First Group Shoot, Toledo, OH

I finally decided to break out of my shell this year. I’m naturally an introvert and you really must get to know me before I open up. Ironically (and comically) I must say, then you can’t shut me up!!! LOL I was invited by a fellow photographer to join a group shoot that was being held in Toledo, OH. That’s about a little less than an hour drive from our home. I had about two months to decide whether or not to go and although I was really interested, wasn’t quite sure. This would of course require me to reach out and see if models who were attending, would like my portfolio enough to sign up.

After some consultation from the photog who invited me, I decided what the heck, what do I have to lose? I did a lot of research on the venue, named the Collingwood Art Center or CAC for short. This place used to be a hospital I guess and it now houses artists and such. The closer the date approached, I was starting to get kind of excited considering this would be my first one!

Not to make a long story short, (well this is a blog but who wants to read a novel, right?) I had six models including my wife schedule a shoot. I had been forewarned that not everyone who booked will show. I’m thinking, man, is this normal? Well any who, he was right as I ended up shooting only three models for the day!

Since I was doing something outside of my comfort zone, I thought well, I might as well go all out! I rented a
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, the middle lens of the ‘Holy Trinity’ ( 14-24mm 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8. In my bag, I also had the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens but quite honestly, I never even used it. Because we were up and down stairs and walking down long hallways, I packed pretty light and brought along a Westcott Rapid Box w/stand along with a hot shoe flash.

One funny note, early in the shoot, we got quite the surprise when walking down a hallway and peeking into a room and saw nothing but booty! My wife and I looked at each other and was like, oh okay, keep it moving!!!

Judging by the results of the shoot, I absolutely fell in love with the 24-70mm lens! It really had me ogling over the shots in camera. I shot mostly wide open (F2.8) but got sharper results around the f5.6 aperture. This lens is definitely on my wish list and it may have jumped ahead of the 70-200mm 2.8 that I want!

Well here are some of the shots and specs: (within the captions) all shots were edited in LR CC and PS CC


ISO 100,  26mm, f4, 1/125

ISO 500,  26mm, f4, 1/50

ISO 640,  31mm,  f2.8, 1/40

ISO 640, 24mm, f5.6,  1/50

ISO 640, 24mm, f5.6, 1/50


ISO 320, 66mm, f2.8, 1/80

ISO 320,  29mm,  f5.6, 1/40

ISO 400,  36mm,  f2.8, 1/60

ISO 200, 35mm, f2.8, 1/80

ISO 400, 40mm, f2.8, 1/80


ISO 200, 32mm, f5.6, 1/50

ISO 200, 29mm,  f2.8, 1/40

ISO 200, 62mm, f2.8, 1/50

ISO 200, 38mm, f2.8, 1/50

ISO 200, 42mm, f2.8, 1/50

I would like to thank Will Iam Britton for inviting me. Of course my wife Tisha for not only modeling but serving as my assistant! Also, Abbey and Melanie, they both did a wonderful job!

Here are some more shots from the shoot. You can always click on my website, or follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more posted images. Drop a comment and tell me what you think!!!

Be blessed!

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