20160204 - Zyaire and Starr Photoshoot - Wide Aperture - Be Inspired

I like to do cool portraits, in exotic locations with amazing people – quite often on a zero budget, fuelled by nothing more than passion.


As a result, things rarely… if ever, go 100% smoothly and according to plan. Over time, I have learnt that to be a good photographer you need to be an amazing problem solver; To expect and deal with last minute changes, problems and concerns, and to make sure that regardless of what happens – deliver the best results possible.

Even projects that take months to plan and put together can go horribly wrong last minute, and it is only the naive belief and perseverance to tell yourself “I can do this” that will get you through the hardest challenges.


Yesterday's photoshoot was supposed to be at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio.  I thought it was a public park and public parks are supposed to be free right? Wrong!


I was in for a surprise.


So the Japanese Tea garden would not be an option simply because it's a TFP shoot and I don't want to pass the costs unto my models.


So the next idea was to go to a location I've shot months before, The Denman Estates.  This location had several nice spots that had good pockets of light that I enjoy shooting in.


I first got a chance to work with a model I worked with before, Starr.  Starr has a great look, and we made it happen in our pics.  Here are some examples below.



Nikon D800, Nikon 105 macro lens, f/7.1, iso 100, 1/250th ss


Nikon D800, Samyang 85 1.4, f/1.4, iso 50, 1/320ss


Nikon D800, Sigma 70-200 2.8 @ 160mm, f/8, 1/160th ss, iso 100


D800, Sigma 70-200 2.8 @ 150mm.  f/5.6, 1/160th ss, iso 160

Next came Zyaire, who I worked with before at a recent photoshoot here.  Here is a sample shot with Zyaire.  Zyaire can be contacted at her model page here


Nikon D800, Sigma 70-200 2.8, @95mm.  f/13, 1/160th ss, iso 200