Friday, August 27, 2010

Black and White

I have worked with David many times as a model. I wanted to do something very strong, black and white, with a hard-edge look. I felt that David had the look I wanted.

He is so very talented and I think he should get in to Acting. I do not think he realizes  how talented he is.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Jane Metcalf Stylist / Jewelry

Once again, I had the opportunity to create some new commercial work in black and white.

This was for Jane Metcalf: Wardrobe Stylist and Jewelry designer .

Styling with Edie

This is just one of many photoshoots that I worked on with Edie.

I know it's her job to make all things come together but she just goes beyond and somehow knows what dress goes with each model and how to set up the the look we need.

It was a sad day for me when she moved,  but there is a link on my blog so you can go see what she is up to.

  She is also one amazing makeup artist and she is also a model and a wife.

How does she keep all this together?

All I do is just take pictures.

I have an easy life when working with Edie.

Will also put more of her styling  on as I find time.

the fashion makeup for this photo shoot was created by makeup artist  Andrea Dow


I asked model Celeste to work with me on this concept, as she is an athlete and has an stunning body and is a super nice person.

It makes such a difference to work with models you like and respect, as they give so much back.

She brought in some track and field equipment - as it was easier for her to get it ,

I spent the whole day with her and Edie (my MUA and Stylist)  in my studio. Edie was a godsend for this concept.

Celeste kept moving to keep her energy up and to have real sweat on her body.

It totally was an amazing, high energy photoshoot.

We created so many great images
Here are just a few.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Asian Faces

I was very intrigued when I worked with Deveraux in the previous post on how she didn't think she looked Asian.

So I happen to have the opportunity to work with Kelly, who is the Soccer Ninja.

Though I have worked with her before, I really wanted to do a beauty makeup with an asian  styled look.

  I will be doing more of these with other models in the next few months.

It's surprising sometimes how Asian look, in relation to how they think they look

Kelly Vy: As always, it was a fun and exciting shoot with Phillip. We went through our usual "Hello's" and hugs. I drove over to the studio by myself after work, so this time, there was no yellow Corvette distracting him from me.

I have never done an Asian look for a photoshoot before, and I was a bit afraid I'll turn out a bit "fob-ish." Hah, silly me, what was I thinking. Phillip will never make me look bad.

It was a very short shoot. The majority of the time was spent on getting the lighting right - and obviously you can see how awesome it is. We tried a few poses and these two worked out best. Phillip had an idea for a pose that he sketched out. it was hilarious as it was missing an arm.

Overall it was a fantastic time. I love the photos. I am so happy and honored that Phillip wanted to work with me again. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

a painter I wanted to be

A painter I wanted to be. Well, not sure but, I do know, I cannot paint.

I appreciate and admire their talent, what and how they can create from their mind and then put it onto a canvas.

So with that in mind, I have been working on some ideas with reflections and on camera filters, as I wanted to get close to the idea I had in my mind.

I still have a ways to go, but I do feel they  may have a more painterly look to them. I very much like the years-gone-by and sensual looks to my work.

So here are some created in the camera.

I really want to keep it this way, as I am not a super photoshop guy and do not want to be one. So, these were not photoshopped, I used filters and the models' reflection to give them the soft oil-painting look.

I just love the art of photography

Monday, August 9, 2010

Kelly's Ninja Soccer Match

I just worked with Kelly Vy, who I worked with some months back. She created such an impression on me with her energy and just a damn cool kid. I like her very much. 

So I had this idea of a Ninja girl in high heels, but i didn't know quite what to do with it and then I thought "maybe she's playing soccer." And it was going to be with a model I knew, Matteo, who lived in LA. So I contacted him to come in and work with me on this idea with me and I them booked in Kelly.

I had this problem of how to position the soccer ball without it flying all around the studio and hitting people upside the head. So on chatting with Kelly, she said her boyfriend, Daniel, would be happy to come in and give a hand. So I thought "Ah ha! I can have the soccer ball on a long pole and get him to position it." So I put Dan up an 8-foot ladder so he won't be in the way, with a 12-foot pole with the soccer ball dangling from a wire in the end.

Beautiful Kelly then came on the set, with this really beautiful dress and the fan just would not blow the dress to show her legs off. So Kelly said to me: "Just cut the damn bottom off the dress!" I looked in shock, knowing that she had paid $500 dollars for this dress (well... maybe not as much as that). So all in the spirit of a great photoshoot, I got my trusty scissors, and cut the bottom of the dress off with her wearing it. I must admit, she really does have nice legs.

