Swimsuit Shoot On Location

How I used my go-to on location set up for this assignment. What you will need to use to get shots like mine on location is a camera, tripod & reflector. Best to have your model’s makeup and hair done before you get to the location if you don’t have a budget to have a makeup artist for the day. I did have the budget for a makeup artist (Model in the Yellow bikini) to be with me for the day. Model Fee: $1200. Day. - Makeup & Hair: $500. Day - Assistant: $250. Day. My advice is to find a location (Spot) that is far away from people, or if you can find a private beach that is even better. Best not to have any people about when working to get a fabulous shot of a hot girl's in sexy swimsuit's. As you just might get onlookers if you draw attention to yourself and if you did not have the permission to shoot at that location you could have an issue. Today we have party pooper's that will rain on your Parade. The WOKE! For some of these shot's we went to one of my favorite beach’s in South Laguna CA. It was a bit of a walk to the spot where we planned to shoot, but well worth it!  At that spot we had found there was some shade to work with for soft light, being at the location two hours before the sun started to go down I could use the sun by putting the sunlight behind or off to the side of the model so...

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...

Diana Rein Intimate Music Venue

How did I get these great shots of Diana Rein? I have talked about shooting live events before, this time it’s about shooting in an intimate venue. “The Merc” in Temecula California. I had not shot at this location but I was confident that I could pull off another great set of images. One of my magazine contacts got me on the list of photographers for the event & I arrived at the theater just before show time so I could look around to see if I could find the best places to shoot from and what the lighting was like. There are three things you need to know about a small theater. One makes sure you do not get in the way of people that have paid for a seat, find out who is the lighting director so that you might talk with them as they could advise you of the best-known views and what they might be doing with the stage lighting during the show. If there is security at the show let them know who you are and why you are shooting. (Check in) Once you have done all this you might be able to meet the artist who is playing or their people so they know who you are running about taking photos. That way the artist might look your way for some shots as they then know who you are at their show and that your images could end up being published. You might find there are other guys shooting and a lot of them are just people with cameras who are nobodies. But...

Hotel Room – Do not disturb

    I received an e-mail from a producer in Canada that was going to be in Los Angeles and would like to add me to a story he is doing about glamour photographers in LA. His film was to be a documentary of interviews with photographers and their models with some B roll of the photographer shooting a model on location or in their studio. I contacted him back and told him I could do it and that I would have a Playboy® Playmate Barbara Moore as my model to shoot that day and that he could also do an interview with her. He informed me where he and his crew were going to be staying in Los Angeles and I let him know that I would just come over to them and that they could film me shooting in the hotel room and do the interviews right there. I could also give them some of the stills from that shoot, right out of the camera as I was now shooting digital. For this shoot as you could not get that many people in the room I would bring my DP/assistant and one 650 W tungsten light and stand, I did not need a lot of equipment. Barbara Moore was coming on this project with us to help promote her website at the time. We all get to the hotel and it’s just the same as always so no surprise’s there. We set up the light and Barbara got into some very sexy under wear which she would then strip out of as the shoot progressed. I had been...