Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Louisa Wells! Located at "Breather" Room in the Starrett-Lehigh Building, Louisa used her Nikon D800 with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens to capture photos from her series, "A Study of Freckles", featuring Devonte of Krush Management.
I've been shooting since I was 16. Basically, I had a friend whose mom owned a small portrait business and I wanted to have photos like the ones she took. So, I got a camera and haven't looked back since. I'd say I started focusing on this as a viable career about 4 years ago when I moved to New York.
I love movies so I tend to take photos of lighting and compositions of scenes I love. Otherwise, I like to go back and look at the generation before, see what's been done, see what I could do to put my own spin on it.
This is a simple "Breather" Space on the West Side. I was sure to book it on a clear day when I knew the sun would be in peak condition. The shadows cast on his face are the lines from the windows. I felt it made for some nice composition and a dynamic portrait. I didn't do much retouching because his skin was pretty great. I love the capability Capture One has; I played with the color tones a bit (obviously since this is Black and White).
Shoot from all different angles, try something you think won't look good. If you don't like something, direct the person -- you are in control of every aspect of the image. Do not stop. It's been said a million times but it's true. I once stopped shooting for three months and I had to relearn what worked for me as a result.
I've started a weekly email newsletter for creatives who want to be real. I share practical tips, stories about how I've tried and failed and just life lessons from those who have come before me. You can head to louisawellsblog.com/subscribe to sign up!
Thank you, Louisa, for allowing us to share these photos! Check out more of her photography on her website www.louisawells.com and social media channels @bylouisawells. Looking for models for your next shoot? Follow @Freckskid and @Krushmgmt on Instagram.
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