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Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus Review has been published on on www.MikeMcGeePhotography.com

Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus (Front)
Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus (Back)
Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus Review
So the good people at Savage Universal know that I’m a ringlight junkie and sent me their Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus to review. Many thanks to them, and as a fan, professional photographer, and owner of a studio literally called “Ringlight Studios”, I guess it’s only fitting that I put this ringlight through its paces and give it an extensive review.
Just to preface this review a bit, for those who don’t know me or my work, I built my own custom ringlight out of wood, sockets, and actual lightbulbs that is by far my favorite light for capturing flattering beauty headshots with a unique catchlight. Here are some of my beauty headshots taken with my DIY ringlight with various colored backdrops. This will not be a comparison review as it’s not practical to expect people will have the time or skills to go out and build their own ringlight. Thus, I will on occasion use my DIY ringlight as a reference point in this review since I have so much experience shooting with it, and I may be able to highlight some advantages/disadvantages of the two ringlight systems.
Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus (Front)
 
So how much does Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus cost?
The Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus sells for $297.99.

This item can be purchased directly from Savage Universal, or direct from Amazon.com and other online retailers.
Amazon Purchase Link:

Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus
Savage Purchase Link:

Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus
Adorama Purchase Link:

Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus
 
Is this Ringlight a flash/strobe or continuous light source, and what’s the difference?
The Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus is a continuous light source only.
The difference is that a ringflash is one that is a flash/strobe producing a burst of bright light that can stop motion similar to any shoe-mounted flash. This is NOT one of those. This ringlight is a true ringlight and produces a constant light source that can be used for photography, videography, makeup artists, etc. This is similar to my DIY ringlight that uses actual bulbs to produce light.
 
Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus Included Items
So what is included with the Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus?
First, let’s see what’s in the box. Here are some photos and a list of exactly what comes in the box:



• Bi-color 96W LED ringlight

• Remote control

• Metal ball head

• 9′ AC Power supply

• Padded carry bag

• (2) Li-ion 7.2V 4400mAh 31.68Wh Batteries (Listed to fit Sony NP-F750/NP-F770)

• Usage Instructions
The items all come packed nicely within the padded carrying bag.
 
How wide is the actual opening on the Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus?
The internal opening is listed as 12” but I measured this exact size as 11-1/2” in diameter across.



Although this ringlight is listed as a 19″ Ringlight, that is the outer diameter which includes the bezel. The internal opening measures 11-1/2” across. The interior of the ring is also not a true circle as the bottom portion includes a small platform shoe for camera mounting.
 
How do you power the Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus?


The Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus runs on both AC and battery power.



There is a power cord and transformer included for AC power use, along with 2 batteries that clip into the back of the ringlight for battery power. Batteries are listed to run for 75 minutes at full power when fully charged.
The battery option is a nice addition and allows one to power up this ringlight anywhere, even on-location without the need for a Vagabond Mini or other portable AC power source like my DIY ringlight requires. The Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus comes with two batteries and two chargers. Here is a close-up view of the battery and charger:
Two Included Battery Chargers
Two Included Batteries
What’s also a nice addition is that the battery system with the Luminous Pro LED Ringlight isn’t proprietary. This means you aren’t locked into a system where buying additional batteries or replacement batteries can be difficult or costly. As of this writing, there is a matching Neewer Battery on Amazon for $13.99 with free shipping.
 
How long does it take to charge each battery?
Each battery takes approximately 4 hours to fully charge when opening the package for the first time. Since the package comes with two chargers, you can charge them simultaneously. And battery power means you can even move the camera and ringlight around when shooting video for extreme portability.
Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus (Side View)
 
How does the Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus mount to a stand?
Each ringlight has a universal stand mount at the bottom, and an adjustable swivel dial to adjust the pitch of the ringlight on the mount either forward or backward. The package does not come with a separate stand, so you will have to mount the ringlight itself to any of your existing stands via the universal stand mount with tightening screw at the bottom.
 
Can one mount a Camera directly to the Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus?
Yes, the ringlight also comes with an optional shoe mount and metal ball head for mounting a camera to the base of the ringlight itself. The ball head allows for minor adjustments to the camera when mounted.
 
