Frequently we have models come in from an agency for a test shoot. Usually either for the agency to see how they perform or to build thier book. Well this weekend we had Matt and Kent come in for a model portfolio shoot. Both needed headshots, fully body and fitness shots. Luckly enough, they both had pretty good looks and were a pleasure to work with. The finished product will come soon, but check out the video!
One of my favorite things to do as a photographer is to work with other creative and talented individuals. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to work with Tommy, a local tattoo artist I must say I was quite impressed by his personal ink, aka body art. I had previously had the opportunity to see his paintings and work he had done on others, but I always find it interesting to see the work tattoo artist choose for themselves. So now we share it with you!
These images were shot in studio using Hensel Interga 500s. Mostly with a one light set up and some fill. I used my tether tools kit to tether straight to my Mac Book Pro. It's a lifesaver.
A little over a month ago I was was walking home and noticed the way the light his the fire escape on my building. The area is just off the busy street, but at times seems miles away. I decided that it would be a great location for a shoot and I knew just what I wanted to do! We cast for models and came across Clifford. He was actually a model that I had previously worked with, on a project I was hired to shoot last year in Virginia.
My assitant Mikaela and developed a shot list, checked lighting and figured out what time of day would be best for this on location shoot.
The shot list was set, the model selected and now, we had to deal with mother nature, as the clouds did not want to behave that day, but we made it work.
I had two main goals in this session, effortless styling and to make it not look like DC. Ah yes, and to keep it editorial.
So we styled the model in jeans and boots and a few other accessories that would appear as products; he needed to be selling something.
Like so many shoots, my creative mind takes over and I notice little things, that turn into ideas and guide the shoot. During this shoot, I figured out that I could stand on one building and have the model on the other. Was a killer idea if I do say so myself....which I do.
The final shot of the day was another shot not planned, but came to me as we were walking down the stairs. I had the model lay down on the stairs and I shot him from above. I love this image. It almost makes it look like he is standing, until you notice the stairs.
And here are the final images from this shoot!
Today, I had a shoot with a a new model named Matt who was looking to expand his portfolio. Overall, it was a great shoot, and the unedited photos prove it. Matt is one of those models that have range. He is a little older than he looks, and has the ability to play different areas of the age spectrum. The shoot was mostly in natural light, with a few reflectors. And for some of the bed shots we bounced single fill light. Here’s a taste of what we got.
As many of you know, models come to me often to build their modeling portfolios. The modeling industry can be quite difficult to break into. Frequently I am approached by models who do not meet the industry standard for height. Take Marc, great model, lots of personality, but he isn't 5'11, but 5"7. But there is a place for everyone, and he isn't letting his height stop him.