Social pirates

For a bit of fun I shot some portraits the other day of the cast and crew of the Lower School production at my wife’s school. There was, as you may have gathered, a piratical theme to the play.

This fits into the realm of social and event photography more than it does into my usual body of work, but I’m pleased with what we managed to produce having just a couple of minutes with each group of students.

For the curious, the light rig was the same for all these shots: One light, on axis and above the camera, in a reflective umbrella. I set up what Zack Arias calls a ghetto boom arm so that I could shoot without the light stand intruding into my frame. With the 8-foot ceiling, that made for a night of crouching.