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Wednesday, August 7, 2013


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Shooting for Flashes of Hope is always one of the more fun assignments that I take on as a photographer. The entire experience — installing a portrait set in a hospital and then photographing children with their families — always provides perspective. Compared to the challenges that these families are facing with a child fighting cancer or other life-limiting illness, my concerns and difficulties are rendered inconsequential.

Last Monday's session at St. Joseph's Hospital was no exception and the kids were tremendous as usual. It's often easy to get them to smile but I'm always interested in trying to coax out a portrait that captures their personality and spirit. I think I was fortunate to come away with a few images that managed that objective and show their bravery in the face of circumstances that can be difficult at best.

Jeremy Allen and Gabe Windschauer were tremendous assistants, each donating their day to help me with the task of loading and unloading the gear to create the set. The lighting scheme that Jeremy and I have favored for these shoots lately has been a two light set up with an octobox as the key light and a gridded soft box as the edge light. The mobile phone image that Jeremy captured below and the lighting diagram illustrate the set and how we made the most of shooting by the elevator bay in a wing of St. Joseph's that is being renovated. 

© Jeremy Allen / jeremyallen.500px.com

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