With Christmas holidays well under way so I though I would post a couple of editorials from my archives. These two shoots were shot in New York and Sydney.....both commissioned editorial jobs and not to mention two of my favorite shoots from the last 3 years.
The first editorial was for Tantalum magazine. Which was shot in New York..........The location was the living area of a photographer who rented out his space to anyone and everyone and in this case moi. After emailing back and forth with the magazine we decided on the location.........then came the casting of the model. Again not easy when you contact three agency's and get a choice of some amazing girls to work with. After a day of casting I chose Hannelie who hales from South Africa. The styling and make-up and hair was already organised before I arrived in New York. I sourced them before I flew out from Sydney. And once that all came together this is what the finished results looked like. To say the least the magazine "Tantalum" was very happy with the shoot and took it straight away. Independent magazines don't have to take shoots that they have commissioned so I was more than happy to see this go into what was a new magazine at the time.
Make-up and hair-Greg Hubbard
The Artist Muse was a bit of a last minute shoot when is came to concepts. I initially wanted to do a semi-nude beauty shoot with with Mikayla on the beach. But once I found out that my make-up artist Angie had asked her stylist friend Samara to style the shoot "it was on"!!!!
I had shot Mikayla about 6 weeks before this shot for another editorial so when I had the chance to work with her again I jumped at the chance. I can only describe Mikayla in one word and that is "Dream"........effortlessly moving from one pose to pose and from shot to shot. We nailed the whole editorial(6 shots) in 4 hours. And again once Huf magazine saw the results. It was a pretty easy decision to publish this story.
Hair- Natasha Hemi
Old Habits Never Die
I always use to think back about the days when we always used to shoot film. Before digital really hit home and the internet take over....... Here's food for thought "What would we do with out our smart phones" ?
The following editorial has been shot all on film with my trusty Pentax 67 ......... The pictures below are some of my very first published editorials in magazines .......Culture and Esatica for these who want to know who commission me. The first couple of shoots in this editorial were shot in New York and the remaining pic's were shot in Sydney.
Back then I printed all my own work in Colour and black & white. I found it so challenging to be in the darkroom and work on a set of prints for a magazine or my book(portfolio) .......Printing your own work back then really set apart the men from the boys and I am talking about being able to print your own work the way you wanted it to look and not how some lab technician printing the way they saw it.
Shooting film was always a test of how good you were. As most photographers back in the day would shoot 6x7 film which would give you 10 frames per roll you may only have 3-4 rolls per shot to nail it .........Now a days with digital you can shoot as many as you like or to the point were you think you may have it. You really had to plan every shot down to a tee to make sure you got what you wanted. Then after the shoot you would drop the film off to the lab to get processed, once that was done you would go to the darkroom to do the contact sheets. Then you would make the selections e.g what you wanted to print. Then it would back to the darkroom to spend all day printing.
This process would take about a week, now a days once it's on your hard drive all you have to do is select which shots you want and then convert the raw files to jpg's and load them up to your dropbox for your client to look at. Ten times faster and ten times as easier before the days of film. But still not the same sort of feel as film.
The shots that I have posted here in this editorial have not been retouched. The film has been scanned and as you will see the feel of the shots don't feel like digital but ......like film. Especially the studio's shots..........my thinking is the difference between film and digital is that the finished look has more of a velvety feel rather than a flat smooth finish.
Next week I will post one of my favourite editorials that was shot on digital........till then have a good Christmas and remember .......... Old Habits Never Die.
All Around The Night
This is a night scape series that I have been working on for the last 5-6 weeks in between my fashion and swim editorials that I have been shooting for LaMode and my commercial jobs that I have been working on.
I love taking photo's at night as it enhances the colours in a way that makes them moody yet have a painted feel to them.
This is the way I see things at night and how I would best describe how I would see Sydney when the sun as gone down.......well sometimes.
I have shot the things that have caught my eye and the subjects that have made the picture not created it.
I see this art editorial as the first of many that I will be shooting in the coming months. That not only shows a different side to my photography but a point of view that I am hoping you will also enjoy.
I know that I mentioned last week that I would be taking a break over Christmas and New Year .......WELL I have decided to change that and keep LaMode going for that period. But before I post some fresh fashion and swim editorials. I will be posting some of my older work, way before I started LaMode Magazine as well as a continuation of my cultured and art editorials.
Enjoy All Around The Night
Were Did My Faith Go
This shoot wasn't that easy to put together, but then again is any shoot? So after many email's with the designer Joyce from Lucid I finally managed to pick up the clothes from her PR. Once I had them hanging on my rack at home that's when I started to nail down the concept for my second brand profile for LaMode magazine. I didn't want it to be to urban looking and I also wanted to incorporate the Spring colours that were still lingering around as well.
Lucid latest collection is well cut and has a semi tailored look to it which I like. And for these of you who want to know who styled it .......Your's truly did. I am not really one to style a shoot myself as I think two minds are better than one but to have full creative control is always good not to mention casting the model as well was a easy choice. Speaking of models Valentina was again a dream to work with as I had worked with her a few weeks before on a swim shoot. Working with a model who knows her angels and also know's how to move makes any photographers job easy, but you can never forget the photographers job of directing the model, to get them to do what you want and that comes from........ As mentioned by having a strong concept and idea in your head.
Moving on....... this is going to be LaMode's last fashion/swim editorial this year. My very last editorial will be a culture story which you will have to wait till next week to find out what it is. I hope you have enjoyed all my editorial's so far and you come back for more next year too follow the journey of LaMode Magazine.........I will leave you with my qoute of the week......."Never loser Faith"
Make-up and Hair/ Frances Fraser
Photographers assistant/ Erin Carroll
LaMode is a global online magazine in a blog-style format, or what I would like to call a blogZine. With a focus on Fashion, Swimwear and Culture editorials. LaMode Magazine is not seasonal with its editorials because we like to shoot imagery that is on point to what we think will entertain you as the reader with our point of view.