Saturday, September 23, 2006

Pink Hair and Purple Fabric Photoshoot

all photos by ryan burke

Photoshoot: "Justine (The Gender Bender)"
Date: September 12, 2006

In the middle of class the other day, I noticed Justine's amazing new hair color. I said across the room "hey, what are you doing tonight, wanna do pictures?" Right after class we went to wal-mart to pick up some supplies (props) for the shoot and then we had some fun for a couple hours. These photos are the result of this spontaneous photoshoot. I will probably end up using Justine as one of the characters in my Young Americans portrait project. As a temporary title, I am calling her the Gender Bender.

Hope you like this montage of the photoshoot. The "official" pictures are/will be posted in my deviant art gallery which you can find linked to at the top of this page.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Photoshoot: The Free Spirit

all photos by ryan burke.

Photoshoot: "Shannon in a Bed of Petals (The Free Spirit)"
Date: September 6th, 2006

My latest photoshoot was of Shannon Nester, a music major and a very nice friend of mine. Ever since I've known her, she has been happy and positive to be around. She's also very chill and fun; therefore, her character in my senior project was the "Free Spirit."

For this shoot, we decided to use the fields of Yorktown near the beach we used for Laura's photoshoot in my previous post. Laura came along on this shoot to help out. The photo I was aiming for has been posted in my deviant art and depicts Shannon playing the flute in an open field with flower petals floating in the air. I hope you enjoy all of the other photos here which were taken in the process of getting the main shot.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Photoshoot: Laura as the Optimist

all photos by ryan burke

Photoshoot: "The Optimist"
Date: September 2nd, 2006

Laura Errington is a good friend of mine and one of the most positive people I know. As such, for her portrait (another part of my senior sem portrait series) I wanted to capture her bright positive attitude. We decided that a beach would be the best place to go and wearing all white would contrast well against the water and sky. As a prop, we used Chinese yo-yos which she threw around as she danced on the beach. With all the color and movement, as well as Laura's wonderful smile, I think I was able to get a good photographic interpretation of her optimistic demeanor.

So...I hope you enjoy them!

Another thing we tried to do as a spur of the moment side project was to wrap Laura up in aluminum foil and have her as a statue on the beach. Peter Adams, my roommate helped come up with this idea and also helped put it together. The end result was a little ridiculous but pretty awesome as well.