Posted 13 Feb 2012 — by Michael Yanow
Category Bicyclist, Bike, Biking, Canon Speedlite, Evan, LA Zoo, Los Angeles, Parking Lot, Photography, PocketWizard, Portrait, Portrait Photography
On a gorgeous, early Sunday afternoon, I met Evan in the parking lot of the LA Zoo for a portrait shoot. I arrived early to scout locations nearby. I located my first shooting position and setup, but in the thirty minutes of waiting for Evan to finish his workout, cars started to take over the space. Throughout the hour, we relocated three times thanks to the constant stream of cars and visitors marching like penguins towards the entrance. If you plan to use the LA Zoo parking lot for a photo shoot, best to finish before 11:00 a.m.
The photos below used a 580 EXII Canon Speedlite and PocketWizards slaves to trigger the flash.
Took a portrait class last spring and have finally got around to posting a few pictures from it. In this instance I had a very willing model name Max dress in a suit and don the bunny head. After Max put the head on, everyone in the studio stopped what they were doing to watch. It was hard for anyone to keep a straight face with half bunny half man around!
Stepping outside of my photojournalist style, I like to infuse my comedic side. Here is an example of how my sense of humor infuses into my photography.
My Grandma Rose makes some of the best french toast. This past Sunday morning, I traveled to my grandmother’s home for her famous french toast and to take her portrait. She was a very accommodating grandmother to make the french toast and be a model. Not all photo opportunities come with a great tasting meal!
I remember going up to Grandma Rose’s bedroom as a kid and seeing her vanity. It was the only one I have ever seen; my mother never used one. While Grandma was cooking the french toast, I scouted her bedroom. To my great delight over her vanity were pictures of her children; my mother, two aunts and uncle. I knew I had to incorporate those photographs to help tell who my grandmother is.
Grandma, I hope you enjoy these photographs as much I as do – not to mention your french toast!
From April 13th to April 18th, I traveled back to my home town of Milwaukee, WI. During my visit I spent some time with my cousin Adam. He was willing to model for me on a Saturday afternoon. Adam plays the tuba so I need to include the tuba in at least one shot. I wish I had more time to spend with him and the tuba. With more time, the tuba portrait would be more creative and playful. Call all LA tuba players, lets have some fun, drop me a line.
The other two portraits were taken at the community hall attached to his condo association. The hall has a swimming pool. Being April in Wisconsin the pool is empty. I had Adam get in the pool and pose. This created an unique angle and relationship to the camera from the subject. Finding different angles can give your portrait a fresh and more creative look.