Thanks from a Former Student
I was recently thinking about your great intro to digital photography class I attended way back in 2012 at PFM, and I want to thank you for all the skills you gave me and all the encouragement and fun you put into teaching photography.
I recently had a chance to "use everything I know" behind a camera, and I was reminiscing about where I learned it -- you and your class!
Yours was the first photo class I ever took, and since then I've been continuing my photo hobby, taking headshots of friends for FB and documenting parties and events and such. I take pictures pretty much continuously, so much so that my wife's nieces nicknamed me "shutterbug".
I do enjoy taking portraits, and recently did a 12-hour, 7-model studio portrait session with some friends who wanted to document their creative "Rare Birds" performance art and costume project here in San Francisco. I want to share a link with you to behind-the-scene shots from that day, which tell the tale of the shoot from my perspective in the dressing room where the makeup process and opportunity for unusual angles was prolific. i felt this was a really fun day to be a photographer!
Thanks so much for everything, and best wishes for your current projects.
San Francisco, CA
Here is the short background info on this photo shoot:
Name of Organization: Rare Birds
Location: San Francisco, CA
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rare Birds grew out of a single performance event performed in 2017 at Heron's Head park, a wildlife eco park located in San Francisco. Visitors to the park that morning were greeted by our troupe of "Rare Birds" placed in and among the sprawling 2 mile park. Our Birds danced, sang, played music and otherwise engaged the visitors with an immersive performance spectacle. The troupe has continued to design, build and create new characters and has been making frequent appearances at Bay area events.
Costume design by: Collaborative works by the performers with overall art direction by Rose Harden
Makeup by: Andrea Sendek, Rose Harden
Photography by: Brett Bowman
Goals of this shoot:
For Rare Birds performers, the goal of the shoot was to create promotional photos for their new website. Rare Birds hopes to grow their business of providing character entertainment at festivals, corporate events, and large-scale party events. The photos are supposed to be full body as well as close-ups, and I tried to make it look fun and mysterious and weird and playful all at once (yet also clearly lighted and not too creative photographically, more akin to a standard professional portrait, but in a bird costume!).
For myself, the goal of this photography was to practice shooting with studio lighting and working with models - this was one of the first handful of times I've used studio lighting, and it was a marathon all-day shoot of 7 performers in multiple costumes and a variety of backdrops. I had the assistance of the costume designer Rose Harden to position the models and provide encouragement and posing suggestions to the models. This was really quite helpful, as Rose knows what the costumes can do, and she is the final customer of these pictures. Thanks to her in-person review I could be sure we were getting the shots she wanted. It turned out we worked well together, by good luck.
All Photos © Brett Bowman