It’s been an amazing start to 2016 for us here at Matt Mead Photography, LLC. Believe it or not, it’s a portrait session from last winter that I’m still super stoked about. It all started when a lovely LECOM student contacted us out of the blue to do a portrait session as a present to herself for her 25th birthday. We scheduled a time to meet the following day to discuss locations, date, and style. During the course of our conversation at Starbucks, it turns out Bernice has never had professional portraits done, which as you’ll see, I find very hard to believe. We found out her birthday was two weeks away – falling during the time we were scheduled to be on location out of the country. So we had 24 hours to plan and schedule the session in order to get her portraits to her in time. God, I love pressure!!
Not being too familiar with Erie, Bernice deferred to our judgment for locations. We ultimately decided on three local spots for the portrait session: Frontier Park, The Bicentennial Tower, and the Peach Street railroad underpass. The actual set up on the photography end of it was pretty simple: I used my Canon 6D, One Pro Master studio flash, with modifier and wireless trigger, a Paul C. Buff portable Lithium Power Pack and my 28-300mm L lens.
Our first stop was Frontier Park. Although we had what Erie would consider a “mild” winter with sunshine and minimal clouds, the temperatures were still chilly. Bernice was a trooper in her sundress and sandals! After my gear was all set up, I took an exposure of a bridge in the park after positioning Bernice to have the sun back light her. Then I asked her to walk towards the flash.
Our second location moved along to the Bicentennial Tower on Dobbins Landing. Since the public restrooms were closed for the season, we draped a blanket over Bernice’s car so she could change in privacy. Again, this girl handled it all like a BOSS! When we reached the first landing of the tower, I asked her to just kind of relax while I set up and dialed in my settings. Well I guess I should ask that more often because we nailed it on the first try.
After spending some quality time at the tower we moved to our third and final location, the Peach Street railroad under pass. For this spot, I had a specific image in mind I wanted to capture. However, a last minute outfit decision completely took my vision in another direction and I’m so glad it did!
We’re excited with how these portraits turned out, as was Bernice. Just think what we could do with more than 24 hours to plan. Want to find out? Why not book your portrait session today? Contact us in the comments section below, via Facebook, Instagram, or our website.