Monday, December 26, 2011

Border Symmetry's "Natural Beauty" Photo Shoot

Heather Lea, model and event planner for the Facebook group, Border Symmetry, wanted to put together some photo shoots with the concept of "Natural Beauty".

The idea was to have two look being simply some sort of white underwear and the second look to be a simle dress of a neutral color. Although Melissa and Heather opted to have some fabric formed into dresses by Amy Frisch in the dressing room just before the shoot.

I was in one group with one other photographer. There were to be four models, but we only ended up with Melissa and Heather on the day of the shoot, Sunday, 12-18-11.

I photographed Heather for the first half of the shoot, then the models switched photographers. The second half of the shoot I got to photograph Melissa wearing her brown fabric/dress.

Chuck Ryan Photography (Model Mayhem)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Gabi Bauer

A couple weeks ago a friend of mine brought her daughter, Gabi Bauer, to my studio for a few headshots. A day or two later I asked Gabi's mother if she thought Gabi would be interested in doing a photo shoot. She immediately called Gabi who accepted the offer. The photo shoot date was set for Friday, 12-23-11.

I knew that this was going to be Gabi's first time in front of the camera..."modeling". Although we didn't shoot very long I have to say Gabi did a wonderful job. Thank you Gabi....

Chuck Ryan Photography (Model Mayhem)

Saturday, December 17, 2011


I met Stacy a couple years ago on another photo shoot although I didn't remember her name. Then not too long ago she "friend" me on Model Mayhem. When I was looking for someone to shoot with on Friday, 12-16-11, at the studio I sent her a message to see if she would be interested. She accepted! Thank you Stacy!

Chuck Ryan Photography (Model Mayhem)


A couple weeks ago I bought the Elinchrom Quadra which is a battery pack flash system. I bought them to go between my Nikon SB-900 speedlights and my Elinchrom Style RX 600 monolights. My other battery pack light system I have is the Elinchrom Ranger RX.

I have a couple upcoming shoots where I was planning on using the Quadra's so I bought the Elinchrom Maxilite to use with the Quadra or with the other Elinchrom lights. The Maxilite is a 16" wide, deep reflector. Elinchrom doesn't make a grid for it, so I ordered a grid from Honeygids that I got on Thursday.

On Friday I took a shot of the Elinchrom Maxilite on a Style RX 600 monolight. The light was about 10' from the wall shot at f/11. Next I put the grid on the Maxilight and measured the light at the wall. It was 6/10 of a stop lower than without the grid. The second shot was taken after I put the light back up to f/11. The grid sure does keep the light confined.