Reen Fitz Photography

Lifestyle Photographer: Hudson Valley / Westchester County, New York

Tag: creative

Summer Fun in Small Spaces

This was such a great impromptu portrait session! I was excited to do it, and now I’m even more excited to share it! In the past, I’ve taken portraits of my friend Genna to test out new techniques and equipment, while exploring beautiful landscapes. This time, instead of going to a place with an abundance of natural splendor, I decided to take on the challenge of taking portraits in tighter spaces, where I might have to cut out or work to avoid distractions in the background.

Can you tell that we’re in a tiny area between a house and a road, in the middle of a yard that’s full of kids’ toys? Can you tell that I even took some of these with a wiggly baby in one arm? Or that for some of these, we were about 3 yards from a Con-Ed crew that was digging up the lawn?

I also took the opportunity to experiment with some different editing styles. My usual style, as far as color-correction, is vibrant, true-to-life colors. You may notice a lot of photographers these days using a “desaturated” or “moody” style that slightly skews the colors of a photo to be more of a muted tone, and sometimes a bit of a golden hue is added as well. So I figured, why not try out some of that in these portraits? View more of this session in my Flickr portfolio!

The Queen, Part 2: Playing with Fire

I’ve been playing around with the Queen a bit…this time, with fire!

Part 2 of this project involved experimenting with some smoke and fire effects, and I love how it really changes the mood and the story behind the image. Of course, we still have the strong Queen character, but this time in color, veiled and framed in delicate plumes of smoke, and with the added symbolism of fire. 

 

I’m pretty sure every songwriter, poet, or other creative  has a piece that in some way references fire or burning. It’s such a powerful force that is so often used as a descriptor for our most powerful emotions. It can symbolize empowerment, strength, enlightenment, passion, creativity, transformation, destruction, among many, many other things.

Especially in the photo on the bottom right, the fire could be compared to a forest fire, which, when occurring naturally, is how forests make way for new, healthy growth.

Digging deeper, if you take into account the cool color of her dress, it could also be interpreted as the Queen is the water, the answer to the fire. The fire has met its match. Her facial expression certainly seems calm and fearless.

While we’re talking about her dress, what color is it, again? The original dress was actually the blue that you see in the top left photo, above. But I did take some more creative liberties and experimented with changing the color of it. Not for any particular reason, just to see what would happen!

I’ve had fun not only editing these shots, but also offering possible ways to analyze the stories within them. I’m interested to know what stories you see in these images! Drop me a comment on here,  Facebook or Instagram and let me know your thoughts!

The Queen, Part One: Monochrome Monarch

Hold. The. Phone.

Have you seen these pictures yet???

Needless to say, I am overjoyed with the results from my first styled, “fantasy-inspired” photoshoot! My model, Emma, is (quite obviously) no stranger to modeling, however this was her first outdoor photoshoot- so this was an exciting new project for both of us!

This shoot had gotten postponed once due to April being a Northeastern snowpocolypse. Glad that’s over! And I’m so glad our snow-date worked out! It was an overcast day, but it worked out beautifully for us.

I cannot thank Emma enough for not only doing all of her own styling- oufits, makeup, hair- but also for making that gorgeous flowers & spikes halo crown. She totally brought her A-game.

The inspiration for this shoot came from wanting to capture a strong female presence, somewhere along the lines of a warrior and a Queen.

This is the beginning of a new creative project that I am extremely excited about. It will be an ongoing process, as I fiddle with different editing techniques, just for the fun of it! I’m starting out with just a few monochrome images, but there will absolutely be more to come! My creativity is overwhelmed in the best way!

You will not want to miss the updates on this project! Follow along on Instagram and Like on Facebook to stay in the loop!