Lighting my own fire

I've been kind of bored with my own work lately.

It was feeling stale.

It was feeling "same-old-same-old."

But last month a client asked me to shoot something a little bit different for her and I was forced to push myself to do something I've never tried before -- studio lighting. (Dun dun duuuun!)

Now, I'm a natural light shooter. I am happiest shooting outside. And if I can't shoot outside, give me a window, any window, and I'll give you at least one dreamy photo you'll love.

But for this particular client, I was forced to work inside, in an interior room, with no windows, no natural light. Sooo...

First I put on my big girl pants and put aside my fear of the unknown. Then, while still wearing said pants, I drove to my local photography store, got a crash course in studio lighting from the experts there, and rented a reeeally expensive strobe kit.

And next, well, I gave it a shot. (Pun intended.)

It was very hard. Like, super hard. I was *totally* out of my comfort zone. And I had to look at and do things in a completely new and unexpected ways.

While I only scratched the surface of how to use studio lighting correctly - or artfully for that matter - I was able to pull off a few interesting images, and in the process, pull myself out of my creative rut.

Did I love working with studio light? Um, no. Will I try it again? Probably. Because I want to be better at all things photography and I love a good challenge.

And I do love these photos.

So thank you for that, Mr. Strobe. Thank you.

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