I am never one to give away my inspiration behind my shoots for LaMode magazine but on this occasion I am happy and safe to say it is the amazing Bruce Weber who inspired this shoot. I always and hardly ever shoot in black and white when I lens swimwear editorials for LaMode but I thought since this is the last swim editorial for a while I thought I would go in a different direction for this shoot.
I use to read a lot of print magazines before the internet took over, but now a days I leave that to the pages that I have liked on my Facebook to see what is happening in the world of print. You see the longer you shoot the more you find that you will find inspo somewhere else other than another photographers work. It is a really good way of learning, but if you really want to develop your own style. Get out there and take photo's and sure enough your style will grow and if you shoot long enough it will change as time progresses.
Just on a side note some of this editorial was shot in colour and then flipped to black and white. And yes like myself, I am sure every photographer uses photoshop to a degree .....some more than others.
Make-up and Hair-Eve Lyn
Mesmerized by your
East meets West
withJust like North and South ....where there is a top there is a bottom. Sounds a bit weird doesn't ?
What I have always envison for LaMode magazine is it to be a globe brand that won't necessary work in with everyone's season so in this case I have shot another swim editorial for LaMode and will most likely shot another one while the weather is as good as it is in Sydney, Australia.
I always feel very blessed to be able to shoot the models that I do. And that is no exception with Marina from Germany, I can sum her up with one word and that is "AMAZING" I know I have used that word so many times on set when I shoot but when a model makes your life so much easier than what it is. It only means that you are going to create something special, and I would like to think I have done so with this editorial.Not that the last editorial with Courtney wasn't a amazing shoot or any other shoot that I have done for LaMode.
After this editorial you will see on the flip side what some of the colour shots look like in Black and White. That in it's self is a bit of a warm up for what is to come for my next editorial.
Make-up Artist: Eve Lyn
Model: Marina Lukoschat
Swimwear by Debenhams and Duskii
One Piece by Debenhams
Bikini by Debenhams
High waisted bikini by Debenhams
Bikini by Duskii
One piece by Debenhams
Come Play With MyMonochrome
Photographic, black and white essay by Geoffrey Chuah
Black and White photography is not only more pure than colour but it has more meaning to the photographs. Not only will it not steal your soul when you gaze into the pictures. But I would like to think it gives it a more sculptured look to the set of pictures that I have shot here, which by the way are some of the same shots from the above editorial. Love or hate black and white photography you can't escape the fact that it will always hold a place inside the creative side of me to always fall back to.
When shooting for LaMode magazine I have been very blissed to be able to shoot with some amazing swim brands. In this editorial "Natural Wonders" the main brand used was Jets. Jets is at the for front of the industry when it comes to swimwear and activewear. So to have the majority of the shoot styled with this brand, I was a little excited to say the least.
Moving forward shoot wise ......it doesn't get any better when you are working with a amazing team like the one I had for this editorial ........model, stylist and make-up artist. They all seem to gel like a tight fitting glove, which by the way is what you want on any shoot, not to mention one of my shoots LOL. Casting wise was a tad harder than normal. You only really want to work with models that really inspire you not that all the models that I had to chose from didn't get me excited. But the one that really stood out was Stephanie Taylor a little gem that came all the way from London to work in Australia for while. And my gut tells me that she will do more than alright here in Australia.
Light is this part of the world can sometimes get pretty hash during the day so when I hear that some photographers stop all together and have a break so they can work in the ideal conditions later in the day. I sometimes wonder why they would want to do that. I mean "me" having worked in all sorts of conditions myself. I try and adapt the best I can by making the light work for me and the final picture or pictures
I use reflectors and flash on location to obtain the feel that I am trying to capture while I am on set, I haven't used either and have kept photoshop to a minimum. So the point that I am making is that there are always "Natural Wonders" in this world.
Make-up Artist-Frances Fraser
Summer is finally here and by the look's of things it's going to be super hot this year in Australia. Which for me personally is good because I love it when it is hot.
So to kick off the 90 days of Summer here at LaMode magazine we have shot this very special editorial for your viewing pleasure. The brief for this editorial was to make it more edgy and fashion, even though it is swimwear. I cast the amazing Wanessa Back from Chadwick models ........and shot it with the location (Shark beach) and light in mind rather than the model. Not to mention with one of my favourite lux swim bands "Duskii" supplying the swim/activewear you have the makings of a very memorable editorial ......"Summer Love"
I wish everyone a happy Summer. And remember stay save in the water, and not to mention put lots of sun block on!!!!
Photography by Geoffrey Chuah
Swimwear by Duskii
Make-up and Hair-Frances Fraser
Model-Waness Back from Chadwick models
Black is the new Gold
I Love the fact that our Summer here in Australia is only a few weeks away. And I thought the best way of easing the LaMode readers into it was to do a swim shoot with the ever amazing Meaghan Lee from Chadwicks. And not to mention it's not a swimwear shoot without swimwear which by the way was loaned from Allerton one of the amazing brands that I stock at LaMode Swim Shop.
The idea behind this editorial was to embrace the female form and to shoot on a beach that I haven't shot on before which was a little hidden beach on the Northern beaches called Cliffton Gardens. It's a amazing little beach with the finest of sand that seems to get everywhere, not to mention all over my camera when I was shooting. But as you will see, the finals looking amazing .......I decided to mix in some black and white shots as the swimwear is more athletic and very well cut. Meaghan was great to work with as was the swimwear .....so watch out for more swimwear editorials over the Summer.
Photography by Geoffrey Chuah@www.gcphotography.net
Make-up by Angie Wong@www.angiew.com
Model/ Meaghan Lee@Chadwicks
Finally LaMode Swim Shop's new stock is up and ready for you to purchase. In my last editorial I talked about what a model can bring to a shoot. But in this editorial I am going to chat about this seasons new stock and why I think it may make a good buy or should I say great to wear with the warmer already hitting Australia.
It's all about being able to use the pieces that I have sourced for LaMode Swim Shop for more than one purpose. And that purpose is cross over wear that you can use to go to the beach, work out in and not to mention surfing/paddling.
My new brands that I have taken on are more than amazing and they are Allerton, Aqua Blu, Gypsea, Stevie May(dresses) and We Are Handsome. There will be jump suits and dresses landing mid November.
Enjoy this editorial with Jodi Lee and don't forget to check out the new stock here at www.lamodeswim.net and the links on each of the pic's below will directly take you to the brands.
Photography by Geoffrey Chuah
Make-up by Frances Fraser
You Can't Stop Me
Never Ending Story
Autumn is very much upon us us down here in Sydney, Australia but that doesn't mean we still can't enjoy one last swim shoot for LaMode magazine. This editorial was shot way up on the Northern Beaches, Palm Beach to be exact. With the very charming Phoebe from Vivienne Models, I had the amazing Lisa Blue loan me the swimwear so once I had all the ingredients for the shoot all I had to do was drive up to my location........ and what a beautiful location it is to. As you will see in the following editorial the endless beauty of what I had to work with was just limitless.
I am about to take a break from shooting swimwear for a bit or at least till I can find warmer weather to work with. So that means LaMode Magazine will be bring you more fashion and culture editorials in the near future. But till that happens, this is the "Never Ending Story"
Swimwear: Lisa Blue
Photographer: Geoffrey Chuah
Make-up and Hair: Eve Lyn
Model: Phoebe Walton@Viviens Models
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