Riding Along On A Carousel

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Minimal lighting setup on these quick grab shots at the park (Nikon SB900 on camera iTTL, bounced). Things don’t always need to be overproduced, just well done. The most difficult thing is getting people who are not models to agree to be photographed. Many people now prefer self-portraits or “selfies.” My guess is that they want to have more control over how the world views them when putting it all out there for the world to see. The problem with that is that for the average cell phone photographer most of the time the effort fails.

Don’t get me wrong, I think of a snapshot taken in the moment as the pinnacle of photography. There is nothing more real or engaging than a good snapshot. Fashion photographers often use a technique emulating a familiar looking sloppy snapshot to draw us into an editorial storyline. The models still have porcelain skin but the edges are blurry and the sun dazzles by seeming to shine directly in our eyes. The point is if there is one that photography is a complete fabrication. It tells us what the photographer wants us to hear. Some people think that is a bad thing but not me. I want to tell  you a story but only the first chapter. I want you to pick it up from there and use the frame to let your imagination go forward (or backwards) to the next scene.

 

Whirlwind Days

October was a blur of many photo shoots. Car shoots, Costume shoots, Baby shoots, Fall Foliage shoots, Vacation shoots and chilly outdoor location shoots. Then Super Storm Sandy hit the East Coast and made everything else trivial. Big storms always make me think back to my own disaster days and all the places I have traveled to in the aftermath of earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. Television coverage is a pale representation of the actual event and nothing can prepare you for the emotion of seeing large scale destruction first hand. There is nothing you can say to people in the first hours or days following such complete loss. I’m fortunate because along with all that I have also witnessed the resolve and determination that follows. People are simply amazing when faced with adversity. A lot of things will be rebuilt and reinvented in the months to follow. In many ways I wish I could be there to see it and to participate in the experience somehow.

October is over now, it’s time to begin new things and to give thanks for everything and everyone we love.

 

Bad Moon Rising

The past week has been infected with Zombies. Featuring: Kelsey Lawson, Moriah Momo Hahn, Shawna Ragsdale, Bridget Horan and Sheila Hager. It seems like I couldn’t go anywhere the past week without running into a Zombie. Zombie Runs, Zombie Bashes, Zombie Pinups and just plane old Zombies in the park.

 

Hippy Chic Photo Shoot

My big photo shoot for July with Steve Yancey, James Dixson, Ashley White, Charlene Fiehler, Kelsey Lawson, Michelle Tranter, Sheilar Hager, Valery Lillo, Victoria Katherine Verbytskyy.

These three are of Sheila Hager. All the models created their own outfits for the shoot and did an outstanding job of creating the look we were after.

This is Victoria with her interpretation of the hippy vibe.

We started outside in bright, hot, wilting conditions and soon decided we had enough.

Scorching hot even in the shade. It took me a couple of days to recover. Victoria looks like she could be out there all day.

This is Charlene Fiehler. Working in direct midday sun, a virtual photography no-no. She looks great even in these blast furnace conditions.

Even looking at those shots makes me hot. Back inside for some rebels jumping on the furniture shots. I like the relaxed shape of this pose and the cool styling.

Here is a shot outside in the heat again. Charlene and Victoria, taking their Hippy Chic message to the street.

This is just a very small sampling of the shots we took. There are lots more of the models working together and of our other talented models.

The Middle of Nowhere Shoot

My friend and fellow photographer Darren Rutmanis organized a little photo shoot for a few of us in the middle of nowhere last Sunday. It was hot outside but well worth the effort, bug bites and all.

Model: Victoria Katherine Verbytskyy.

Model: Nicole Parmentier-Jones.