A few weeks ago I set out with Kya, a local model, to explore downtown New Albany with a slight catch. I wanted to limit the amount of gear I brought along for this shoot. Having multiple strobes and flashes with a myriad of modifiers for each is important at times and creates endless possibilities for most photoshoots. But often I feel that I get lost in these endless possibilities and when I can do anything then nothing I do feels particularly great. By packing only a single light, a Flashpoint R2 Li-Ion flashgun, and a single modifier, a Photek 36" Softlighter II Umbrella, I felt I had more fully explored each location and what I was able to get out of it. Ultimately, I found the photoshoot to be more rewarding and I'm happier with many of these photos than I have been on many past shoots.
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Putting together a portfolio isn't the most enjoyable aspect of trying to work as a photographer. There's a plethora of reasons why, some of which will appear in a later blog post (foreshadowing!), but the reason in the spotlight today is creating photographs that are outside what a portfolio is showcasing. I keep my portfolio edited to the type of work I do for clients and what I'm bringing to the table for them, that is, professional headshots and portraits. These aren't the only type of photographs I take of course but typically the only kind that I offer professionally. Although I might be happy to show off my photographs of landscapes or architecture, in a portfolio they would only serve to distract and potentially confuse my clients on what it is I'm actually offering. Because of this you won't find photographs that sway far from the headshot and portrait categories in my online portfolio, excluding my personal project 'Louisville in Photos'.
On occasion, I'll use this blog to showcase a few shots outside of what I would normally have in a portfolio. After all, photography is my passion and it's often personal work that keeps a passion alive. So without further ado, today are two shots taken recently of Community Park located in New Albany, IN. I hope you enjoy!