What are the Tech Specs?:

• 480 Daylight balanced, cool-running LED chips

• Measures 19″ diameter with 12″ inner opening

• CRI: 95

• 5300 Lumens at 1m at 4300K

• 4300 Lumens at 1m at 3200K

• 3600 Lumens at 1m at 5500K

• Adjustable color temperature

• Shoe mount and metal ball head with removable shoe for camera mounting

• Includes a padded carry bag

• Even, flicker-free light

• 75 minutes of run time at full power (5500K, 3200K) with included NP-F750 batteries

• Dual voltage power supply (110-240v input-14.5v output)

• Rear LCD readout indicates power level, Kelvin temperature, battery level, group and channel settings

• Remote control for On/Off, power level, channel selection, group selection and color temperature levels

• Max camera weight: 4 lbs.
 
Ok, so now that the basics are out of the way, how does the Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus stack up?
 
Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus (Back View)
Brightness. Right off the bat, I noticed that this ringlight yields a lot of light. It’s bright, and that’s a great thing. There’s an abundance of light that is produced, and the included dial on both the front and back of the ringlight allows for an easy reduction of power when needed. This was crucial because I like to shoot at a shallow depth of field, (between f/1.4 to f/2.2) and thus, I was able to reduce the light’s power since I was shooting at such a wide aperture. This was excellent.
Color Temperature. The color temperature was also very nice to control on-the-fly as needed. The same rotating dial that adjusts the light’s power, also adjusts the color temperature when pressed. Another nice option. I typically shoot RAW and simply adjust white balance on one image in post and then apply those settings to all other images from the same series, but whenever you have the option to correct this in-camera that’s always a plus.
 
Close up of the Control Panel
For my test run with this ringlight, I ran it through the paces with model April Denise (@aprildenise) in my studio. The sample setup I used here was a Nikon D750 with an 85mm f/1.4 lens, mounted on the ringlight in front of the Cocoa seamless background paper from Savage. Here’s a look at the setup:
 
Model Credit: April Denise (@aprildenise). Sample Beauty Portrait Setup with the Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus
Shooting. This is where things get interesting. Each photographer shoots differently, and my personal go-to lens for portraiture is an 85mm f/1.4 prime lens on a Full Frame DSLR. When shooting portraiture at this focal range, I like to be about a minimum of 6 feet from the subject, depending upon if this is a headshot or portrait. This eliminates distortion and provides excellent bokeh when needed.
However, when mounting the camera as suggested to the ringlight, this means that the camera and light are at the same spot, and the subject must stand a minimum of 6 feet away from the camera/ringlight. This works, but makes the catchlight more of a single “dot” in the pupil. This isn’t a bad thing at all, and the results with this ringlight were fantastic, just a different look than what I’m accustomed to shooting. Here’s an example I took of a beauty portrait with the Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus:
 
Model Credit: April Denise (@aprildenise). Sample Beauty Portrait with the Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus (Shot at 1/125, f/1.4, ISO 640)
 
Model Credit: April Denise (@aprildenise). Sample Beauty Portrait with the Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus (Shot at 1/125, f/1.8, ISO 400)
 
For me, I like to actually shoot a bit further back from the ringlight, allowing the subject to get closer to the light. This produces a more flattering look in my opinion, and allows for a slightly larger catchlight the closer the model gets toward the ringlight. In order to do this, I ditched the ballhead completely, and just shoot freely from behind the ringlight. I typically don’t like being locked into a fixed position anyway when shooting headshots/portraits, but that’s just me. The end result of shooting farther away from behind the ringlight means more of it is in frame. It’s more of a style I like, and I love this shot, but then again, more cleanup in post to remove it. Here’s an example:
 
Model Credit: April Denise (@aprildenise). Sample Beauty Portrait with the Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus (Shot at 1/125, f/1.4, ISO 500)
This is also a bit of a moot point if you’re shooting video and not portraits. For portraits, I nearly never shoot with a 35mm or 50mm lens unless I’m trying to actually utilize the distortion to my benefit. However, if I were shooting video, I’d likely use a much wider lens, and combined with the brightness of this ringlight, you can easily illuminate and entire subject and/or want subjects further from the lens to begin with, so a fixed/mounted camera and ringlight would work well. If I start a YouTube channel, this is the light I’m using for videos for sure.
 
