I’ve been hoping and praying that I’d have the opportunity to shoot something unique in Charleston, South Carolina, especially on Rainbow Row. But instead of waiting on someone to hire me to work there, I created an opportunity to create some magic on the row. This is so important and I hope this message is clear to every single creative reading this. We have to make things happen! When we create for ourselves we can really get as creative as we want to. This is a personal project, and I’m so happy to share some of the info of how it came about.
I came up with the idea and then made a point to shoot while I was in Charleston in June. Rainbow Row is one of the most popular places in the city and so I knew we had to get there early otherwise it would be busy, especially on the weekend. When I envisioned what this shoot would be about, I thought about the colors of the buildings on the street mixed with the greenery of this beautiful place and voila! These photos are exactly what I hoped for. Jesse is a beautiful blogger and model in Charleston. Again, the power of Instagram helped me connect with her for this project. I’m so happy with the way we were able to create these beautiful images filled with movement and color.
For this photo shoot, I decided to mix off-camera flash techniques with natural light. In a personal project, it’s so much more interesting for me to try multiple techniques that create a different look to the photos. For me, photos with a light and airy feel with natural light can create an ethereal effect. The off-camera images are more fashion focused with an editorial feel. If I’m honest, it’s hard for me to choose which images I like more. Both have an interesting look and help to tell the story of the concept and energy of the moment. My equipment was minimal for this. I used my Canon 24-70 mm and the Canon 50 mm lens. I also used one speed light with a deep parabolic umbrella. For a behind the scenes look at this shoot. Take a look at the video below.
The video shows some of the ways I used both natural light and off-camera for this photo shoot. I share more about different lighting techniques in my online lighting training right here!
I hope these photos are inspiring you to get creative where ever you may be! I know it can be difficult to take a step away from your schedule to make something that isn’t geared towards a client, but the feeling is unmatched. There is so much creativity inside of us, but we have to flex that muscle to make sure we stay prepared for opportunities coming in the future.
Photography by: Samantha Clarke | Model: Jessie Rebecca @fashionpolice843
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