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Portraits

Victoria’s Dare – BTS

A BTS video from our recent session with Victoria Dare. We targeted three distinct looks with lighting changes throughout the session. Make-up by Nataly Fosberry and hair by Paige McClure. Victoria’s full image gallery can be found here.

Victoria's Reel

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April Lynn at Light & Sand Studios

We recently shot a new face in the studio and mixed in some editorial looks too. Our model was April Lynn Neuman and “M.U.A.H by Taryn” supported us with looks. You can find our BTS video here.

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Marissa

Marissa

Every once in a while, we’ll have one of those photo sessions where we get a broad spectrum of looks from our model and make-up artist. Our session with model Marissa P. and make-up artist Jazzmene was one of those sessions. We started off with a girl-next-door nude make-up look (with a hair fan thrown in for good measure). From there we moved to a high key beauty look with Marissa’s hair pulled back and tight to her head. Then the hair came back down and we added a men’s white dress shirt with two different lighting scenarios. Gorgeous natural North light and a studio set-up. From there a ballerina sequence (Marissa was a dancer) again shot first in natural North light then with a different studio light configuration. Rounding for home, we had Marissa in several gowns as we shot a Hollywood 30’s/40’s noir look, finished in both color and b&w. Our last look almost didn’t happen as we intended on shooting this look but had forgotten to include it and the participants had all packed up and were leaving when we remembered. We had a beautiful blue scarf, which Marissa wrapped around her head and we placed her against a jet black felt in front of the natural light we have streaming into the studio.

To see our work visit Marissa’s gallery comment on your favorite from the series. We’ll have a BTS video from this session up soon.

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Scarlet at Light & Sand Studios

Here’s a behind the scenes video from our recent session with Scarlet. We had fantastic hair & make-up support from “CJ” Jetphukthai. This was the first time I had worked with CJ and I was very pleased with the results we achieved. That’s Scarlet’s mother you see hovering in the background. It was a real family affair! This was only Scarlet’s second attempt at modeling. She was a little nervous at first, but by halfway through the session she loosened up and started having fun.
You can see Scarlet’s complete gallery here.

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Susanne

We had a great studio session with a new model today. Susanne came down from Los Angeles to shoot a beauty concept. We had fantastic support from a new make-up artist – Jessie Marie Bealer. I’ve just started post on the images, but the full gallery can be found here. Here’s a teaser image. We’ll be adding to the gallery throughout the week. Stay tuned…

 

Also posted in Models, Studio shoot

My time with Lynn

Lynn with North Light

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time with model Lynn Sanchez in the studio. Lynn is a make-up artist who wanted to get some images of herself. This was more of a test shoot as we had never worked together before. Lynn’s session was a bit different from my previous shoots in as much of her alternative type look. The goal of this shoot, (besides getting to know each other) was to explore different looks we could get with minimal wardrobe & make-up investment. Additionally, I wanted to contrast natural light against my studio light set-ups.

At this writing, I’m still running post on these images, but you can see our work at her gallery here.

Also posted in Models, Studio shoot

Winter In Southern California

Nickie at Bolsa Chica

Winters are tough in So. Cal.

 

Well, all I can say is it’s a good thing I didn’t make any New Years resolutions to post more frequently to this blog. This entry is all about how tough we have it here in Southern California when winter rolls around. As I write this, the N.E. area of the United States is gripped by sub-zero, life threatening temperatures. So you can imagine my trepidation when a group of photographers from a Flickr pool, O.C. Strobist, decided to trek down to the beach in the dead of winter last weekend.

Conditions were good with a minus tide and a mild Santa Ana wind forming. We met up with our talent around 3:30 and scrambled over some rocks to, (of course a restricted area) on the beach. Where else would a photog be drawn to but an area that says KEEP OUT! The images in this gallery were shot on Saturday, Jan 22nd, 2011.

My plan was to execute a shot list in order to compile a melancholy fusion piece, but of course, with all the hardware and grip that I hauled down to the beach, the shot list and a key piece of “paper” was lacking among the 50 pounds of image making equipment. I cobbled together some shots so I could at least try to produce the “mood” I was looking for. You can see that short here.

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Help Portrait 2010 (O.C. style)

The 2010 O.C. Help Portrait team

 

O.C. Help Portrait 2010

Well, after about six seeks of planning 60 or so Orange County, CA volunteers made up of photographers, make-up artists, hairstylists, and technical people all came together on Dec. 4th in three cities to make free portraits for families in transition. I say “transition” because now having done the shoot, “in need” or “less fortunate”  doesn’t properly describe the families and individuals whose photographs we made that day. The folks I met with and whose photographs we took were all transitioning  from a rough patch to a better place. Our “clients” could not have been more appreciative and thanked the volunteers over and over again for what they were doing. In total, we made portraits for 404 people, either as individuals or family groupings in three different O.C. cities.   

Our O.C. team consisted of people who had participated in last year’s event and some HP newbies, (your’s truly counted amongst the newb’s.) In all, we had   

·         42 photographers
·         6 Make Up Artists / hairstylist
·         6 greeter/escorts
·         A local, well-known caterer supported us with fantastic food and a donation to the O.C. Rescue Mission.
The prints are being produced now, as I write this and should be delivered to our “clients” by the end of this week. This was a very rewarding opportunity, and I felt honored to be a small part of it. I encourage anyone who reads this to get involved with next years Help Portrait event which has already been scheduled for Dec. 3rd, 2011. 
Also posted in Help Portrait, Location shoot

Nov Models Studio Session

Liz with hatShot a studio session this last weekend with two local Orange County models, Liz and Hannah. Liz is the brunette and Hannah the “fiery” redhead.  We planned to do a “combo burrito”, (my term for 50% studio, 50% location shoot, but as luck would have it, it POURED! I mean, c’mon we’re famous for never having any rain here in So. Cal. But we made the best of it and stayed indoors.

We had a great time and the girls were very easy to work with and did a GREAT job. We played “Name that Band” with 80’s music poppin’ in the background, (I think I won).  Turns out Hannah is a singer too, (she won that contest). Images from the shoot can be found here

 To see a video of the shoot click here.

Also posted in Models, Studio shoot

Help Portrait Planning

Well, we’re less than a month away from the Help Portrait 2010 event. Here in Orange County we’ll be supporting the Orange County Rescue Mission and the Orangewood Foundation. Our second planning meeting is this evening at 7:00 PM at the Wedding Pantry in Tustin.

To help the organizers in the various cities around the world, Jeremy Cowart (Help Portrait founder) has started doing weekly hour long planning conversations through Creative Live. The first of these live broadcasts was this morning at 8:00 am Pacific. This morning’s topic was how to find a non-profit to support through Help Portrait. Future topics include, making the portraits, printing and distributing the results.

I know to many this may seem like a small thing. But I encourage you to get involved. You never know how one picture may improve someone’s life. If appropriate, I’ll edit this post later with details from our meeting this evening.

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