Art-A-Whirl 2011

It's hard to believe that Art-A-Whirl was three weeks ago (and that I haven't posted anything since January!). For those of you not in Minneapolis, Art-A-Whirl is a three day open studio event and claims to be the largest open studio and gallery tour in the United States. Thanks to everyone who came out to visit, purchase prints and check out my work. It was a great time! I wanted to capture the flow of people coming in and out of my studio, so I made this time-lapse, using a Canon Timer Remote Controller (TC-80N3). I took one photo every 10 seconds for about 8 hours. If I remember correctly, there are over 2,800 images.

Minneapolis Art-A-Whirl 2011 from Craig VanDerSchaegen on Vimeo.

Ila Handbags

A few months ago I had the privilege of shooting in the studio all day for Ila Handbags, a Minneapolis company whose products are all handmade, using new and vintage fabrics.

This weekend we're doing another shoot and I remembered that I never blogged any of the photos from the last one, so here they are!

More photos and some behind the scenes shots after the jump.

Paula, the designer and owner of Ila Handbags:

Behind the scenes:

Sally J delivers the goods!

A couple of months ago I did an all day shoot for local singer Sally J and today she stopped by my studio with a copy of her new CD! I dig what her designer did with my photos and think her recording sounds great. The week before doing this shoot I watched Zack Arias' One Light dvd and thought this was the perfect excuse to do most of my shooting with a single strobe.

The first two shots were done with a Canon 580 EX II, bounced into a silver umbrella. I tried an Elinchrom strobe, but it was just way too powerful for what I wanted.



The following two shots were done with a Ray Flash, which I bought specifically for this shoot because the local rental place didn't have a ring flash available. Wish I would've thought to call Flashlight. I'm sure they could have hooked me up.



Let me know what you think. I'm pretty happy with the results.

Shooting models

Over the last couple of weeks I started shooting with some models to build up a new portfolio. While my website represents me fairly well, I want to expand it to show that my studio work consists of more than simple headshots.

This shot came from a session I did with a model named Kari. She was great and I hope to work with her again.

The lighting was simple: An Elinchrom 600RX with a 17" reflector/"beauty dish" and a couple of 8' x 4' pieces of black foam core to keep light from spilling onto the background.

Stay tuned for more model photos. I've got a few in the retouching queue and have more shoots lined up over the next couple of weeks.