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Finding deep colors on a gray winter day ~ portraits for a business website

I can’t believe it is winter again!  After a freezing cold late November portrait shoot on the High Line a few weeks ago, I was reminded that just because it is cold outside, it doesn’t mean you have to go indoors for portraits and loose the beautiful natural daylight.  Just plan ahead with a few layers of clothes, and you are good to go.

One of my favorite winter portrait sessions of 2013 was back in February on a cold Sunday afternoon. I went with Alissa Schwartz to Red Hook, Brooklyn to take some portraits for her to use on her business website, and it was a great success!  She had done her own location scouting and had found a variety of buildings to fit with the feel of her business – Solid Fire Consulting.  She wanted to convey a dynamic, enterprising feel, full of energy and fun, and she had picked some perfect colors as backgrounds to brighten up a gray winter day.  And she kept on laughing, despite the snow flurries and cold fingers and toes.  I think that is one of the key factors that makes great portraits – you can tell when someone is having fun.

Below are some of the photos from our afternoon ~ and then check out how the photos were used on her website.

loading doc laugh




Red Hook brick and garage


Red Hook portrait


portrait loading dock


white wall portraits


Red Wall portrait I




Red Wall portraits


Blue Wall


On the water Red Hook


Portrait - Red Hook rocks




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