Natural Light

Outdoor Studio Gallery

 

This is a growing series of portraits made using my outdoor studio.This is a daylight studio which is best used in the morning or afternoons when the sun is not too high in the sky. I set it up with the sun behind the backdrop. There’s a thin gray nylon screen across the top to filter the backlight that falls on my subjects. The ground in front must be bare earth or sometimes I use a neutral colored plastic sheet. More recently I have been using a large fold out reflector to bounce in more light. Occassionally I used flash with subjects on the white background, but now prefer not to.

I first designed and built it in 2008. I have tweaked it an upgraded and enlarged it over the years and at this point it has two background, white and black.

The inspiration for this studio came from legendary photographer Irving Penn.

Pwo Karen

Mae Lai Village, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

November 2016

Baan Thong Luang

Ethnic Minority Village

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Novemeber 2016

Baan Thong Luang

Ethnic Minority Village

Chiang Mai, Thailand

July 2015

Akha

Chiang Rai, Thailand.

March 2011

Pwo Karen (My assistant and his Bride)

Chiang Mai, Thailand.

February 2011

Pwo Karen

Mae Lai, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

April 2010

Akha

Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand.

March 2008

Not the full studio. I was trialing the idea and had a few pieces of backdrop fabric with me. The people asked if I could make individual, full length portraits of all the adults so they could place the photo on their coffin when they die!
The young girl dressed in her mother’s costume for the first time as she wanted me to make her portrait too. It was a lot of fun.