I crammed as much as my schedule would allow over the last week as things generally slow down for the summer. The Sundancer shoot was refreshing and helped get some of the cobwebs out as far as the portraiture goes. Hopefully there be some opportunities this summer to practice!
I went to this shoot last week with everything but the kitchen sink; I had my strobes, umbrellas, stands, brackets, sandbags ready for anything.
When I got to the location, I found the light coming through the many skylights and windows lit everything up evenly and beautifully. After a couple of test shots and metering the various spots, Lucinda, the Sundancer coach, was pleased with the results and the shooting started.
The girls were amazing to photograph and although the initial idea was to get head shots, some of them wanted to try different things, which made the shoot much more fun.
After all was said and done, I only used one strobe towards the end of the shoot to get the “pop” that was missing as the sunlight decreased in the building. Other than that, everything was done on my 70-200 and 24-70 for the full-body shots.
One of my friends, Shane, is really into minimalist aspect of lighting in photography, and I think my brief talks with him lately affected my decision to go with natural light. I’ve got another shoot scheduled at the same place, but don’t hold your breath Shane–I’ll pack up all my gear anyway!
Aggie Football scrimmage
Scrimmage number two for the Ags on Saturday. Both offense and defense did things really good stuff and some not-so-good stuff. Definitely more of a dependence on the running game than last year’s offense. I’m looking forward to the final scrimmage on Saturday night.
Club volleyball: I-10 series
Another marathon day of volleyball in the I-10 Series. The younger teams were in Las Cruces, with the older teams in El Paso or away at the Lone Star National Qualifier in Dallas, TX–still, alot of good volleyball to be seen. I got to talk to some new people like a mom who, among other things, had “wildlife photographer” in her official duties. After close examination of her camera, we decided her employer should buy her some new, fast lenses that would enable her to shoot birds and her daughter playing volleyball.
I also met a great family from El Paso, whose daughters play for the Silver Stars. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Destiny for the great poses.
Ashley Godfrey signing
Finally, Las Cruces High School Lady Bulldawg Ashley Godfrey signed her national letter-of-intent to play with New Mexico Highlands for the next couple of years. This is a fantastic opportunity for Ashley to play at the next level, and she gets a great education in the process. Couldn’t happen to a nicer person. Way to go Ashley!