Chicago Fitness Photographer – Behind the Scenes shooting on location

Hello there  I am Shawn Kinney a Chicago based Fitness/Lifestyle photographer and this was a shoot with Chicago based model Willow Star   for the fitness clothing line Avia. My home studio location is Tribalance Yoga Center. 

The first setup I wanted to do a fierce Black and white portrait to set the tone for shoot.

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Camera settings f/1.8 @1/200 ISO 100

With a slight change in camera angle you can see how the mood changes in your photograph. That is why I almost always shoot without a tripod. This gives my the freedom to explore the different qualities of light created simply be changing where you stand.

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Below is the behind the scenes photo illustrating the lighting set up.

Main/Key light was a Elinchrom Portalite 22″ Octa with translucent deflector. Rim light which was to camera right was a 40′ grid with a 1/4 stop cto warming gel and the fill was a golden bounce reflector.

 

Second setup

For this setup I took advantage of the available sun light(in this image it created the back light and both rim lights on the subject). When combining available light and artificial strobe lighting it is key to 1st meter the source you cant control. In this case it would be the sunlight. I then add one strobe at a time to get the results I am looking for. The 2 Elinchrom ELB 400 packs and heads were use for a controlled fill light on both front sides of the subject face and legs.

 

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Camera settings F/1.8 @ 1/250 & iso 200

For a slightly different look a separated the model from the bike and Changed the lighting setup slightly. Main/Key light was a 35″ Dynalite grand soft box with internal diffusion, fill light was a golden bounce reflector and the strobe head had a 1/4 stop cto warming gel directed towards the the stationary bike.

 

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Camera Settings F/1.8 @ 1/200 & ISO 100

 

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For the last setup we moved into the yoga room where we created these. We were under a time restraint so no BTS photos for this setup. But I used two Elinchrom ELB 400 power packs with pro heads. Camera left had a 1/4 stop cto warming gel on it to add some warmth.

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Camera settings F/1.8 @ 1/80 & ISO 100
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Camera settings F1/8 @ 1/80 & ISO 100

With the proper game plan and the right crew you can get 4 different looks with only 4 hours of shooting time. I am a Chicago Based Fitness photographer and My complete portfolio can be viewed here shawnkinney.com.

Chicago Fitness Photographer / Chicago Portrait Photographer Shooting on location with a 2 light setup “Behind The Scenes”

What to consider when shooting on location.

I am Chicago based Fitness/Lifestlye Photographer with a majority of my work being done on location.  The very first thing I do is take a visual assessment of the location. Then determine what is a distraction and what can add to the value to the final image. What is it about the location that will help you tell the story? Or is it just about the individual you are photographing?  This all can be manipulated by your composition, lighting and the depth of field of the image.

This is a break down of my lastest fitness shoot with Katie & Anastasia on location at Tribalance Yoga Studio .

Below Setup #1 : Two Elinchrom ELB 400 power packs with pro heads. The pro head on camera right has a frosted diffuser and the pro head to camera left using the 47″ Westcott grand soft box with the Elinchrom Translucent Deflector. I removed the outer diffusion of the soft box to give it a little more punch a crisper light.

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Camera Settings  F/1.8 @ 1/80  ISO 50
Below Setup #2 : Two Elinchrom ELB 400 power packs with pro heads. The pro head in far right corner of the image has a Elinchrom 7″ grid reflector with a 40′ degree grid. This is used to focus the light and give it a harsher rim light on the model. The head directly next to me was using the 47″ Westcott grand soft box with the Elinchrom Translucent Deflector. I removed the outer diffusion of the soft box to give it a little more punch a crisper light.

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Camera Settings F/2.8 @ 1/60, ISO 50
Below Setup #3 Elinchrom ELB 400 power packs with pro heads. The pro head in lower right corner of the image has a Elinchrom 7″ grid reflector with a 40′ degree grid. This is used to focus the light and give it a harsher rim light on the model. The head in the back of image was using the 47″ Westcott grand soft box with the Elinchrom Translucent Deflector. I removed the outer diffusion of the soft box to give it a little more punch a crisper light.  This was my point of view.

