Photography Lighting Classes | Ali Johnson Photography

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

 Photography Lighting Classes | Ali Johnson Photography

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

I love, love, LOVE using my lights. Indoors or out, in the shade or in full sun, I use at least one in almost every single portrait session. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are tons of gorgeous natural light portraits out there but for me and my style, using light is the way to go!

Over the years, I’ve had quite a few people ask me how I light my images. I’ve always been an open book when it comes to sharing information and happily gave them tips and advice through e-mail. I noticed them coming back with more questions because they still weren’t achieving what they wanted with their lights.

If you’re anything like me, hands on learning is the way to go! I can read about a concept ten times and not have it click. If I actually try it out, and can see the results first hand, it stays with me forever!

There is so much information to learn. Knowing what modifiers to use for what occasion, knowing when to use your flash for fill or how to over power the sun. Even knowing where to place your light to get the most flattering results…it can be overwhelming!

That’s why I’ve finally decided to offer one on one lighting classes. Whether you’re brand new to using lights, have a speedlite you’ve never pulled out of the box or use a few strobes but aren’t getting the results you’d, this is your opportunity to figure it out once and for all!

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

There are many reasons why I prefer creating my own light vs using natural light but the biggest one is it allows me shoot any where any time of day. How many times have you had a session where it was really gloomy outside or you had the light run out before you were finished with your client? Sure, you can crank up your ISO; but at some point, there just isn’t enough light. When you use Off Camera Flash (OCF), you create your own light! This particular photo was shot about 15 minutes after sunset.

This one was shot around 4:30 in the afternoon. Two very different looks, both were achieved by using my lights.

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

Want to learn how to shoot yearbook photos or head shots in the studio? I can help you with that!

Interested in creating super dramatic portraits in your studio or even in the gym of your high school? I can help with that too!

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

Perhaps you want to learn how to how using OCF can make your photos pop, without being overly dramatic. I can hook you up!

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

The cost is $500 for a two-hour session. If you’d prefer more time, additional instruction may be purchased for an additional $150 per hour.

We can have the session in my studio, at one of my favorite outdoor locations, or a combination of both. Your lighting class can be tailored to fit your specific needs, what ever they may be! We’ll chat before the session to find out exactly what you know and what you want to learn.

I’ll use one of my senior models so you can try out my instructions, as I’m telling them to you. You’ll walk away from our time together with the skills to rock your next session! You’ll also have a model release so you can use the photos you take in your portfolio!

I’ll be available to you after the class if you have any follow-up questions. If you’re interested in taking your lighting game to the next level, or have any questions, send me a message today!

A $100 deposit is required to reserve your class date. Payment in full must be received a week before the date of your class. You must live or run your business OUTSIDE of a 100 mile radius from Charlottesville, VA.

CLASS of 2018 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My fall calendar is already filling up! For more info click here or contact me! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portraits in Charlottesville, Crozet, Keswick, Albemarle and Fluvanna County VA

Extreme Sports Portraits | Ali Johnson Photography | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Extreme Sports Portraits | Ali Johnson Photography

Last March, I attended a photography conference in Saint Louis named Shutterfest. Their tag line is “Shutterfest is not just a conference. It’s an experience.” and man oh man were they right! I learned so much, made new friends and got super inspired to try out some new photography techniques!

Melanie Anderson (one of the amazing instructors) taught a class called Extreme Seniors. During the class she showed how she photographs athletes in her studio. It was incredible! Not only was she a fantastic speaker, but I was blown away by how cool the photos looked. I was instantly hooked! I love taking taking dramatic portraits in my studio but I never really thought about doing it with athletes. It really opened my eyes!

I tested out my knowledge on a few of my 2017 models and fell in love with the results! Super edgy and dramatic, with textured backdrops, it really helps capture the intensity of sports. I’ve photographed students that play football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, field hockey, golf, track and even cheerleading!

I keep the photos black and white so you don’t have to deal with competing colors of the uniforms and equipment. All you are focusing on is the athlete and their gear. Photos like these are a wonderful alternative to traditional sports portraits!

Of course, you don’t have to be serious in your sports photo. If if feels more natural for you to smile, then by all means show me your pearly whites! 🙂

You don’t have to be a senior to schedule one of these sessions. I’d love to photograph athletes of all ages!

