Living History Portrait: Cece Otto

This year will mark the hundred year anniversary of when women receive the right to vote in the United States. Cece Otto is a living history singer with her new act focusing on the women’s suffrage centennial.

We made this portrait for her upcoming tour throughout the United States using in studio natural light.

She is wearing a custom made outfit with a suffrage sash and button as women did while protesting their right to vote.

Visit American Songline – Cecelia “Cece” Otto on FB or her website https://americansongline.com/ to learn more.

Natural Light Headshots: Outdoor vs. Indoor

Lighting is everything and in photography it’s the source of our (photographer’s) work. So when considering professional photography for your new Headshot, start with the light.

You wouldn’t think that physics plays a role in how a natural light photographer works but it’s essential.

For example when photographing outdoors during high noon the photographer has to consider the following: the yellow colored sunlight and the direction it shines, the sunlight hitting green grass and reflecting up, the cool blue sky color reflecting down and any other surfaces reflecting color.

When indoors photographing can be a lot more simple but so can the background. The warm sunlight hit’s the white transparent curtains and diffuses onto the subject.

Left: On Location in Client’s Workspace
Right: Indoor Natural Light Studio

Location is the next thing to consider. Where you choose to be photographed plays a part in the outcome of your headshot. Do you want a natural environment or background to enhance your surroundings? Do you want a white background? Do you want to journey a city block or park?

Outdoor portraits made in the downtown Pearl District, Portland, Oregon.

One reason to work with an indoor studio is base sometimes solely on weather. Here in Portland, Oregon we can get a lot of cold and rainy weather which makes outdoor locations harder to achieve. You definitely don’t want to be freezing and smiling at the same time.

Indoor studios provide controlled lit lighting, temperature controlled spaces and the ability to change into other outfits.

Indoor studio lit portraits made in Northwest Portland, Oregon.

So now it’s time to think about your next Headshot. Do you want to play in studio or adventure into the great outdoors, city blocks or your own workspace?

Want to work together? Contact Erica by email (ericajmitchell@gmail.com) for Indoor and Outdoor Headshot Sessions starting at $349.00. Let’s play with some light!

Event Photography: January Women with Moxie Mixer

Photography by Erica J Mitchell for Women with Moxie

Women with Moxie, a networking company, showcased it’s new location for the 2020 mixers they hold every other month. Learn more at www.womenwithmoxie.com

Women driven companies can present their business to the attendees and share what they do.

Each mixer has a Spotlight Raffler where for $1 per ticket you can have a chance to go on stage and give a one minute message.

Your host and company CEO Dill Ward.

January’s Mixer message was for the featured sponsors to share their hero story.

Entrepreneurs merging in the new event space to expand their reach, make partnerships, and friends on one stage.

Next Mixer at the Crown Plaza is in March, see you there!