 
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Female Boxer leaning on punching bag
Camera settings F/2.8 @ 1/60 ISO 50

Below Setup #4 Elinchrom ELB 400 power packs with pro heads. The pro head in back right corner of the image has a Elinchrom 7″ grid reflector with a 40′ degree grid. This is used to focus the light and give it a harsher rim light on the model. The head in the in the foreground has a frosted diffuser.  This was my point of view.

 


  

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Female Boxer leaning on punching bag
 
Camera settings for above two final images  F/1.8 @ 1/50 ISO 50

Below Setup #5 Elinchrom ELB 400 power packs with pro heads. The pro head in back left corner of the image has a Elinchrom 7″ grid reflector with a 40′ degree grid. This is used to focus the light and give it a harsher rim light on the model. The head in the in the foreground(to the right of me) has a frosted diffuser.  


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Camera Settings F/3.5 @ 1/50 ISO 125

The short flash duration of the Elinchrom Qudra strobes heads is what freezes the subjects while allowing me to shoot using a slower shutter speed. This allows me to take advantage of the available light and light the entire scene using only two strobe heads.

Thanks for reading.  If you have any question or thoughts on my work please feel free to reach out.

I am a Chicago Based Fitness Photographer , Chicago Based Portrait Photographer & Chicago Based Lifestyle Photographer  with the ability to travel. I have built a career by shooting on location and I have the uncanny ability to combine available and artificial lighting seamlessly.

My full portfolio can be seen www.shawankinney.com

Chicago Portrait Photographer / What it takes to shoot Editorial work

What it takes to shoot Editorial Work
Hello there  I am Shawn Kinney a Portrait/Fitness photographer based out of Chicago Il. I am here to discuss briefly on what it takes to shoot editorial work on location. First and most important you must have a complete understanding of what the client is asking for.
Do they want just a headshot, or do they want a full body shot, how much the environment do they want incorporated and what feeling/mode are they looking for. In order to gather the information needed to create a successful photograph. I normally ask for the Who (who I am I shooting), What (what do they do), Why(why are the being photographed), Where (location and how much does the client want the location to influence the photo) and How (how much TIME do I have with the subject) which in my opinion is the most critical thing to understand. Often times the subject has a very busy schedule and feels they have much more important things to do then get their photo taken. I have had anywhere from 10 minutes to up to an hour so you must be prepared to get what you need in the allowed time.
Upon getting the assignment I typically google the subject. This normally will give you some insight on who you are dealing and in most cases will give the information needed to find some common ground or maybe some of their personal interest. Trust me when I say this they talk business all day every day and if you can find something they are interested outside of the office it will go a long way to getting a genuine photo.
Prior to arriving on location I ask the subject(or their point of contact) if they have a favorite location or an area of the building they are most proud. Then once I arrive I scout the location and look for 2 set-up possibilities. You can get 2 well done photos with just 10 minutes of subjects time if you prepare properly.  The images below were of Doug Dixon The General Manager of the Pacific Fisherman Shipyard.
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Another thing I find usual is to use minimal equipment. The less lighting equipment you set-up the less intimidating it is to the subject.
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The two photos above are of Kimberly Harris the President and CEO of Puget Sound Energy
The two photos below are of Jeff Roe The President and CEO of Premera Blue Cross
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And last but not least the two photos below are of Ana Mari Cauce The interim President at the University of Washington. She preferred to be seated so I just gave the client two variations of her seated.
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below are a couple of examples of test lighting and compositing so the set is ready for the subject to step in once they arrive. I generally get on location at least 30 minutes and up to an hour prior to shooting time.

 

All the photos were shot with the minimal equipment. Most with one strobe and never more then two strobes. The rest of my work can be viewed at Chicago Portrait Photographer.
Thanks for reading

Chicago Portrait Photographer / Creating Portraits

Creating Portraits with what you have
 Often times we sit here wishing we had an amazing studio space, the newest camera body or the fanciest lens. Here is a prime example with a little creativity and a small amount of space you can create fun and captivating portraits. For these I used a 7′ x 7′ section of my one car garage and turned it into a make shift studio.