I asked Matteo to create some flying-through-the-air shots for me, so we put a whole stack of cushions on the floor for him to fall into. So he would run down the studio and shout out "Jeronimo!!!"

Matteo  leapt into the air, and Dan had to keep the ball suspended as the Flying Matteo was trying to Head the ball to give me the look I wanted to create. So running down my studio, flying through the air, crashing into the cushion began to take its toll.

So back on with the photoshoot!
Kelly had to create the Ninja Look as I had given her a headband from part of the dress. The dress now flew up too high. So we fixed a piece of wire to it, and got the makeup artist, Brittney, to keep the dress from flying up. It's always one thing or another. Too much or too little. But as I said, she has great legs, so we all enjoyed looking at her with her lacey little underwear on. Even Dan calling out from the top of his ladder: "Man she looks hot!"

Back on with the photoshoot.
Kelly had to practice her double-leg-kick and Dan had to place the ball right in position so that Matteo can create his soccer move and Kelly could do her "OMG! I'm a Ninja In High Heels Playing Soccer." On one of Kelly's practice kick, she kicked the ball right off the wire; luckily, no one got hurt.

I just love working with Kelly. So after threatening to break off the heels of her shoes if she did not update her blog, I got her to copy and paste her thoughts on the photoshoot on here.

Sunday, August 8th, was my second shoot with Phillip Ritchie. It was also the second time I had Brittney Long to be the makeup artist. We also had male model, Matteo, in the shoot. My boyfriend, Daniel, was also there to help out.

Boy, was it a fun and energetic shoot. Actually, "fun" is an understatement.

I know most people don't like having too many people on set. However, I like it. So many people can come up with different solutions on how to do something. I'm not talking about telling each other what to do such as telling a model how to pose or act or how to set up lighting. I'm talking about real problems, such as when I wasn't getting far enough off the ground or when I was having a hard time holding my balance, and we all put our heads together to try to solve it and then we all took on different "jobs" to assist each other throughout the shoot.

So the day started at 10 AM and the first thing Phillip says to us, is how cool Daniel's corvette is. *sigh*... men... and then I got a hug AFTER that. hahah. So then we went inside and Phillip talked to us about the concept and how he wanted me to look. Then Brittney and I went off to go do makeup.

I love working with Brittney. Michael Magers had recommended her to me two months ago, and I just loved how she made me look, so of course I had to hire her to work with me again on this shoot.

Then we shot a little, and I had to BEG Phillip to cut my dress, so then he finally did and made me a cool like headband out of it. Tee hee. Then we finished up shooting.

It was so fun! Daniel was on the ladder, working on the pole with the ball. Matteo was diving around and Phillip had to keep telling him to close his legs and be more lady-like. As usual, no one knew what Phillip was trying to tell us to do. I broke a box with my super-high heels at one point and we had to replace the piece of wood.

No one really knew how Phillip saw the photos in his head. Somehow, even in all that clutter, Phillip was able to get things together and got the images he wanted. After looking at them, we finally knew what the guy was talking about.

Phillip said I looked like a Ninja, since all Ninjas play soccer in high heels.
The heels are to die for! and here I am playing soccer in them... oh... the things i do for phillip..

Here's a photo of Matteo, dashing across Phillip's gigantic studio, trying to hit the ball, but Daniel was on the ladder, pulling it away from Matteo every time.

Matteo pissed me off, so I gave him the evil eye.

Who's gonna get to the ball first? You bet your ass it was me!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

just some Bums that hang out

Just some of the Bums that hang out in my studio.

Have many more.

mmmm... why do I have so many Bums that hang out here?

very creative model

This was an idea that changed from just styling to a concept.

Made me think of Mary Poppins as a very young girl practicing her fly-in landings.

So love working with this model - so creative smart and funny.

the Mad Hatter

This photoshoot came about because the model had an idea.
Well, when that happens, I just love it as I can be creative with her idea .

This did not start as the Mad Hatter but became it.

Yep, I think it is the hat that done it.

I am not a Photoshop Wiz, and may never be, but knew this would need some PS to make it work.

So, did my best. I used a wide angle lens. This is in my studio.
Getting balanced on that rope... hmmmm... that was tuff, but we did it.

the vintage look

This is the "girl in the hat box", that I created from "The Seven Images That Changed Fashion" by Rankin series.

I created mine in a more vintage look, the original image was created by Cecil Beaton.

My model was Kate from England. With her look and makeup, she had a great 30's movie star look. Just love working with her.

I enjoyed creating this, so I did it again with another model. Will post that later.

