April Scott Bondage Outfit

How did I get these fabulous images of model/actor April Scott? In this wild leather bondage outfit? April and I had set up a date to get together for a shoot in the studio. I wanted to work on some images with the use of color gels to help get a fabulous body shot of April in a very edgy outfit. The outfit we used is made out of leather with studs for a S&M bondage look and as you can see from these images it’s a wild outfit. I set up a black backdrop in the studio and placed one main light on a boom in the front of the April and two half dome softbox's on each side of her, one on the left & one on the right. I placed some orange color gel’s inside of the half dome's (The main image I use blue gel's) it was easy to do as I just taped the gels on the inside of each of the box’s over the heads of the strobes. I made sure that the modeling lights were off so that they would not melt the gel’s by being so close to the lights inside the boxes. I moved these side light’s (half dome’s) around till I had the look I was going for. I did not want the light to be just a back light, I wanted the light to wash over the model. The main front light which was a beauty dish was going to keep the model face nice a bright with out to much of the color gel light bleeding on...

April Scott – Front door!

      How did I get these fantastic images of April Scott Actor/Model? April contacted me about a shoot and we talked about what sort of images we would like to shoot and what was needed. I arranged to be at April’s home in Palm Desert CA. I had not seen her home before so I was going into this shoot blind and would have to think on my feet for what would be the best views around her home for the shots. I had done this sort of shoot before so I was confident in that I could get some great images. I looked around the house, & found that the front door to her home looked fantastic for a backdrop. I think it was the color that was the first thing I spotted then the design. I had a set of clothes that would look good in front of the door and April had a bra that could go with the look we were going for. As we were going to shoot outside in open shade, I needed to bump the exposure up with some sort of fill light but at the same time keep it balanced, I could have done this with a silver reflector but I wanted to have a stronger light that would be constant so I went with my ring-light. You can see in the image of the camera & how I have my rig set up. The camera is on a rail that can move back and forth to get the right balance as I was going to be hand holding...

White Cap® Poster H2O

  Note: At the trade show (World of concert) they ran out of the posters as the guys there went crazy for them. Kelli was there to sign the poster for White Cap®. The company went on to become known for its fabulous promo poster’s till a women’s rights group went and shut their concept of using promo poster’s. Just another insult to women (Models) who make a living looking lovely. I was commissioned to shoot a new poster for a wholesale construction company White Cap®. I had shot two posters for them before so this was going to be my 3nd poster for them. The idea that the owner of the company wanted me to shoot was not the greatest idea but he was the client and you do need to shoot what you are asked to shoot if you want to get paid. I did have some impute but I could not get them to go with my idea’s all the way. So, at the end of the shoot I asked the model to come back the next day and I would shoot my idea of what I thought would make a great shot for the poster. The model Kelli said she would be only too happy to come back and do a re-shoot with me as she also liked my idea of a poster better than the one we had just shot that day. That’s the sort of respect and trust I have from model’s as a professional photographer. We did not inform the client of the re-shoot. This image is what we came up with...

Gretchen Stockdale Pink Bikini

   So how did I get these great shots of Gretchen Stockdale lying on the stones. The stones are light and dark black in color and can be found in any garden center. I had my assistant rub each of the stones with some baby oil to get them to glow and have a nice shine when the light hit them. This made for a much more interesting look on the stones, it’s little things that will help make your shot stand out a bit more than a model just lying there on the stones. I had the pink swimsuit on hand which I thought would look great against the dark stones. The set was out-side in open shade which gave a lot of flat light to work with, I also had a large silver reflector off to one side to bounce some bright light into the space to help with a highlight on Gretchen’s body. We sprayed some water on the stones before the model was laying on them and once she was in the right spot on the stones we also sprayed the model with some water on her as well. The makeup girl also put some baby oil on Gretchen’s body before she was on the stones so that she would be shiny and sexy looking. We placed Gretchen hair around her head and made sure to not just let the hair fall down behind her head. Once we had Gretchen in her place on the stones it was time to work with the position of the camera set up and to focus in on what...

lana Kinnear Australian People Magazine

The Story Behind the Picture this time is about coming up with a cover image and some inside images for an editorial in Australian people magazine featuring Los Angeles model & starlet Lana Kinnear who appeared in the movie Ironman with Robert Downey Jr. After sending the magazine some images of Lana they commissioned me to shoot her for a cover and editorial. For the shoot I wanted to do something that was fun and upbeat so I used this yellow shinny backdrop for the fun shots with Lana in a sexy black swimsuit and I also use a shiny dark blue for some of the editorial inside shots. We shot some other images that had her on a workout bike and also using some light weights.     The lighting was going to be reflex in the backdrop so I would have to think were the lights were going to be placed and also at the same time I would need to highlight her to give some separation from the backdrop. We use a side light to edge her and two large front lights (Half domes) to light her up. As you can see the black swimsuit looks great against the yellow and in the shiny dark blue backdrop we use a white swimsuit this way her body was always front and center. Check out my lighting diagram so you can see how it’s all done. Now here is the kicker I shot this in an apartment living room in Los Angeles, I did not need to rent a studio for this shoot which helped keep my budget down....

Alice Bradley Body Shaping Lighting

I get requests from people on Instagram that would like me to shoot with them but, a lot are just looking for free photo shoots. Many people are posting images of themselves for promotion on Instagram but not of real jobs or work! I also post my work on Instagram because it’s a way of being seen by a lot more people than just my website for promotion. The business of social media is such a big deal now days that is why I do it. My story here is about a model Alice Bradley that sent me a message that she wanted to shoot with me if I was interested in her look and as I have not shot a super fit model in a long time I thought it would be cool if I could get some images for my blog and video channel, So I agreed. Alice Bradley has a super fit body and is very into working out and eating all the right foods to stay young and fit with a positive outlook to life. I set up a day when we could shoot and thought about how I would show off her shape with the use of some side lights and one-half dome soft box for my main light and as you can see in the diagram below, I set the front light a bit to one side of her and used a silver reflector as a fill. I had one half dome and a strip light to the back sides (Left and Right) of her for sharpening that would help make her stand...