FAQ Video Refresh!

 

Hey all! We’re really excited to launch a sorely needed update on the Blueflash FAQ video. We got together last week and recorded all the parts, ate some pizza, gave each other a hard time about being on camera, and all sorts of other fun stuff.

 

Make sure you stick it out to the very end. Hope ya like it!

 


 

Aurora Styled Shoot | Blueflash

When we brought Britt on board with us to head up the planning and coordinating division we had talked about setting up a styled shoot to let her have some fun. She took the reins and set the whole thing up, pulling in vendors and securing a location and all the rest. That’s what planners do I guess!

 

We pulled in a current couple of ours, Amanda and Kyle, and set the scene at Aurora in downtown Providence. We had the run of the place because we did it before they’re opening hours.

 

Here’s our talented lineup that helped us pull everything together and make it what it was:

– Harper from Seams Couture provided the clothing and styling.

– Franchesca’s Floral Design provided all the awesome flowers for the day.

– Melissa from MAW Beauty took care of Amanda’s hair and makeup.

– Onastazia Designs created the invitation suite with her distinctive hand-lettering designs.

Easy Entertaining hooked us up with their signature donuts and splashed on lots of colorful frosting that made for cool pictures. These doubled as a great end-of-shoot snack (ok, and during).

– Candy was provided by Candies for Pennies out in Riverside.

 

We’ll let the photos and the behind-the-scenes video tell the rest of the story. We just wanted to publicly say thank you to all who were listed above that came out and provided their time, effort, and talent to make the shoot what it was. We’re looking forward to putting together another one in the future so keep your eyes open for that!

 

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Salvatore Mancini | Celebration of Age

We ended up at this event in such a strange way. I had an idea kicking around in my head for about a half of a year where I wanted to partner up with a senior home of some type and bring our studio gear to their place and do portraits of all the residents. I wanted to do it as personal work – just a project that I thought would be good for the community.

 

I had contacted a few places but strangely enough couldn’t find any takers. I was surprised, since I wasn’t asking for anything in return. I got discouraged and pretty much gave up on the idea. After some time passed my buddy Steph (of Stephanie Mills Photography) shot me a message asking if I wanted to do some portraits for the Salvatore Mancini Center’s Celebration of Age event. She wasn’t able to do it due to other obligations and once I found out what it was I was totally game for it.

 

It’s an event that they have every year to honor anybody in the community over the age of ninety. They come and bring a family member and they serve them lunch, have some entertainment, and play some games. They also get a portrait of themselves on the way in (which is where I come in). I was pumped. I enlisted the help of my good friend Breanna to assist for the shoot and we lugged the studio gear to the center. We set up shop in the lobby and next thing we knew the seniors were coming through the door and sitting for their photo.

 

It was fun. It was interesting. It was humbling. These people have lived so many years and experienced so much in their lifetime. They’ve gone through so much, many of them experiencing extremely hard times and also some of life’s most exciting highs. A lot of them were great to interact with, many of them still sharp as when they were twenty.

 

We used a grey seamless backdrop, a white reflector camera left, a gridded speedlight on the background pointing up, and the key light was a socked 22″ white beauty dish with an Einstein making the light for us. I’m really happy with the look of the shots. If we had some more room they would have come out a touch better. We weren’t able to separate the subjects from the background as much as I would have liked. Consequently the key light was spilling onto the backdrop a bit.

 

Technical imperfections aside, I’m happy with and proud of this collection of photos. I hope they mean a lot to the families that received them (we provided a complimentary 5×7 to each attendee) for a lot of years to come. Check out the images. Every face tells a story. Thanks for letting us be a part of your event, and hopefully we can do it again next year!


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The Emily and Peter Sessions | Styled Shoot

 

There’s so much I can say about Emily and Peter’s styled shoot I don’t even know where to start. From conception to execution to post-production, this whole thing was so cool to be a part of. The goal was to pull the whole Blueflash team together, bring a hair and makeup team on board, find an awesome location, and make some awesome images.

 

I think it was a success in every aspect. Emily and Peter were the perfect couple for the shoot. They had just the right look for the location, which was Watson Farm in Jamestown, RI. We couldn’t have hit it any better with the light that day. I’m pretty sure we caught the only good day sandwiched between weeks of rain on either side.

 

The girls from Glamma, Inc. provided their expertise with the hair and makeup (Peter even got a little treatment, which I don’t think he was expecting). They did an awesome job and stuck around to see the whole thing through as well. Having them there let us really maximize our time by getting different looks throughout the shoot. The whole thing probably lasted a little over four hours from start to finish.

 

It was a team effort, for sure. Big thanks to Glamma Inc. for the hair and makeup, my wife Tara for helping through the planning process and getting/making props, Rachel and Nathan for the extra hands throughout the night, Watson Farm and the use of their awesome location, the Blueflash team, and of course Ezra for being a pretty cool two-year-old.

 

Enough from me. To start us off there is the way cool film that Dan put together of the night. It’s only a minute and a half. Check us out, in full motion glory. Right below that is a mix of mostly behind the scenes (I’m a sucker for behind the scenes stuff) and a few final photos mixed in from the shoot. Be sure to check out the whole gallery to see a lot of the final images when you’re done here – Full gallery here. Enjoy!

 
 


http://blueflash.smugmug.com/Clientspace/Non-Wedding-Films/30447068_FmL6Zc#!i=2624565964&k=W98T4g8

 
 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

As a side plug, definitely go check out Peter’s band (and his brother Nathan) at their Facebook page “The Brighter Field“.

 

Don’t forget to check out the full gallery here!

Teacher of the Year Laura | RI Studio Headshots

Laura is a good friend of mine who works as an art teacher in North Providence. She just happened to win teacher of the year at her school and is now prepping to enter into the citywide contest. From there she’ll go to regionals, then nationals, then wear the teacher of the year crown until next year.

 

Part of her application packet was a headshot requirement. This is where I come in. She said a black background was fine so Saturday afternoon I started setting up some lighting in the basement with a black backdrop. I then proceeded to annoy Tara by making her sit there while I adjusted everything. She lost interest after awhile and I resorted to the self-timer and running into the scene to try a self-portrait. She then came back and helped me out a little more.

 

When Laura showed up, the whole setup was ready to go. The photo session took literally four minutes. We dumped the photos to my computer, picked the one she liked most, and then we sat together while I edited. It was kind of fun to edit while the person was sitting right there. Her shirt was actually hot pink in real life, but we changed it to blue because we both thought it looked better. Scroll down for some behind the scenes info.

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura

 

A little behind the scenes for you photographer nerds out there (and you strobists) – All the lighting was done with speedlights. Below you can see the setup. #1 is an SB600 on a boom with a shoot through umbrella, #2 is a bare optically triggered YN560, #3 is a junky bare Sunpak, #4 is a bare SB600 behind Laura’s head pointing back at the camera, and #5 is a piece of white foam board carefully balanced on our laundry basket and our deep freezer basket to fill in some shadows from below. As for the rest of the stuff in the picture, well, I’d like to see how clean your basement is. Please notice the professional seating device – an old CRT TV. I would have liked to have her stand, but the ceilings are too low to set the lights up for a standing adult. Three lights were triggered with wireless triggers and #2 was optically slaved (I ran out of triggers).

 

As you can see, we don’t have a real studio space, but this should serve as an example of how you can make do with what you’ve got to get pretty good results. Speedlights used correctly can look like you’re using much larger studio strobes. Experiment!

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura