Luxie Kitty and the Flash
Most of you know that I also have a professional photography business. I started the business because I love photography and I was hoping to make it profitable enough to retire from teaching a bit early.
Well, it went crazy. I did retire from teaching and the business continued to grow. And grow. And grow. I was doing family portraits, newborns and maternity, and high school seniors.
I was busy year round, but from August through the end of December I worked every single weekend. Every. Single. Weekend. Then editing photos through the week. So basically 7 days a week for almost half the year.
Then two things happened very close together. I turned 60 and my latest granddaughter was born. I realized that I was sacrificing all of my time for other families and other people and I was not getting to enjoy my life or my family.
So, I cut back. Way back. Now I only do about 1-4 sessions a month and only professional headshots. No more newborns (adorable, but very time consuming,) families (again adorable, but exhausting especially when there are toddlers involved,) and high school seniors (which I really loved, but again so very, very time consuming.)
What does that have to do with these photos of Luxie kitty? Well, the other day, I was carrying around a Kale Greek Salad trying to find the best light in the house. I stopped dead in my tracks and said, “What a minute! I have flashes and all kinds of photography equipment, why am I running around trying to find light? I can make light!”
Yesterday, I got out my flash and decided to play with it a little in the dining room. It wasn’t long before I had help. Kitty help.
The first photo was pretty funny, as soon as I set up the flash, Luxie immediately checked it out. In the other photos you can see how I am using the flash to fill in light. There is light coming in from the right side of the photo from the dining room window and the flash is off camera on the left side of the photo.
In the photo of her sitting looking out the window, she is lit from the front by the window light and from the back by the flash. If I had not had the flash on, the back of her would have been much darker and in shadow.
I don’t know that I’ll use my flash for kitty photos, however I’m sure that when I bring it out for the food photos, I’ll probably have some more help!
For my artsy photo, I used topaz labs.