally, giving her the ability to sing confidently and move swiftly in front of a live audience. 

As Sofi introduced her next song "Stars," a girl yelled to her friend "I know all the words to this song!" As the crowd began to sing the words to "Stars," they reached out their hands to connect with their peer who turned to a star on the stage.

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.

Portrait Photography - Christian O'Grady - Pontiac, MI by Christian O'Grady

When you are a pair of photographers, there is no excuse, you have to photograph thick fog. This foggy night I became the model as Victoria captured my silouhette in this line of trees.

Pontiac MI, 12/14/14

Pontiac MI, 12/14/14

We then decided to venture down Woodward to a location we had been passing on the regular which was decorated with tons of Christmas lights.  Nothing like bokeh, eh?