I hosted a workshop this month at Tempe Studio with one of my favorite models Julie Ernes. Ms. Julie never fails to bring her A game. Here are some of the images that I took along with one of Julie and me taken by Tom Vincent. If you ever get a chance to work with her DO IT.
What I am up to
Here you will find some of the projects that I have been working on.
An Afternoon with Julie
This was produced as one of my 52 weeks project. The theme was low light high ISO. This was shot with 61 candles and a LED flashlight at 4000 ISO. The flashlight had a CTO filter on it but it fell off in this frame. I liked the result so I kept it.
I have this one model that comes in to the studio and the first thing she does usually is verbally poke at me, usually something about my height. It’s all done in fun and I don’t mind and will poke back at her in a similar way. I always tell her uncle that I feel sorry for him you have your hands full with that one. He shakes his head and says I know.
What happens when you get a bunch of photographers and models together to help out a friend paint her place? This.
Ashlee’s mom, Sherry, is a designer that I work with from time to time, Sherry wanted me to take some images of her daughter in some of her designs, so we did. I was happy with the results.
Shannie came over to help me with my 52 Project. The theme for this week was parallel lines. I had Shannie sit in front of the blinds while I shot a light through the window creating the parallel shadows. Thanks Shannie
Laura New Myers
I had the privilege to work with Laura New Myers this month. I had her in the studio 5 years ago and was able to capture some phenomenal images of her posing in midair with a yard of satin material. So when she announced a trio to Phoenix I jumped at the chance. Laura is not your typical model she looks at herself as a performance artist. As you can see from these images she is what she says she is. I look forward to the next time I get to work with this talented artist.
Sara called me and said she had a designer that she wanted to work with and asked if I was interested. Well that is not an opportunity that you pass up. She introduced me to Sherry at Sherry J Designs and here is a sample of what we did. BTW I love the cape.
Kyrs came to the studio for one of the meet & greets so I grabbed her and shot a few frames and told a few jokes. It is always fun to make the models break character in the middle of a shoot.
I had Tani Ewing come by the studio and help me out with a small project. The image is called Lady Luck is a Redhead. I think she did it well don’t you.
I See You
Once in a while you meet a person that is just fun to be around. Amber is one of these people. It’s kind of hard to tell but this image was taken in a junk yard on the back of an old derelict school bus filled with a bunch of stuff. I don’t see any of that when I look at this, all I see is her mesmerizing eyes.
My 52 Project
In January I started a project with a group of photographers called a 52. It’s a new image each week on a different theme. The image must be shot edited and posted within the weeks’ time frame. I started out following closely to what you would think of with each theme, bird was a sand piper, a tree in a courtyard for HDR and sphere was a basketball and so on. I thought that I need to put my own spin on this project so I did. I started posting Images of models that would represent the different themes. Here are some of the images I have so far. Enjoy
Twisted in a Good Way
I made a new friend today, Ms. Tani Ewing. She came by the studio to help me with a small project I am working on. It is a 52 project, one new image a week based on a word or phrase. Tani word was GREEN so we put her in a green dress and posed her on the staircase between the green buildings with a Paloverde tree in the background. In return I supplied her with some images that she wanted for her web site. She twisted her body into positions that made me cry just looking at her. Then she kind of exploded flipping her hair and skirt tail so they would fly in to the air. As you can see it made for some dynamic images. Thank You Tani
Old Cameras & Friends
I was given a box of old cameras by my father-in-law. I thought this was such a treasure that it had to be shared. I called up a friend to come over and play with my new to me toys. She brought some clothing and a great attitude and we played for a couple of hours and this is the result.
Meet & Greet
This month we had a pregnant model and her husbang join us in the studio. I jumped in and grabbed a few frames before she got tired.
Once a year a group of about 400 people descend on a wrecking yard in a small town outside of Phoenix. It is billed as a place where photographers, models makeup artists and other creatives can go and create something unusual, to let their creativity just run wild. What it is to me is a place where I can go an meet and work with lot of friends that are very creative without someone saying “what were you thinking?” Where else can you find someone dressed in steampunk with purple hair and a fire breather in the same location?
Meet & Greet
These are some of the images I took during our monthly Meet & Greet. It's kind of networking event with several photoshoots going on at the same time. It can best be described as controlled kaos.
Meet & Greet
Have you ever had an idea that seems a bit too far out in left field, but you still wanted to do it? Well this is my version of left field. It started when I saw an image of Captain Kangaroo; this got me thinking about the kids show from my youth and the antics of Mr. Moose. For those of you that don’t have an idea what I am talking about, Mr. Moose was a moose puppet that would always pour ping pong ball on the captain’s head. I remembered a staircase at a friend’s studio that would make a great location for this, so after getting him on board we set a date and I ordered 1300 ping pong balls. I contacted the model Mar D Caos, I thought this would be right up her alley. It took approximately one hour to set up the shoot, dump the ping pong balls 4 times and clean up.
Meet & Greet
I went ot a creative group meeting and watched a demonstration preformed by Dave Kelley. He is a very interesting man and i would recommend taking one of his classes. Dave brought Taylor with him as his model for the demonstration. At the end we were allowed ot take some images of Taylor. I would love to have some time with Taylor in my studio.
Julie Paper Tiger
In a Womans Eyes
Kayla in the Rose Chair
I had agreed to help my friend Paul with his first real Fashion shoot. He has been shooting runway in the pit for a while so he knew a designer, Breazy Skoon from Lousy Rich. She agreed to the use some of her gowns, I booked Lauren Roberts as one of the models. Since I was only there for support I found it hard to not grab my gear and start shooting. But after a bit Paul was busy shooting the other model I grabbed Lauren and ran outside and shot about 10 frames and this is one of them.
James not Bond
Once a month or so a group of photographers, models & MUA's get together and collaborate on a theme or an idea. This month the object was to create an image that had a European feel. I teamed up with model: Ms. Purrversia Riot, Makeup: Toy Taylor, Hair by: Moni Monique Barret, Airbrush (lace look) by: Brandy Wise. When I see this image I see a Spanish lady in the plaza waiting for….
We have a monthly Meet & Greet at Tempe Studio that I host every month. I look forward to this because I get to talk to some old friends and meet new ones. I get to help people that are unsure about using the studio lights. I enjoy these events immensely even though I rarely get to take any photos. On this occasion I was able to steel a few minutes and shot this image of James deep in thought.
The Archer a dark and ominous figure that roams the night fighting evil where ever it may be. Too many graphic novels, maybe, an afternoon playing super heroes with my grandson was well worth the time. I wanted to make this session look like a strong and fearless graphic novel character. I am pleased with the result.
The other night I was helping a friend work on a project that is very important to her called Beyond the Body. I helped with the lighting and set prep. It was a very intense session with emotions running high. I was able to take this shot during a lull in the action.
Miss Nikee Lynn
Art Nudes with Males
There comes time for change and that time is now, at least for the website. Welcome to the new site. When you look around you will find a number of improvements over the old site like the responsiveness of the site to tablets and phones. This should make things easier for the clients that live on their phone.
I have created 2 galleries to showcase the types of images I create. I also have a blog so you can see what my latest endeavors are and a countdown page for the open house held at Tempe studio the first Saturday of every month.
Some of the things to come are a client proofing portal, a FAQ, and an improved method for downloading your digital images.