Third time photographing my favorite band of all time. QUEENSRYCHE! I chose a different way of approaching this concert than the others. Stay with the audience and move freely throughout the crowd for a more visceral take on things. Permission to photograph a show doesn’t mean you have to stand up front all the time like a privileged idiot. The band makes it a point to thank the audience for attending and I wanted to bring the band and audience together for this series.
The entire series is black and white. Gritty grain wherever possible. All of the weird double exposures were done in my cameras as I shot. No Photoshop or post-production trickery was necessary.
A most sincere THANK YOU to Queensryche management for allowing me to document the show from my point of view. And a note to Starland Ballroom…your sound kicked ass as usual. Give your crew a raise for the incredible work they do for every show I have attended before and after Hurricane Sandy. Fantastic venue to say the least.
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(If you enjoy these photos of Gina, you will be pleased to know she is the live model for my photography workshop happening next week at Salt Studios in Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday, January 30th. We start at 9:00am and will be discussing your goals as a photographer, my workflow (planning a shoot, composition, flash/natural/hybrid lighting) and then shooting with Gina for the second half of the day. Space is limited and There are 10 slots left. REGISTER TODAY!)
Today I give you a modeling shoot at a vast nature preserve. It’s almost unfair shooting at a place like this. It’s wide open wilderness and strange on top of it. There are eagles and hawks everywhere. Weird skeletal trees. On this particular day we were the only two souls in the preserve since it was both windy and freezing cold. But we bundled up and trekked around for an hour.
The first panoramic overlook provided us with a preview of what the rest of the shoot would look like. Warm golden sunlight. No light modifiers would be necessary. Just two Canon 6D bodies, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and Canon 85mm f/1.8
Another fantastic shoot at Salt Studios in Asbury Park. Elise and Kelly from The Beauty Bar in downtown Somerville, NJ did a wonderful job producing three distinct looks for this shoot for Cleri Models. Yumin was one of the best models I’ve worked with because she had a lot of poses already on lock. You can tell she’s serious about it. The Beauty Bar helped craft three individual looks. Business casual, casual and a high fashion look to wrap it up. Always impressive work from them.
I used a combination of light sources and modifiers for this shoot including ring flash, soft box and natural sunlight. One of the best parts about shooting at Salt is all the natural light that is available. However, if you want to shoot using only flash they have blackouts for the windows. Really handy to create a more controlled environment. Lighting has to be carefully considered when doing a model shoot with different looks. Calling attention to the great work of the hair and makeup team is paramount in tandem with showcasing the model’s versatility and body type.
Model: Yumin (represented by Cleri Models)
Hair and makeup: The Beauty Bar
Assistant: Lew Monty
This particular post features two recent shoots I did with Aziz in New Brunswick, NJ. He’s an athletic guy and has been hitting the gym to box. As we were passing by a local machine shop, we noticed the letters on the facade spelled “AB SHOP”. So we thought it’d be hilarious to show some abs in front of the ab shop.
The majority of the photographs were taken using my Mamiya 645 PRO medium format camera loaded with Kodak TMAX400 black and white film. The others were shot using a Canon 6D body and 85mm f/1.8 lens.
I should also mention that I am hosting a photography workshop on January 30th in Asbury Park, NJ at Salt Studios. It’s called “THAT WERKSHOP” and will feature an in depth look into my workflow, lighting choices, composition and post-processing. The second half of the day will feature a live model that attendees will photograph on a one-on-one basis. You can learn more and REGISTER HERE.