Daniel had come across my site, noticing that I had a way with skin and light. He was undertaking a new business venture, designing custom, ornate, elaborate pieces of silver jewelry. The pieces themselves were being constructed by artisans in Mexico using ancient techniques passed down through many generations.
He wanted images that were fairly stark, dark, arresting and uncluttered with wardrobe. Hi-lighting the pieces themselves and the women that were wearing them.
We spent a day in the studio with two models, shooting maybe 30 pieces. I’d never seen anything quite like the work that he was producing and I love the images that we all got together.
Have a look at his site here: http://drjulienne.com/
I met Erica through a girl I was dating. She’s a country western singer based in the Bay Area at the time. I’m not sure where, if anywhere, she’s based now. Seems like she’s always on the road. She’s slowly but surely climbing the success ladder. Touring extensively in the U.S. as well as internationally in New Zealand, Australia, and South East Asia. Her latest album, “The Walk of Shame” is solid. This girl is going places.
Track her down here: www.ericasunshinelee.com
A while back I was contacted by designer Julia Burnbaum, owner of Jules Elin to shoot her fall line of coats and jackets. I did a little research and learned about her company and was very impressed. Everything is manufactured in San Francisco, sweat shop free, with organic and recycled materials. Not only are her pieces socially and environmentally conscious, but they are beautiful. I managed to get a few pieces for friends of mine and they’re constantly berated when they wear the stuff. They’ve become unwitting ambassadors for her line. Keep an eye on Julia, she’s going places.
On to the shoot! We used my property as our location. We knew that the end of August could be warm but we had no idea that we’d be in store for a heat wave. You can imagine shooting heavy cotton jackets and coats in 98° weather can be a little challenging. For both our talent and our crew. Bara, my makeup artist was constantly dealing with the shiny! We shot in early morning light and late afternoon light. Taking a break in between to go to a local brew pub, Buffalo Bills, for a bite and a few beers. Not a bad way to spend a hot hot day. At least I got to wear shorts and a tee shirt ;-)
Styling by Jeanne Marie Masson, Makeup by Bara Krejcikova
In trying to determine where to begin this exercise in story telling, I started scrolling backwards through archives of my images. About two years ago, I adopted the rather standard method of naming my images starting with the date. Such as: 2009_09_29_imagename.psd Files named like this will always appear in chronological order. Rather handy. The shoot of Jamie that follows is the first one where I adopted this standard for my own work, so, this is where I’ll start.
So, two years ago, I was contacted by the E Entertainment Network. They were looking for a photographer to put together a fashion shoot for a subject on a new reality show that they were filming. The show was called “Extreme Dr. 90210″. It was a collection of rather extreme uses of plastic surgery. All related to medical or social circumstances as opposed to purely aesthetic. I believe that this was the first and only episode to air. The subject I was working with, Jamie, was a transgender woman who underwent facial feminization surgery as part of her transition from a man to a woman. I believe she had seven separate procedures. I think the shoot went rather well. Still some pretty striking images.
Styling by Jeanne Marie Masson, Makeup by Stacy McClure, Photo Assistant: Brian Stevens
It’s been quite a while since I’ve made an attempt at blogging. Mainly because I’ve fallen in love with Tumblr. If you’re not familiar, Tumblr is a super simple, micro blogging platform and community. Have a look to the right ——–> Those are my most recent Tumblr posts. I can toss up just about any image or thought, from my Mac or iPhone instantly. The social aspect of it is a great motivator. People can “like” your post, re-blog it, ask questions, etc, etc. Some of my images have hundreds of notes associated with them and that feels pretty cool. The fact that people are connecting with my work in some way, even if it is some teenaged girl in the U.K. that adores the undies that the model is wearing, is rewarding. (Yes, I like having my ego stroked, and supposedly artists are notoriously insecure. Meh, not so much. . .)
In other news, I’ve started a Facebook fan page, aka, the Facebook Spam Wagon. So go “Like” me, pat me on the head. I do appreciate and notice every single like. And thank you.
So, back to the return to WordPress. A while ago I was thinking about the fact that there is a story behind every photo shoot. This blog seems like a good place to expound upon that. Instead of tossing about single images, I’ll feature a handful of favorites and outtakes from specific shoots and talk a little about the back story. Maybe some technical info as well, because people like to geek out on that stuff. I’ll probably start back aways and recap memorable shoots from the last year or so. Hopefully someone will find this interesting. The fact that this outdated blog still gets a good bit of traffic seems to say that there is an audience out there. Lets see what happens!
You should really come shoot with us!