Included Metal Ballhead
Metal Ballhead. I like this ringlight, but if there was one weakness I would say it would be in the included ballhead. I personally prefer to shoot without the camera mounted on the ringlight in the first place for portraits. However, if you do, the strength of this ballhead is a bit questionable for heavy DSLRs and even heavier lenses. I removed the battery grip from my Nikon D750, and was using my 85mm f/1.4 prime lens (and not a bazooka like my 70-200mm f/2.8) and even with the 85mm prime, I wasn’t 100% confident with the stability and support for this setup. I will probably bolster this mount if I plan on shooting with heavier lenses in the future.
Again, for video, this likely won’t be a concern as wider primes at f/1.8 are much smaller and lighter than my setup. If and only if you find yourself in need of a bulkier ball head option, there are cheap upgrades to this that can also enhance the use of this ringlight.
Selfies. We all claim to hate them, but they are here to stay. Well, one cheap option for upgrading this ringlight to a selfie beast would be a hot shoe mounting adapter that works for your smartphone and/or GoPro. That cheap upgrade can truly make this a dream selfie ringlight. A smartphone mount can also be fantastic for makeup artists who want to record videos or time-lapse sessions of their work. That’s a huge plus as an option thanks to the hotshoe mount, and here are some additional third party add-on hot shoe mount options:
 
Fixed Hot shoe mounting screw:
Amazon:

Camera Hot Shoe Mount to 1/4″-20 Tripod Screw Adapter Flash Shoe Mount for DSLR Camera Rig (Pack of 2) – $5.54
Alternate Ball Head:
Amazon:

FOTYRIG Hot Shoe Adapter Mini Ball Head 1/4″ Thread Hot Shoe Mount 360 Degree for Cameras and Ring Flash Light, Black – $8.99
Hot Shoe mount for Smartphone or GoPro:
Amazon:

Neewer 3-in-1 Hot Shoe Mount Adapter Kit – includes Hot Shoe Mount, GoPro Adapter and Universal Phone Holder – $9.99
 
Included Remote Control
Included remote. This is really a nice option to have. The remote allows for everything to be adjusted as per the back of the unit. It includes raising/lowering the light’s power, color temperature, zone, etc. Again, if you’re using this for selfiles or for video, this is a nice option to have from anywhere within range.
 
Included Tote Bag
Carrying Bag. This too is a really nice option. Especially since this runs on battery power, it’s super convenient to have the included zippered tote bag with just the ringlight for maximum portability. One possible upgrade in the future would be to have a pouch on the side of the tote that could hold the power adapter and chargers so that they are separated from the interior of the tote with the ringlight itself, but this is just a suggestion. It works fine as-is.
 
Savage Universal Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus Review Summary


Pros:

• Beautiful flattering light for beauty, portraits, etc.

• Bright and Adjustable

• Adjust color temp as needed

• AC or battery power (nonproprietary batteries too!)

• Included remote
Cons:

• Included ballhead is weak

• Tote could use a side pouch for accessories

• Shooting diameter of 12” may limit some shooting styles

 
So there you have it. If you’re looking for a video or DSLR ringlight I hope this review assists you. I found the greatest strengths of this ringlight to be the beautiful bright light is produces with simple-to-use dials for adjusting both brightness and color temp. The included remote and tote bag are extremely convenient, and the option of battery power transform this for maximum portability. I wish the ballhead had greater strength, but I actually prefer shooting without it, and alternate mounts are cheaply available, so it’s not a huge concern to me. All in all, it’s another tool in my shooting arsenal, especially for video, and I’m looking forward to putting it through even more tests in the future.
 

 
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Interested in a photoshoot? Just use the contact page here to email me with any photo session ideas you may have. If you are interested in portraits or headshots, I shoot professional portraits and professional headshots both outdoors with natural light and/or strobes, or in my San Francisco Bay Area-based photo studio with a wide variety of backdrops and lighting options for many types of projects. Whether it’s fashion photography, portrait photography, yoga or fitness photography, headshot photography, beauty headshot photography, artistic extreme colored gel hypercolor portraits, or anything in-between, I offer affordable rates for many budgets. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s shoot!
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Noel Hogan Retro Editorial Shoot has been published on on www.MikeMcGeePhotography.com

Model Credit: Noel Hogan
No, we’re not living in the upside-down, but the popularity of Stranger Things has definitely brought back 80’s retro styling. Here are some shots from my shoot with model Noel Hogan, showcasing some vintage 80’s retro elements in front of a classic yellow school bus. Holding arguably one of the greatest albums ever made, the featured image has Noel holding the classic Beatles record Sgt. Pepper’s and yes, it’s on vinyl.
 
