Editorial - SUGARPOP! - The Metropolitan d'Etroit Magazine by Christian O'Grady

Spring is here!  Time to celebrate the best way we know how...with something SWEET.  This warm weather calls for cold fizzy pop, sweet sherbet, and other sugary treats that bring out fun under the warm sun.  The SUGARPOP! shoot was inspired by the personalities of beautiful girls and their silly personalities.  The candy element was added to be both bold and vibrant, combined with the makeup enhanced the sweetness and colorfulness of the shoot.

Studio Portraiture - Sarah Sadovsky - Red Hair Beauty by Christian O'Grady

Sarah has a beauty that runs deep.  Christian and I have gotten to know all the quirky and unique things that make Sarah who she is, and it only makes her more desirable to those who know her.  During my shoot with Sarah, I wanted to focus on her long (and strong!) red hair in certain ways.  Being a red head is something that Sarah wears proudly, because it makes her different.  I am looking forward to working with Sarah in the future to reveal more of her inner beauty.

I shot this with one main light overhead softbox right with my lovely partner Christian lending a helping hand to fan Sarah's hair when needed.

Food Photography - Green Food Still Life - Madalyn Knebel Food Stylist by Christian O'Grady

Putting three creative heads together we had the idea do start a series of monochromatic still lives of fruits and veggies. We started with the green foods because they are so plentiful. Madalyn crafted this large still life of green foods as Victoria took behind the scenes photos and closeups and Christian worked on the lighting and one overall shot of the still life. Check out the process and the results below.

Studio Portraiture - Madalyn Knebel - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

I, Victoria, have always wanted to photograph a ballerina.  The way they carry themselves with such elegance has always been attractive to me.  Upon meeting Madalyn, I knew of her history with ballet but what I didn't know was that she was still graceful as ever.  Sometimes people change, whether it's due to their environment or just the mere fact that they've moved onto that next step.  This was not the case, I knew I had to photograph Madalyn's soft and sweet nature.  During our shoot together, Christian was flying the Helix around our studio getting behind the scenes footage to help tell the story. 

Studio Portraiture - Trevor & Bayley - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

Trevor and Bayley, model friends of ours #PowerCouple stayed with us in our loft this summer as they were making a transition in their modeling career. After spending a couple years in China they moved to Michigan in preparation for a move to the city of Chicago. We decided to do an old school CK inspired black and white shoot with them in studio. #FYT

Wedding Photography - Rachel & Anthony - Detroit, MI by Christian O'Grady

FYT had the opportunity to work a beautiful wedding in the heart of Detroit on a cold February day. Victoria and I have worked events in the year we have been in business but this was our first wedding together. My high school friend was looking for a wedding photographer. When I offered to shoot her wedding she was ecstatic! Here is a selection of images from Rachel and  Anthony's special day. Congratulations Sligers!

Fashion Editorial - StylineLine Magazine - Airtime Trampoline Park @ Troy, MI by Christian O'Grady

Victoria's first chance to work with me on a big job was during this 10 page fashion spread for the March issue of Styleline Magazine last year. She shot behind the scenes as I orchestrated the 10 different setups we shot for the magazine. Jumping around all day at Airtime trampoline park made for an extremely fun shooting day.

Documentary Photography - Black Magic - Valentine Distilling Co. @ Ferndale, MI by Christian O'Grady

     Christian and I worked with a close friend of ours on a stylish shoot for a marketing campaign for Black Magic body spray and body wash.  We spent the day working inside of the rather fragrant and airy Valentine Vodka in Ferndale, where Christian helped with lighting and I shot  behind the scenes.  On the set, Christian was using a portable lighting rig that he fashioned together using a vintage photographers light strip with four LED light bulbs while I was ducking and weaving through clothing racks and distillery vats.  

     The highlight of the day?  Christian getting to hose down a sexy 6'2 model.    

Studio Portraiture - Gathering of the Creatives - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

Victoria and I decided to have a day where we invited some creative minds over to the studio to chill, collaborate and take photos. There were photographers, models, a hair/makeup artist and our creative friends Maya and Joe showed up towards the end of the evening for drinks and a game of Cards Against Humanity. Victoria and Bri hit it off and took an adventure through downtown Pontiac eventually making it back to the studio but not before making friends with the Sheriff of Oakland County. Christian spread his time between working on the behind the scenes video and working with all of the guests.

Local photographers Sean Forsyth and Ka Xiong came by to hang out and shoot some photos. 

We were able to capture some model type photos on location in Pontiac and in the studio. 

Then the wine came out and we started playing Cards Against Humanity and laughed and laughed.

Portrait Photography - Christian O'Grady - Pontiac, MI by Christian O'Grady

When you are a pair of photographers, there is no excuse, you have to photograph thick fog. This foggy night I became the model as Victoria captured my silouhette in this line of trees.

Pontiac MI, 12/14/14

Pontiac MI, 12/14/14

We then decided to venture down Woodward to a location we had been passing on the regular which was decorated with tons of Christmas lights.  Nothing like bokeh, eh?

Portrait Photography - FYT - Pontiac, MI by Christian O'Grady

Of course for our one year anniversary we both received photocentric gifts from each other and we took portraits together in the studio. I bought Victoria our very first GoPro and she made me a photo scrap book of our first year of taking photos, living, and loving.

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Studio Projection Art - Cassie Keller - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

We had worked with Cassie before but on this shoot Victoria and I decided to have fun experimenting with light from a projector. We like to shoot a model from two points of view at the same time. It gives us an opportunity to get some more dynamic photographs. 

Studio Portraiture - Carmen Johnson - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

Christian and I had the privilege of working with Carmen just recently when she was in town from Los Angeles visiting family for the holidays.  She is so natural in front of the camera she made our job very easy. Christian put together two different lighting setups in studio and we shared the same lighting but took on different angles to achieve varied looks. For the last look we went outside to a nearby club parking lot and shot with a makeshift lighting rig fashioned from an old photographers light strip with new tungsten LED bulbs. Then we white balanced the Canon 5D Mark III to tungsten to really bring out the blue in the background. #FYT

We were working together from the start.... by Christian O'Grady

December 2013 we met and photographed each other. These are the first photos we ever took of each other. No one could have known there would be countless more photos filling our lives with the love and mutual respect that was needed to start #FYT