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...

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...

Platinum magazine “Marry-Go-Round”

We shot at about 4.30pm with a Hasselblad® camera and a 150mm lens. I used TRX 400 shot at 100 ASA. My exposure was 60sec F-8 so I could get the lights to glow in my images that were on the ride. We did the B/W film processing in my darkroom and made all of the prints for the publication. As you can see the shots came out fantastic! I was interviewing two new model’s that came by my studio and with talking with one of the girl’s I found out that she was a dancer. I asked if she had done any nude modeling and would she be interested if done tastefully. I told her about this magazine "Platinum" that was looking for European style soft nude images and that they are also paying a nice model fee. The idea I had was to shoot on a location were a fairground was the backdrop. I found a fairground and when talking with them they said that I could show up and shoot the day before the opening to the public. I called my lawyer to see if I would have any issues as I was going to be shooting some nudity, he informed me that if any one complains I should know when to rap the shoot. On the day of the shoot as I was getting ready two guys with red shirts on came over to me to told me that I could not shoot at this location, I informed them that I had permission from the fairground owners to shoot the model on the ride. They...

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...