Nicole recently visited me in Somerville, New Jersey for a commercial that we’re currently filming. After we wrapped filming for the afternoon, we took a spin around downtown Somerville and got some modeling work knocked out. These were shot using only the available sunlight.
My good friend Vin was with us and operated the reflector. Thanks, Vin! After we wrapped up shooting, we rewarded ourselves with an all-you-can-eat feast at Kumo on Main St. in Somerville.
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This is Maddy’s first big shoot with me. You may remember the “underwater” shots we took bathed in red light. That was just a warm up. We’re into it full swing right here! Started with some simple studio shots using both natural light and an Einstein with strip box/grid.
This shoot is heavy on the black and white because…well…I felt like it. As an artist “I felt like it.” is a more than respectable answer for artistic choices. Knowing what you’ve done the day before and pushing on with something you might not normally do is what keeps me excited about photography. Consistency in pleasing the client is just as important as keeping that spark white hot.
There are a lot of shots in this particular session. Kick back, relax, grab a Yoo-Hoo and once you’re done perusing share this blog with a friend. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising ever.
Singers singing in the hallways. Dancers dancing in hallways. The Ripley-Grier studios in Times Square are always full of talented and determined individuals. Had a super cool shoot with Dani at Ripley-Grier in Times Square. She’s a pro and busts out all types of sweet moves.
Lens choices this go ’round were the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art and Canon 28mm f/1.8. Enjoy!
Headshots for Nick West. A man of the people. Jazz enthusiast. BBQ lunch partaker. Headshot client.
When I do headshots in particular I keep a few rough guidelines the same each time, but I tailor the rest of the shoot to the client. I’m not a believer in “white backgrounds all the time” or other repetitive traits. Your work should evolve and grow as a photographer. You should demand it of yourself.
For this particular session we did high contrast black and white portraits. Very focused light and an 85mm lens. Intimate. Then we moved along to high above the night skyline for some off the cuff shots. These were done with a simple speedlite and 28mm lens to capture a nice depiction the busy city below.
Enjoy a few of my favorites from the photo session and be sure to comment below.
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The Beauty Bar in downtown Somerville, NJ was home base for hair and makeup for Lily’s shoot for Cleri Models. Five individual looks were accomplished through Kelly and Elise’s cosmetology wizardry and I’m always impressed by the results.
The weather on this particular day was all over the place. We went from overcast skies to bright warm sunlight. It appeared to be different days completely as we changed looks. Worked in our favor for this particular shoot!
One of my favorite locations is a narrow alley next to The Beauty Bar. It’s just wide enough for a person to stand comfortably with their arms bracing them between the walls.
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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