There has been quite the whirlwind of action behind the scenes with elocin photographic. I have been borrowing a colleague's camera while mine is back with the servicer. So, in the meantime, I am trying to shoot as much as I possibly can, and boy and I am getting spoiled with the full frame capabilities of the borrowed camera. I was invited to shoot, by yet another colleague, at a benefit group shoot "Polkadots, Wheels, and Heels" pinup shoot at Lucore Racing in Plain City, Ohio. The benefit was to raise money for a photographer friend who recently lost his wife.
I used some of my new (old but never opened! Whoops!) gear and am quite pleased with the results! I bought an AlienBee 400 used at a local photography shop in Columbus on a whim about 3 years ago and it sit unused in my prop closet. My mother bought me a 7 foot parabolic umbrella (it's HUGE) last Christmas, but I was afraid to use it! The sheer size of it intimidated me. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find the quality of light to be much like a sheer covered window. I look forward to using it a lot more.
I have been working on some creative indoor lighting and pinup is such a joy to shoot! It is always nice to have access to the vintage cars but the shoot is always in an enclosed garage unless the weather is nice. I have some pinup images from previous shoots here. The weather was NOT nice this day!! Any of the models who went outside promptly froze their pearls off. I usually struggle with the overhead incandescent lighting, but my photographer friend, Louis, was gracious enough to school me on the basics of my own lighting gear. I had to fiddle around with it for a while and am glad my my models were so patient and that I didn't have a full schedule like I usually do.
I would love to do even more pinup style shoots with local clients, so if you have or know of vintage cars, let me know! Pinup is such a lovely way to bring out your girly or greaser girl side!