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Bridal Fashion at the Speed Art Museum

Every year our local lifestyle magazine The Voice-Tribune creates a bridal fashion editorial for the newest trends in the wedding world. The article can be found here: https://voice-tribune.com/featured-posts/the-picture-of-beauty/ and at the bottom of this post is all the final images used in the publication. I was fortunate to photograph this years editorial at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky.

Photo by Louisville, Ky and San Francisco, CA Portrait Photographer Ryan Noltemeyer

The Speed Art Museum is one of Louisville's art museums with a variety of exhibits and several rotating modern art exhibits. The general feel and vibe of the shoot was moody and painterly. The idea was to create a set of images that kinda mimicked the old century paintings. To achieve a sort of painterly look, I stuck to one main key light and either a fill light with a reflector or another strobe. In post processing these images I added some cool blues into the shadows and warmth into the mid-tones to create a separation of subject and background with color. 

Photo by Louisville, Ky and San Francisco, CA Portrait Photographer Ryan Noltemeyer

All the dresses we shot we all elegant and beautiful. We had two models, a hair/makeup team, a stylist, and art director to help while on set. I also had my friend Mike Vance (TheMikeVance.com, he's a killer commercial director) help out with lighting and shooting some BTS video. 

Photo by Louisville, Ky and San Francisco, CA Portrait Photographer Ryan Noltemeyer
Photo by Louisville, Ky and San Francisco, CA Portrait Photographer

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First Shoot of 2018

Just finished up editing my first shoot of 2018. This is another fashion shoot for a friend of mine. We set out to make a few images of three different outfits. The weather was not the best but overcast days usually provide the most flattering light! 

We shot in one of the arts district of Louisville, Nulu. 

Portrait of George Shadburne. Photo by Ryan Noltemeyer
Portrait of George Shadburne. Photo by Ryan Noltemeyer
Portrait of George Shadburne. Photo taken by Ryan Noltemeyer

All these images were shot on a Canon 5D Mark III and Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens. Color grading was done in Capture One Pro. Below is a gallery of my top picks.

Fashion Photography in Downtown Louisville, Ky

Fashion photography has always been that genre that has always intrigued me but never one I followed or pursued. My main focus right now in my career has been storytelling through images. My friend Jesse texted me the other day about wanting to get into male modeling and creating a little portfolio/lookbook of images to shop around to different agencies. I took this as an opportunity to dive in and push my photography.

Photo of Jesse Hart by Ryan Noltemeyer | Louisville Portrait and Fashion Photographer

We shot in downtown Louisville on a parking garage roof and then down on Main street. I used all natural light and we started right around the beginning of golden hour

Photo of Jesse Hart by Ryan Noltemeyer | Louisville Portrait and Fashion Photographer
Photo of Jesse Hart by Ryan Noltemeyer | Louisville Portrait and Fashion Photographer

We went through several outfits that played very nicely with the light and textures around the city. All these images were shot on a Canon 5D Mark III and Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens. Color grading was done in Photoshop. Below is the rest of the images.

Photographing Heroes

This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing the South Oldham Firedepartment. My director friend Mike Vance (http://themikevance.com/) was shooting a commercial for the local fire department and asked if I wanted to come along to capture behind the scenes shots and production stills of the shoot. 

Mike Vance and Qaaim Nayyir on location

Mike Vance and Qaaim Nayyir on location

Mike Vance

Mike Vance

Mike Vance, commercial film director

Mike Vance, commercial film director

We shot some still and video portraits both in the fire station and on the "crash" location. The whole idea behind the commercial was to highlight the volunteer fighters and that anyone can volunteer as a firefighter. 

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The second location was a staged crash site on a closed off road. We had them spray some water in the air to mimic rain, and combined with the beautiful Kentucky sunset we got some really awesome images!

Here is a slideshow of my picks from the shoot.

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Liz Richter - Creative Space

Liz Richter along with her best friend Bri Bowers, and local artists Michelle Montgomery, and Zara Goldbrg just finished this beautiful mural down in the Nulu District of Louisville on the corner of Market and Clay St. Louisville Visual Arts (LVA) coordinated the project for the new implementation of Google Fiber into the city. The project is being sponsored by Google Fiber. 

Liz Richter, photographed by Ryan Noltemeyer for Creative Space

"The mural is all Kentucky wildflowers that grow in this region. Each one was chosen not just for the shapes but with symbolic meanings as well. Woven throughout the mural are the themes of independent business and free thinking. Mint represents hospitality, Goldenrod is the state flower and represents good fortune. It is also a nod to Thomas Edison, who experimented with goldenrod (his historic home in Louisville is only blocks away). The blue at the bottom (bluegrass) represents connectivity and is Google Fiber blue. The largest plant is milkweed, which I chose as a symbol for Nulu. Milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. All milkweeds are perennials, meaning they survive for more than two years. They can grow in harsh conditions and have far-reaching impact through the scattered seeds. Technically a weed, their beauty is strange and exotic. A few more plants: Black-eyed Susan's represent encouragement/motivation;  the purple coneflower represents strength. The wildflower design was partially inspired by the lyrics to Tom Petty's song, You Belong Among the Wildflowers/You Belong Somewhere You Feel Free. Ironically I was listening to it while painting my proposal the night before he died (I had no idea)! So it's kind of become my tribute to him as well" - Liz Richter

Liz Richter, photographed by Ryan Noltemeyer for Creative Space

Myself and other creatives are very excited about Google Fiber bringing faster and more affordable internet speeds to the city. After hearing about this project for Google Fiber and seeing some images on Liz's Instagram page I knew I wanted to include her in my project. With the vibrant colors of her mural as a backdrop, we did a couple portraits of her and then several "in-action" shots as she put some final touches and lettering on the piece. Below are all the photos in a slideshow, please enjoy and see all of Liz's work here: lizrichterart.com

For photo nerds, like myself, all images were taken with: