,I always like to think that this online magazine is on a Global Scale, so why do you think I can call this online magazine a global magazine. One word "internet" and now that the internet plays a big part in our lives you can access anything anywhere, not to mention LaMode magazine. I know that this is a big call by saying that this is a global magazine. But isn't that quote true? every online magazine is a global magazine, for the one reason that you can access it anywhere anytime and not have to worry about walking into a new agent and buying it, to read and check out the visuals. So this is the reason why I can post swimwear in April and know that I will still get a audience not only here in Australia but in the Northern hemisphere as well.
Moving forward, the locations that we have to chose from here in Australia are not only unreal and beautiful but so divine and easy to work with. The light can be a bit hard to work with but I love working with natural light and because the day of our shoot it was sunny, that made it even better, to bring a happy and radiant vibe to the shoot and the final pictures that you see I think reflect that.
Just quick thank you to We The Dreamers swimwear for being a .......well dream to work with.
Swimwear: We The Dreamers
Make up Artist: Elena Kan
The Never Ending Summer
Australia is not a tropical country, but what you can say about it is that we get our far share of good weather all year around. It only gets cold for about 3 months of the year and the rest of the time it stay's pretty warm to say the least. This is why I am still able to shoot swimwear in March and not have my models being cold, you got to love that don't you?
Shape and form are the two most important things you are looking for in a swimwear shoot. I don't care how tall or short you are it is all about being in proportion and for this reason, I loved working with the ever so charming and devine Claudia from Bella Management. The location was Chinamans Beach on the North Shore, Sydney, not easy to fine mind you. It's a amazing location with golden sand and beautiful clear water. Have heard the saying that a picture holds a thousand words? This time around I am letting that quote speak for it's self.
Enjoy the "Never Ending Summer"
Make-up Artist-Lisa Jane
Swimwear by Estroni and We are Handsome Swimwear
Bikini by We Are Handsome
Bikini by We Are Handsome
Two Piece by Estroni Swimwear
Top by Estroni
Two Piece by Estroni
Top by Estroni
Bikini By We Are Handsome
When ever I shoot swimwear, it's not just about the location or how I light the model. It's about the model it's self, because without the model there is no shoot. That was one of the first things I learnt about this industry. Is that the model is the star and everyone else is there to help and support the model on the day to make her look and feel amazing in front of the camera. Which in turn helps the photographer or in this case myself to produce and shoot a amazing editorial possible.
So here is a fun fact, Geoffrey Chuah the owner of LaMode magazine and photographer of this shoot use to love shooting fashion and I still do. But you will find that shooting swimwear is not always as easy as it looks. You have to think about sharp and form as well as the time of day you are shooting, to make sure that you are not creating to many hash shadows. But again that all depends on how you light!!! And what you want from the final images. So to finish up, if I was to chose one subject to shoot for the rest of my career. That would be the female form .....notice it's not swimwear, fashion, portrait or even people. Because remember that clothes, swimwear or anything else that is throw into a shoot is a extension of your expression of what you are creating on the day.
She Struck me down with those Eyes
Model-Mary Strickley@Chadwick Models
Make-up Artist-Joe Adams
Swimwear Brands-Cuva and Karen Hurley Collections
One Piece by Karen Hurley Collections
One piece by Cuva Swimwear
Swimwear by Cuva swimwear
Bikini by Cuva Swimwear
One piece by Karen Hurley Collections
Two piece and Rashie Jacket by Cuva swimwear
Bikini by Karen Hurley Collections
Two Piece by Karen Hurley Collections
When we see the world in colour, we all see it differently to one another. That is what makes photography so much fun to be involved in.
Looking back over the last 3 years of LaMode magazine there haven't been to many times I have shot in black and white. There isn't a real reason behind that, most of the time my photography brain is locked in colour mode because that's how I like to see the world we live in. Not that I dislike shooting in black n white, in fact I love it ( If you check out most of my culture editorials, they have been shot in Black n White) it's just that when I shot fashion or swimwear I like to translate what I create with my eye and my photography brain into colour. There is also so much more you can do in post production as well when you are adjusting the colours and contrast. Not to mention all the other little things you can do in photoshop.
So this brings me to my latest swim editorial with the drop dead & amazing Cassie Thompson. I am so blissed that I get to work with so many different models from not only Australia, but also from all over the world. Which is why I chose woman empowerment for my theme for this Summer here in Australia. I intend to shoot a few more swim editorials for LaMode this Summer and maybe even sneak a fashion shoot in there as well. When we arrived on location for this shoot, I had never been on this beach( Turimetta Beach which is about 45 minutes drive from Sydney ) before and was a little bit surprised that I just about had it all to myself. Apart from a couple of surfers trying to catch a wave .....talk about deserted island!! Anyway it made the day a tad more fun in the way we had the whole beach to our self's to shoot the editorial, and it is also the reason why you don't see anyone else in the pics .....funny that.
So the next time you are at the beach working on your tan. Close your eyes and "Draft Away" to the deserted island you would like to spend a few days on, with your loved one.
Happy Summer everyone.
Make-up and Hair by Eve Lyn
Model-Cassie Thompson@Chadwicks Sydney
The one good thing about photography is that you can always look to push the boundaries when ever you want to shoot something new and fresh. Not that I shoot something new and ground breaking every time I pick up my camera. But what I do like to think is that everyone is different on the inside and outside. And that is why I love shooting people, fashion and not to mention swimwear.
Creating a editorial that is different from the last one that you shot, can be a lot of fun. But making it different on purpose to show that you have a range of styles as a photographer is something photographer's don't do to offend. I know that sounds a bit weird but if you follow the arts in any shape or form, but you will know that all the historically well known photographers are known for there style and not really shifting away from there style to offend, if at all!!! Not because they don't want to, but because they like the way they construct there photograph's when they work. Does that make sense, I think so.
Which leads me to write that I love to shoot with natural light and work with the female form and always will continue to do so as long as I am working as a artist.
I thought I would keep this blurb shorter than most as I always like to let my images do the talking.
LaMode Magazine's theme for the season is "Woman Empowerment"
Make-Up Artist-Alysha Maree
Model-Em Meades@Viviens Models
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 it's 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.
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