Photosbykag : Los Angeles Landscape, Portrait & Sports Photographer Photo Keywords: laguna art museum

Recently, I had the good fortune to travel to London and Paris. I'd not been to either location, and I knew this would be a great opportunity to create an incredible portrait image and take advantage of architecture that we don't have in Southern California.  Months before leaving on the trip, I already had the image in my head that I wanted to create.

In planning for this image I had a specific checklist in my mind:

1) A beautiful and colorful flowing dress

2) Stunning "old world" architecture for a backdrop

3) Blue hour ambient lighting

4) Great lighting on the model

5) A beautiful model

6) My gear had to be light and portable enough to lug around in Paris without an assistant.

Fortunately for me, I happened to know a beautiful and fun model who was "willing" to travel to #Paris with me to create this image. Before we went, I asked her to shop and pick up a flowing dress. That wasn't TOO hard of a sell. Next, for the lighting, I reached out to one of my sponsors Manfrotto Imagine More. They are incredibly supportive and sent me two of their new #Lykos LED's. These are great lights because they are portable, very powerful, and light. I put the light on the compact, strong and lightweight Manfrotto be free tripod.

 It means a lot to me because I created the image I had in my head, and created a snapshot in time of my fabulous and beautiful wife. This is an image we will have for the rest of our lives. That's one of the great things about photography, you capture images to be treasured forever.I photographed this image with the Tamron Lenses USA 16-300 on my Canon 7D Mk II. What I love about the Tamron 16-300 is that it is also very light and is a terrific travel lens. I had the original 18-270, which was great. The 16-300 is not only longer, but sharper. If you are looking for an all in one travel lens, this should be on your list. Most of the images in my Paris photo gallery were taken with this lens. The image was photographed in the courtyard of the #Louvre museum. If you have not been there, it is the largest museum in the world. I was not sure where we were going to shoot the image at first. We explored the Louvre inside and out one afternoon after a great meal. I made sure not to have TOO much wine. :-). Some amazing things happened while we were creating the image. A violinist appeared and began playing a beautiful piece by Chopin, which made my pianist wife very happy. I think that joy is reflected in the image. Also, the lights that came on in the background were unexpected. Sometimes fortune smiles on you when you are well-prepared. Many thanks to my patient model for risking a broken ankle by walking on cobblestones in very high heels.

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