This shoot has all of the makings of a flop from the beginning. Lori, a relatively young model , with an unproven portfolio, was approx 45 min late (already a no no) before we heard from her, and then took another 45 min to get there. I know I know, I can hear all of the groaners out there that feel my pain. However after speaking to her directly on the phone it was pretty hard to be up set with her. She sounded so sweet and innocent, and helpless in the “big city” . So she arrived and Re’nauta (an Astounding Makeup Artist who happens to also be from St. Louis.) went to work. Turning her into some sort of futuristic techno, workout ballerina. Needless to say at the end of the day, everyone was happy. I’m sure the people at whatever restaurant that Lori went to in full makeup were happy as well.
Well here they are.
More so than the model herself, the biggest story here was the “Snow Storm”. I use the term loosely b/c what passed for a snow storm here in Atlanta greatly differs from the in the Midwest where I was raised. It snow pretty hard and heavy for a few hours, leaving the shoot up in the air. To my delight, all parties arrived and we made it through. Subsequently the snow froze over and there it was a long slippery drive home for the participants, well all except for me 🙂
Well at least some pretty nice shots came out of this. Including my first experiment with shooting with a gel blue gel on a white-ish background.
Oh Yeah this was another fantastic creation from the great Re’Nauta Bell (Smudged by R. Bell)
Re’Nauta (the “R” in SMUDGED by R. Bell) has an uncanny knack of seeing the best in people despite what their current body of works looks like . When she first approached me about shooting Gwen, i was a little hesitant to say the least. However, the French native, African and French beauty was a joy to work with. She literally had me playing catch up to her during the shoot. Her versatility in poses and expressions was paralleled by her versatility in appearance. She started the shoot with her hair in it’s naturally curly style. Then, midway through the shoot, Re’nauta flat ironed is and straightened it out and BAM! a totally different person. As you can see, she definitely worked the studio that day.
What do you think?
Nope, that’s not a type-o nor is it a way of putting my name out there in a different way. Joe’l is traditionally seen ripping the runways, however she wanted to try her hand at some photo modeling. The shy, yet fierce presence of Joe’l made for a great combination. Once we got her to let go of her inhibitions the shoot moved swiftly. What better way to introduce her to the world, than to use the final designs by the late great Shawn C. Williams of Eyekon Klothing Kompany.
I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for Miss Joe’l
Hair and Makeup: Dr. Jennices Edwards
I have often heard of and have seen people using Beauty Dishes. So I decided to get one and try it out.
In cans you didn’t know, a beauty dish basically is a type of photographic lighting device, one of a number of photographic soft light devices. A beauty dish uses a parabolic reflector to distribute light towards a focal point. The light created is between that of a direct flash and a softbox, hence giving the image a wrapped, contrasted look.
So a Makeup Artist (MUA) in St. Louis, wanted to do some new make up an beauty shots, so i figured this would be the best time to test it out.
Here below we have the Subject, Eva G and the beauty Light. Makeup by Gorgeous Faces LLC
In case you didn’t know, I have a day job, since I’m not quite at the point where I can do photography only. Well last month, I was sent to Dallas for a week of training. I always travel with at least one of my cameras, so I decided to check out some of the locals and see what kind of last minute fun shoots I could put together. With very little notice, I was able to set up 4 shoots, although there was no makeup, or hair stylist. Well the seemingly nonstop Rain pretty much canceled 2 of the shoots for me. So I was left with just 2 days which it wasn’t raining.
Shoot one Vicky. A very charismatic girl from Laos, she provided more of a classic style approach to the Shoot.
The Second shoot was who I call the Zelles. Mainly b/c all of the sisters except one, names end in Zelle. So that day I had Riozelle, Jizelle, and Gracel. I decided to go with a more lifestyle approach on this one since they are sisters and therefore should provide a lot of good natural interaction..
Ok enough of this page filler. On to the pics. The 1st 4 are Vicky, the rest are the Zelles