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Spencer S-St. Thomas Aquinas Senior Session

Meet Spencer S from St. Thomas Aquinas HS. Chuck took Spencer around Kansas City for his senior session and got some great shots that would please even the “pickiest” of dudes. My favorite is this picture of Spencer in front of a red wall. The photo immediately grabs your attention and pulls you in to look at the other photos. Enjoy! More to come soon!



Avian Wonderland Fashion

Ever have one of those ideas for a shoot you just have to get out of your head? I had this really cool idea incorporating birds into looks for the shoot we did Friday. I love to pull inspiration off the web for shoots such as this one.

It was a pretty hot muggy day on location. We set up and pulled off two looks with the assistance of Todd and Jimmy from a Facebook KC photographer blog. Thank goodness they were there since it’s a little difficult for a 7 month pregnant woman to hold reflectors and huge beauty dishes.;)

So with the help of Shannon at Rock Candy boutique, a couple stops at Goodwill and Michael’s I threw together a quick look. It’s not styled like what I imagined on a NYC high-end shoot and it seems to work. What I think is pretty cool is Emily’s uncanny resemblance to Natalie Portman.Emily was a great sport (even in the heat) and we enjoy working with her!




RonJuly 23, 2011 - 9:58 am

Hi, I just stumbled here while looking up Longview Mansion and had to comment. Image four is magical. The sky’s gradients with the hint of sun in upper right. Then the wonderful jewel of a model with a striking pose contrasted against the soft dark green background. Wow, magic strikes.

Lighting a scene subtly. One light and the sun

One of the things I love about strobe (flash) lighting is the ability to create light. One of my pet peeves is when sometimes photographers over light because at first glance it looks pretty damn cool. It’s kind of like the first time you played with Photoshop and started getting “creative” with filters.

My approach to lighting is to be subtle with it, so even though you do notice it, it is not the main focal point. “Wow, look at that flash” (Yes, I’m guilty)

We recently did a photo-shoot based off a bird or Avian theme. In the photo I am going to discuss there are two light sources. The sun and my modified streetlamp/beauty dish.

What I am trying to accomplish is getting the flash output to be very similar to the setting sun.

She is being lit by the strobe. Take notice of the columns. See how the back sides are being lit by the sun and now look at the column she is next to, it has a nice even light that mimics the sunlight. I think this makes for a very natural looking image as far as the lighting goes. It is dramatic but not to the point that the lighting is over the top. I will post the series soon so you can take a look at all of the photos. most were lit with this thought process, a few were not.


Avian Wonderland shoot - Chuck Arlund

I wanted to keep this image very natural looking. By using the strobe I was able to give the model a look as if she is being lit by the sun. The column that she is sort of looking at has the light source (the sun) facing her and that brightness tricks our minds into believing that she might also be being lit by the same source of light.

If you would like to learn more about lighting and photography in general take a look at my website, for details on workshops, one on one sessions and speaking engagements that I am at. If you would like to schedule a workshop and think you can get at least 10 people to attend, please contact me for details and pricing.


Some behind the scenes images: Thanks to Jimmy Douglass for the images. Thanks to Todd Davidson for all the help.


My Street Lamp that has now been modified to fit an Alien Bee.

Todd DavidsonAugust 9, 2011 - 10:24 am

Chuck, I had a great time getting to know you and your wife. We as photographers are better together. Your work is beautiful, and I am so proud to know you. We all are going to be successful, with beautiful work and families.

Rachel Senior Session


We met Rachel and her mom Loree through a family friend Shila. We have been fortunate to have Shila help us by sending High School seniors our way to grow our business. Rachel had her makeup applied and hair styled by myself while we coordinated some really cute outfits to set the tone for her photo shoot. It was a pretty warm afternoon and with “all hands on deck” we travelled to Rachel’s house, Loose Park and the Plaza area to capture images. At one point to style Rachel’s hair I (Kristina) used twigs to keep her hair style a certain way….always thinking on the “fly”! Chuck has a fun personality and he directed Rachel into getting the images they  were looking for. It was a productive day and we look forward to having more Senior photo sessions with Rachel’s friends.

Lucy Pop Salon Photo Shoot

Lucy Pop Salon is a cool, trendy and friendly hair salon in Nashville. We began our friendship with Renae and Brannon Morton, the owners of Lucy Pop, about 5 years ago working on a fashion magazine story. Over the years Renae has become our “go to” stylist. Renae and Brannon continue to grow their salon by incorporating more artistry and fresh talent for Nashvillians. Boy do we miss being able to drive out on a whim for a cut and color….kind of difficult 600+ miles away. So, we try to schedule our haircuts and color when we visit Nashville.  You have to try their “Truth Serum” hair and scalp treatment. It is relaxing and intoxicating on the hair!