This week, I had four events to cover on Saturday, and with that, I had all kinds of ideas of how I was going to make my second portrait for this project. I shot the same sex weddings in Hemming Park, a fencing tournament at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, the women's and men's basketball games as part of the River City Rumble between Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida. and the Professional Rough Stock rodeo event at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. A full day for sure.
But with each one of these events, I had all these great ideas for shooting some really cool portraits. The ideas came so fast and furious that I got really excited and couldn't sleep. I planned on setting up and shooting portraits of the couples that got legally married in the park, maybe with a cool lighted heart backdrop behind them. Then I thought I'd take my equipment to shoot some portraits of some of the fencers with some dramatic lighting. I've done some cool portraits of the JU basketball players in the past, so I was sure I could figure out something to do in the arena....and they'd trust me enough to do it with me. And to finish off the night, I could grab some cool images of the real cowboys at dusk before they had to be ready to for the night's event.
Yeah, that didn't work out so well. Pretty much none of it did.
When I got to the park in the morning, there was a ton of stuff going on. It was a bit chaotic. I scouted out several places to set up my lights, but there was just no room to make a big production of it. I ended up setting up just one light in a tight area. Then the problem became letting people know that I was offering to make portraits of the couples. There were dozens of photographers......um, I mean people with cameras......trying to cover everything. It was kind of like every person for themselves. I did get to make some portraits of a few of the couples, but it wasn't what I had envisioned. I ended up making more images of the ceremonies and the festivities, and I'm OK with that.
Then at the fencing tournament, I thought I'd be able to come up with something different. But my time was limited and the competitors were focused on their next match. After they finished a match, they were sweaty and checking out the competition. Again not what I envisioned. What I did do though was talk to the fencing club folks and arrange to make some images at one of their training sessions/meetings in the next couple of weeks. So, I will still be able to make that happen.
It was the same at the basketball games. Maybe if I'd set something up beforehand and had gotten there before the games began. I didn't. I will.
And I couldn't get out to the rodeo event early enough to make that happen, so those ideas will have to wait until I get another chance.
So, what is my portrait for this week? I've decided on one of the wedding portraits I did at the same sex marriage extravaganza. This is one of my favorites.....
This is Vickie and Cassandra. We were doing your basic portraits when Vickie just planted a kiss on her new wife. And I caught it. I think it shows the love that they have for each other and is an example of the feelings that were on display for this event.
The lighting here was a White Lightning 1200 in a 60" Softlighter that was camera right, from above and just behind me. And of course, a bit of sunlight breaking through the trees as a hairlight.
Hope you like it. We'll see what I can come up with next week. Maybe it'll go a bit smoother.