Posted on Mar 17, 2018
Posted in Creative, Teens

I’m always excited and eager to do creative shoots to continuously refine my technical and artistic skills. I’m blessed to have access to some amazing young people who are always eager to be in front of my camera.

This time I wanted to do a nighttime shoot in the bustling Uptown Charlotte area.

Surprisingly or not, this was my first time doing a true nighttime shoot. Part of the signature look in portraits is my subject backlit by the fading sunlight, like in this image:

Ahjaia Tisdale Prom Portraits in Pineville NC park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sun is my friend and my partner in creating amazing images. I wanted to push myself and challenge my normal shooting style by taking away the sun and relying on the nighttime lights of Uptown Charlotte to light my background.

To even further challenge my shooting skills I employed my set of LED light panels. Yes, I’m abandoned my comfortable and ever useful strobes for a continuous light source to light up the night during this shoot.

I rounded up a handful of past clients who always come through with fierce looks and style and we met in Uptown an hour or so after sunset. The night weather was perfect – being neither too warm or too cold – so we set out on foot to capture images up and down the main corridor of Uptown Charlotte: South Tryon Street.

My stylish young ladies slayed as always and created some fun and fantastic images. Working at night with my continuous LED lights was different but no less fun and allowed me to shoot faster with no lag between shots. The lighting rig was super light and portable and we just had a great time moving from place to place capturing amazing images.

Interested in doing a Creative Shoot with Derek Johnson Photography?

My current and recurring clients receive special privileges and are always invited to participate in creative shoots. If you’re interested in having you own custom portrait experience and possibly being invited to participate in future creative shots, Contact Me and let’s talk about a Portrait Session!

 

Uptown Charlotte Nighttime Shoot

















Uptown Charlotte Nighttime Shoot with Teen Models

 

 

 

Posted on Jun 23, 2016
Posted in Teens

We recently completed our first Buckle Denim Model Shoot!  I’m so excited about my new partnership with our local Buckle Denim Store. Buckle is a high end denim brand with some amazing denim jeans and a host of other stylish designs for adults and youth. I personally fell in love with Buckle jeans about two years ago and have practically replaced every pair of non-Buckle jeans in my closet with Buckle jeans.

Through over a year of building rapport with our local Buckle store manager Kellus Sanchez we finally got the green light from corporate to do some co-marketing projects together. We scheduled a quick model shoot to capture some of their latest spring and summer styles for marketing pieces to promote upcoming Denim Parties. A Denim Party is a great in-store event where you can go into a Buckle Store, get a custom fitting by one of their talented stylists and enjoy savings to walk away with some amazing gear.

My DJP Me Models were definitely up to the task of representing Buckle and Derek Johnson Photography studio and did an amazing job at modeling their styles. Check out the images from the shoot. Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming Denim Parties with local Buckle stores.

Kimora Johnson modeling Buckle clothing during DJP Me Model Shoot Kimora Johnson modeling Buckle clothing during DJP Me Model Shoot Kimora Johnson modeling Buckle clothing during DJP Me Model Shoot Kimora Johnson modeling Buckle clothing during DJP Me Model Shoot Kamille Johnson modeling Buckle clothing during DJP Me Model Shoot

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Posted on Jul 04, 2015

I got together with one of my amazing young clients Bailey Tignor for a fun Americana photoshoot in downtown Rock Hill, SC. Bailey is a lovely young lady who I’ve had the pleasure of photographing on multiple occasions. She and her mother are family friends and loyal clients and I have a ball every time Bailey and I get together for a shoot.

 

The theme was Americana to celebrate the coming Independence Day holiday. We steered clear of the classic flag hugging poses and opted to just celebrate the American Flag colors. For this shoot young Bailey actually scoped out all of the locations while she was driving around downtown Rock Hill. She found some amazing locations around the downtown area while driving around and quickly shot me photos from her phone for me to review.

The shoot was amazing and fun even with overcast skies. We squeezed every bit of sunlight we could out of the late afternoon day and ended up with dozens of beautiful images.

 

Enjoy your Independence Day and enjoy these beautiful images.

 

This first location is an old train perched in an abandoned parking lot right as you enter downtown Rock Hill.

 

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

This next location was a beautiful mural wall along one of the main downtown roads.  We attracted quite a bit of attention at this location as people stopped to compliment Bailey and ask for my business card!

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

 

With the sun fading fast we made it to our final location – A beautiful park with a fountain dancing in the background.

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill

Teen Americana Portrait Session in Downtown Rock Hill