Needless to say that I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with Bulgari, an international luxury jewelry brand based in Rome, Italy with roughly 300 stores located in only the most exclusive shopping areas around the world. My assignment was to capture "people" and the "Bulgari experience"...
When Dillan reached out to me with the idea of doing a fashion photography shoot at an airport my first thought was "how are we going to make this work?" It's not easy getting access to a fleet of privately owned planes. Needless to say, he came through and we ended up spending about four hours on site with two separate aircraft to work with, one Beechcraft and one LearJet.
Julia and Lindsay, both represented by Ursula Wiedmann Models, came out for a simple outdoor session. By "simple" I mean we shot mostly natural light with minimal, if any, retouching. We started out at the park and finished up with a walk around Buckhead for some street looks.
I'm always thinking up photo ideas that I want to explore and I've been wanting to do a series of portraits with a mystic feel for quite a while. I was recently on a shoot with two amazing models at a great location and couldn't help but work these in. Working with strobes outdoors gives so much flexibility to balance out, or even overpower the natural sunlight. That's exactly what we did here.
This series was shot at around 11:30am on a partly cloudy day. Natural light is pretty harsh at this time of day so to compensate, I underexposed the background and the model is lit with a strobe in a 35" octabox just off camera. For the shot with the two of them, the main light is set on Dianna and there is a hand-held diffused speed light on Dillan. The foggy, misty look was enhanced in post.
Models: Dianna Grant & Dillan Moore; Hair/Makeup: Grace Armas; Collaborative Photographer: Trey Mosier;
Here are a few of my favorites from an outdoor session with Dianna Grant, represented here in Atlanta by Ursula Wiedmann Models (UWM). For this session we had a 6:30am call time and nearly a 1-mile hike from the cars to our shooting location. Hair, makeup and wardrobe assistance was done on site by Grace Armas.
Scott Quarterman, owner of eHolster, called on me recently to organize a product photo shoot to update his marketing materials. Based on his description of what he needed I worked up a proposal for a half-day shoot. We started in the studio focussing on clean detail product shots, then finished up outdoors so he could have some out-and-about lifestyle images featuring his products.
Robert contacted me a few months back about doing some promo portraits for a couple of single releases he and his band are working on. We originally discussed doing an outdoor shoot, and hopefully will do that in the near future, but opted to use Robert's home studio as a setting for this session. When I arrived and took a look around I couldn't help but think "this is perfect!" Some of the most interesting portraits are taken in someone's own personal space, it represents them so much better than any neutral setting would. That's how Robert's studio felt to me. You can check out their single Ode to 911 on iTunes.
I am always thrilled when I am presented with the opportunity to shoot advertising photography for a startup company. It is an enormous responsibility to capture the look and quality of the product while helping define the look of the brand. In this case, I worked with Heather and Daniel from Peruvian Winter Wear, an emerging accessory brand from north Geargia that is offering hand-made Peruvian scarves and shawls here in the US.
So much work goes into finding the perfect location, defining the mood and portraying the product in the best light. In cases like this, it is more than just about the product itself: There's an incredible opportunity as a photographer to be creative and produce beautiful lifestyle imagery to represent the brand.
At the end of the day, I was thrilled with the results and can't wait to see what is yet to come from Heather and Daniel’s venture! If you're interested you can order a hand-made Alpaca scarf from their Etsy page.