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Creative photography of a woman’s face reflected in the pupil of her own eye.

By Scott Holstein

Filed under: Personal Projects

One day back in college, I realized I could see my reflection in my own pupil while looking into a mirror. I thought it might make interesting and creative photography so I enlisted fellow photographer Joel Fluty to endure some pretty strong off-camera flash blasts to the face. After sacrificing Joel’s vision, I determined that it was theoretically possible to make a portrait of someone’s reflection inside their own eye, but it would not be easy to accomplish. I recently revisited the idea with some better equipment and a handful of patient models. This was indeed a very technically difficult…

Creative photography of a warrior woman emerging from the water while firing a machine gun.

By Scott Holstein

“Rambabe” is my latest personal project, done just for kicks as a creative recharge. It is, of course, inspired by the Rambo movies; I own the ’80s trilogy. While watching it one day I decided it would be fun to make creative images that change it up a bit and have a beautiful, tough woman as the “one man army” instead of a sweaty dude (no offense, Stallone). And since I’m from Florida, there was never any question that she would be in the water. I scouted several places in the Tallahassee region, originally looking for something swampy that might…

Photo of two cave divers floating in a sinkhole, created using a cheap underwater camera housing.

By Scott Holstein

The Tallahassee, Florida region lays claim to a unique topographical feature – the Woodville Karst Plain. The karst plain is made of irregular limestone and underground water channels which are tied into the Floridan Aquifer. The Woodville Karst Plain is home to first magnitude springs, sinkholes, and the longest underwater cave system in the United States. As such, the region has great appeal to a courageous and adventurous type of person – the cave diver. An article in Tallahassee magazine was featuring a local couple who cave dives – Aletheia and Andre Lange – whom I was to photograph. While…

Portrait of NFL quarterback Christian Ponder's dog licking his face by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

By Scott Holstein

Tallahassee magazine was doing a story on the local animal shelter – the Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center – which was recently awarded $25,000 from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for inspiring the community and adopting out 1,200 animals in 90 days. As it turns out, local celebrity, quarterback Christian Ponder for the Florida State University Seminoles football team, had recently adopted a dog from the shelter. I was tapped to work with Ponder to create the Tallahassee magazine photography that would accompany the story. A couple of days before his last game in his…

Landscape photography of a dragonfly at sunset over Lake Jackson in Tallahassee, shot with an iPhone.

By Scott Holstein

A few evenings ago I was scouting a location for an upcoming photo shoot. I had already scouted a half dozen locations, none of which were really working for me. This particular evening I was scouting at Lake Jackson in Tallahassee, Florida. I had been to this particular spot before but I really didn’t think it would be ideal for this shoot. I was wrong. This spot had water that was the right depth, it had some nice vegetation to work with, and best of all, it had a great view of sunset. In fact, the sunset was so amazing…

Portrait of a woman in front of the view of downtown by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

By Scott Holstein

I recently photographed Emerald Coast Magazine’s Top Singles in Destin, Florida. Next I was the photographer for more Top Singles for the feature in the current issue of Tallahassee magazine. Over the course of two days I created environmental portraits of 14 of the area’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes on location at Hotel Duval in downtown Tallahassee, Florida. The hotel pretty much gave us free reign of the place as we photographed everywhere from the valet to Level 8 Lounge, where Connie Osborn and the view of downtown made the cover. Tallahassee Top Singles Event For you locals, the…

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