Model Credit: Noel Hogan
Model Credit: Noel Hogan
Model Credit: Noel Hogan
Model Credit: Noel Hogan
 
Want to learn more about a photoshoot or have a question?

Interested in a photoshoot? Just use the contact page here to email me with any photo session ideas you may have. If you are interested in portraits or headshots, I shoot professional portraits and professional headshots both outdoors with natural light and/or strobes, or in my San Francisco Bay Area-based photo studio with a wide variety of backdrops and lighting options for many types of projects. Whether it’s fashion photography, portrait photography, yoga or fitness photography, headshot photography, beauty headshot photography, artistic extreme colored gel hypercolor portraits, or anything in-between, I offer affordable rates for many budgets. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s shoot!
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Jiajia Artistic Ballet Inspired Shoot has been published on on www.MikeMcGeePhotography.com

Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
And now for something completely different. 🙂 As you can see by my shooting style, I rarely shoot full-length images, hardly ever stop motion, and often opt for portraits and headshots that focus on the model’s eyes. However, for this series, model Jiajia (@jiajiadances) is a talented ballet dancer and we wanted to capture a series that had the soft intimate feel of portraiture, but also showed off her artistic mood and flow through dance.
In this series, I have a fairly simple two-light setup in front of a large black seamless backdrop from Savage Universal. The keylight is an Einstein e640 from Paul C. Buff with a large octobox that I feathered for a softer more moody look, along with another Einstein e640 in the rear as a rimlight with a stripbox and grid to focus the light just on the outline of Jiajia to capture her form and separate her from the black background a bit without losing that artistic mood I was going for.
Jiajia’s talent, form, and wardrobe really makes this series work as the flow of her garment almost appears as if it’s underwater at times, really capturing the mood and feel I was going for. I also enjoy how the color change of the fabric is a gradient that both captures highlights, shadows and the transition of light so perfectly! I really like how this series turned out, and sometimes breaking out of my traditional shooting patterns can be both fun and extremely satisfying when everything falls so perfectly into place. Here are some more shots from this series:
 
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
Model Credit: Jiajia (@jiajiadances)
 
Want to learn more about a photoshoot or have a question?

Interested in a photoshoot? Just use the contact page here to email me with any photo session ideas you may have. If you are interested in portraits or headshots, I shoot professional portraits and professional headshots both outdoors with natural light and/or strobes, or in my San Francisco Bay Area-based photo studio with a wide variety of backdrops and lighting options for many types of projects. Whether it’s fashion photography, portrait photography, yoga or fitness photography, headshot photography, beauty headshot photography, artistic extreme colored gel hypercolor portraits, or anything in-between, I offer affordable rates for many budgets. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s shoot!
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Meg Vega Ringlight Beauty Headshots has been published on on www.MikeMcGeePhotography.com

Model Credit: Meg Vega
Indulge me for a Throwback Thursday photo of sorts, even though I have never posted this entire series here before. Here’s a series I took just over a year ago with the supremely talented Meg Vega. This was my first ever shoot using my DIY ringlight that I made out of $40 in parts, and I remember suggesting to Meg, “Hey, wanna try out this ringlight I just made?” and she said sure. This was shot in my apartment in front of an off-white wall with a 50mm f/1.8 lens that cost around $200 bucks. That’s it!
This series is important to me not just because I love the results, but it reinforces the fact that it doesn’t take a fancy studio or expensive gear to create some really engaging shots. This is still one of my favorite ringlight shots ever, and everything just worked. Meg’s styling here really embodies and timeless beauty a la Marilyn Monroe, and the pearls compliment this vintage Hollywood glam look so perfectly.
If you are looking for a San Francisco Bay Area-based beauty & headshot photographer, you can view some other examples of my work on via the link. Or if you’re interested in booking a session, please use the Contact page on my web site for more details.
 
Model Credit: Meg Vega
Model Credit: Meg Vega
Model Credit: Meg Vega
Model Credit: Meg Vega
Model Credit: Meg Vega
Model Credit: Meg Vega
Model Credit: Meg Vega
 
Want to learn more about a photoshoot or have a question?

