Lifestyle and portrait photography this spring. Atlanta photographer Alex Koloskov

It was a wonderful sunny evening . We’ve enjoyed long walking with our friend Irina and her kids and had a relaxed photo-session in the avenue with blossom trees.

Here are some photos:

Kids portrait photography in Atlanta, GA

Kids portrait photography in Atlanta, GA

 	Lifestyle portrait. Atlanta photographer.

Lifestyle portrait. Atlanta photographer.

Portrait photography, Atlanta, GA

Portrait photography, Atlanta, GA

People photography, Atlanta, GA

People photography, Atlanta, GA

People Atlanta photographer

People Atlanta photographer

Life style portrait

Life style portrait

Family portrait photographer in Atlanta, GA

Family portrait photographer in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta photographer

Atlanta photographer

Atlanta photographer Alex Koloskov

Atlanta photographer Alex Koloskov

Children photographer Atlanta

Children photographer Atlanta

Kids photographer Alpharetta, GA

Kids photographer Alpharetta, GA

Fasion photographer Alex Koloskov

Fasion photographer Alex Koloskov

Fashion photographer in Atlanta, GA

Fashion photographer in Atlanta, GA

People portrait photography

People portrait photography

Portrait photography

Portrait photography

Lifestyle photography

Lifestyle photography

Family lifestyle photographer

Family lifestyle photographer

Glamour portrait

Glamour portrait

Family potrait alpharetta, GA

Family potrait alpharetta, GA

Family portrait photographer

Family portrait photographer

9 comments to Lifestyle and portrait photography this spring. Atlanta photographer Alex Koloskov

  • very lovely portrait pictures
    The ladies are really pretty!!!
    And the kids are really lovely!!!
    Their smiles are so sweet~

    I just wonder did you do any digital editing to let the background blur to sharpen and enhance the subjectS?
    Or, it’s the effect of the camera len??
    Sorry, I’m not a photographer, just someone who loves looking at lovely pictures.

    Thank you

  • Thank you for so warm comment:-)
    The blurred background is the lens effect not Photoshop.

  • Tom Bako

    excellent, excellent, very good lens and aperture choice,very nice backgrounds, dreamy quality and a surefire future as an aspiring portrait photographer. Need more like this.

  • Thank you, Tom:-) We have couple hard drives with such kind of photos. Unfortunately they don’t have a commercial value, there is so big competition from everybody who has a digital camera and able to find a nice place at the right time.

  • Tom Bako

    I know it’s difficult to try and do everything, you have to focus on your core business plan but this shows versatility and you can be very selective about the type of clients you would do work for. There is a style here that I personally like. If you explore this a little you can turn it into something commercial. I would venture to say that if your rate is high enough then it makes you more in control because the people who would want this for themselves, to see themselves this way would be willing to pay. Vanity has it’s reward. These are stylish and classy and have a warm comfortable and genuine look. That’s what people want for their family’s and themselves individually. Be selective start at $1000.00 for 4 hours and go after the elite client if you don’t want to do an assignment you don’t have to do it you are in control not the potential client, just as long as you can consistently deliver the goods. Or you can do it for free and build a portfolio. Product photography is okay but working with people, seeing them smile, making them cry because they love how you made them look. That brings real joy and big money too. It’s like somebody needs the interior of their house painted because it’s drab and ugly so you come in and put a fresh coat of paint on all of a sudden they look at their home and fall in love with it again. Who cares about everybody with a camera, you are selling your talent, skills and beautiful images. Do it on your own time frame your in control. If you concern yourself about competition you won’t sleep at night. Well sometimes I talk too much don’t I. Cheers

  • Richard Rynkowski

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    Alex or who ever shot these has done great on most of the poses. There are a couple where hands creep around like claws. Have the photographer get the flash off the camera. Alex, use your battery pack, a 60x60cm soft box and stand with/without boom or an assistant to position the lighting for you, and get some modeling to your lighting. Even if it’s just butterfly. Take along a folding reflector to lower the ratio if you perfer 2:1 or 3:1 lighting. G. In PS Move the eye highlight to the 11 or 2 oclock position in the eye. Centered white dot in the eye is not good. Lighting positioning off camera will cure this. Also,if intent is environmental portraits you are about 1 – 1-1/2 stops over powering the lighting with the flash causing the model to look like they were shot in studio with a projected background. A little fake looking. For model work where the cloathing is the point of interest this lighting may be necessary and at times perferred for catalogs.

    Here are a couple of links that you may like to watch for the fun of it. May give some ideas. Keep in mind he is selling but the method he uses is useful to know. There are many videos at this site…Have fun!
    http://www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com/using-the-ezybox-hotshoe
    http://www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com/using-the-trigrip-bracket

