Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Random thoughts on a year gone by

These are just some of my thoughts at random on the past year of 2010.

Never thought I would miss working with a model  that much.
Well, I do miss the creativeness of my Muse, who I have worked for over the past 4 years, so I do believe in magic - her magic .
How in the world can some one have magic? Well, I guess we then have to call it the X factor.

Althoough I work with many models many times and they are just great, but the x factor is not there yet -Some are close. It's just something special you just know when it is there.. so look up the word "Muse" then you will understand.

I have made many new friends this past year, and miss many that have moved on. The studio just seems to get smaller and smaller. Maybe I just have too much stuff.
I do have too much stuff, so this year, I have to thin it down. Also need to stop working so much of an evening  editing. I think because my work station is next to my online computer, I watch a movie on line or just music videos, and keep working. mmmm... have to stop this.

With some new clients, and my own art work, I did not realize how busy I had been last year. I need to change my car, Just do - time for a change.maybe one of these


I have many more aches and pains, which as I get older, they're just not going to go away - just have to work around them .

Worked with model Kelly last year a few times, she is such a great model. Ahe is only 4' 9" I think. But as I work with her on my concepts, her height does not hold her or me back in what we do.

She is here in my blog, and just worked with her again on the 17th of January. A very cool concept, but she had to lay still for almost an hour as we set stuff up and did test shots. We got the shot we needed and she was just perfect for the idea. Would not have wanted to use a different model, will post once the photoshop work is done.


Also did a shoot New Years Eve. Just wanted to do a shoot in to next year, as the camera records the time and date. So I would have 2010, 31st of December to 2011, 1st of January. "Why?" you may ask. I do not have the answer. I guess because I could and had not done it before. The model, Samantha, was great. She gave up her evening to go out, came here with her boy friend to work with me. Good thing he was here, as we rehearsed it we found we needed  to move some stuff and her to change clothes, as I wanted this to all happen in two minutes. It was a great new year photoshoot which I will remember.

Thank you Samantha.





   

Speaking of magic, I have been working with Gregory Wilson, Magician, for some years now and one thing he needed was to disappear.
So now with photo shop, we have some photographic magic,  really like what I created with him for this:




There have been many amazing models, and one or two which ... well, let's just say had no magic that I worked with in my art concepts. Some of these model work full time as a fashion model, yet still love to be creative out side of  their every day model work. I love them all, they are many so will add their names and pics later as I find them. But I do thank them for finding the time

Many of them are on my blog and will be in my books and Galleries.

some of Romina  







Weather has been great here in California, but not too good in the UK, which is where I came from many years ago. I have friends send pics of snow-covered cars and roads- I just do not miss that. I've been gone too long. Speaking about California, I live in Orange County, and still see stores closing down  and so many houses  for sale, so sad. Yet on the other hand, every day day I see new Rolls Royce and many super cars plus lots of high-end cars and some awesome big trucks.

Just before Christmas, a 16 year old model came in to my studio to plan a portfolio update. I remarked on her fashion clothes, she said her heels were about  $850, jeans $500, her coat was about $1,800 but her blouse was only $7.00, which she bought from  a goodwill store. Her parents bought the rest. I think the 7 dollar blouse meant more to her than the rest, mind you she did look good. It just shows how out of touch I am in what people spend on clothes. no wonder the fashion world is so big - but never thought about teens  that do buy them or r have them bought for them plus it is also about Brands what is in.