Interested in a photoshoot? Just use the contact page here to email me with any photo session ideas you may have. If you are interested in portraits or headshots, I shoot professional portraits and professional headshots both outdoors with natural light and/or strobes, or in my San Francisco Bay Area-based photo studio with a wide variety of backdrops and lighting options for many types of projects. Whether it’s fashion photography, portrait photography, yoga or fitness photography, headshot photography, beauty headshot photography, artistic extreme colored gel hypercolor portraits, or anything in-between, I offer affordable rates for many budgets. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s shoot!
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Sheila Bauzon Hypercolor Style has been published on on www.MikeMcGeePhotography.com

Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Here is my hypercolor series with model and actress Sheila Bauzon. My objective here was to create a truly metallic skin look to this low-key series using colored gels I call a “hypercolor” effect. In my other hypercolor shots I have shot in the past, I typically shot them with only a two-light setup using Einstein e640s from Paul C. Buff, Inc. However, this time I wanted even more drama in the rim lighting, and went with the three light Einstein e640 setup.
This is also my favorite color combination thus far, with a teal green colored gel placed on the key-light, and orange colored gels on the rim lights. For my backdrop, these two colors match perfectly with the Teal seamless paper color from Savage Universal.
For this hypercolor series, I wanted to use that extra rim light to create an even more metallic-like finish to the model’s skin, so that there’s a smooth transition from teal to orange in the highlights. Sheila’s poses and emotion captured in this series, really elevate the project and bring life and expression to shots and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
 
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
Model Credit: Sheila Bauzon
 
Want to learn more about a photoshoot or have a question?

Interested in a photoshoot? Just use the contact page here to email me with any photo session ideas you may have. If you are interested in portraits or headshots, I shoot professional portraits and professional headshots both outdoors with natural light and/or strobes, or in my San Francisco Bay Area-based photo studio with a wide variety of backdrops and lighting options for many types of projects. Whether it’s fashion photography, portrait photography, yoga or fitness photography, headshot photography, beauty headshot photography, artistic extreme colored gel hypercolor portraits, or anything in-between, I offer affordable rates for many budgets. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s shoot!
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Elena California Sun Portrait Shoot has been published on on www.MikeMcGeePhotography.com

Model Credit: Elena Rose
One of the benefits of living in California is that it’s typically beautiful and sunny all year ’round. This was especially true for last week when the planets aligned, and the California sun was that pure golden color in the late afternoon for a brief few minutes. Although we had some in-studio looks scheduled, we took a break outside my studio to capitalize on the setting sun and snap a few of these portraits along the grassy fields in Berkeley, California.
I post my photos on Instagram (@mikemcgeephotography) but what I enjoy about posting an entire series to my photo journal is that you get to see the each shot in its original aspect ratio, without the need for cropping to an 8×10 ratio for Instagram, or modifying them in any way.
All of these were shot without any reflectors, no fill-flashes and no light modifiers. It was just a matter of finding the light of the sun, and positioning the model accordingly. I shot these with my favorite lens of all-time, my Nikon 85mm f.1/4 lens. To create that dreamy softness, I opened up the aperture to f/2.0, so it was open but not fully wide open. This results in a bit more of the blades of grass in view in the foreground, but still enough of a shallow depth of field to create the softness and focal point I was looking for. Love these results and this entire shoot took only approximately 10 minutes of actual shooting time, and the golden sun would only appear for brief moments behind the clouds.
 
Model Credit: Elena Rose
Model Credit: Elena Rose
Model Credit: Elena Rose
 
Want to learn more about a photoshoot or have a question?

Interested in a photoshoot? Just use the contact page here to email me with any photo session ideas you may have. If you are interested in portraits or headshots, I shoot professional portraits and professional headshots both outdoors with natural light and/or strobes, or in my San Francisco Bay Area-based photo studio with a wide variety of backdrops and lighting options for many types of projects. Whether it’s fashion photography, portrait photography, yoga or fitness photography, headshot photography, beauty headshot photography, artistic extreme colored gel hypercolor portraits, or anything in-between, I offer affordable rates for many budgets. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s shoot!
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Elena Futuristic Femme Fatale has been published on on www.MikeMcGeePhotography.com

Model Credit: Elena Rose
Had another shoot with model Elena Rose. This time our objective was to do a hypercolor series with colored gels, for a futuristic femme fatale look. By “hypercolor”, this means a low light environment where the colored gels on the strobes provide a vivid and extreme color to your model. Images are also post-processed to bring out these extreme tones for vibrant, almost metallic-like finish to the look.
Here, model Elena looks incredible, striking many superhero-esque poses, which work incredibly well for the theme of this shoot. (She could be the next Wonder Woman, I swear!) The colored gels selected were orange and blue, and the background was the Teal seamless color from Savage Universal. Everything worked so well, and I’m extremely pleased with the results of this series…enjoy!
 
