Craig VanDerSchaegen Photography

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Sally J delivers the goods!

July 27, 2009

A couple of months ago I did an all day shoot for local singer Sally J and today she stopped by my studio with a copy of her new CD! I dig what her designer did with my photos and think her recording sounds great.

The week before doing this shoot I watched Zack Arias’ One Light dvd and thought this was the perfect excuse to do most of my shooting with a single strobe.

The first two shots were done with a Canon 580 EX II, bounced into a silver umbrella. I tried an Elinchrom strobe, but it was just way too powerful for what I wanted.



The following two shots were done with a Ray Flash, which I bought specifically for this shoot because the local rental place didn’t have a ring flash available. Wish I would’ve thought to call Flashlight. I’m sure they could have hooked me up.



Let me know what you think. I’m pretty happy with the results.

Shooting another model

March 12, 2009

Here’s another photo I did recently with a lighting setup that I’m currently obsessed with. She’s not technically a model, but she’s a former Miss Minnesota. That’s good enough in my book and I’m pretty happy with the results.

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For you photographers, the lighting setup was really simple: Two fluorescent work lights in front and one strobe behind her, camera right. I also used a couple of foamcore boards to keep light from hitting the background, but that was about it.

Shooting models

February 14, 2009

Over the last couple of weeks I started shooting with some models to build up a new portfolio. While my website represents me fairly well, I want to expand it to show that my studio work consists of more than simple headshots.

This shot came from a session I did with a model named Kari. She was great and I hope to work with her again.

The lighting was simple: An Elinchrom 600RX with a 17″ reflector/”beauty dish” and a couple of 8′ x 4′ pieces of black foam core to keep light from spilling onto the background.

Stay tuned for more model photos. I’ve got a few in the retouching queue and have more shoots lined up over the next couple of weeks.