Backstage Portraits, again

I have to learn at some point. That is why I do this. I am slow learner, I have identified this. I am okay with it. It takes me a lot longer to learn and reach goals than I think it does for most – but I tend to stray from comparing because nothing productive ever comes from it. I like to do this and I really enjoy shooting like this, so I do. My goal for this was to get it mostly right in camera, and do mostly uniform editing. So not a lot of spot editing. There isn’t really any dodge/burn in these. The only spot editing I did in some were to remove the backgrounds when I was able.

I try to keep my set up mobile/compact/easy to assemble as this ensures I can always make the shoot happen. However when it does happen, my background is usually pretty shit as I just use a reflector. So in the future I will change that. I am going to find a better solution so that I can get it all right in camera and not have to spend hours cutting people out and changing their background haha. I don’t like doing tedious boring work.

These were all done backstage, easy setup – takes about 10 minutes to build, all contained within a Think Tank Production Manager 40. I shot everything with a Sigma 50 ART lens and lit ’em with my favorite Profoto B1. I bounced with a reflector for fill.

Backstage Portrait - Awsten Knight of Waterparks by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait – Awsten Knight of Waterparks

Backstage Portrait - Awsten Knight of Waterparks by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait – Awsten Knight of Waterparks

Backstage Portrait - Awsten Knight of Waterparks by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait – Awsten Knight of Waterparks

Awsten Knights of Waterparks by Adam Elmakias

I didn’t get much time to shoot live that night, but I like this image

Backstage Portrait - Gabe Barham of Sleeping With Sirens by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait – Gabe Barham of Sleeping With Sirens

Backstage Portrait - Nick Martin of Sleeping With Sirens by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait – Nick Martin of Sleeping With Sirens

Backstage Portrait - Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait – Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens

Backstage Portrait - Williard

Backstage Portrait – Williard

Backstage Portrait - Matt Best of Tonight Alive by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait – Matt Best of Tonight Alive

Backstage Portrait - Matt Best of Tonight Alive

Backstage Portrait – Matt Best of Tonight Alive

Backstage Portrait - Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait – Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive

Backstage Portrait - Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait – Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive

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Adam Elmakias is a music photographer based out of San Diego, California. He spends most of his time doing stuff with cameras. Adam wrote this himself, not someone else. I am Adam.

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  • Brooklyn Lohr

    my boy awsten,, what a beautiful being

  • Rachel Fagel

    I’m in love with this shot U0001f60d such detail captured in it

  • Carole Andrea Gacitúa Morales

    Gloria OMG look at him U0001f60d

  • Skylar Lampkin

    what a beautiful human bean

  • Erin Nicole Bostick

    Hannah Davis this guy

  • Leslie Cohetero Duran

    MY BOY AWSTEN

  • Cindy Villa

    he looks so soft bless

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  • Ida Carlberg

    is this the lens you like to use while taking portraits or do you have another favourite?

  • Adam Elmakias Photography

    this the lens, if need a cheaper option I suggest Canon 50mm 1.8

  • Ida Carlberg

    Ohhh, thank you!

  • Jonah Gerhards

    I love the cool tone lighting in this, Adam!

  • Karolina Żarnowska

    what is this trend with women shaving their heads? this is not hate I’m generally curious if there’s a reason behind as lots of female artists seem to have done it this year

  • Anais Dominguez

    Are there any cheaper options for lighting that you recommend?

  • Mette Koch

    Line Wetke :O

  • Skylar Mosbey

    shes so pretty U0001f629

  • Shannon O’Neill

    I know in Jenna’s case, she’s quite spiritual and this was part of her ‘journey’ as she calls it. There’s a post on her Instagram where she talks about it more (axlgram13)

  • Ashley Nicole Kiser

    we use the same lens, I am now more inspired

  • Amy Daughters

    Jake Lane omg she bald now lol

  • Caro Paez

    La pelona U0001f60d

  • Ricardo Sainza Sanchez

    Carlos Pozas ay mimadre el bixo

  • Leanne Bevan

    Grace Tallack didn’t know she shaved her head

  • Denisse Jimenez

    Paola Corpus No me odies, pero pensé que era Justin por un segundo ?

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    HAHAHAHAHAHAA nooooo, está raro este muchacho ? nada que ver

  • Grace Tallack

    Neither did I, at least it’s better than the dreads

  • Leanne Bevan

    Suits her tbh. My chubby head could not pull that off

  • Grace Tallack

    I can’t pull anything off except the current hair I have and even then the jury’s still out

  • Leanne Bevan

    Haha so real

  • Beth Tudor

    Emma Henderson just knowing how much you love her

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    Excuse me whilst I scream

  • Beth Tudor

    She looks so gorgeous!

  • Emma Henderson

    SHE NEEDS TO LOVE ME

  • Beth Tudor

    I’m sure she would!

  • Eloise Lenton

    Lily Morgan she bald now? Still v. pretty

  • Miranda Eliot

    personally i use alien bees and they work fine

  • Alexandra Fuentes

    Lilly Garibay caillou

  • Anais Dominguez

    Awesome, thank you. You photographed Jonny Craig?

  • Aurélie Simon

    Fatiha Tadjadit JADORE :O

  • Dorotea Zobec

    Antonella Kovačićek why she do this

  • Antonella Kovačićek

    mislim da je shvatila da dredove nije mogla otpetljati vise haha

  • Dorotea Zobec

    Ali imala je tako lijepu plavu kosicu

  • Antonella Kovačićek

    ikr, nadam se da ce je opet pustati

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    Nikkolette Jade your love xD

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    Frances Sinclair what a beauty

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    Marina Rodríguez Martín te pega

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    Jasmine Styles *dies

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    SHE SHAVED HER HEAD Kyla Danielle Witt Devon Ray Bartow

  • Devon Ray Bartow

    I like itU0001f495

  • Passion Rumbaugh

    Not sure if ten times more attracted to her or displeased

  • Devon Ray Bartow

    I’m very pleased

  • Passion Rumbaugh

    I liked her hair but she can still rock this

  • Taylor Collins

    Leah Bowkett i have the same nose ring in right now im crying

  • ‘andrea Blas Rico

    Erick OMG MIRA

  • Erick Navarrete

    Tiene meses ya pelona.

  • ‘andrea Blas Rico

    No sabbbbbía, ohmy

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    Johanna Louise Robin Christopher BABE

  • Alma Romero

    I see you went with the cool tones

  • Amy-Pearl Jones

    Eleni Jones she actually looks so good with no hair!!

  • robdude -art

    Nice ! Did you only use Lightroom for the post ? I love that look. Cheers!

  • Nikki Schneider

    I do like this one better than the warmer one Adam.

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    Laura Beckett what omg

  • Laura Beckett

    Honestly doesn’t surprise me

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    I Love her

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    He’s so pretty I’M GONNA DIE U0001f631U0001f60dU0001f60dU0001f60d

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    Ola Williams Szadyn o m g

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    p e r f

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