 

I used the very first lighting kit I ever bought. The Wescott Spiderlite TD5 window light kit bought back in 2007ish. It is a daylight balanced constant lighting that is great for shooting tight portraits. The next decision is what do  I use to capture these images? For this series I decide to use my Iphone 6s. To many times I have experienced that as soon as you pull out a commercial/professional grade camera the subject instantly gets nervous. But with Iphone it is a little less intimidating and allows them to relax. I mean how times have you had you picture taken with a Iphone? It really makes it seem as if it just a friend taking a picture of friend and here are the results.
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And of course I brought them into photoshop and did my usual finishing touches to my portraits. So here is a prime example that the camera is just part of the process and your ability as a photographer is the true necessary piece of the puzzle. Now when someone ask you what camera you use or prefer. You can tell them the one that is available to me!
This is also the setup I use to do my 1972 Polaroid Land Camera portrait series . Which can be seen here Polaroid Portraits
Thanks for reading and my full portfolio can been seen here shawnkinney.com

 

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My latest work for a model portfolio development for Ashely Bates a model @ www.ohlssonagency.com on location @ www.Tribalance.com

 

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The rest of my portfolio can be viewed here www.shawnkinney.com 

 

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This was shoot for a Mens Vintage reseller Feather & Oar.

 

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My full portfolio can be viewed @ www.shawnkinney.com 

Chicago Fitness Photographer / Highlighting Tribalance a Schaumburg full fitness/wellness center

Tribalance  is located on the Northwest corner of S. Roselle & Wise Road in Schaumburg. To maintain their Yoga persona the interior build out was constructed of 60% of recycled material. They provide both in group and private sessions and offer Meditation, Yoga, Yoga Teacher training, Barre classes, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Condition, Kickboxing, Tri-fit (bootcamp style training), Thai Bodywork and Acupuncture.

 

Welcoming desk

 

Hall Way leading to their 4 separate class rooms 

 

Inspiration Board

 

Mindful inspirations throughout 

 

Studio “Mind”

 

Studio “Spirt”

 

Studio “Body” lower space has padded kickboxing ring

 

Studio “Body”  upper level for Cross-Fit and body shaping classes

Below are Yoga class in the main studio “Soul”

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 studio “Soul”
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Below is Tribalance Owner & Lululemon Ambassador Shawnda Falvo

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Lululemon ambassador and teacher Melina Milcarek

 

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my full portfolio can be view @ www.shawnkinney.com 

Chicago Fitness Photographer “The evolution of a fitness Photographer”

I truly believe in order us to grow we need to know and understand were we can from. The journey in my opinion is just as important as our final destination. The evolution of my photography started with the desire to capture breath taking landscapes and grew from there. After the purchase of my first DSLR in 2008 and many hours learning the ins and outs from any book I could get my hands on. I was able to capture theses images while out on a hike in Death Valley California

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These were honestly the first two images I ever intentionally set out to captured. My photography desire quickly change from landscape to fashion due to the influence of my first instructor at the Art Institute of Las Vegas. After understanding the ability to control the mode and feel of the images with studio lighting I wanted nothing more to do with landscapes for now. Upon relocating to Wa in 2011 I set out to develop my fashion portfolio and thats when I first met and became good friends with Bri Seeley. Here are a couple of Images from her 2011 look book.

 

 

Later that year I met and became good friends with commercial photographer Dean Zulich He also started his photography career with a desire for landscape photography and quickly became known for his unbelievable ability to create conceptual images. The next step in my evolution I truly owe to him as he showed me how to blend my two loves. The initial love for landscape photography with my new love of fashion photography and this was born. Another collaboration with fashion designer Bri Seeley.
 
 

 

Then I wanted to bring my conceptual work into the studio. This was also captured 2012

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From here I went on to develop my dynamic studio portrait shooting style. Images below were shoot in 2013.
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Above is my first fitness composite. Model shoot in studio and then added to trail landscape shoot in 2013
Next was fitness/athletics on location and a 5 am location call created the images below.
 
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Then I hit the beach to create this
 
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mixed in a little a running

 

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and that brings us to 2015
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and my latest adventure below. Multiple exposures.

