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Sarah in the moonlight

September 26, 2011

As you know I'm constantly experimenting with different lighting styles and post processing techniques. I can't sit still. I need to keep evolving myself and my work. There's always something new to discover and learn everyday so why not experiment and see what it leads to. Complacency leads to boring work. Well at least that's how I feel about it. Here's something new. I shot these images back in December 2010 in the Dominican Republic. I had an idea as to how I wanted to edit them and started experimenting. It took some time but I finally came up with a method that I was happy with. My goal was to create a dark moonlight effect.

Check out this link to see more images from this set: More Pictures!!!
My model for this set was Sarah Scotford. One of the nicest people you'll ever meet in the industry. She's also a talented makeup artist and swimwear designer. You can check out her work here: Sarah's Webpage

Now that I have this moonlight style in my repertoire it opens so many creative doors. One concept that comes to mind is a dark Tim Burton style fashion shoot. That's something that's been lingering on my things to shoot list for a while. Another concept I want to hit is a vampire romance moonlight concept. Now I just need the time to put it all together. I wish I had a production team and a budget so I could delegate tasks. It would make production so much faster. Stay tuned for the new moonlight shots. I'll be posting them on the blog. 

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    Here is a very interesting article from the British Journal of Photography about the stock and microstock industry. It's worth a read.

    Stockpiling trouble: How the stock industry ate itself?

    Here are some responses on a blog.


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      Bree Lind

      June 17, 2011

      Here is a video by Freon Entertainment of yours truly working with Bree Lind in the Dominican Republic back in December 2010. Had an amazing time working with Freon, thank you so much for putting together this video. Look forward to working with you again sometime. If you're looking for some chill down to earth easy to work with vidographers, Ryan and Andy are the guys for the job.  

      Other Credits: Andy McParrot as awesomesauce assistant, Monica Kalra as Makup artist. 

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        Jasmine Glass Project

        March 22, 2011

        Last summer I had the pleasure of working with a very talented makeup artist named Jasmine Glass. As is the case with so many new industry acquaintances we met over Facebook. I hate to admit it but it seems like the place to be, to get noticed. Jasmine was just finishing up her makeup schooling and I had commented on one of her FB pictures. We got to talking and she decided she wanted to work with me on a special makeup project but we had to keep it hush hush. 

        After a few chats over Facebook we finally met face to face for an unofficial interview. Jasmine brought the beer and I brought the mustaches. hahaha. Thankfully we got the project details hammered out before the creative mayhem ensued. hahaha. We ended up shooting ourselves as weirdO photographers and had a riot. My cheeks were burning we were laughing so hard. Pictures below. My mustache kept falling off so I painted one on. mmm high gloss black paint. There’s nothing like letting loose and just having fun with the camera, no expectation except to have fun. At the time I was experimenting with a comic book style of editing as you can see in the pictures. Good times.

        The hush hush project Jasmine wanted to work on was a series of UV Beauty shoots. Her concept was really cool. I was totally excited about working with her. I had never shot anything UV before and I love a good challenge. Something new and exciting, there’s nothing like pushing deeper into the photographic landscape by shooting something totally unique and different. It was an exciting learning experience. Jasmine knew exactly what she wanted, she did an amazing job with the makeup and art direction. The passion she had for her project was on a totally different level. I was completely impressed with everything she did. At the end of the shoot when we all sat back and looked that the pictures on the big screen a feeling of euphoria came over the room. When Jasmine realized we had brought her dream to fruition it was an unbelievable high. Everything just worked out perfectly. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. From the model to the makeup to the photography. It all just clicked and we created magic. What a buzz.

        I just want to use this blog post to say thank you to Jasmine Glass. Your creativity and skill are unparalleled. I really enjoyed working with you and I wish you nothing but success in your future makeup endeavors including GLASS Magazine.

        ‘Like’ Jasmine Glass on Facebook.

        See more UV shots.

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          Irina in Parkdale

          March 09, 2011

          Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with Irina. I worked with her once in 2008 and have been wanting to work with her again ever since. She’s the one who kept getting away. Can you blame me for wanting to work with her? She's got a smile that can light up a room. This past December we connected again in the Dominican at Paul Buceta's annual pool party. We had a good shoot but never had time to really get right down to it. . . So yesterday I finally got her into my studio and it was magic right from the get go. Definitely worth the wait, and hopefully it’s not another two years before I can get her in here again.

          We focused on two themes. Fitness and shopping. The pictures look fantastic. I haven’t edited any of the fitness shots yet. I’ll try and submit those around first. But the shopping  shots are going up on iStock. When I asked Irina to grab the shopping bags and pretend she was on a shopping spree her eyes lit up. hahahaha. I guess shopping comes natural to her. hahaha. We had some good laughs. But the best laughs came when we went out to move Irina’s car. She was looking good strutting in her dress and and I gathered from the drooling faces that it was a little more than the Parkdale gentry could bear. hahaha. I don't think their used to seeing woman like Irina wondering around. 

          It was a fun shoot. Stay tuned. If I get my way, there will be a lot more Irina in the next few months. 

          Below is a link to a lightbox with the stock images I shot of Irina back in 2008, when I get a chance i'll be adding the new images to that collection. 

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