Archive for the ‘modeling’ tag
I took some self portraits of myself today. This is the same location where I photograph the models I usually photograph.
I used my Canon 5D Mark II camera with a Canon 135mm soft focus lens that was not set to soft focus.
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I placed the camera on a tripod and used the self timer to give myself time to jump into the picture. This was a tricky shoot since I shot these pictures at F2.8 for the shallow depth of field.
I photographed model Kristela Benedicto on June 30, 2011 at my home in San Francisco, California USA.
I used my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR digital camera. I used Canon lenses, including a 135mm soft focus lens.
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[Edit January 24, 2013: I paid Kristela a USD $60.00 modeling fee for this shoot and she signed a comprehensive model release. When I first created this post, I included three additional photographs, which pictured Kristela in swimwear. They were tasteful and beautiful images. Kristela asked me to remove this entire post, without offering to refund the money I paid her and without offering to pay me for my time, which amounted to roughly five hours of work. Kristela claimed she got in trouble from her current employer because of the pictures I posted of her. Kristela was a model when I photographed her, and had dozens of photographs of herself in a revealing bikini on the modeling website Explore Talent. My pictures were far more responsible and artistic than those shots, which were online on November 13, 2012, and were a quick Google search away. Given Kristela was self publishing dozens of bikini pictures of herself, I chose to ignore her November 13th request. Kristela wrote to me again on January 21, 2013 and again asked me to remove the pictures but without offering to compensate me for my time or trouble. Today I discovered that the dozens of bikini pictures Kristela had posted to her online modeling portfolio no longer show up in a Google search, so it appeared that the three swimwear shots I had published of her in 2011 were the only such revealing shots of her still easy to find via Google. Because of this new information, I decided to remove the three images, but to leave the two shots you see here, which are so beautiful and tasteful they could be given by Kristela as gifts to her parents and grandparents. I dislike removing posts from the Internet, because it breaks inbound links others have established to this site. By leaving two pictures, I don't break the most likely links, and Kristela's employer should rest easier knowing that they were able to pressure Kristela into doing something she likely didn't want to do. Kristela is lucky that she had me photograph her, and that I am such a nice guy. Lots of photographers would have refused to remove them for any reason. Kristela was not a beginner. She was a pro, and had lots of modeling experience when I worked with her. She should be grateful that somehow she has managed to effectively 'retract' the model releases she presumably signed, which normally are not retractable. If Kristela's employer is reading this, please keep in mind that it will take months for the search engines to delete their copies of the pictures I deleted today, so please understand Kristela has done her part and can really do no more. You should not fire Kristela for being a model, particularly when she tried to adhere to your requests.]
I photographed Heidi Long yesterday, September 9, 2011.
She had never modeled before, which I didn’t know when I agreed to set up this trade photo shoot. I like working with first time models — I would even go so far as to say I prefer to work with first time models. I enjoy teaching new models how to pose and how to look natural. I think brand new models try harder than full time models.
Here’s a picture of Kristen Stewart for comparison to the photo of Long, at the top of this page:
What do you think? Is there a resemblance to the top picture?
The only makeup Heidi Long is wearing is lipstick, to give you a further sense of how naturally beautiful she is. I predict Long will do many more photo shoots for other photographers over the coming years.
I photographed Long with a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera. I used the following lenses throughout the shoot: Canon 135mm soft focus lens, Canon 50mm macro lens, Canon 16-35mm L zoom lens. I used two Einstein E640 studio flash systems from Paul C. Buff, Inc. These units are the best flash systems I’ve ever used — they make my 1992 vintage Elenchrom units look bad. I can see Paul C. Buff taking over a large part of the studio flash market over the next twenty years, as their products are so good yet so affordable. Once the rental houses start renting Buff hardware, the pros will see what a dream this equipment is to use. Being able to adjust the output over 9 f-stops is so wonderful. My Elinchrom units only had a 2 f-stop range.
I photographed Crystal Hoshaw in 2010. The picture immediately above is printed on the back of my photographer card. I’ve gotten many compliments on this picture, and Hoshaw has received many compliments for being so attractive.
