Summer Solstice – SB style!

Last weekend was Santa Barbara’s annual Summer Solstice Celebration – this year I thought I would create studio portraits near the start of the parade (last year I shot the event traditionally – here is a story of images of Solstice 2009.) With so many great characters creating and joining the carnival atmosphere it was a visual playground.  With the assistance of the Solstice organizers we used a part of David Shelton’s great metalworking studio right at the start of the parade. With help from Samy’s, Nico and I set up the seamless with two background Profoto heads and a third in an Octabank and welcomed over 100 beautiful individuals over the course of 4 hours before they launched into the parade and festivities.  Here are the Solstice 2010 portraits. Hidden among the portraits are some wider shots of the studio.

Update June 30:

The portrait session is the lead feature of the day in local news Noozhawk.

The Mad Hatter barely fit into the studio, Steele said. When he stood up in his checkered pants, his giant hat was one inch from the tallest beam.

“With so many great characters creating and joining the carnival atmosphere it was a visual playground,” Steele said. “I had so much fun shooting this.”