Belle at the National Portrait Gallery

In my last post, I described the photo shoot that Mike and I hosted at the National Portrait Gallery back in August. In this post, I am sharing the photos of me that resulted. I wore my 1740s Belle costume, because I had relatively few photos of it.

I very much enjoyed working with all three photographers that participated. In addition to Mike, we had Dan of Dan Arango Photography and Justin of Rich and Strange Photography. They all produced beautiful images.

I started working with Mike to help him warm up before the others arrived for the shoot proper. Because the museum had just opened, the Luce Foundation Center was almost empty, allowing us to get some nice shots with nearly the whole room to work with.
Portrait Gallery Shoot

Portrait Gallery Shoot

Portrait Gallery Shoot

Later during the shoot itself, Mike took photos of me in the Kogod Courtyard and the painted hallway upstairs.
Portrait Gallery Shoot

Portrait Gallery Shoot

Portrait Gallery Shoot

I also worked with Dan in the courtyard. He got this lovely, bright shot.
Portrait Gallery

Then Dan also took a series of photos in the painted hallway upstairs. I really like the lighting he used.
Portrait Gallery

Portrait Gallery

Last, but certainly not least, are these cool photos by Justin. He went for a darker, more gothic look than Mike and Dan. These shots were all taken in the Luce Foundation center.
Portrait Gallery

Portrait Gallery

Portrait Gallery

All three photographers produced gorgeous photos. I find the differences in lighting and color choices particularly fascinating. Mike worked entirely with natural light, and I did his editing so as emphasize highlights. Dan and Justin used both natural light and external flash depending on the situation. Dan went with a higher contrast look, while Justin’s photos are more desaturated and moody. A big thanks to all three for participating!

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