As photographers, it’s essential to keep pushing our creative boundaries and experiment with new techniques. This can be especially exciting when it comes to lighting, as it can dramatically transform the mood and aesthetic of an image. In today’s blog post, we’ll delve into a recent after-dark photo shoot I conducted, where the goal was to explore various lighting scenarios in a single room. The results were nothing short of mesmerizing and a refreshing departure from the standard, naturally lit photography.
The shoot was centered around the theme of “muses in the dark.” If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that Meg + Drew are a constant source of inspiration to me. The idea was to capture the beauty of these two and their relationship, while challenging the typical notions of what a portrait should look like. By shooting in a single room after dark, I aimed to create a series of distinct looks through manipulating the available light sources and experimenting with different techniques. We used a single lamp with a color changing bulb, a projector, and smoke to create texture. I had zero expectations going into the shoot, I had a few general ideas… but when we decided to make weird types of light the main themed, the room became an experimental playground and it was nothing but pure magic.
This after-dark photo shoot was a reminder that stepping outside of our comfort zones and experimenting with different techniques can lead to astounding results. If you find yourself in a creative rut or just looking to challenge yourself, try playing with various lighting scenarios in a single space. You might just discover a new side to your photography and ignite a newfound passion for capturing the world around you.