In late July I was approached by WeTheUrban magazine (www.WeTheUrban.com) with the opportunity to photograph a recently double-platinum band that was performing in Chicago for Lollapalooza.
While I had never photographed a band before, and starting with an internationally renowned band (complete with screaming teen girls as they arrived at our meeting location) was stressful, I knew the magazine approached me for my editorial style and tried to stick to my roots while shooting this editorial.
It was a very hot day and was very sunny, far from the ideal lighting conditions for most photoshoots. I brought my studio strobe with a power pack and a softlighter umbrella to try to balance out the sun. While the cover image (the image above) was taken with all natural light in the shade of a building, the other images benefited greatly from bringing my light.
Another challenge was the fact that there were four people in the frame. While posing was pretty easy, getting everyone to have a good expression at the same time, with no blinks, was definitely a challenge, a problem solved by shooting more frames than usual to ensure proper expressions were captured.
The band was a blast to shoot and the whole shoot itself only took about 40 minutes as the band had just come from an album signing and was off to their lolla-after-party concert right after our shoot.
All in all it was a successful shoot, though very stressfully out of my comfort zone. But this is how we grow, and I’m very thankful to have had this opportunity and happy that I was able to share my vision with a fun band and a great magazine! Special thanks to my photo-assistant for the day, Jon Menke, and to incredible fashion photographer Jennifer Avello (www.jenniferavello.com) for referring the magazine to me!
I recently had the opportunity to work with actor Velizar Ionikov (who is in a feature length film that will be available on netflix soon!) to capture some updated headshots!
Vel and I shot both Chicago Actor Headshots (natural light), as well as my favorite form of headshot, the East Coast Actor Headshot (studio light).
Overall we shot four different looks over the course of our session, which image from Vel’s session do you like the best? For booking inquiries email me at Luke@LukeSchneiderPhotography.com!
Photography: Luke Schneider
Hair and Makeup: Nicole Fae
Model: Anita @ Ignite Models
Magazine: Institute Magazine
I had the pleasure of working with Hair and Makeup Artist Nicole Fae (www.nicolefae.com/) and Ignite Minneapolis model Anita (www.ignite-models.com/anita) to create a beauty editorial that was definitely more “out there” than my typical work.
We shot two different beauty looks over the course of 3-4 hours with similar lighting and backgrounds.
My general concept was for a very specular light that really showed off the makeup, as well as tight crops to further draw the viewer into Nicole’s fantastic work.
This editorial really pushed me to perfect my retouching, and while I am happy with where my abilities are in photoshop I needed some extra help to clean up some stray hairs in this editorial.
I reached out to Viktor Fejes (viktorfejes.com/) who is an absolutely great retoucher. Viktor helped clean the editorial up to bring this editorial to the level that it is published at!
Finally, I brought in a fluorescent light to play with as a rim light and to make the background a bit more interesting for the last look.
See the editorial in its entirety on INSTITUTE Magazine’s website at http://institutemag.com/2014/07/14/dark/
Apologies for the lack of blog posts lately, I have been shooting a lot of Interior images for real-estate purposes as I start my business full time. These shoots give me the opportunity to photograph a wide variety of spaces in a short amount of time to build my interiors/real-estate portfolio.
Some of these units are large with beautiful natural light that are easy to photograph and some are much smaller with very little light at all, leading to an interesting dynamic requiring quick problem solving from property to property. In a typical day I have been shooting 4 apartment complexes, including all amenities, lobby, exterior, and any empty or furnished models and open units that they have to offer at each location.
For a typical apartment complex I try to shoot everything in roughly an hour and fifteen minutes, which really means constant rushing considering a lot of the apartments I have been shooting have between 2 and 5 models for me to shoot on top of all amenities and other areas that need to be photographed.
Overall this has been a great learning experience for me both on retouching and interior photography techniques, as well as determining which shots are absolutely imperative when photographing real-estate oriented images.
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more!
Late last week I got the opportunity to have my friend and studio rental partner, Clay Boutté (http://www.claybouttephoto.com/), infront of my lens for a quick headshot session to test out the new studio space and how it changes/helps my headshot work.
It helps when your subject is used to being infront of the lens, as well as behind the lens and I got some of the best headshots I’ve ever captured. I also was able to experiment with some new background colors that hadn’t previously been possible with my setup, such as full blown white, and full black backgrounds!
Which is your favorite look? I’m still a big fan of the neutral gray, but definitely will start experimenting more with white and black as well!
So I got my keys and moved into the new studio on Tuesday and had the great opportunity to test the space out with my good friend / Ignite Model Emilie! So far I have only gone through the headshots from the session, but everything is coming out great!
I have not had enough space, or height in the space i was shooting, to take proper headshots with space to raise the lights so my subject could stand, now, thanks to 14 foot ceilings, I can! Also, I haven’t had the space before to blow the background to white with a strobe without completely ruining the white balance of the image due to the fluorescent main lights, and now I can!
In short, the space is really nice and we have enough space to set up one little studio area while simultaneously using another large studio setup, which is very convenient as the space is shared! I’m so excited to get people in front of my lens to further my portfolios and continue to grow this business!
We are still in the move-in period so I will have some nice photos of the new space in the next few days, so stay tuned!
The day has come (sort of), I am pleased to announce that I will be continuing my headshot, fashion, commercial, and editorial photography work out of a beautiful studio in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago! The official lease signing is today, however I am out of town on business, so I will be moving in and will be ready to shoot on the afternoon/evening of Tuesday, June 17th!!
Let me know what you think and feel free to email me at Luke@LukeSchneiderPhotography.com to inquire about rates, packages offered, etc.
I’m so happy that the day is finally here and look forward to what the future holds for me and Luke Schneider Photography as a business!
I’ve always loved the Chicago skyline and have taken many images from many different angles over the last few years, but my go-to place to show off this city has to be the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center.
Over thanksgiving I was able to go up there right before sunset and had the opportunity to stay until just after sunset to get some of my favorite images of Chicago that I’ve taken yet.
When taking landscapes/cityscapes through glass, it’s important to get the lens as close to the glass as possible, and, if possible, bring a cloth or shirt or something to put between the lens and the glass, this will cut off all reflections from inside the room you are in. If you can’t do that, look closely at where the reflections are through the view finder and try to angle yourself or use your hand to block as much as possible. Also, windows up this high are very rarely crystal clear, so be very picky and try to find the cleanest bit of glass you can and shoot through that, your image will only be as good as the worst piece of glass you are shooting through!
When shooting skylines, try to hold the camera close to level so your vertical lines are always straight (I’ll make a future post about this, as well as fixing this in the near future) and requires the least amount of work in post, and then finally, shoot more images than you think you need to! It is ALWAYS better with digital to get way more copies of the same photo than you think you need so you are able to choose from a variety of very-slightly-different images later, you may have some images that are blurrier than others and you’ll kick yourself for not taking those few extra shots to try to get the sharpest, clearest, most level image you can get. It may be very different than Headshots, Fashion, Editorial, Commercial, or interiors, but landscape/cityscape photography can be really fun to shoot for personal projects!
I recently shot an editorial commisioned by CANDID Magazine! With the help of my stylist, Jenna Cesolini, and the fashion editor at Candid Magazine, Danny Keeling, we put together an idea for a high-contrast and moody editorial and set the wheels in motion. For this photoshoot we wanted to use the lobby at the Radisson Blu - Mall of America hotel. While this location is beautiful, shooting on corporate property raises certain issues that had to be settled. Through communicating with the hotel’s marketing department and drafting a basic contract I reached an agreement with the hotel and we were all set to shoot!