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,