Studio time with Michael Baxter

August 21, 2011

http://raksphoto.com/

I’ve just spent a full day in a studio (http://www.erricostudiophoto.com/) seconding to the wonderful Michael Baxter. He had four bellydancers from the New England area lined up for photoshoots, and as is typical from these events, I came away inspired, educated and generally, a better photographer for the experience. Big thanks to Amy for organizing the trip, and bringing me in!

Much of my photography (especially in 2011) has been done on location or outdoors, primarily due to a lack of space and equipment to make the kind of studio photos I see in my head – but watching Michael working with studio lights, using a variety of softboxes and then improvising and building out sets that you would never imagine could come from simple lights – I’m inspired all over again :)

On top of simple technical skills, Michael’s ability to work with his model – Amy and I joked that Michael could run an entire workshop solely on “schmoozing the dancers” – it’s always great to see someone who is so passionate and involved with the process!

Of course, this gushing post wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for Michaels openness. His willingness to share – something frequently lacking in the photography community – is what makes him unique in my experience.

So – a simple day in a studio, under the guise of being there to move lights and do bulb runs, turns into an education, an experience, and a good time hanging out with friends – sign me up for his next trip :)

You can find even more about Michael Baxter here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Baxter-Belly-Dance-Photography/125678561728



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