Sacramento Barber Portraits Photographed by Kevin Fiscus

Because I never go into Barber shops (I’m bald-ish and cut my own remaining hair) this is a portrait showcase of the Barbers in Sacramento. The series is all shot on one disposable camera and presented in the order they were photographed.

Creativity+ challenged some Sacramento Photographers to create a project with a disposable camera, I immediately started thinking about what to highlight and I always came back to portraits.

Most of my work consists of portraits of people in their workplace and I needed a good angle or subject to fill an entire roll of film. I’ve had this idea recently of doing portraits in places that I tend not to go, it was either barber shops or tattoo parlor. I’m a bit jealous of all the cool hairstyles people get nowadays, I don’t have the good hair so I don’t spend time in barbershops and this was the perfect opportunity to portray a slice of the working barbers in Midtown. They’re all photographed in between haircuts in their shops in Downtown and Midtown Sacramento.

The idea is loosely based off a couple other projects I did with portraits of Strangers and other Mom and Pop business portraits I did in 2009 during the recession.

This set of portraits was done on the spot with Barbers in their workplace over the course of three days. The challenge was to create a cohesive look within the constrains of the camera’s technical limitations. I tried to stay very similar with the look of each portrait while celebrating the unique differences of each space.

Santa Cruz Post Cards

The first rolls of film I ever shot were of my friends bodyboarding in Del Mar and the La Jolla reefs. I had a blast this weekend being a tourist in Santa Cruz. I've never been to this part of Santa Cruz before and was so pumped to see these two different waves working right out front of where we were staying.  

Studio Portrait with White Background with Two Lights.

Studio photography can be challenging, you may not know what the light is doing or where it's bleeding out to but luckily we live in the digital age and experimenting is practically free. I've always liked the clean crisp white backgrounds and they can be shot in a number of ways. You can get very complicated set-ups and use multiple lights to light the background but then you run into spacing issues and a lot of the time you are left with light bouncing off the background creating a cloudy look in your photos that is impossible to hide in PS. 

Recently I tried to use one huge umbrella with a white cover over it to make the white background, to my surprise it works perfectly. So long as your subject is small enough to fit within the umbrella, and large enough to cover the flash head you can do away with the background and additional lighting it takes to light that background effectively. 

The image below is two lights firing, one serving as the background and one light in a silver beauty dish to create a crisp look for this BW portrait. It was a pretty standard looking image of my friend until I told him to brush his hair back the wrong way for one shot. 

You can see that the white background is actually white and evenly lit. This is an effective way to light people if your space is limited and the results are going to be a close up headshot. obviously this won't work if you are looking to photograph a three quarters look or a full body but it's a nice compact set up to get the headshots you want without all the extra gear. 

Questions? Let me know in an email on the Contact page and I'd be happy to answer any questions. 


Sacramento Kings Instagram Takeover by Kevin Fiscus @fiscusphoto

Sacramento Kings fans showed up last night despite the intense rain storm pummeling the area. DeMarcus Cousins had a stellar game and rained down a few key three pointers to help seal the win late in the game. All this with continued chants from the crowd, "M V P!"

At this game we celebrated Equality Night in partnership with the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. The Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus performed the National Anthem, and Special guest Jason Collins was in the building who was named of one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2014.

A big thank you to the digital team that just won the NBA's Digital Innovator Award. I was honored to host the Instagram takeover. The Golden 1 Center is amazing and provides so many opportunities to photograph the space. My favorite moments always have action or some type of energy. I only wish I could share more so I put together some of my favorite moments below, I hope you enjoy. 

Go Kings! Vote Boogie for MVP!

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