Holiday Celebration at creativeLIVE

Tis the season!

Yesterday, creativeLIVE held their holiday party and I convinced them to let me set up a space to do headshots of the guests. Some people think this is work, but for me it is my relaxation and my way to get to interact with all of the guests. Here are a few of the images, along with a photo of the setup of the "photo booth" at the end. All of the photos can be seen on Facebook.


The setup, shown above, was 2 strip banks above/below the subject and one hair light behind. The strip banks were set at 400ws for the top and 200ws for the lower light. The hairlight was at 100ws with a 40-degree grid. All Speedotron heads powered by a Speedotron 805 power pack. Camera was a Canon 5D mkIII with a 24-105 lens.

Let me know if you need a photo booth at an upcoming event. We can do corporate events, weddings, parties, etc.

John & Kim

One main light...

This past weekend I did a "marathon" photo session with eight models, one main light, a backdrop, and sometimes an accent light.


The one light was a Speedotron 202 head powered by a Speedo 805 pack placed in a Westcott Apollo Orb with a grid on it. The fill was a 4x6 foot white reflector. The backgrounds were Westcott's new X-drop background system. The dark one is called Eminence and the lighter one is called Saffron. In the bottom two images on Saffron I added another light on the background which was a speedlight aimed through a gobo which consisted of a piece of corrugated cardboard with three slits cut in it to break up the light from the flash. You can see the subtle effect of "light rays" on the background in those two images. The camera was the Canon 5D MkIII with the 24-105mm F/4L lens.

I really appreciated the quick setup of the X-drop frame and being able to quickly change out the fabric backdrops. For this session I had the two backdrops and simply hooked one onto the frame over the other instead of removing and replacing. This helped go back and forth quickly as different models came onto the set.

My only small issue with the X-drop is that it has to be set up a few feet in front of the wall to make room for the frame. This can be a little limiting in a small room. For this session I lucked out that there was a closet behind the backdrop so I was able to put the rear leg of the frame into the closet and push everything back to give is a little more room. For situations like that, though, the fabrics do have a rod pocket, so could be hung on a standard background support. But that does add weight to a traveling kit.

In case you were wondering, yes, the red dress in the upper right is made of balloons and was put together by Jami Krause.

Here's looking towards the holiday season and more fun themed photo sessions.

Thanks for watching!
John Cornicello