The Truth: I suck at blogging.

There, I said it.

It's been, yes, over a year since I last posted images from a photo shoot. I've always struggled with being consistent in my blogging; I just tend to forget about updating.  

There are several shoots I've done over the past year which I deem blog-worthy, that I intend to share in this blog..."intend" being the operative word, of course.

I'll get around to it. 

In the meantime, I'm still alive and kicking, shooting, creating. Here's a nice little diptych from one of those aforementioned shoots. 

Shot using my Fuji XE-2 with 56mm & 23mm Fuji lenses.

Shot using my Fuji XE-2 with 56mm & 23mm Fuji lenses.

And, by the way, I've been using my FujiX gear a LOT. I'm still very much in love with my little Fuji XE-2 and my two Fuji lenses.

End transmission. (For now.)

Emma Baxendale, Actress | Boston Editorial Portrait Photographer

After taking a break over the winter, I had the sincere pleasure of photographing miss Emma Baxendale, actress and soon-to-be college freshman. I don't think I've ever met someone her age with her looks and talent, who is also equally friendly, humble, unassuming, and down-to-earth. This girl has a big, bright future ahead of her!

The shoot was done on-location in her home. My little team of two was one hardworking photo assistant (thanks Annie!) and one killer makeup & hair artist, Cinthia Espinal. 

We did three looks in about four hours. Here they are (in reverse order of how they were shot, actually):

 

Look 1.

 

Look 2.

 

Look 3.

 

I love this photo so much and thought it would also make for a gorgeous Black & White:

Many thanks to Emma and her wonderfully supportive mom for being brave and letting me do my thing! 

The Combs Kids, Child Lifestyle & Portraits | A Fujifilm XE-2 Shoot | Boston Child Photographer

I was hired by The Combs to do a photo shoot of their three boys, ages 5, 3, and 1. The Combs wanted this shoot to focus primarily on the children with candid images of them playing outside in their backyard, along with a few traditional portraits (but only a few!). The shoot took place on a crisp, Autumn day in October. Dad was away at work during the majority of the shoot. 

Their home, located in a beautiful rural area just outside of Boston, had a large backyard complete with a vegetable garden, a tree swing, some woods...and chickens! Such a perfect space for three little boys to run around and play in.

These brothers were the sweetest. They warmed to me quickly, which warmed my heart.


I began the shoot with some quick portraits of the two older brothers while the little one was being woken up from his nap. 

The littlest brother and Mom joined us...

The chickens came out to play.

The sweet middle brother was very excited to show me the fresh-laid eggs.

The tree swing!

He called Mom over to push him on the swing...

Combs-3037.jpg

 

A boy and his rock collection.

And the littlest brother...

 

These shoots are all about the kiddos...but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to do a quick portrait of the loving parents together.

 

*Photo geek notes: This entire shoot was done with my stealthy little Fujifilm XE-2 and my 23mm 1.4 and 56mm 1.2 lenses. Some images were shot using only available light and some were lit. 

Rakeem-Andre Chapman, Gospel Artist | A Fujifilm XE-2 Shoot | Boston Music Photographer

Gospel artist Rakeem-Andre Chapman reached out to me a few months ago to do some press/promo and album cover art for the release of his new album, "Soul Revelation".

Andre expressed his desire to be outdoors in the beauty of nature for the majority of the shoot. He wanted the images to convey "introspection, highlighting the soul". And that's what we did! The shoot took place last month, starting off at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, and then moving to an indoor location afterwards, for variety. 

We were incredibly fortunate to get a warm, sunny day for the shoot. The sun played a significant role in backlighting Andre - along with my lights, of course! - to give me that dreamy, etherial, glow-y flare. 

Once we were satisfied with the outdoor portion of the shoot, we broke down the lighting gear and continued on to our indoor location - a small room in Andre's apartment - to knock out some solid indoor portraits. 

©Sarahmica Photography | Chapman-3256.jpg

During the pre-production planning, Andre also expressed a desire to, if possible, incorporate the Christian symbol of a cross into a few of the images. I really wanted to try and do this in a more creative and unique way, avoiding obvious cliches such as shooting in the sanctuary of a church, or using a church steeple, or life-size cross or crucifix in the background. So I ruminated over the possibilities for a few days...and then I got the idea of somehow hanging miniature crosses over his head, kind of like a baby crib mobile (ha!).

Once we had our safe portrait shots in the bag, I pulled out the little crosses (which I found for very cheap on Amazon.com) that I'd hung with thread on a wire hanger. The contraption looked laughably heinous and totally unimpressive to the naked eye. But this little prop added a cool, new element to a few of the portraits. These are my personal favorites from the shoot.

I get these "what if" ideas a lot and I plan them out as best I can. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. But I have to at least try them out. Always try them out. If they fall flat, it's no biggie and I usually learn something. If they're a success, it's icing on the cake!

Many thanks to Andre and his wife for choosing me to create these images! Best wishes on your new album release, Andre!

Check out Andre's website: rakeemandre.com

Photo geek notes: This entire shoot was done with my Fujifilm gear (XE-2 camera, and 23mm 1.4 and 56mm 1.2 lenses), and was my second "Fully Fuji" shoot to date. My first "Fully Fuji" shoot will be coming up next on this blog:  a child lifestyle shoot, which I'm very excited about, so stayed tuned. 

Intensity & Drama with an Entrepreneur...and My Fujifilm X-E2 | Boston Editorial Portrait Photographer

Entrepreneur and visual artist, David Williamson, contacted me to create some special portraits for a new venture. He wanted "dark, mysterious, intense, dramatic" and sent me a few inspiration images he found on the Internet. I took a look at the images and knew right away that this was right up my alley. Dave arrived in Boston from out of town, and we did the entire shoot in his small hotel room.

Using a simple two-light set up (one bare flash with a CTO gel attached and another flash in a 46" gridded softbox), I was able to create the dramatic lighting David wanted within a very small work space.

I brought both my huge and heavy Canon 5D MII DSLR and lenses and my very small and stealthy Fujifilm X-E2, working the shoot with both cameras. (At the time of this shoot, which took place in June, I only had one Fuji lens: the 23mm 1.4. I've since acquired Fuji's 56mm 1.2.)

 

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography   Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/4.5, 1/180, ISO 200

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography

Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/4.5, 1/180, ISO 200

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography   Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/4.5, 1/180, ISO 200

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography

Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/4.5, 1/180, ISO 200

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography   Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/5.6, 1/180, ISO 200

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography

Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/5.6, 1/180, ISO 200


The image below is the one image shot with my Canon 5D that was selected as a final.

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography   Shot with my Canon 5D MII and 85mm 1.8 lens:  f/4, 1/100, ISO 100

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography

Shot with my Canon 5D MII and 85mm 1.8 lens:  f/4, 1/100, ISO 100


The following two images are actually outtakes. I was doing some light tests and caught Dave in relaxed, candid moments where he wasn't playing the part of the "mysterious, intense character" that this project required. I love these images precisely because they are un-posed, natural, honest. I really dig the contrast between the two personas of "Mysterious, Intense Dave" and "Natural Dave".

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography   Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/4, 1/180, ISO 200

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography

Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/4, 1/180, ISO 200

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography   Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/4, 1/180, ISO 200

© 2014 Sarahmica Photography

Shot with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens:  f/4, 1/180, ISO 200

I am incredibly happy using my little X-E2. It makes me darn right giddy with delight knowing that I can use this compact, light-weight camera on a professional shoot. As I mentioned in a previous post about slowly making the switch to Fuji, my plan is to eventually get one of Fuji's more top-of-the-line cameras, relegating my X-E2 as a backup camera.