2015 Senior Style Guide Hot 100

Hot 100 WinnerEvery year the the folks at Senior Style Guide put on the Hot 100 photo contest.  This contest consists of 10 categories with 10 winning images selected from each category and the goal is to feature the very best of senior portraiture.  This year 6,315 images were submitted from some of the best portrait artists around the globe and I am so pleased to announce that one of my submissions made the cut!  It is truly an honor to have been selected for a second straight year.  Last year my photo of Preston Cole was selected in the “Urban” category, you can find the blog post about that contest and how that image was made here.

Now, without further adieu I am glad to reveal that my sunset image of Class of 2016 Lake City High School Senior Grant Wade was selected in the “Off Camera Flash” category.  Here is the final image:

strobist sunset "sunset portrait" senior portrait" "off camera flash"

Here is what the photo looks like straight out of the camera:

strobist sunset "sunset portrait" senior portrait" "off camera flash"

This image was made using four different strobes.  The main light was camera right with a 47″ gridded octabox set to a position to give a Rembrandt style lighting pattern.  The remaining three lights were used to light Grant’s Jeep which he restored himself by the way!  I used two strobes with strip boxes camera right and camera left to light the front and sides of the jeep.  Then as I always like to do when I photograph seniors with their automobiles I added a strobe to the inside of the jeep with a colored gel.  Blue seemed appropriate as it would be a complimentary color, matches Grant’s shirt and also is one of his school colors.  This image was captured with a Canon 1DX and 17-40 f4.0 lense set to 1/200 at f5.6 and ISO 100.  Here is a behind the scenes look:

"Behind the scenes" "sunset portrait" strobistI want to thank Vickie Black, the crew at Senior Style Guide and the judges for the opportunity, I am truly honored and grateful!  Now it’s time to get ready to make another run at it with the Class of 2017!

Jason Duchow Photography is located in Oldtown, Idaho and does on location portraiture throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.  Jason specializes in environmental portrait photography often with the use of  dramatic lighting techniques and is also known for his freelance sports photography work for, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Bonner County Daily Bee, Priest River Times, Newport Miner, Living Local and a handful of other newspapers and publications.


Fall Family Portraits (Sandpoint Idaho Photographer)

These photos were shot back in early October with the plans of using them for Christmas cards and gifts, so as to not be the Grinch that stole the surprise I have waited until after Christmas to publish them!   We had such a great combination of colors for this early fall family photos shoot, with the use of a nice big diffuser we were able shoot almost exclusively with natural light which makes life much simpler when you are photographing a family with three kiddos!

Ciammaichella Family Portraits (Sandpoint Idaho Photographer)

It was a little chilly for this family portrait shoot but we had our lights set up on their back porch which was only a few steps away from the warmth of the house!  There was also a bit of a breeze, but as you will see in the photos that kept the clouds moving so even in a short period of time we had a different looking backdrop in every photo.

Jacob’s Senior Photos (Priest River Photographer)

Jacob is a senior wrestler for Priest River High School.  Thankfully on this overcast day we stayed dry and the clouds added some great drama to the sky for some of our shots.


Rained out Family Portraits (Sandpoint Photographer)

This last week I had a portrait session scheduled with a family that was gathering in Sandpoint for the weekend.  There was only 1 day that everyone would be together and available and the plan was to get some outdoor portraits with Lake Pend Orielle as the backdrop.  The day rolled around and of course it was raining, eliminating the possibility of outdoor portraits.  Since this was the only day that the entire family would be together it was decided that we would adapt rather than cancel and we set up for some indoor portraits in the house that they had rented for the weekend.

The one room that we could work with was tall, narrow and fairly dark.  You can see the room we were working with in this early test shot:

To give the room some depth and make the photo more interesting we added three more flashes to the setup with two strobes behind the chimney upstairs and one behind the chimney downstairs.  Here is the final image with the entire family, I think those extra lights made a pretty significant difference!

After getting the hardest photo out of the way we moved on to some smaller groupings, here are some of the portraits as well as some of the happenings between portraits!

To wrap up the afternoon we even took a few engagement photos!


Tim & Todd’s Senior Photos (Sandpoint Photographer)

I have known Todd since he was a freshman when I was his Shot Put and Discus coach, due to the increasing demands of business I am no longer his coach but I still get to see both him and his brother Tim often through my camera viewfinder.  In the fall they played next to each other on the offensive line for Sandpoint and in the spring Tim spends his time on the baseball diamond and Todd will be back to throwing heavy objects as far as he can!


10/08/2012 IEL Soccer Playoffs – Moscow at Sandpoint

The first round of the Inland Empire League boys soccer playoffs featured the Moscow Bears visiting the Sandpoint Bulldogs.  Sandpoint was victorious in this first round and moves on to the championship game against Lakeland.  More photos can be viewed and prints can be ordered from my website at the following links.

Full Gallery Links:    This Game    /    Entire 2012 Soccer Season


10/05/2012 Lake City Homecoming vs. Sandpoint

The Lake City Timberwolves hosted the Bulldogs of Sandpoint for their 2012 Homecoming game.

Full Gallery Links:   This Game    /    Entire 2012 Football Season

Michael’s Senior Photos (Sandpoint Photographer)

Michael has quite the smile and he used it liberally during our senior session!  Here are some of the finished images from our session!

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