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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


People who know me know that I am always shooting, always trying to improve my skills and learn new things.  I love photography and I can never get enough.  I stay busy during the winter months, when weddings are slow, by putting in a lot of work in the studio.  I study lighting and posing, test new gear, and brainstorm new ways to shoot weddings.  It keeps me fresh and in game shape for wedding season so I am ready to hit the ground running in May with a whole new bag of tricks.  That’s how I stay innovative and constantly raise the bar each and every year.

Making self portraits is one of my favorite ways to practice.  It turns out, I have a ton of patience for myself!  I don’t mind if I tinker with lights for hours, or feel bad when I make fun of my poses.  It helps me understand what it’s like to be photographed by me, and how I can make every aspect of the experience better.  But it’s also a lot of fun and quite powerful to have your portrait made, even if you have to make it yourself.

Photographers click "read more" for the lighting setup for this photo.

Tip for photographers:
This photo is lit with two lights.  The main light, reflected in the sunglasses is a 7’ silver parabolic umbrella to the camera left about a foot above head height.  There is also a 24” beauty dish high and behind the subject camera right to light my hair and create some separation from the background.  Making self portraits is fun and educational, I highly recommend it.

How do you dream of being photographed?  Billings Montana portrait photographer Paul Bellinger specializes in dramatic fine art portrait photography that is as unique as you are.  Paul has cultivated an artistic vision for portrait photography that is both modern and timeless, ensuring your precious memories will be preserved for generations to come.  Contact Paul Bellinger for all of your Billings Montana portrait photography needs, senior portraits, corporate headshots, and glamorous beauty portraits that will make any woman feel as special as she is.  www.paulbellinger.com

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