Hi everyone. I’m a little behind in posting my recent shoots, so thanks for being patient. In this post I’m excited to show a photoshoot I had with a fresh new teen model from Atlanta named Amber. She wanted four distinct fashion and style looks for her portfolio, and when you look at these pictures you’ll see that she nailed it. In the top photo she is modeling an elegant gown, so to really feature her I went for soft lighting, and a natural landscape with minimal distractions.
In the shot above, to best get an edgy, fierce fashion look we took to the streets to get a few shots. What I really, really like about these two above is her hair. I wanted the sun to illuminate her beautiful tresses this way, so I had her pose where she would be backlit to highlight the volume and wavy texture.
For another pretty and sophisticated look, we used an antique saucer and tea cup as a prop. The color of the prom dress really helps make this shot along with Amber’s relaxed pose and the water background.
Good models are actresses for the camera, and should be able to get a variety of looks at a moments notice. Out of these four photos, I think this one was the most natural, a more sweet and demure expression to go with the flower theme. She obviously has talent and will do well in the business.
Summertime brings warmer temperatures and cooler clothes. I worked with a talented male model, Brandon Quigley, on a fashion shoot this week in Atlanta. The outfit he styled was white chinos with dark blue v-neck sweater, overlaid with army green vest, and vans.
Brandon brought a great vibe to the photo session, which definitely transfers to the images, with his professionalism and laid-back attitude. Although it was a typically hot summer day in the South, we got some really great shots together.
One aspect of photography that I enjoy is working with the elements to get interesting photographs. In these pictures I tried to let the sun and heat naturally influence the angles that were chosen and poses we concentrated on. To try and ignore the environment for the sake of the photo might have been a real struggle, leading to an unproductive outing. But, I think we produced better and more creative photos by accepting the conditions and using them to guide the shoot.
Last week I raced impending rain clouds to complete a fashion photo shoot with the lovely model, Laura Rozar. Nestled in between the blooming flowers of a perennial garden, Laura posed for the camera, checked the most recent images, and quickly adjusted her pose. Working with another should be a collaboration, and I appreciate a model who can not only take instruction but turn around and offer more–an improvement, or creative idea–as she did in the photo above.
The outfit being modeled in these photos, a peach crop-top paired with a hot-pink skirt, was a vivid standout among the greenery of the garden. Despite the brilliant color combinations, I also wanted to capture at least one photo as a sensitive black-and-white portrait study and emphasize the lighting rather than the colors. See below, I think it turned out well and is a great example of the connection between camera and subject.
Typically I don’t shoot professional photography indoors, but I had a fashion shoot and wanted to pair the beautiful model and her clothes with a futuristic, industrial setting. I decided on a particular subway station after scouting for awhile, because I believed it would fulfill my vision of that juxtaposition.
The model I worked with, Brittani Bumb, was particularly talented and professional. Not only is she a fashion model, but she is also a clothing designer which, I believe, allows her to really know the clothes she’s wearing and how to effectively model different aspects of that wardrobe.
This was a really enjoyable shoot and we achieved some great shots together. It was also good to break out of my usual natural light photography and work in an environment with artificial lighting. I believe you can’t grow unless you challenge yourself.
Photographing men’s fashion has to be approached a little differently than a women’s fashion shoot. While the basic plan of getting interesting and clear pictures is the same, consideration is made for more masculine settings, poses, and photo treatments. Dillan Moore, an Atlanta based model, runs a popular style blog called Moore Than Style and needed some fresh shots for three new outfits.
In the above photo, Dillan is modeling clothes from American Eagle Outfitters, and because of the casual look we photographed at a mountain location, with more active poses rather than stationary poses.
This dapper and inspired look required a more formal backdrop, so we shot on the lawn that was reminiscent of a southern mansion estate. Here the posing is a more static menswear style of pose, to match Dillan’s more dignified, but fun, appearance.
The same can be said for this London influenced outfit. To convey a proper British feel, we again used the stately facade of the building as a backdrop. I wanted the grain of the granite to accentuate the texture of his tweed, and I made careful adjustments in the editing process to really capture the “heaviness” of both the stone and wool. This was shot after clouds moved in which also contributed to the British-ness of image.
I enjoyed working with Dillan who arrived ready to work and who seems to have a lot going for him. Check in to his blog as he will soon be posting more of our men’s fashion photos.
Naomi is a fashion model here in Atlanta whose work I’ve admired. Circumstances worked out and we got to collaborate on a photo shoot together at a beautiful garden location.
Naomi was a real pro and it made the photo session very easy and laid back. The clothes were great and she looked great modelling them, and we ended up with several shots that I really like.
On the next shot, we found a concrete staircase that perfectly matched her dress. I like to get a variety of shots, and the absence of color here helped this set to stand out from the colorful photos in the garden.
I want to conclude with a beautiful close-up of Naomi that’s nearer in style to portrait photography than fashion photography, and was one of my favorites from the day.