I did create a table top with a hole in it, put this on two saw horses, then cut the bottom out of the hat box so she could climb up inside and sit on the floor with head a shoulders coming out the hat box.

music on a web site

Just went to a photographers web site from a link, web site came up, beautiful black and white images ...


Music so dam loud, I almost broke my key board trying to hit mute, fell of my chair and damn near had a heart attack!!!

Then hit the "back" button and did not look at his web site any more. I enjoy looking at other photographers' work or a model's; to me it is all about the images, not some band shouting at me, which has nothing to do with the images even if they do like it themselves.

If they want people to view their work, just have it set at a low volume. You are a photographer showing your work!

Well that's #2 rant this month... mmmm... why am I ranting? Too much coffee maybe.

There must be a way of setting your music control when you upload or whatever you do so this does not happen.

I have my computer set at low for listening, so it was really loud, I properly would have had a heart attack had it been on high.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hollywood lighting

Another one I created in that old Hollywood style was this one with the glass, bottles and cigarette .I had the model position herself so I could frame her face in the glass, which reduced her size, but still show her breast between the bottle and the stem of the glass.

I am very interested in the style of lighting by the photographers of the 30's and 40's, such as George Hurrell and Eugene Robert Richee.

So when I get the opportunity like I did with Deveraux , working with her on the Erotica book, I decided to work on some with her.

I test shoot my lighting before I start, so I used that test to create this look with her. Very pleased with the out come.

Where I will go with this, I have no idea. I just love being a photographer and trying to see what photographers were seeing back then, and how they maybe created their style.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Make-up and model concepts

This was an idea by a model who said, "Maybe you could get two models for the price of one in today's economy."

So this is our idea of two models for the price of one. Just unzip and there is the other model.

This falls in the concept of how we perceive models,make-up and styling and what they will do to be part of this.

So over the past months, I have been photographing some of the models in a preconceived way of how we see them. from tall and slim to all those in between.

I will add more during the month of August.

Like some people, I watch youtube and like to find things that interest me.
This is a video that I have watched many times. Dollface. I think the talent that created this is exceptional as is the concept and story.

Also on youtube, is yet another video that I am totally in awe of. I find it fascinating and love the music and the story that comes through on this

All is full of love.

Take a look at these videos and hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Remember, I did not make these, I am just a viewer like you are.

We will all get different feelings or ideas from watching these .


The joys and sorrows of being hosted on the web

I have spent the past seven years networking my website even though the hosting company ( would drop my website offline, would never reply to emails, phone messages. So, for some reason, I have put up with their appalling service and disrespect for me as a client. Plus, at one point, their spam filtering was not working, and I received over two-thousand spam emails in one day, which was a total nightmare. Dealing with this company has not been easy, but they were cheap at $88/year to host my website and email.

Back in June, my website came up for renewal, which paypal very happily went and paid them. Straightaway, my website came down again. After ten days of phoning, leaving messages, and emailing them, it was like I was dealing with a deaf, blind, and dumb company that did not give a shit about getting things done. So, I emailed my friend paypal person and told them I was not happy with ehost, as I have just renewed my yearly contract with them. Since my website is not online, I would like to get a refund. Would you believe ehost did finally phone me up?

They were sad that I wanted to leave and go with someone else. I said to them my reasons for leaving them like bad service. After a lengthy conversation where she tried to convince me to let her keep my meager $88, she agreed to refund my payment. She then reminded me that my domain name had expired and needed to be redone. She told me she would be happy to do this for me for $20. So, she needed my credit card information, which me believing in people, I gave her the $20 .

Well, guess what? She renewed my domain name and registered to ehost so I could not use it. When I went to get the new website hosted they needed the redirection details from ehost, but we could not sign into the admin of my old web site to do this ,because they had deleted it off their server, including my email account.

So, now I had a website with no name that I had worked on networking for seven years which showed my work, brought in new clients, and business to my studio.

I had to register a new domain name and start all over again, which I have now done with who also did drop my website offline twice within the first two weeks of being with them. I contacted them and they said, yes, we have a problem with our server and we are watching it. So I replied, wow that must be exciting drinking coffee and eating donuts looking at a computer server to see what it may do. Will it jump up and run around the room? I found the comment of we are watching the server to be a bit of a joke.

We all need a website to show case our work and for clients fo find us, but sometimes I get very tired of the BS and lack of service.

This is my rant for this month.

Thank you ehost for being so friendly and helping through my time of trouble and I promise I will never send you a happy get well card when you are sick and feel like crap or create a doll and stick pins in it .

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