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PDXtra Magazine Jan/Feb Issue

A few images from a recent shoot for PDXtra magazine. I was asked if I could find the models myself for this one and felt really lucky that I met Johna and Steve. They both fit the demographic and exude the lifestyle the article was exploring. We traveled around the downtown area one afternoon to check out some neat businesses that cater to a healthier lifestyle. Talk about a tight schedule! Luckily my team was wonderful as well as enthusiastic. We got the job done on schedule!

Locations include Firebrand Sports, The Float Shoppe, The Yoga Space, & Prasad Cuisine.

The article touches on resolutions and features some wonderful local Portland services that may help you pick up a few new skills that keep you happy and healthy this year.

Read the article here: http://www.oregonlive.com/premium/pdxtra/2015/01/promises_promises_ways_we_can_1.html#incart_m-rpt-2

Michelle F Mitchell Photography

Michelle F Mitchell Photography for PDXtra

I hope the new year is treating you all well!

Cheers,
Michelle

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A little bit about myself.

Reeeeal quick…
I love what I do and I believe that shows in my photographs. Creative people have a gift that allows us to continue learning and expanding our skills via collaboration. The possibilities are infinite. I’ve always had a fascination with people and their personalities. By engaging my subjects and making them a participant in the process I allow a spontaneous chemistry to develop. Watching an idea take shape is an exciting process. It’s kind of magical witnessing all the pieces coming together, from inspiration all the way through execution.

Self Portrait

P.S. Let’s have FUN!

Love,
Michelle

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The “Survivalist Guide To SE Portland” Assignment

The opportunity to photograph images of your friend yielding axes and carrying knives in public doesn’t always happen, but when that opportunity comes YOU SAY YES. Hitting the stands today is the special SE Portland Survival Guide addition of the Portland Mercury. My pals Keely (model), and Justin (Art director) collaborated with me on this photo project and I have to say it was a lot of fun to shoot.

Most images were shot on the quick with an SB-600 flash and a cheapo umbrella on a flimsy light stand. For me, the most interesting part had to be holding the stand down without a sandbag in the wind… While tethered to the flash by a short cord. YIKES!

Here are tear sheets from the project, it can be digitally downloaded via the Mercury website :

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The Imagery can be viewed full screen on my Behance account: https://www.behance.net/michellefmitchell

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Using Color Gels

Boredom with my usual set up has led me to explore new lighting options. I do not have my own dedicated studio space at this time and am usually working with one or two lights and little diffusion options. I have a “bare bones” operation in my garage right now. It is by no means glamorous but I’m glad I have some space to practice photography.

In lieu of purchasing more lighting I recently snagged some lighting gels from LEE Filters and have been playing around with them a little. Though I only have two lights and little experience with gels I’m still pretty happy with the results. You can expect more color gel shoots in the future, and maybe next time I’ll be more subtle with the color. 😉

 

The last three are my favorite, its interesting to see the exposure and color difference when a model is jumping all around.

Enjoy the low-res silly goodness!:

 

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To see more of my work visit my website http://www.michellefmitchell.com/#1 

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Images of RADAR PDX

Going through my archives I found a fun series of images I shot for the Portland Mercury last year. Radarpdx  is an AMAZING little restaurant in North Portland on Mississippi avenue. The owners, Jonathan & lily were a pleasure to work with, from the moment I stepped in the door they welcomed me and made me feel at home. That’s exactly what I did, in fact I didn’t want to leave!

The shoot itself was simple, a food review. I brought a small reflector and a flash to even out some of the shadows. K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) inadvertently became my motto on that shoot. I typically like to light my images using a few strobes but I found it unnecessary to dress up their already beautiful dishes. The same goes for the owners, they are clearly very happy to be in their position, for their portraits I used a flash to soften the shadows and stick with the overall simplicity of the other images

If you’d like to read the food review from the mercury go here : http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/familiar-waters/Content?oid=8946553

Here are a few of the images (in super low res.):

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