I've always been intrigued by motion photography. I remember when I first started shooting with flash, in 2012, that I wanted to learn how everyone that did high-speed photography got their photos so...well...frozen! I had a cheap flash and didn't really know all the technical details that go into high-speed photography. Whenever I want to try something new with photography, I know I have to research it. I never jump into things without a plan, thinking I can just wing it and get it right. I knew I needed fast durations for strobes. I didn't have a bunch of money, so Broncolor was out of the question! After a lot of research of the Einstein 640 strobes by Paul C. Buff, I knew I had a winner.
This project took months of planning and plenty of help. I've been blessed to have so many friends and fans that want to be a part of my vision. I also had a great location out in Springfield, Virginia that I was allowed to use. It was in an abandoned auto repair shop, and it was perfect! It had running water for hosing down talent; drains lined in the middle of the floor; and plenty of working space for makeup/relaxing etc. Once I had all of the specific shots lined up, I started getting all of the props.
After about 6 hours of shooting and setup/breakdown, we were finally ready to leave. We were all very exhausted, and it was 90 degrees in the building. Even though I felt I was pretty prepared, I always go WAY over the time I plan for. We didn't get a few of the shots I wanted, and I had to improvise on others. For a big project like this I'll make sure that I draw up a shot list instead of keeping it stored in my head. Because once I start shooting, everything moves at a fast pace and I lose track of what's next. In the end, we all had fun, enjoyed a new experience that we can show to others, and also made a few new friends. Nothing wrong with that.