9th – 11th October, 2013 After having spent a couple wintry months at “home” in Australia it was finally time to thaw out by heading back HOME to Asia. As usual Thailand was the first target of attack and also as usual I left organising model shoots to the last minute (hard to do anything else when you only book your airfare a week in advance). What wasn’t usual about this trip however was the level of help that sprung out of the woodwork as soon as I did get my dates sorted.
This post is from a nude shoot back in January 2009 with the amazing fashion model Karelle. We'd had some hiccups getting this shoot to happen but when we finally got our stuff together and organised a shooting date it paid off with one of the most fruitful days of shooting ever.
Long overdue for the focus of an article is this all time classic shoot with the amazing Jess, aka Jay D. What makes it an all time classic? Well seeing as you asked... It's mainly all because of one shot that came out of it. It's one of my most popular images of all time, easily in my top 5. It's become a bit of a joke with Jess as this image keeps popping up all sorts of odd places (due to royalty free stock sales). From book covers, to nightclub flyers to print ads, even a perfume, Flourish used it as it's main promotional image.
A blast from the not too distant past now when I feature some new edits and old faves of another model who I wanted to work with for a long time and who was absolutely fantastic to work with when I got the chance. Well all apart from the choice of a feed at McEvils (after, I think) the shoot. But hey the 80/20 rule is a good one with food I reckon, so I'm just going to go ahead and assume that splurge was the 20%. I had a massive steak and a bit too much alcohol today anyway so it's not like I can talk...
In this post I'm going to collect a few images from several shoots I did with two models over my most recent trip to Asia. The setting is various locations around the town of Sihanoukville, Cambodia and the girls are a pair of local girls who have never worked as models before or with any other photographers. It's not that I'm trying to keep them to myself. It's just that it turns out there's not much of a photographic community in small ex-fishing villages in Cambodia. Who would have thought?
Ok, before I get stuck into the tutorial I've got a quick challenge for those of you photographically minded: have a look at the shot, look at the shadows and have a guess yourself at what lighting setup I used, then read on to see if you are right! The reason I thought I'd do a quick lighting tutorial on this particular image here as it's probably the number one image I get asked about in terms of technique used in the lighting setup. These questions often come with explanations of attempts made or theories as to what the setup was. I've had every theory under the sun thrown at me, some with up to 6 lights coming from various angles at varying strength ratios through various modifiers etc
Another republish of an older shoot this one is from November 2011. A couple weeks ago through an unfortunate set of occurrences I ended up meeting a couple pretty cool people. The first is Nardia, the model in this shoot. She ended up being a substitute called in at the last second when things went spectacularly awry with the first model. The second being Ian Barclay, the excitable Scottish bloke who is himself a decent snapper, model psychologist, impassioned shirt connoisseur (trust me, you don't want to wear a Hawaiian shirt in front of this guy) and finally the owner of the resort these images were shot at. The beautiful Serene Sands Health Resort.
Ok, here we have a behind the scenes picture of the lighting setup for one of my favourite shoots of all time: my first water throw shoot with Jacinta. First off a word about the setup. You don't really want to be throwing water around a photographic studio, for obvious reasons. I personally normally set up at a dance studio which is on the third floor of an urban building complex so naturally my normal studio facilities, along with most of you, wouldn't be adequate for this. The simple answer? A mate's back deck.