Kristi Curiali Penthouse® Test Shoot

When I was a contributing photographer for Penthouse® magazine I would receive e-mail’s and calls from models who would like to know how they could become a Penthouse® Pet. Kristi Curiali contacted me to requested that I test her for Penthouse®. I agreed once I had seen images of her as I thought she would be a good candidate. When shooting for Penthouse® you had to get Bob Guccione to like the girl so that you had a commission to shoot a layout for the magazine. It was a bit of a crap shoot but at that time I had an online members website so if the images were not going to be published in Penthouse® the model and myself would use them for each of our websites. The day Kristi was in Los Angeles she called me to let me know where she was staying and room number. I got all my gear together that I would need for the shoot and I also took with me some of my model wardrobe, this is a must if you want to shoot for Penthouse® you have to know how to do styling for a shoot as it’s not all about photographing a naked model you need to tell a sexy story. There are also some items that Bob Guccione liked in his shots & some-things you were told not to use or photograph, so you have to know his taste in styling at that time. Bob Guccione liked big clucking jewelry and erotic costumes. I was shooting for Penthouse® not photographing the girl next door for Playboy® that would...

Sexy Girl Postcards

         This story is about my advice on shooting post cards and how it worked by helping to get me started in shooting sexy girls and getting my photography and name out there. There is a need for sexy looking girls on postcards and the models are also looking for a way to get published so they could use the cards to send to companies to see about getting their attention. I still get my cards sent to me from people who find them all over the world and I am very flattered that people take their time to do this. The card of Kelly in the USA swimsuit standing under a pier in South Laguna, California is a one-off shot as that pier was washed away in a storm so I can never shoot that view again, as you can see the card company took the background out and used a closeup of the stars from the swimsuit as the background. In the popup you can view the image as I shot it with my camera with the original background still there. The other postcard of the model in the black wetsuit looking swimsuit shot is also under the same pier. The other two cards I shot was under another pier in Newport Beach, California, one of the images I used with tungsten film which gave a blue look, the popup image I have color balanced it for a normal daylight look. The girl with the yellow surfboard is Playboy® Playmate Nikki Zering when she first started out as a model. When shooting new shots I would shoot...

Sports Illustrated swimsuit Calendar Shot

I had met this lovely looking woman at a car wash and talked with her about modeling. She had been approached before but nothing became of it. I informed her of some of the models that I had worked with and knowing of some of the names of the model’s herself she decided to come see me at my studio to talk about a day to go and shoot some images. I had a client that was very interested in some new swimsuit shots for a calendar and so I set a day and time to shoot a sexy swimsuit shot of this fabulous new model. We went down to the Newport Beach, CA pier to shoot early in the morning and the sun was coming from the Left of the image and in order for me to get some softer light we moved to the underside of the pier, the light under the pier is what we call open shade. I had a small silver reflector to add more reflected light on the model from the other side. Now the trick for exposure is open up your f stop by ½ a stop so you expose for the shadow detail. In doing this you might get a bit of a hard highlight on the body with the sun but I think it works. I found that the structure under the pier gave me very hard lines in my background which looked masculine that then gave the curve shapes of the model’s body more femininity. This is a quick way to get a super shot if you don’t use...

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...

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...