CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

Tag: ‘under exposed’

By candlelight

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Every photographer starts somewhere. As you are seeing, I practice. I actually practice quite a lot. On March 23, I was doing just that, practicing on candlelight.


I look at images and am wowed by the perfect lighting I see. It is not as easy as people think – to make it all look good with different kinds of light. The flame, to me, is not easy at all. But it is oh, so beautiful!


The affects on the skin in different lighting situations. Such as – near a window, mid day or turned away from the window mid day. How exposed will she be at the different distances. All of it has to be taken into consideration.


If the focus is on the light – how in focus do I want the subject photo’d with the candle? How exposed or unexposed to I want the background subject? What am I trying to portray? Then there is texture, feel, clothing. Tying it all together to bring a certain feel is part of the entire shoot.

And of coarse, in editing I then am practicing different techniques to editing. Creating a soft feel vs creating a crisp feel is one I tackle in my mind all the time. I personally love a more matted look to the images, but do not want to loose contrast – if that makes sense. It does in my mind :) I also struggle with the love of Black and Whites vs Color. I have an appreciation for both ways of editing.


With a candle – the glow of the light on the subject’s skin adds a gorgeous golden shine. But sometimes – black and white still wins – even with candles:


This actually throws me back to my black and white movie days. They mystery, the feel, the moment.

Thank you for taking your time to look into my practice files as well as the year 2013. It has been a great learning and growing experience for me as I look back on what has brought me to this point in my life now. It would never have been possible without my children or husband. Their support and willingness to be models at my every crazy adventure. As a kid I was told to work on your talents and to let my light shine. Well – I could not let that light or talent shine so bright without them coupled with lots and lots of practice.

Such a fun vault for me to be peaking into. Thanks again!


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