Saturday, February 25, 2012

Everything but the Girl




This is my favorite image from a shoot with my friend Kristin, whose latest artistic project involves singing and writing songs for her band Imaginary Daughter. While sometimes I enjoy doing complex outdoor shoots, this was a simple studio portrait taken with just a large softbox at camera left, up and close to the subject. Why add distractions when the subject can hold the scene all by herself? Nothing else was really needed and even the post processing was kept to a minimum. MUA and assisting by the fast, talented and witty Shannon Colleen. You can find her at VAIN.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Just Shirts. But.


This is my favorite still image from a shoot I did for a fashion company that designs, you probably guessed it, shirts. The most fun part of the shoot was deciding how the shirts should look like, or, better, what should the viewer feel. And who is going to be the viewer? The target customer of the company a +40, married, reasonably wealthy, married guy? One never really sells a shirt. And a shirt is a shirt is a shirt...so we thought that the buyer (most likely his wife or so the marketing research offered) would rather imagine her partner doing cool things rather than being at the office. The look and palette came together shortly after that: a bit of americana, warm colors, old wood, a truck parked somewhere. Yes the shirts have to 'feel' more than just 'look' nice. This is the final result, or..the final result I liked the most, but not the one that made it to the final campaign. Oh well! But how did I get the shot? $20 worth of wood panels painted to make the wood darker, a softbox with extra diffusion from an opaque plexi panel low and inclined behind the shirts (the bottom of the box was flagged) ringflash on camera and two super thin strip lights on the sides. Shot from above. The most important thing? The styling of the shirts done by the always impeccably perfect Kimberly Swedelius. Oh yes, remember to copyright your images once you are done with the shoot. Just saying.