Grace and confidence. Two things everyone should either possess or strive for. This is why I enjoy photographing dancers. Capturing a person in their own little world is magic. Here are a few of my favorite shots from an afternoon with Julia. Thanks to Ciara for assisting on the shoot!
For this shoot I mixed it up with natural light and strobes. My go to strobe is the Paul C. Buff Einstein E640. The quality of light and flash duration blows me away for action shoots. Perfection every time and I am also a big fan of their modifier durability and portability.
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One of my latest projects was once again working with model Kelly to create something I had floating around in my head. We hiked around Watchung Reservation and found the perfect spot. Thanks to Lew Monty for assisting as always. You can see him doing his best to stay out of frame in the before/after shot.
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It was a rainy day, but everyone was a trooper and pulled off amazing shots. Besides the rain, fog was everywhere! When we first arrived there was barely a drop of rain and by the end it was pouring. I give Mallory a lot of credit for sticking it out because it’s not easy. Special thanks to the ever helpful LEW MONTY for assisting and shielding us from the storm. Also, special thanks to my 7D for continuing to come out of storms like a champ. It’s a damn good camera. Yay weather sealing! Last but not least, thanks to Trendi for providing us with the bracelets.
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I keep my eyes open for new models to work with. If you have a gung-ho attitude and a style all your own then let’s make it happen. Here is a collage of shoots featuring some of my favorites. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the contact form on my site.
I returned to Studio 212 in Metuchen, NJ to shoot some female models. There is a giant cyclorama wall and lots of props and sets to choose from. Our two models were Heather Dorian and Daisy Kwayke. I highly recommend both of them for being professional and keeping in touch with me during the planning of the shoot. Makeup was provided by Karen Buttacavole of Life Is Better With Lipgloss.
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.)
Here are just a few teaser shots:
The five of us (Eric Gautier, Kelly Formus, Richard Flores, and Andrea Figueredo) got together in June 2011 for another photography workshop. This time it was in an abandoned warehouse. Vacant warehouse. We had two models named Aamira and Heather. Andrea handled makeup duties and did a fantastic job!
I try to keep my equipment bags as light as possible, so I once again shot with Canon Speedlites. Since I shoot in full manual mode, even with flashes, I have total control over each exposure. I can appreciate Canon’s E-TTL function, but I still prefer manually setting all of my equipment when I have the luxury of time.
The warehouse was massive, so each of us could should wherever we wanted without getting cramped. Toward the rear of the building stood a huge brick wall which turned out to be one of the best backgrounds.
We kept things moving throughout the night sharing each other’s setups and eventually it was time to break out my favorite piece of equipment; THE FOG MACHINE! I don’t like to overuse it, but it’s definitely great for adding a little extra something to a scene. I will usually manipulate it a bit in post-processing, but having it there in the actual scene helps keep the effect grounded in reality.
Thanks to our fantastic and professional models Aamira Garba and Heather Dorian. Special thanks to Pablo for providing us with a motorcycle and modeling for a few shots.
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On April 27, 2011 I flew down to Jamaica to photograph Paradise Bikini’s 2011 collection. I packed quite a bit of gear including four Canon lenses (50mm f/1.8, 24mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/4.0, and a 10-22mm f/3.5 5.6), my tripod/heads and numberous flashes and light modifiers.
Our plane left from JFK Airport and it was a very nice flight. I highly recommend Jet Blue. Excellent service and a television for each seat. It also helped that some of the movies included Harry Potter and TRON. We all hopped onto a shuttle bus after arriving at Montego Bay and drove to Negril.
Jamaica is a beautiful island country. Most people I met were a lot friendlier than your average human being. I think the vast amounts of marijuana being smoked on a daily basis helps keep it this way. (There are a few people that try and scam you here and there, but that’s because they know tourists have money. That’d be the case anywhere. That sort of behavior is much more common at tourist locations like Rick’s Cafe.)
Take a look at some of the shots below!