Creating breathtaking and dynamic images, this style of lighting enables us to create beautiful one of a kind shapes. The color options are endless, and each shot is created and lit by hand.
Tubes of Light
Inspired by the work of my good friend Eric Pare, a photographer and light painter from Montreal, Canada. Eric has shared many of his light painting techniques with me and thousands of light painters around the world. With the help of Eric I have learned to create shapes like his, and also many of my own. I know that I speak for many artists when I say, thank you Eric, for everything you do.
Finding beauty in the world starts with realizing that you yourself are beautiful. This lighting style can be created with a variety of different light tools and techniques. They are all created against a mirror and each one is lit by hand.
One of my favorite tools to use, the glass is always guaranteed to create simple yet spectacular shapes paired with beautiful soft lighting. The color possibilities are endless and each image is lit by hand.
One of my most requested lighting styles, this portrait can vary in poses, wing color, and wing shape. In the end we always capture the beauty and innocence of every model.
Paired with the dancers I've been blessed to work with, the ballet barre represents the fundamentals in both dance and light painting.
A lighting style that represents the strong and cutting edge side to each person. Creating strong and beautiful lines where the color possibilities are endless.
The idea of being Iconic, of finding yourself and understanding that only you hold the power to determine your future. That thought is what inspired the shapes of light that you hold in your hands.
This lighting style enables us to create beautiful light and tones throughout the whole room, while creating a silhouette of the model. An opposite of all of my other lighting styles, where this creates mystery to the artist.
Out of the Dark, into the Light
Stepping out of the dark and into the light is a new series of work that I will be expanding on. From shooting in studio locations to the beauty of nature.
In the summer of 2016 I was inspired by the idea that anything is possible, I decided to take light painting somewhere not many artists have gone, under water. The challenges that came with attempting this, were some of the biggest I've faced as an artist, but the outcome made it that much better. Every shot was created within five second exposures, lit only by hand using Light Painting Brushes, and shot on GoPro.
The timing involved between my model Melissa Meyer (@TheMelissaMeyer) and I was a beautiful thing once we found it, but getting there was no easy task. Setting the Gopro for night lapse was key, and finding the desired exposure took us a while to find. Five second exposures in an interval, with 2 seconds between each picture and the ISO set to about 200 seemed to work great. That gave me enough time to activate the camera shutter, swim over to Melissa, and go down under together.
Watching for the GoPro’s red blinking light was one of the most important parts for me because i could see when the exposure would start and finish before the new one started. This allowed me to create things like angel wings and other fun shapes.
Melissa had the hardest part of this shoot because she had to hold super still, which is no easy task when under water. As with any long exposure photography, movement means blur! The trick was taking a huge breath, then releasing all of the air from her lungs, which allowed her to sink to the bottom of the pool and sit still. From there she only had to stay as long as she could with virtually all the air having left her lungs. She had the liberty of coming up for air as she pleased and waited a couple of minutes between takes as to keep her safe. As the light painter I too had to follow the same breathing methods as Melissa if I wanted to be more in control of my light painting. Releasing all of my breath allowed me to sink with her and stay down while I drew the shapes I desired.
After an hour or so of coming up for air and back down to shoot, we decided to call it a night. The next step is going through the raw images to see what we might have come out with. It can easily be a hit or miss with the difficulty of this process but once you figure out what you’re doing, you can definitely come out with amazing results!