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.
I was hoping for the water to be a little less choppier when I shot this striking editorial of Courtney. But you can never rely on the mother nature to deliver all your requests in one day "can we now" ?? You usually have to work with what weather conditions you get and in this case it was nice and sunny, and did I say warm as well near prefect conditions for a swim shoot. Gaining inspiration for "Take Me To The Edge" didn't come easy as this has to be my umpteeth swim shoot. Now a days I try and draw inspo from the models that I am shooting, rather than the location and or the swimwear. But I always find it fun capturing and I say capture because when you are shooting with the waves coming in and caressing the models body. It makes it for a some what fun shot to create .......don't get me wrong I love shooting at the beach and I do find it challenging to put together a editorial that is not only eye catching, but will hold you the "reader" long enough to make you want to look at it again and again. That is not easy but that is what every photographer wants to do when he or she picks up there camera and creates.
Push Me to The Edge
Photographer: Geoffrey Chuah
Make-up Artist: Eve Lyn@www.makeupbyeve.com.au
Model: Courtney Pizzimenti@ Chadwicks, Sydney & One Management, NYC
Swimwear by Gpysea
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
I have been out of touch with LaMode magazine of late.
Don't get me wrong I have big plans for LaMode this year and keeping it more up to date than I have over the last 3 months is one of them.
I thought I would kick off the first LaMode editorial, with a culture shoot .....and this shoot has been something I have been wanting to do for a while now and that is walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and document it as I go a long.
As per say I have shot most of it in black and white which is my favourite medium when I shoot culture editorials but I have also thrown in a few colour pic's as well, more so to show how amazing it is to walk over such a beautiful part of Sydney at the time of day I decided to do this, which was around 7pm.
I always think of bridge's as a link to one gate way to another place of heaven so to speak .......as the other side is always going to be different. Anyway enough of my prospective of what a good bridge walk should be, here is my point of view of The Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Fashion is a fun thing isn't it? When you think you have made it you end up being broke and when you think you want to give up .....some tells you to keep going. So for this editorial I used the same model as I did for the LaMode Swim Campaign. Why? I will tell you the answer to that and in one word "Energy" That is what is needed in this industry to survive and to keep going. Which is the reason I have added dresses and jump suits to LaMode Swim Shop.
It wasn't a very hard decision to add apparel to what I already had in swimwear and what I would like to call cross fit wear. That's stuff you can wear to the beach and work out in.
The three brands I have inculded in the apparel section are Mijanou who I stock already, We Are Handsome plus Stevie May. Most of the clothes you can wear to the beach or as a casual outing on the town, depending on your mood. Except for the Mijanou dresses which are made to order. I have inculded six pieces in this editorial. But there are many more on my shop LaMode Swim right here wait for you.
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Stevie May-Lunar Day Dress
Mijanou-Elizabeth Mxi Dress
Stevie May-Melrose Play Suit
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
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