Model Credit: Elena Rose
Model Credit: Elena Rose
Model Credit: Elena Rose
Model Credit: Elena Rose
Model Credit: Elena Rose
 
Want to schedule a photoshoot?
Interested in a photoshoot? Just use the contact page here to email me with any photo session ideas you may have. I shoot both outdoors with natural light and/or strobes, or in my photo studio with a wide variety of backdrops and lighting options for many types of projects. I specialize in fashion, portrait, and headshot photography, with affordable rates for many budgets. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s shoot!
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Katwalkkatt Diesel Jacket Shoot has been published on on www.MikeMcGeePhotography.com

Katwalkkatt Diesel Jacket Photoshoot
Had a wonderful photoshoot with model Katwalkkatt who was only in town for a short amount of time. We maximized the variety of looks for this shoot, but here’s a totally impromptu look from Kat who grabbed my Diesel jacket hanging on the hook and wore it better than I ever could. When she threw it on, I got the idea of pairing this with the Olive Green seamless backdrop from Savage Universal, and I absolutely love the results. This was a four light setup, with a background light added for greater separation.
Katwalkkatt Diesel Jacket Photoshoot
Katwalkkatt Diesel Jacket Photoshoot
 
Want to schedule a photoshoot?
Interested in a photoshoot? Just use the contact page here to email me with any photo session ideas you may have. I shoot both outdoors with natural light and/or strobes, or in my photo studio with a wide variety of backdrops and lighting options for many types of projects. I specialize in fashion, portrait, and headshot photography, with affordable rates for many budgets. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s shoot!
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Outdoor natural Light Portrait with Model Devin T.
Had a natural-light portrait and headshot session with model Devin T. We were able to dodge the rain for a bit, and pickup some lovely light along the streets of downtown Palo Alto, California. This shoot consisted of three looks, with a mix and match of settings and styles from fashion to headshots. Had a wonderful time and the shots really speak for themselves!
Outdoor natural Light Portrait with Model Devin T.
Outdoor natural Light headshot with Model Devin T.
Casual natural light denim fashion look with model Devin T.
Outdoor natural Light Portrait with Model Devin T.
Outdoor natural Light Portrait with Model Devin T.
Interested in a photoshoot? Just use the contact page here to email me with any photo session ideas you may have. I shoot both outdoors with natural light and/or strobes, or in my photo studio with a wide variety of backdrops and lighting options for many types of projects. I specialize in fashion, portrait, and headshot photography, with affordable rates for many budgets. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s shoot!
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Chan Chuan Chen Evergreen Headshots has been published on on www.MikeMcGeePhotography.com

Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
It’s fall, nearly winter actually, and just the right time to change up the look of headshots with some autumn/winter colors. As usual, I went to my favorite light, the DIY ring light that I built, and this time I switched up the background color to Evergreen from Savage Universal. This is a deep forest green as you might expect, and it compliments well with the amber tones of this model’s dress. I personally love seamless backdrops because they can completely change the mood of a portrait or headshot, and allow for an inexpensive way to match color palettes, wardrobe, etc. Here are a few examples of the Evergreen backdrop colors when used in headshots/portraits:
Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
 
Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
 
Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
 
Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
 
Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
 
Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
 
To get an idea of how background colors and styling play an important role, here are some similar headshots with the same model, however, this time using the Thunder Gray backdrop, with a complimentary wardrobe.
 
Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
 
Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
 
Background: Evergreen. Model Credit: Chan Chuan Chen. H&MUA: Tanya Radke.
 
Again it’s important to pair complimentary colors and wardrobe together to make a headshot/portrait that stands out. The Evergreen color here is a nice change of pace to highlight the fall/winter colors and really bring out the mood of the season.
What’s your favorite seamless backdrop color and why?
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