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FashionSpeak - Detroit Garment Group - Event Photography by Christian O'Grady

FYT had the opportunity, this year, to be the official photographers and sponsors for the business-education event FashionSpeak. FashionSpeak brings together many different sides of the fashion industry together to help keep Michigan's fashion industry in Michigan. The conference was held at One Woodward in Detroit, with keynote speaker and native Detroiter, designer Kevan Hall.

Aside from the unique fashion pieces present at the event, there were a lot of interesting textures and interiors within the venue which made for nice backgrounds when shooting. Not to mention the entire third floor was wrapped in windows from the floor to the ceiling - allowing natural light to pour in during the first half of our day.

Thanks Karen Buscemi for being a great leader in Detroit!

Thanks Karen Buscemi for being a great leader in Detroit!

SOFI K - LoveHate Album Shoot - Behind the Scenes by Christian O'Grady

14-year-old Sophia Washer - known as Sofi K, is releasing her debut album LoveHate on Friday, November 6th. The concept of the pop album revolves around the idea of mixed emotions and rather eclectic in terms of how each of the songs sound with hints of rock, jazz and blues. Christian O'Grady was called upon to conduct her photo shoot on top of Music Hall Detroit at the 3fifty Terrace for the young female artists new album art. Bryce Harding, who is producing Sofi K's album, was introduced to Christian through Sigal Levine the makeup artist and hair stylist for our shoot. The rooftop terrace was the perfect location giving us the beautiful Detroit skyline as our backdrop.

Thanks to all who contributed and Sofia's sweet mom Linda (who provided water + snacks)! 

 

Christian pointing out possible locations to Sofia and Bryce before the shoot.

Christian pointing out possible locations to Sofia and Bryce before the shoot.

Christian trying to get Sofia in the mindset to shoot.

Christian trying to get Sofia in the mindset to shoot.

Sofia was electric, filled with energy and quick to laugh.

Sofia was electric, filled with energy and quick to laugh.

Christian balancing the light from the strobe to the available light from the setting sun.

Christian balancing the light from the strobe to the available light from the setting sun.

Sofia makes a puckered face to allow Sigal to get the makeup just right.

Sofia makes a puckered face to allow Sigal to get the makeup just right.

Behind the scenes of behind the scenes, Victoria shooting the process of the shoot.

Behind the scenes of behind the scenes, Victoria shooting the process of the shoot.

Sigal lending a helpful head to lean on.

Sigal lending a helpful head to lean on.

Linda covering her eyes as Bryce pulls Sofia up onto the edge of the wall to get in position for the shot.

Linda covering her eyes as Bryce pulls Sofia up onto the edge of the wall to get in position for the shot.

Detroit stadiums in the skyline behind our location on top of Music Hall at 3fifty Terrace.

Detroit stadiums in the skyline behind our location on top of Music Hall at 3fifty Terrace.

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.

Travel Photography - Assateague Island - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

Wild horses? What!? Wild horses! Awesome.

Our destination for our first road trip of 2015 was to Assateague Island, home of wild horses, off the coast of Maryland. More than 300 wild ponies wander the beaches, forest and marshes. The horses seem friendly at times but warning signs are posted all over the island assuring you that they will charge, bite and kick if they feel threatened. The first day we came to Assateague we only saw a couple horses from a quarter mile away in the fields eating. We wanted to get closer, so when we came back the second day we saw a few of them on the side of the park road so we stopped to photograph them. That's when Victoria captured this moment of the horse running alongside the road in a beautiful side light. Whenever we get a free moment for travel we always try to find a new place for Victoria and I to explore through pictures.

Staying in a vacation town in the off season feels like a ghost town.  The empty beaches and parking lots were plenty and it was easy to get into any restaurant without a wait, not to mention we always had nice clean backgrounds for our photos. But the weather didn't stop us from drinking on the beach and eating the daily catch. Victoria took most of the photos on this trip as Christian spent his time shooting with the Letus Helix getting video footage.

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One of the best features of a coastal island are that you get sunrises and sunsets over water. We got up before the crack of dawn for this oceanside sunrise. 

Commercial Photography - Triple Thread - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

Last week Christian and I got to collaborate on a shoot with the boys over at Triple Thread to show off their new spring/summer Motorcity apparel. On our initial meeting we quickly realized that these guys were all about having FUN. A grateful dead bear costume? You bet. During our shoot we decided to embrace their goofy attitude and make pictures with it. The first half of the shoot took place in downtown Pontiac where we scouted locations on the fly looking for nice light and interesting textures. Once the sun went down we headed back to our studio loft to setup our lights. We had a basic studio lighting setup with our camera on a tripod which made it easy for the models (as well as the dancing bear!) to jump into the frame and work with us. It made for great moments and A LOT of laughter. I put together a GIF of Marshall bustin' a move!

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