  • Tom

    Wrong, wrong,wrong. With all due respect it’s his family and friends. Sure he can tweak the images no biggie. But direct flash on camera works great here and shadows behind subject again no biggie it’s all about content and mood and style. This is not about rules it’s about exploration and developing a technique that works with the subject. I don’t like the dress on one subject but who cares, the shoes look clunky but I’m not a fashionista. I LOVE THE LOOK AND KNOW WHAT THE ATTEMPT IS. These are more spontaneous shots of friends and family. In defense of Alex. There’s a lot of crap that passes for professional photography just because somebody can go and shoot a wedding under the guise of shooting photojournalism style of photography with a 5d mkll that captures low noise images at 3200iso and pass it off as being professional. Big friggin deal. In Germany you would have to take a five year photography apprenticeship to first show you had the TECHNICAL SKILLS that allowed you to be called a pro before you started working as one. No disrespect my friend but 90% of photography students end up working in a camera store selling equipment or some other unrelated vocation. On the other hand you have some self trained individuals who have mastered their skills without taking a college course. Kudos to them and all the aspiring photographers of the day. Alex is in training and I think doing an excellent job. By the way I don’t know Alex personally, just stumbled onto his blog one day. Formula photography works for baby photography and run of the mill portrait photographers also for catalog product photographers. As for the centered white dot that is from what was commonly known as a “wink light”. It was mounted on the lens hood of a hasselblad in the old days for flash fill ratio it’s up to the photographer. It was used on a 150mm or a 250mm lens, It’s also called a “catch light”, the eyes would look dead without it.

  • Richard Rynkowski

    Dear Tom;
    I won’t say what I think of your comments. If you shoot like these photos keep it up and don’t give up your day job because you are going to need it. Alex is in training?? Well, if this is so, then he should and needs to learn the proven techniques and methods of shooting portraits so that he can “break the rules” and know why and how to make something better or worse. Learn and practice the basics first, then do your own thing! Oh, alex doesn’t need you to defend him he does just fine by himself, he’s a big man who can stand on his own two feet.
    Oh, also I’m not your friend, and I don’t live in Germany.
    You should also learn the rules before you break them. “Fashionista” sorry, no such word…my friend.
    “It was mounted on the lens hood of a hasselblad in the old days for flash fill ratio it’s up to the photographer.” What does that mean?

    And this?

    “There is a style here that I personally like. If you explore this a little you can turn it into something commercial. I would venture to say that if your rate is high enough then it makes you more in control because the people who would want this for themselves, to see themselves this way would be willing to pay. Vanity has it’s reward. These are stylish and classy and have a warm comfortable and genuine look. That’s what people want for their family’s and themselves individually. Be selective start at $1000.00 for 4 hours and go after the elite client if you don’t want to do an assignment you don’t have to do it you are in control not the potential client, just as long as you can consistently deliver the goods. Or you can do it for free and build a portfolio.”

    What a bunch of B.S.!

    Explore this more…turn it into something commercial?
    Rate is high enough…Stylish and classy…genuine look?
    What people want…Start at $1,000 for 4 hours?
    You are in control not the potential client?
    Deliver the goods, or do it for free and build a portfolio?

    What planet did you fly in from?

    Photography “business” is about building a brand and servicing your clients wants and needs so they see “value” in what you have to offer. Once they see the “value” in your work they may give you repeat business for a client or project they have a photographic need for. I may be wrong but I don’t think Alex is interested in building a portrait photography business as his thing and “brand” is focused on his commercial product photography. He is a specialist and not a generalist. I think he does portraits as favors to the client. Yes, I think he has an occassion to work with models but that is not his forte, while table top and still life products are all his speciality. If you want my opinion, which you probably don’t, I believe he would branch into “Industrial” or “Architectural” and possibly do a few “Annual Reports” with possibly shooting an executive portrait or two before he would go into “fashion” where he would be working with a bunch of gitty models, fussy hair and cloathing stylist and the like. It’s probably as likely that he will not get involved with weddings and hyper brides and frantic mothers. I think he would go nuts shooting weddings as he, I think, likes dealing in the “details” and being more of a “perfectionist” while just knocking out 500 images at a wedding would bore him.

    There is my 2 cents worth…no, make that 10 cent worth.

    For what it’s worth.

  • Tom

    Dearest Richard, Let’s try and keep this light hearted and with a little bit of humor. Makes for a happy day. I think I hit a RAW nerve, use a big bandaid. You are so wrong, wrong, wrong again – First here is the the dictionary version and not my version.

    fashionista |ˌfa sh əˈnēstə|
    noun informal
    1 a designer of haute couture.
    2 a devoted follower of fashion : sleek designs that press all the fashionistas’ buttons.
    ORIGIN 1990s: from fashion + Spanish suffix -ista, as in Sandinista, turista.

    Secondly there is an old expression – “never get into a ‘pissing contest’ with a skunk”. TEE,HEE So I won’t. Don’t get your girly shorts in a knot.LOL. A hasselblad is a medium format camera and a wink light was mounted on the lens hood in the good old film days for fill flash in shaded light or back lighting for natural looks. Today Metz 58 AF1 has one incorporated in their hammer head flash. PUUUrfect for weddings and portraits. http://photo-tips-online.com/test/metz-mecablitz-58-af-1-wink-catchlight-extended-zoom/

    Al Gilbert used a single small low watt wink light mounted on his blad over extensively when he shot portraits he is a world renowned photographer do your homework and look it up on the net. http://www.gilbertandassociates.ca/famelist.html

    I stand by what I said and if you don’t understand where I’m coming from just ask me and we can have a more intelligent conversation. I appreciate your comments that Alex doesn’t need to be defended, you are absolutely right. Alex does have the ability to be a great portrait photographer if he so chooses too. As for other areas of endeavor that is most certainly his choice. I personally love those candid portraits (which they are) and they are sooooooo technically perfect for candid portraits.
    Text book portraiture is so not there today. Well maybe at Walmart.

    Okay Richard you have a great day. I love you and I appreciate your opinions and comments. Tom

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