I painted the red painting behind Hoshaw in the second and third pictures above.
I shot these pictures with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and my Canon 135mm soft focus lens.
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I photographed Leah Vandenberg Jones in 2010. She had never modeled before.
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This was Ariana’s first photo shoot, and it was a surprise for her. She was at my studio with her friend who was the model for the afternoon. I persuaded Ariana to allow me to photograph her, with help from her friend.
Her friend told me later Ariana liked the pictures I took of her so much that she gave some of them to her parents as Christmas presents. Stories like this warm my heart.
I really like photographing first time models. I have been told many times that I am good at giving directions.
I am particularly enthusiastic about taking business portraits of professionals that really don’t want to be photographed. I once did a shoot in only five minutes. The subject gave the picture to her mother, who said it was the best picture ever taken of her daughter.
Ariana was fully clothed for all the photographs I took of her, even though it looks like she may have been topless for the first shot above.
I took these pictures with my Canon EOS 10D digital camera. Click the pictures twice to see them at full resolution.
Mya is a college student that plans to become a doctor.
I took these pictures with my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera.
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I photographed Emily Dionne on May 1, 2005. Emily had never modeled before, and wasn’t hoping for a career in modeling like many of my subjects.
I photographed Emily at her request, which she made at the end of a photoshoot I had just completed with her friend. Emily had come along to the shoot to support her friend, and at the end Emily asked me how much I would charge to photograph her.
I explained that I am not a professional photographer, and I don’t charge my subjects. Of course I agreed to photograph her, and these pictures are the result.
Emily was an outstanding model, and we created dozens of publication quality pictures.
The second picture from the top was taken just one minute after the shoot began. It was the 18th photograph of the day.
I shot these pictures with my Canon EOS 10D digital camera in RAW format. Click on the pictures twice to see them at full resolution. These pictures were taken at my house in San Francisco, California USA.
I photographed professional model Anne Roefs on May 11, 2005 at my house in San Francisco, California USA.
I think Anne Roefs resembles Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie. Please tell me what you think in a comment.
This was not my first shoot with Anne. I think I did two or three shoots with her. She brought a makeup artist to our first shoot, and the makeup artist asked me how much I would charge to photograph her. I explained I am not a professional photographer and that I would photograph her without charge. I did that shoot about a week later. I will post those pictures as soon as I can dig them up.
That was a very flattering request by the makeup artist. She told me she had been the makeup artist on numerous photo shoots, as she was a makeup artist and hair stylist by profession. She said that many photographers had asked to photograph her, but she had always said no. I didn’t ask her. She asked me. She said she liked my working style.
On my first shoot with Anne, her car key broke off in the trunk lock of her car. At this point, it was about 9 pm on a Sunday night, as the shoot finished late. I was able to fish out the broken piece of the key with long nosed pliers. I drove Anne and her makeup artist friend to Home Depot in Daly City, California, which is open until 11 pm on Sunday.
The key maker at Home Depot went far out of his way to help Anne. He went to the adhesive section of the store and selected some ‘Crazy Glue’ type product, opened it up without selling it to Anne, and glued the key back together. Then he put the key in his key duplicator and made a replacement key that worked! Everyone was relieved. Nobody wanted to call and pay for a locksmith on a Sunday night. I recall Home Depot charged just the normal couple of dollars for the duplicate even though it took him about an hour to glue the key together and copy it. I did wonder if Anne got such special treatment at Home Depot because she is beautiful and the guy was happy to have this 5’10″ blond model in his store.
I remember that around the time of our photo shoots, Anne got a modeling job that put her on a billboard for the televison show Fear Factor.
I painted the artwork behind Anne in the first photograph above.
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I photographed Aedrea Androus in 2004. She is an experienced model, and was a pleasure to work with. The shoot lasted over 4 hours it went so well.
I painted the painting Aedrea is holding in the last shot above.
I am a painter as well as a photographer.
I used my Canon EOS 10D digital camera to take these pictures. Click the pictures to see them at full resolution.