Carrie Stevens Rock & Roll Bunny

I had so many e-mail requests to shoot another sexy image of Playboy Playmate Carrie Stevens that I thought I would go back to my bunny series and shoot another bunny idea with her. This time I would shoot on a black backdrop and the challenge was to get the model to stand out away from the background with some rim lighting. So, in these shot’s I used blue light for a bit of a Rock & Roll theme. I asked Carrie if she would be up for another bunny look, which she said she would love to do. I set up a black back drop and placed two strip lights on each side of her behind were she would be standing. I needed the Carrie to be well away from the backdrop so that the front light would drop off and not light up any of the black backdrop as I wanted it to stay black or have a wash of the blue light. In the two strips lights I had placed a blue gels over the lights so that they would kick out the blue light. I then had a ring light set up to the front of her for my main light. The exposure was F8 at 125sec ISO 200 for the front light and the back-side lights were about ½ a stop brighter and with the back lights pointed right at the camera we had to look out for flare. So, we used some cards on each side of her to stop this from happening. The camera I use for the shoot was a Canon...

Irina Voronina Playboy® Playmate Beach Shoot

Let’s talk about these shots on location with Playboy® Playmate Irina Voronina. I had a project for a calendar and needed some swimsuit models in which Irina was one. Now most of the models I have been working with are the top models in Los Angeles and are all on a list of being reliable & professional. There are always new girls that make the list but most of them all know each other and who are the working photographers so it’s a click of who you know. I called Irina and booked her for this shoot & informed her of the location which was at a beach in Santa Monica,CA and that I could meet her there. I also let her know that I was paying the models on the day of the shoot when they had signed a model release after the shoot. She arrived at the location and we took a look at the swimsuits she had with her and picked out the ones we were going to use. Now the day of my shoot at the beach was not the best for sunlight as it was a bit flat (Defused light) so I had to use a strobe as my main light and let the sunlight be my fill light. If you look close you can see the strobe light in the model’s eyes. This also makes for a nice catch light to give a sparkle in the model’s eyes. Working with a Playmate can be fun when they have been shooting with Playboy® for some time as they end up with a lot of...

Roxbury staircase with Playboy®Playmate Barbara Moore

I use to be the photographer & webmaster for Playboy® Playmate Barbara Moore. This involved updating her website with a new gallery of images each week. In this shoot, we had the opportunity to use an apartment in Beverly Hills, California on Roxbury Av. We set up a day to shoot and I arrived at the location and found that the place was very empty so there was a lot of open space to use. I had things for the model to pose on with me so I was not too worried about the fact it was empty. When Barbara arrived, I showed her what we had to use and she got out some of the things she was going to wear for the shoot. I had seen on the way in a staircase that lead into the location which was perfect for some other shots with Barbara in her black boots and a very sexy black outfit. At the top of this staircase was a fantastic chandelier light which I wanted to have in some of my shots to offset Barbara standing at the foot of the stairs. So I set up a strobe that would bounce off the wall in front of the staircase. This strobe would then cover the staircase with light as if it was coming in like soft daylight. I wanted to use as much day light along with my light for a natural lighting look. I was going to be using a slow shutter speed of 80sec @ F5.6 and that would work for what I was looking for as there was a...

Emily Marilyn “The Queen of Kink”

I received an e-mail from model Emily Marilyn “The Queen of Kink”, about shooting some new content for her website. Emily has a member only website where you can see all her sexy S&M bondage images. emilymarilyn.com I was very interested in shooting with her as I also had a member’s website at the time and would like to feature her posing for some naughty images for my members to review. Having shot for Penthouse® magazine over the years, I am very good at shooting content for erotic magazines and members only websites so I was looking forward to this shoot. We set up a time and place in Los Angeles at a hotel on the Sunset Strip. I arrived at the hotel with my gear in a suitcase so I would not draw attention to myself as I was going to be shooting in one of the rooms with a very sexy model. Now knowing that I had to keep my gear small I only packed one light with a large soft-box as I was going to be shooting in the morning where I would have some natural light to work with. Once in the room I looked at the outfits Emily had with her and we decided were in the room we would shoot. I set up my soft-box coming from the direction of the main window so that it looked just like I was only using the natural light. In the images, you can see that the main light is lighting Emily from the one side with the other window behind her. I was able to...

Mariel Gomsrud Magazine Headshot

How do I shoot a clean head shot that looks like it’s out of the pages of a magazine like Harper’s Bazaar. I always have a good laugh when I read or hear about portrait photographer who will say that they only work with natural light. What they are saying is that they don’t know how to use lights in a studio, don’t be one of these guys! Now I have many setup’s for shooting a beauty/fashion head shot in the studio. I will talk today about a 2-light setup. Yes, you will only need 2-lights to do this. I start with the main light that is placed onto a boom stand so that I can have the light hanging down in front of the face. This way the stand is not in the way of the face or camera. Once you have this set-up so that the reflection of the light will show up in the eyes of the model you are in the right spot. Next, I will place a silver card or a white card under the chin of the model just low enough not to be seen in the camera. This way the light coming out of the light on the boom stand onto the face is now being bounced back under the face. This will soften the shadows under the nose, eyes and chin of the model by filling in with light. If you wish you can also place white cards on each side of the face.      Now you have that light set up its time to think about the white backdrop behind...