High time I did another pin-up themed model shoot with two of my favorite fellow artists, Karen (makeup) and Tracey (hair). Brian from Wayne’s Speed Shop was kind enough to let us use his sweet 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe coupe and he also picked out the location. Good work, Brian!
We started just as the sun dipped, which gave us a nice scene to sculpt with speedlites and a big ole softbox hooked up to my ABR800.
It was a hilarious shoot as usual with this bunch and a few of the locals came to check it out. Including some dude that claimed to be a Hell’s Angel. There is no way this guy was one of them either. You can’t go around lying about something like that, sir!
No time was wasted getting 2013 rocking and rolling. I teamed up with a few familiar faces as well as some new ones. I shot each model with a different look representing particular decades.
Photography and Retouching: Christopher John Sztybel
Models: Karen Buttacavole (1950s), Nicolette Haines (Contemporary) and Marisa Rachel (1980s)
Hair: Tracey Sommers and Jessica Cleaver Makeup: Life Is Better With Lipgloss
Great photo shoot to celebrate Halloween and my love for horror movies. There have been great vampire movies and there have been vampire movies that depict the undead nightcrawlers as the most pitiful characters in the movie. Stake through the heart. Garlic. Seeing if they have a reflection. Sparkling in the daylight. If you are a believer in the last one, you may stop reading and proceed to never read anything I post here ever again.
Models: Andrea Hoch & Vincent Meli
Makeup: Karen Buttacavole
Hair: Jessica Cleaver
Steello bikini shoot: TAKE 2! This time we have a reliable model with the common courtesy to actually show up for the shoot. Dawn has been waiting to shoot with me for a while and our schedules finally matched up to make this happen. Brit from Steello designs spectacular crochet swimwear. I didn’t even know it was possible to crochet swimwear, but the proof is in the pudding.
We started shooting at approximately 5:30PM and went until sunset. Sandy Hook is rich in history and even features an old NIKE missile base. The United States had many underground missile bases throughout the east coast to defend us from air attacks and sneaky submarines.
I celebrated another great shoot with a virgin pina colada and a cheeseburger at the Sea Gull’s Nest.
This past weekend I had a scheduled photo shoot in Sandy Hook. The whole team waited for 1 1/2 hours and our model never showed up. So lame. I wasn’t going home without taking a few shots! These were taken on the bay near Sandy Hook in New Jersey. Absolutely beautiful sunset. These were taken with a Canon 7D using 24mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/4 lenses. Thank you Karen and Ines for posing and also thanks to Lew for assisting.
I ventured out of our usual room and checked out other spaces throughout the building. I saw the freight elevator and it was stuck open. This is the classic elevator that has bare metal walls and a cage door that comes down from above.
I rented the Canon 50mm f/1.4 from borrowlenses.com and it performed flawlessly. The reviews for the lens seem to be half and half, but I found the focus to be spot on even in the darkened elevator. (I will likely purchase the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 because it has a smoother focus ring and a slightly sharper image when shot wide open.)
Designer Rick Meeker came to downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey and we did a photo shoot showcasing his work. The models had their hair and makeup done by Karen Buttacavole (Life Is Better With Lip Gloss) and Elizabeth Jones (The Updo Guru). I had hoped for a little bit of rain to get the streets nice and shiny. The rain dance worked and luckily it slowed down enough that we were able to creep out to take shots under the sky.
Photographer Rich Flores and I took turns switching between models and getting them in different locations. As the night went on, each model would sneak away and put on a new pair of jeans. We were asked to leave one location and we did. We set up and began to shoot. A short while later, we were asked to leave again. Photography is a tricky business. You never know where you will end up shooting, so it’s really not practical to try and ask permission. It’s art, baby!
My Rokinon 8MM f/3.5 got a nice workout that night. I used it for the pay phone shots of Angela Wong, bridge shots with all three models, and the church shots with all three models. The solid build of the lens is impressive. It held up nicely in the light rain that was coming down throughout the night.
Nobody bothered us for the remainder of the night and we were able to get some really great shots. Special thanks to the models for wearing summer clothes in the fall. It was chilly! All that matters in the end is that we took some amazing shots. Everything came together just right.