Kentucky Craftsman - Ben Aroh

Known for his wooden state key holders, Ben Aroh's love for his craft is shown through his meticulous skill and design. Check out his website here: ArohMade.com. I love doing personal shoots like this as there is no stress to get a certain image just room for creativity and experimenting. We photographed in the warm cozy woodshop owned by Ben's uncle. Most of these images were shot with a mix of natural light and gelled (CTO) strobe light.

Gear nerds:

Quiet Foggy Morning

It's not every day that we get blanketed with fog here in Louisville. This morning, with camera in hand, I went out and walked around downtown and the waterfront looking for some photos to make. Unfortunately being a cold Sunday at 7 am there were not very many people out and about. For the majority of these, I focused on simplicity in the city to capture the mood of our sleeping little city.

All these were either captured with a Canon 5D Mark III and Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART or my iPhone.

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

Credits:

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.