Christa and I took a brief tour of Magnolia one recent sunny afternoon to take some portraits of her posing with her acoustic guitar. We found a hidden courtyard downtown and were impressed with its faded brick walls and rusty ironworks. The distressed textures and overall weathered appearance made it a perfectly unique spot for photos that might work well on an album cover.
She posed well, and I have to say, I shot very well, using two different lenses: the 10-24mm Nikkor and the 84mm Nikkor. This was absolutely the correct combo for the assignment.
Post-production was fun, as well. We purchased and downloaded hundreds of Photoshop “actions” that create a variety of highly stylized and creative images. I’ve learned that a “photojournalistic” style does not necessarily work (or is even desired) in all cases, and by applying actions we can express ourselves more artistically with just the click of the mouse. Following are some of my favorite images.