Quick wrap-up of the images from the shoot with fitness model, Leah. We were able to work through several looks quickly in the period of an afternoon. Leah was great, patient and awesome to work with. Working together, we were able to capture almost every look we planned out prior to the shoot with minimal downtime in between setups.
Recently I had the chance to work with Leah, a fitness model, on some portfolio photos. The idea was to shoot some images that showed her feminine side as well as her commitment to fitness and strength training. After talking, I thought for a while about ideas that would work for her in that theme. One of the concepts was to do an homage to the famous Robert Mapplethorpe portrait of Lisa Lyon, a female body builder from the early 1980's. I showed Leah the image and she agreed it would be a fun challenge to take on at the shoot.
Leah was extremely patient as we set up the shot. It took myself and the stylist adjusting the veil about 20-30 times in-between shots until we were able to get it to make the correct shape around her face. The lighting was an Octodome in front of the model and a large Softbox behind the model to fill in the background for separation. There was also a silver reflector behind the model's head to bring some fill light into the black fabric.
In comparison, it's amazing to see the amount of strength and beauty both models brought into the images. Leah has very sculptural, romanesque facial features so I made a decision to keep the lighting at a lower angle in order to make sure her face was lit. Leah recently got a tattoo of a peacock feather on her left shoulder, so I added one as an element to give the image a touch of her personality.
I had a great opportunity to run a second camera on Ben's set for the video shoot for Far Far Away's new song "Back Into Blue." We ended up shooting at a very cool 1970's mansion out in the hills. As we wrapped the last shot for the video, Jamey (the singer) was patient enough after a long day, to let me do a quick 120 second portrait session with him. The sun was beginning to set and the lighting in the room was great, making a softbox effect through the window covering.
Pt.2 featuring selected images of the season 3 cast of Myrtle Manor! It's hard to pick a few favorites, below I have selected images of Jessica, Kevin, Amanda, Anne, Roy & Roxy.
Did a quick session with up-and-coming photographer/model Jordan. The sun was out but the snow was still on the ground. Jordan braved the elements and hiked a mile in vintage clothing, she's a trooper! Image on the left- natural light, Image on the right- natural light with a flash fired into an umbrella for fill light on the face.
A few months ago I got a phone call inquiring if I was interested in shooting the cast for a TLC show called Myrtle Manor. I spent five minutes watching some clips of the show online and I knew I wanted to work with the cast almost immediately. I can't say enough about how fantastic the cast and crew of Myrtle Manor were to work with on the shoot. It's hard to pick a few favorites, but below I have selected images of Bandit, Ms. Peggy, Brock, Brittney, Jared and Chelsey. Setup was a large Octodome camera right, two strobes with reflectors pointed at the backdrop and a single strobe bounced into a silver reflector camera left for fill. Be sure to check out the season premiere February 26th on TLC! Pt.2 Coming soon!
Worked out a couple of lighting ideas for an upcoming model shoot that I am very excited about. This is one of the test images that turned out well. Shot with a single flash, no attachments- in front of the test model while a fan was blowing her hair just below eye level.
My new book Below The Surface is now available for purchase below.
Below the Surface explores the tenuous balance of growth, transformation, death, and decay, using the magnitude of the seen as a gateway to the hidden and undiscovered. It calls to our most ancient and primal self, speaking of trails to be trod, hunts to be ventured, and dark leafy worlds to be explored—all just Below the Surface.
Read the inspired intro to Below The Surface by Joel Rudnick below.
The forest is a place where we find ourselves alone. A place where we feel compelled to explore, to search without a goal, and tread without apparent realization. It comes naturally to us, this pull. We do not wonder why we are in it, but succumb to it nonetheless—to the mystery of its depths.
This place of deep inquiry has no hierarchy, no authority of which to speak. In it we are confronted with the enigma of self, and its relations—foot to rock, eye to horizon, and nose to decaying, unfettered leaf. Our self is revealed and deconstructed in our succumbing to our journey. In this place, humanity’s primordial being developed and is summoned back to in its re-entry. We are re-exposed to our fundamentals.
We have learned much traveling the forests, and forgotten much in becoming sedentary. If our feet do not, our mind wanders and weakens. If we are not active, our bodies fall into disrepair. We encountered strangers in menace and strangeness by necessity, both threatening and sustaining our livelihood. We learned to remember where camp was, and its centrality of warmth and the promise of our kin’s embrace. We learned the dichotomies of life: territory known and unknown, friend and foe, order and chaos.
In this place where we formalized our behavior and its multiple intricacies, art deconstructs that formalization. Herein, the art of photography is most poignant: its abstraction is that of the artist’s visual space. Like memory that is a piece of time, photography freezes mutability into thin slices. The memory repeatedly revisited becomes an integral and implicit part of self, while one repressed is resisted equally so. The two, the repeated and the repressed, ultimately have equal weight in our behavior and decision, in who we are.
Likewise, Below the Surface explores the tenuous balance of growth, transformation, death, and decay, using the magnitude of the seen as a gateway to the hidden and undiscovered. It calls to our most ancient and primal self, speaking of trails to be trod, hunts to be ventured, and dark leafy worlds to be explored—all just Below the Surface.
Had a great time working with the cast and crew of Myrtle Manor Season 3! A cast of 18 is a lot of work to shoot in one day, I could not have made this shoot happen without the support of a fantastic crew including (but not limited to) Adam and Becky. I will post additional photos and share stories about the cast as we get closer to the season 3 premier. Be sure to check out Myrtle Manor Season 3 premiering February 26th on TLC!
Leaf Study LI, from the upcoming book Below The Surface.