Open Me First

I had a great time on Sunday with my friends from the St. Louis Strobist Group. Four photographers, four models, hair stylist, babies, grandmas, brothers, sisters… At times it seemed like a cast of thousands. I enjoy the energy of shooting with other people. Everyone contributes something new and I always pick up some great ideas.

A big thanks to Chef Wes Johnson and Melody Raccagno (the party girl) for hosting our little gathering. They had some great music playing at the restaurant that fit the mood of the day perfectly. For me it was a very successful day except that I caught a cold over the weekend and sitting at the computer editing photos for hours is brutal.

The lighting setup here is by my buddy Mike, AKA Alien Zen. I couldn’t resist taking a few shots of my own since he had done all the heavy lifting for me. The biggest challenge is getting far enough away in this small room. This was shot with the 12-24 Tokina lens.

My hero and good sport. Jumping in at the last minute and working with great patience. This was a great location with lots of variety that we tried to put to good use. If you would like to see more photos from this shoot go to and search for the tag STLS_AUG11.

Thanks again to our kind hosts and to everyone who assisted and made it a great day. Now where is my chicken soup?

One Reply to “Open Me First”

  1. Great job! The shots were sexy and stlylish, shot with skill and soul. Of course, my favorite is Indiana Ellen!

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