I have always been fascinated by long exposures, and night photography of stars in particular. Then I came across photographer Eric Paré on 500px, and his beautiful light painting portraits caught my eye. I followed his work for a while, and when I found his Facebook group for people to learn his techniques I jumped on it immediately.

Light painting like in the photos I’ve shared below requires some extra pieces of equipment, the right setting, darkness, a steady hand, and a model who can hold completely still. Add snow, wind, and 20 degree weather to the mix, and I found myself in one of the most challenging photography situations I’ve experienced. Lucky for me, I had the most patient model ever in my friend Cat, and her dog Buffy even joined us for a photo.

This was only my third ever attempt at light painting. While I still see things I could improve, I am so pleased with how some of these came out: in particular the first photo of Cat and Buffy, and the “UFO” king pigeon pose photo that’s last in this post. I can’t wait to play more with these types of photos in the coming months!

“She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”
― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

Painting with Light at Lake Dillon by Nina Reed Photography

Painting with Light at Lake Dillon by Nina Reed Photography

Painting with Light at Lake Dillon by Nina Reed Photography

Painting with Light at Lake Dillon by Nina Reed Photography

Painting with Light at Lake Dillon by Nina Reed Photography

Painting with Light at Lake Dillon by Nina Reed Photography

Painting with Light at Lake Dillon by Nina Reed Photography

Painting with Light at Lake Dillon by Nina Reed Photography