It was actually a pretty fun exercise to go back and look at the set of things I shot in 2014. I feel like as each year passes, the set of things I get a chance to be involved in gets more interesting and rich with great relationships and a backstory. I can’t wait to see what this looks like next year.
The first post of 2013. Psyched.
In December, I arranged to take some updated headshots for Joe. He owns an Agile consulting company called Incrementor. Being opportunistic, I thought I would also schedule time with a model since I was going to have a studio and a little time to shoot - why not? This post is about why I called this entry, "Plan C". In addition to the time with Joe to update his headshot, I booked two models to shoot with to build my portfolio, and theirs. The first model canceled a week before the shoot, the other, the morning of. Oh boy. What do i do?
I turned to the internet gods and posted a casting call for another model and crossed my fingers that the make-up-artist (MUA) wouldn't cancel as well, fortunately she didn't. I screened several models during the day and had a great response to this second posting. It was about lunch time and Andrea called me. We spoke for a couple minutes and I could tell from her tone that she was going to be great to work with. Turns out she's from California (and so am I) so maybe that's what felt right.
Coincidentally, a friend of mine from High School, Eric, was in town on vacation so he helped out with the shoot and took some behind the scene shots (see below). It was great to catch up.
We split up the shoot to have the first part of the session focused on very simple concepts, then had Nicole (the MUA) work with Andrea on a different look for the second half of the day while Eric and I worked with Joe on his headshots. I've posted some of my favorites from the work with Andrea. Also, great work on the make-up, Nicole. I'll post some images from Joe in a future post.
As I mentioned, there were also some behind the scene shots Eric captured. The first one makes me wonder why I pointed and extended my leg the way I did. Funny when you see the things you do.
As I wrote in another post, I recently took a trip out to Vegas for a very large video conference called NAB. Another thing I arranged for while I was there was to shoot with at least one model (tried for two but didn't work out) while I was there.
I posted a casting call for models for the dates I would be in Vegas a couple months back on a site I've used in the past called ModelMayhem. Its a great place to find models, make-up artists and other professionals in this space to help each other build up each others' portfolio. The model I chose was Meli. She's done quite a bit of modeling and has started to rely on this as her primary source of income. As it turns out, she was also modeling in the Canon booth for NAB. Who knew!?
I also arranged for a co-worker to help me out with the shoot as he was interested in the shoot and I was interested in showing him how I work and getting a little help in the meantime. Meli arrived with her husband and a bunch of potential costume changes. We're ready to go! We started off simple doing beauty shots and moved into some other concepts. Ultimately I'm trying to communicate emotion and tell some stories in the images. I've included several of my favorites. More can be found on the gallery.
A good photographer friend of mine, Lou, let me know of a concept shoot he was putting together in the city. "Let's shoot in the city with some high fashion models and make the best pictures ever!", said with his french accent. How can you turn that down?
On a Monday night a few weeks ago I make the trek into NYC to a studio I had been to one time before. Beautiful space - especially for the price. By the time I got there, lights were already setup and Lou had done some test shots with one of the models. Hair and makeup were almost done with the second model and we were ready to shoot.
We took turns with the model and various setup's. This time we had professional hair and makeup which makes such a huge difference. Below are a few of my favorites. Check out the Gallary page for more of my work.