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Recents: Denise Pt. 20,384

With winter coming soon, and the temperture dropping fast, its time to move inside. Time to refresh my off camera lighting knowledge. Cause I swear, I can’t retain it in my head for the life of me. My boom mount was broken which kept me from using my beauty dish. After some tinkering, I mended the issue. It seriously took 30 seconds ha. Always problem solving with photography. I’ve been dying to shoot lately, and with my new day job and helping friends finish a house, I rarely have time for shooting. I took a day off from the hustle and bustle of real life and shot my best friend and photo muse Denise. She’s always willing to help me with my ideas and visions. I want to start shooting more “risque” photos. Nothing nude or questionable, just simple less clothing style photos. I really wish these were outside in the world, but I like how they came out.

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Photographers in front of a camera

We are used to being behind the camera, not in front of it!


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Random Unplanned Photos

Total spur of the moment photos are the best. These were originally suppose to be shot during the golden hour, but “someone” was late meeting up. I quickly ran through my location list in my memory and remembered this alley. I have been wanting to shoot here for years, but completely forgot about it. This was about a ten minute shoot. It was cold, and poor Julie was shivering after the first set of shots. I personally love working fast. I tend to second guess and over complicate a shot with too much time. Tried some different tweaks in lightroom and added some grain to some. Still debating on redoing these.






Oh big thanks to Denise for being my assistant 🙂

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Blog only photos

Didn’t shoot much this week. When I have nothing to edit, I usually go through my old shots and find things I missed. Here are a few.


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Recents with Denise

So Thursday I had a doctors appointment, which gave me the chance to play hookie from work. My diffusion panel came in to Allen’s finally, so I had the chance to stop by and pick it up. While I was there, as always, I started bs’ing with Rob. It just seems like everytime I’m there I just want to unload my bank account on everything. However for the last few months, this beauty dish has been tempting me. The only thing holding my back from buying it was the want to buy big lights. I have so many light modifiers for my speedlights that I don’t use, I kept thinking the dish would turn into one of those. After talking about it for a few minutes with Rob, I said to hell with it, I’ll buy it.

I am highly in love with this dish. I don’t know why I was putting it off for so long. I’ve used these before and know the amazing results and lighting you can get with one.

I hope you guys aren’t sick of seeing Denise. I know I’m not. She’s my go to girl.








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Cafe Girl

Ever since I picked up this KZ, I have been wanting to take some decent shots of it. Then I wanted to add a female, then some kind of different lighting set up. I recently reconnected with my friend Denise and remembered we were suppose to shoot in the past. I passed the idea along to her and she was thrilled to do it. I also gave her my limited Heartbreak Cycle Works tee to wear so I could get them some nice shots to use. I had limited space to work with. The KZ is being stored at my friends family plumbing shop, so space was tight. I wanted to use the exposed ceiling rafters to hang a light. Dusted off my manfroto magic arm and attached a speed light to it. Not giving out all my details, but you should be able to figure it out :p. I brought my boom out and extended it up about 10 feet for the back lighting. After some test shots and figuring out my camera was set wrong from the previous use, I started getting images I saw exactly in my mind. All in all we both had a great time, and I’m making Denise my new photo muse.

For these images I was using my new led light setup. Its light weight, puts out plenty of light, and can be color balanced.

And finally this one. Same LED light, and added a sb700 in the back.

Bonus ghetto light drawing

Also check out the heartbreak guys. 2 rad dudes who do amazing work on cafe racers. Heartbreak Cycleworks

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A walk around town with Chelsea

Haven’t shot much since winter has set in. Like I’ve stated in past posts, I can’t stand shooting in the cold. Well my friend Chelsea and I planned on a shoot last week, but postponed it because of the freezing cold weather. Well we got together this past sat and walked around my town for some quick portraits. Of course it was cold and I wasn’t trying to have us outside too long. I love working fast. Makes me think on my feet and keeps me from over thinking a shot. Posting this from my phone so I hope this works. I only have a few on here so lets call this part 1. Shooting Chelsea again tonight inside with some strobes and such. Should be fun.





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A look back at 2012

This past year has been an interesting one. A lot of ups and downs, but for my photography, it has been my best. I always look back at my photos and think what I could have done better, or to see how I’ve progressed. Here are some of my favorite photos from 2012, in no particular order.

















And yes I chose an instagram photo because I seriously love the shot and Thor.


Looking back at it all, I am super happy with all of my work. It has been a very successful year and it can only get better. I am looking forward to keeping up with this blog and doing as many shoots I can. Thanks for all that follow me and like my posts. It keeps me going. Happy New Year!


PS- Follow me on instagram! @Chaz_Boyd


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Headed down to Philly yesterday to hang out with my friend Keith. I told him he had no choice but to stand in front of my camera. Told myself I would only bring my 35 and thats it, but I ended up bringing the 35, 85, and 70-200. Mainly used the 35, and took a few with the 85. Have I mentioned that I am so in love with the 35 1.4? Just incase you missed it, I do. Good times yesterday and hope to do this again in the Spring when its warm and colorful out.

2 after shoot photos…


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As Promised

Some from the shoot with Cynthia in the city. Plus 2 outtakes/fun shots.








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