 

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and thats a wrap on my quick breakdown of the evolution of my photography journey. The most important thing I have learned along the way, is that the greatest piece of equipment is your own personal version and the ability to apply to your clients needs. I am look forward to the growth I will experience in 2016.

“Your ability to thrive in any environment and any situation rests not primarily on what you do, but who you are as a person, an individual; a human being”

My full portfolio can be view @ www.shawnkinney.com
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IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS…NEVER QUIT DREAMING The Story of Anthony Baumann by Chicago Portrait Photographer Shawn Kinney

Say hello to Anthony C Baumann (facebook) as he opens up about his life journey to play music. He showed up by his favorite mode of transportation, on his 2015 Ultra Harley Davidson. Here are the two bands he is currently playing in St. Stephen’s Whiskey and Phat Kiss


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Don’t give up on your dream. Its never to late to take the 1st step”

So this is where you grow up, how old were you when you left? I was 9 when I left. I moved to Florida with my mother and 2 bothers. She just wanted a better life away from the city for us kids. I lasted 2-3 years and I had to come back, I truly missed the city. Eventually all the kids gravitated back to the city and my mother ended staying in Florida.

 

As a kid what did you dream about becoming when you grew up? A Musician. All my life from day one! I guess it started from the effluence of the cartoons. I grew up in 70’s and all the cartoons had bands in them, they were all rock stars. Thats the first thing we did as kids, my dad bought us all instruments. One brother played electric guitar, the other played bass and I played drums.

 

Did your parents encourage you to be creative? Oh ya. I guess our grandparents were also musicians. They passed away when I was young, so I guess it was just in our blood. Our dad was like go for it and bought us all instruments. My brothers and I joined every band in school and still to this day my brother and I play in a band together. Nothing better then rocking out with your brother.

At this point in your life, are you happy where you are at? Yes. Music has taken me everywhere. I have been all over the world. I have played Carnage Hall, Chicago Theater, Ground Zero memorial (911 site in NY) and on several cd’s. I have meet so many amazing people and without music no of it would have ever happened.

 


If there is one significant thing in your life right now you could change, what would it be? I would love be in a professional touring band and I will never give that dream up. I am still hoping that I’ll find the right spot for myself in a band that can take it to the next level.

 

Can you share one of your most vivid childhood memories? The house was always haunted. We were defiantly afraid of this place. We lived here with our grandparents and they passed away when I was 7. Not sure if it was just a kids imagination but we would hear people walking up and down the stairs all the time. There was a secret room in the basement. It was a small storage area were my grandfather would keep all his stuff and I was defiantly afraid to go back there.

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of? That I was able to touch some many different people through my music.

Who are your Music Idols/First concert? Bonham, Moon, Neil Purt and of course Dave Grohl(hew just knocked out of the park). I saw Iron Maiden in 1982 at Navy Pier when they played ChicagoFest and they played it for free. I found out thy were playing from a couple kids talking in school. I didn’t really know anyone so I went by myself.

 

What has been the biggest obstacle in pursuing music? I would have to say finding the right people in life. Finding people with similar likes and similar goals. Thats why it is so hard to keep bands together. Everyone is their own artist and they have their own goals in mind.

 

Do you have any advice for those people struggling with the dreaded 9 to 5? Don’t give up on your dream. You got to make yourself happy first. If your not happy then move on. You don’t have to be stuck, go out and find something you like to do. I know its a scaring thing and the first step is the hardest thing to do. But you have to do it! Its never to late to take the first step.

 

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self? Practice, practice and more practice. I took a hiatus when I was a kid. I bounced around lot in between different things of interest when I was younger. There was a period of about 20 years of when I didn’t pick up the sticks. I was a semi professional hockey player for a while. I actually didn’t get real job until I was 30. After high school I got a part time job and started skating again, that landed me a job teaching at Addison park district teaching the kids how to play hockey. From there I got a tryout with a semipro team and eventually got signed by LA and went to minor leagues. After the season I came and continued coaching the kids. That lasted about 10 years and man did I love it. So I would say to my younger self practice, practice and focus more on music. If you have that one dream don’t let the distraction of life derail you.

 

Thanks for sharing Anthony and I hope this shows everyone that its never to late to live the life you deserve. More of my work can be view  at www.shawnkinney.com