4 04 2010

First time model Alexandria did an great job in front of the camera.  She had contacted me about modeling and I suggested we did a test shoot and see if she really liked it. Modeling is work and involves a ton of patience.  She was good at taking direction and was eager to learn and improve.  I am looking forward to our next session as we are planning  to shoot to build her portfolio.


Amanda – High Fashion

14 07 2009

agp7090886Looking like something straight away from a popular fashion magazine, Amanda poses in a high fashion type shoot we did together for her portfolio. The lighting was really simple- one bare light with 7 inch reflector above her and in front of her about 12 to 14 inches. It makes for a great look and the shadow is cool too. It adds a little dynamics to the shot and more interest. The seamless background is actually white, but turned grey with the lighting.  It works well with the color of the dress.

agp7090898The hair and makeup was done by Jerry Rogers, a very talented artist. He knows just the right way to mix and fade colors. I am always amazed at his work and look forward to shooting his creations. It works well especially since he had a beautiful canvas like Amanda Suetos to work with.  All three of us had a blast shooting and are very proud of the final results!

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9 07 2009


Sometimes schedules clash. In this case, Amanda (model), makeup and hair artist Jerry and I have had a hard time getting together for a shoot. But when we finally got together last Sunday, we came up with some great images.

The idea for the Geisha look was Amanda’s.  She hasn’t been in front of the camera for several years and wanted to start a new portfolio.  I had to try to come up with a backdrop that would be suitable.  I tried one of those Scene Setter vinyl wall covers like you get for parties and such….ummm, no.   It looked fake and always had a glare. So with a black muslin and freshly cut real bamboo from my place, I made a garden in my living room.

Jerry worked his magic with the make up and hair. It is cool to see the process! He always knows what to do and works fast so we have plenty shooting time. While Amanda was in Hair/Mup we all got to chat and I got to know Amanda a little better before we shot.

I used a large soft box (24×72) camera left at f/11 and a small soft box (18×18) camera right, about f/8. I try to keep it simple! We did shoot many different angles and many different focal lengths, but mostly I stayed fairly wide (24-35mm)

Make sure and check back tomorrow as there are more pics of Amanda from 3 different set and wardrobe changes including some high fashion!  A great start to building her port!


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True Blue

25 06 2009

20080728_IMG_0538smMakeup artist and hair dresser Jerry Rogers and I made a trip down to Houston to shoot.  This portrait will not appeal to many, but I think it has a certain quality about it that makes it special to me.

A photographer sets the tone for a shoot.  By that I mean, when everyone gets together, whatever mood the photographer is in usually gets translated into his/her work by the model. If the photog is happy, excited, stressed, whatever-that shows in the images. After several hours of shooting, we had all gotten to know each other more and everyone was a bit more relaxed. This image was taken at the end of about a 6 hour day of shooting. This style of fantasy/concept makeup just wouldn’t work with a silly grin or a cheesy pose.  So in this case, simple is best and we let the makeup-hair and her relaxed expression tell the story. (which is all up to the viewer to decide what the story is)  There was really no intended message or editorial line that we were trying to convey…it’s just a cool picture of a girl in some artsy makeup.  But if this image “speaks” to someone-then great. We were in the market for something different when we shot this…and I think we acheived just that.

Contrast – Hard/Soft

16 05 2009
Model-Jinny Kwan

Model-Jinny Kwan

When speaking of contrast,  light and dark are usually automatically thought of. That is only one type of contrast as there are many. Today we are going to look at soft/hard contrast. It is fairly easy to convey in an image as a compositional element because the hard is usually a “known” hard- like the rock in this image, and the soft is pretty easy to see as well.

We recognize the rock in the picture as hard and Jinny, the model,  is flesh and blood and softer than the rock. The outfit she is wearing is soft also.  Pretty simple element to achieve as the rocks were already on location (probably a few years anyway) and we just threw Jinny into the setting. Instant compositional element.

So why use it? If it is so simple why does it work? What does it do for us? Also simple- it helps make the subject (Jinny) stand out. The is no confusion on what is the subject. It helps separate the subject from the background. In this case, the intention of the image is to sell, or show the dress,  in a fashionable way. If the background was made of the same material as the dress, (or maybe the dress had a pattern that was like the background) it might be possible to lose her in the background, making the image hard to view, and would probably be somewhat uninteresting.   If the client wanted to use the approach of  similarity between the subject and the background- then there must be some type of contrast element to separate the two. Maybe light and dark, maybe a color contrast, tall and short, or any number of ways. We will look at different types of contrasts, but keep in mind the contrast concept.

In this image of Jinny, hard/soft is not the only contrast present. There is a color contrast that works hand in hand with the hard/soft, and it only helps our intentions-make the subject “pop”.

Contrast is a great tool to keep in the photographer’s toolbox. It can be used to separate, showcase, and make a subject stand out.

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Fresh Experience

10 05 2009
Jessica Sauer

Jessica Sauer

Jessica Sauer is only 17 years old but her experience is very impressive.  She is already a professional runway model, and has had print in several magazines including 17 Magazine.   She is very busy with her dream which is professional modeling, but also gives a lot of her time  selflessly in community  service and charities. I am pleased to meet her and her Mom, which is a very knowledgeable and supportive person for her daughter.

This picture has some cool elements to it.  Of course Jessica looks great here, but she lets her body flow comfortably. This was not a forced pose at all. She knows fashion and what it takes to sell garments.  The pose is balanced since her left leg and right arm are pretty equal in position. That makes for good composition in this picture.

The styling and colors work well with the colors in the rock and the light. There is a very warm feel to the image.  And with her pose as it is, she shows the clothing and sets the tone for it. This particular style wouldn’t work well say, in a suburban neighborhood cul de sac setting pulling a red wagon.  The clothing, lighting, model, colors and pose must compliment each other.

Great job to Jessica, and for her dedication and  passion for what she does, on and off the set.

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