Catsuit on location with Carrie Stevens

I had seen this group of buildings and thought I would go there to see if I could use them as a back drop for some fashion shots. So, to get my idea started I went there to scout out the location and take some photos so I could send them to the model and also look at the lighting to see what I would need to take with me on that location. I had in my mind to shoot a model with this sexy black catsuit which I thought would make for a super fashion shoot. I had an e-mail from Playboy® Playmate Carrie Stevens about getting together for a shoot and I thought that she might like to go on location with me for my idea. So, I informed her about this great location I had found and that I also had this fabulous sexy catsuit I would like to shoot her in. Carrie thought it was all good and we set up a date to shoot. After thinking about what I was going to use at the location I also thought about how much time I would be able to get there before somebody would ask what I was doing. Now it is best to find out if you can shoot on a location but as this was open to the public I was thinking of the people who were going to be just walking about as I did not want to make some disturbances. So, about 20mins was about the time I thought I could get. I set up my camera with my portable ring...

Barbara Moore Playboy®Playmate Burlesque

My big tip when working with a model is talk and assist them in pose’s don’t just let the model go. I am fortunate to have a seasoned Playboy® Playmate to work with on this shoot, Barbara has many poses that she has used from her ongoing work with Playboy® and other photo assignments, that is what helps make a seasoned model. This story is about how I set up a swing and made my images look like a trapeze artist with Playboy® Playmate Barbara Moore. My first thoughts were how to go about making it safe to be on a swing and what outfit I should use. When working on a new project or set of images one of the things I like to do is think of the story line & have a starting point and an end point. You don’t just shoot and hope for the best shots to show up it’s not luck of the draw. I did find a corset which was black and white striped & I also found some stocking’s that had black and white strips on them. I had a white bower and white shoes that also went well together so things were looking good for the outfit. Now for the swing, I made it out of plywood and covered it with foam and black cloth I had drilled holes in each corner for the ropes to go through and twisted the two on each side together into one cord on each side leading up to clips that would go to rings that were in the rafters in the celling of...

Claudia Christian Celebrity Headshot

  "Claudia Christian Celebrity Headshot" - Story Behind the Picture   When shooting a celebrity portrait, you will find that you are not given a lot of time, you will probably get maybe about one hour if you’re lucky. My advice is to get to the location and set up before your client is due to be onset, also know what lighting setup you are going to use. Do some research on the look of the client and work out what would be the best lighting for that client and what they will expect from you. It could be PR photos, book cover or an image that they might use at a signing for fans. If you have been commissioned you have free range to set up your lighting the way you see the celebrity, just make sure it’s something they would also like as well if you have never shot with them before. You do run the risk that they might not like your look for them which will translate into not liking you. One of the things I like to do if I can, is to use some of the natural light in the shot if I am on location, or I just make it about my lighting to just look like it’s a studio shot. Now for these set of images of TV Sci-Fi star Claudia Christian of Babylon 5, I was asked to her home in LA. I was able to look around and I found a great spot in her living room that had a tapestry on the wall with a fabulous chandelier hanging...

Penthouse® Pet Prinzzess Sahara in Ring Light

     I received a lot of e-mail requesting how to work with a ring-light and why would you use one. Shown below (image) is the right light I use and as you can see it’s got a large strobe light inside the front part of the product. The strobe is behind a plastic window which in my opinion is a good thing as its protected if you happen to knock it. Also, inside are some LED’s which you can switch on to use as a modeling lights which help's you to see your subject, and the LEDs have 3 different brightness. This will not affect the strobe light exposure as that has a lot more power than the LEDs. On the back, there is a power on button and also a way to control the amount of power by moving the ring dial around & as you do this it goes up and down in third stop incremental to adjustable the power. The total power output is 400ws. There is also a test button to make sure that the light is working. It has a big battery on the bottom which you charge up with a transformer. Having a battery makes this strobe portable so it’s a go any were light. On the side, you have a way to plug into the strobe to sink it with your camera, one is a PC cord input and one is a USB, there is also included a socket for a remote control. I like to use a PC cord which then connects to my camera by the hot shoe mount, sometimes...

Yvette Nelson Black Angel Wings

I was working with Model/actress Yvette Nelson for a shoot on location in California, when on the way there I had seen that some trees off to one side of the freeway in a field that had been burnt down and I thought we could stop off to shoot there using the tree’s as a backdrop. I am always looking for an opportunity to find something that peeks my interest plus in the back of my head I thought that if I did not stop and shoot now and came back later it might not look the same. It just so happened I had with me some black angel wings that a client had given me from a Halloween shoot which I could use for this location. I used a Canon digital SLR camera with a Tamron 28-75mm zoom lens F4.5 60sec ISO 100. I think I could have used a 50mm on the camera as it was a crop sensor so it was acting like an 85mm when you looked down the lens, but working with my Tamron 28-75mm. I could zoom in and not move from the spot where I was standing as not to mess up the ground if I had walked over it. I did use a strobe for a main fill light to give a bright look as Yvette was in the shade with her back against the light coming from behind. You can see light on top of her head which is the sunlight and it’s also coming through the trees. The time of the shoot was about 3.15pm in the afternoon so...

Barbara Moore Playboy®Playmate Beach Sweater

I use to shoot most of the content images for Playboy® Playmate Barbara Moore for her members website which is no longer available! As a working photographer I used to come up with idea's that are inspired by something or place depending on what I am thinking about & photographing a lot of very sexy girls is always part of my mix. I was requested some time back to shoot some images of Dita Von Tease & her people wanted me to shoot something like the Marilyn Monroe images that had been taken of her on the beach in a sweater. That project never came to pass so I kept that thought in my head so one day when I found one of my sister’s sweater’s I thought it would be a great for Barbara to wear at the beach and seeing this sweater it came back to me about the Marilyn Monroe shots, time to do the sweater idea.      There is this beach in Malibu California and I had shot at before, so I know what was there to use as a backdrop. It also happens to be the spot were Herb Ritts shot many time's, it’s like the goto place for the photographers that are in the know. I had shot Barbara with direct sunlight many times before and she looks fantastic when shot that way posing into the golden sunlight. Just in the case I needed some of my own light I took with me a strobe that was able to kick out about 200-watts. This strobe (Q-Light) has a great recycling time it's very...