Sports Portraits | Ali Johnson Photography

CLASS of 2017 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My Spring calendar is already filling up! For more info click here or contact me! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portraits in Charlottesville, Crozet, Keswick, Albemarle and Fluvanna County VA

Victoria | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Victoria | FCHS | 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Tonight on my blog we have Victoria, a senior from Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2017. Victoria’s outdoor session took place back in October but things have been so busy around here, I’m just getting a chance to post it! This has been my busiest year ever and I am honored that so many people in the Charlottesville area have chosen me to take their senior portraits!

I briefly met Victoria and her mom when we had her yearbook session over the summer. Things move so quickly during those sessions, we didn’t really get a chance to talk in detail. I’m sure it can be a little nerve-wracking to have a portrait session when you don’t really know the photographer! I was glad that Victoria took me up on my offer to have an in person consultation before the actual session date.  We went over hair, make-up & outfit choices for the session. I also showed examples of the different areas we could use for the session.

Victoria knew she wanted a natural session so we used some of my favorite locations around Fluvanna county, including a few in my neighborhood. Sometimes the best locations are literally in your own back yard!

I always tell seniors to bring TONS of outfits, way more than they think we’ll be able to use. Victoria took me up on that suggestion! She brought so many different outfit choices, I felt like a personal stylist!

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Victoria is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and always seems so be smiling. Even so, I still had to take a few serious shots of her. Talk about eyes being the windows to your soul, she is drop dead gorgeous!

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You can’t go wrong with an American flag, a Ford Mustang and a pair of boots!

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I joked that Victoria looked like she could be one of the models at a Ford auto show!

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We moved onto the river for the last part of her session. All of her different outfit choices really adds variety to her gallery of photos!

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Last shots of the night! I had to climb inside the branches of a fallen tree to get these shots but it was way worth it!

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CLASS of 2018 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My fall calendar is already filling up! For more info click here or contact me! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portraits in Charlottesville, Crozet, Keswick, Albemarle and Fluvanna County VA

Emily | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Emily | FCHS | 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Tonight on my blog we have Emily, one of my senior spokesmodels from Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2017. As a photographer, I always love to try new things so when Emily suggested taking a few photos on her trampoline, I jumped at the chance! 🙂 Okay, not literally…I left that up to Emily. How she managed to jump up so high and still look gorgeous is beyond me but she did it! Next we moved on to take a few shots in her yard. The leaves were at their peak and made a fantastic backdrop! To make matters better, Emily’s mom brought out an antique chair that belonged to her grandmother. What a brilliant idea Liz! It’s a really great way to add a personal element to the photos!

Our next stop was the downtown Palmyra Area. Those of you that follow me know that I use this location a lot. You’d think I’d get bored of it but I never do! Its a pretty small area that I stick to, not even a quarter of a mile long. In this tiny space though, I can get a ton of different looks out of a session! I really try to make every sessions different  so everyone will have their own unique gallery of images. We finished up the session with a silhouette shot (it’s been forever since I took one of those!) and a few sunset shots. Emily you are such a sweetheart and I absolutely love photographing you! I had the best time with you and  I can’t wait for the next session!

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CLASS of 2017 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My Spring calendar is already filling up! For more info click here or contact me! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portraits in Charlottesville, Crozet, Keswick, Albemarle and Fluvanna County VA

Lindsay | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Lindsay | FCHS | 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Tonight on my blog we have Lindsay, one of my senior spokesmodels from Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2017. We had her session in downtown Palmyra one day after school. I’ve used this location many times in the past and I really love it! Within this small area, I can get so many different looks out of a session and since there are so many great spots,  I can make every session look different! I really try not to make two sessions look the same so everyone will have their own unique gallery of images.

I have the best time hanging out Lindsay and her mother Judi …they are so much fun to be around!  Lindsay is such a happy person, it seems like she’s always smiling! Of course if I had those awesome dimples, I think I’d smile all the time too! When she put on her black dress and was standing in the field of winter grass, the scene really seemed to call for a more somber expression. Lindsay pulled it off perfectly! These photos are a little darker than my normal style and I am so happy with the results! Thanks for another fabulous afternoon Lindsay & Judi…I can’t wait for the next session!

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CLASS of 2017 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My Spring calendar is already filling up! For more info click here or contact me! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portraits in Charlottesville, Crozet, Keswick, Albemarle and Fluvanna County VA

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