Business Name: Amber Fox Photographer
Name: Amber Fox
Location: Fullerton, CA
Website: Amber Fox Photographer
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Tell us about yourself and your business.
My business name is Amber Fox Photographer and I am located in Orange County, CA. I have been in business for six years and have been specializing in Seniors for the past four years. I also teach photography to high school seniors, so I really know this age group. I love working with young women, because they so badly need to hear that they are beautiful, smart and interesting from someone else besides their parents. I love to speak into young peoples life and make a difference.
What is in your gear bag?
My Kelly Moore Bag is filled with a 5D Mark II with my 50 1.2 on and an 85 1.8 (and some other lenses I didn’t use). I love to shoot with vintage apple boxes and can’t really do a shoot with out them these days. For lighting accessories I used my 5-1 reflector and my Cheetah Light 360 with an Octabox for the last shots.
Tell us about this session.
Nicole is one of my Foxy Models that I have the honor of working with her over the course of her Junior & Senior year, so for this session we wanted to do something different and unique to her personality. Nicole loves fashion, but is super down to earth and athletic. We wanted a shoot that reflected her style and talents.
On a typical Southern California day, it’s super hot and sunny. But for this shoot, the sun was hiding most of the day and was unusually overcast. I really like to shoot with backlight, which was not an option for most of the shoot due to the diffused light, so I had to challenge myself. But because it was overcast, I was so excited to shoot at locations I normally can’t shoot at, since they are typically in harsh light.
So we started Nicole’s shoot in a urban spot surrounded by bricks. The light was perfect and it was a nice space to get Nicole warmed up to the camera. We then headed behind a hair salon and found a fun topiary to shoot against.
We then headed to a wall covered in ivy. You would never know it, but this was inside a McDonald’s parking lot. I have always loved this wall and wanted to use it for a shoot and because of the soft light that day, I could finally shoot there. And the photos look like we took a trip to Italy! I think these are my favorite.
Our last location was a park I love to shoot at and fortunately for us, the light broke out of the clouds and we got some gorgeous backlight. Yay! Nicole is a beautiful young woman, so I really wanted to capture her beauty in the midst of a gorgeous nature spot. I love the greens of the location and they really help provide contrast to her glowing skin and dark hair.
We ended her shoot with some awesome shots of her in her letterman jacket. I wanted to practice with my off-camera lighting equipment and capture some dramatic shots that highlighted her love for sports. Nicole has been on Varsity Track and Varsity Volleyball most of her high school years and plays an active role in leadership on those teams, so I really wanted something dramatic. I think I got exactly what I wanted.
Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
My biggest tip to share with other photographers is to shoot for the album you plan to sell. And use Smart Albums or Fundy to design them quickly and efficiently.