Friday, August 27, 2010
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
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.
She is also one amazing makeup artist and she is also a model and a wife.
How does she keep all this together?
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
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.
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 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
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
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.
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 godaddy.com 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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