Once again, I acknowledge that I’m a TERRIBLE blogger. In my defense, I keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Model Mayhem and e-mail so I feel as though there’s a little bit of leniency ‘wiggle-room’. Moving right along! This past week and weekend was BANANAS. I finished editing a commissioned portraiture session from last week Tuesday, photographed a new face on Friday (details below), and was able to see my photos published for the first time in a legitimate Fashion Magazine. I’ve also gotten a TON of requests for photo shoots from new models, which is always exciting, and am helping my very best (also a photographer) friend get herself acquainted with Model Mayhem as well! I also want to jot down my ideas/themes for shoots all happening before May… and one or three going INTO May, not only do I need to organize mah mind, but I’ve been getting swamped with loads of “what shoots do you have in mind?!” – now, those that have asked me this, don’t get me wrong, it’s totally valid, makes sense, but SO many have asked that I need to get this list out there so I can refer to it on the daily. Ferreal.
I’m just going to take this chance to explain all the things a bit more, but might as well start with the beginning shoot and work my way through the huge list!
My shoot on Friday was geared specifically towards the April issue of Kirameki Magazine. They wanted drama, elegance, poise, fashion, beauty, and above all – the photos MUST be in black and white. Easy enough right? Wrong. Hah. Scheduling hair and makeup is one of the most crucial aspects of any shoot, at least from my experience. After working with professionals in May, I’m officially ruined – spoiled – have to work with them on all of the shoots or it just doesn’t feel as great. I digress. I was able to finaggle two brilliant ladies for hair and makeup, Pang Yang and Pang Vang, look them up, and yes, the similarity in names was not lost on me! Both are incredibly (see above) BRILLIANT. The model – Sinceree – whom I hadn’t worked with prior to this shoot, and myself, kind of for lack of a better word, threw this shoot together in a very small amount of time, maybe a week and a half tops? We started off to a tired start, but the momentum picked up right away! We photographed three gorgeous outfits that the model was able to find (go hug a designer, they’re very fantastic as well) in downtown Milwaukee. After about an hour and a half of shooting and throughout the whole time being asked questions like: “do you have permission to do this?” “what magazine are you from?” (to S.) “are you a REAL model??” and other.. slightly awkward, semi-shoot-derailing comments, we managed to get some stellar shots, that have not yet been released to the interwebs or even the fabulous team, as I JUST got done editing the FIRST outfit’s photos, and there’s ALREADY 50+ shots… that’s the sign of a great collaborationg. I also managed to NOT give my model frostbite for some outdoor shots, we even had a swell “Mary-Tyler-Moore moment” which may or may not have turned out, haha, it was definitely a fun process getting it though, with all of downtown looking in!
I don’t know if models feel like this after a shoot, but I seriously feel like I could take the longest nap ever, just pass out, as soon as I get home, minus that terrible anticipation of waiting for all the RAW files to transfer from my card to my computer, I COULD PASS OUT. Why am I shouting, I have no idea. Sinceree was a great model to work with, she’s a show-stopper, at 6’1″ and then with the added inches of heels, not to mention she’s super photogenic and an all-around down to earth person, it was great, the next shoot we do (oh yeah, there’s going to be a next one) is going to be sick, and great, and just.. yeah.
On this past Sunday the February 2014 issue of Fashion Faces was released on http://www.Issuu.com/fashionfaces/docs/feb-2014/ – now myself and my team have known since October/November that our work/collaboration was going to be published in January or February, but having the actual proof of the digital issue, was something I wanted to wait for before building up too much hype or letting myself get too excited. It turns out they posted 10 photos on 4 spreads, we even were mentioned on the front cover! About 3 days before the issue was published, I was contacted by a member of their staff on facebook with a questionnaire, being the novella writer that I am (see this blog post) it took me about 2 hours to make sure I sounded coherent, gave enough credit to the brilliant team I worked with, and gave all around thoughtful answers to each of the, hah, SEVEN questions. Now, don’t make too much fun of me, those 7 questions looked straight into my soul, I felt like they gave me a once-over and wanted to know all the things and a little extra, hah.
Our shoot was entitled, “Modern Geisha” as that is precisely what it was. I contacted Chelsea Stotts the design wizard behind Moda Muñeca, after listing off several ideas we both thought a modern geisha concept would be something we both could excel at. The fabrics have the Asian flair of elegance and forward-thinking fashion that I was hoping they would. The hair was done by Angelina Galicia, she is absolutely amazing. I know I use words like this one hundred times a post but it doesn’t make it any less true, Karen (the model), her hair looked like it defied gravity, I still can’t fathom how to tie my hair in a fishtail braid, let alone do what she did! The vibrant makeup I had the pleasure of photographing (that lasted for about 4+ hours under bright/hot lights) was done by Angelica Maria Morales of Brown Sugar Beauty Makeup. She’s also the makeup artist for a new Milwaukee television series and has worked on other productions as well! This ‘behind-the-scenes’ team was amazing. I still feel lucky to have worked with them, I’m clearly star-struck. As for the model, Karen, she was one of the most enthusiastic and bright models I have ever worked with. Not only does she have a HUGE passion for Asian culture and art, she is a modeling genius. Every shot was different, her angles were interesting, the composition really formatted itself, while all the time she was fully aware of her light sources and how to best show off the garment. I could go on. Overall, this shoot was a huge success and I was so happy that it was picked up by Fashion Faces Magazine! It was my first publication, as previously stated, and I can’t help myself but be proud of what we all accomplished. The shoot was held at Art Asia in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, full of artifacts and collectibles, an antique paradise.
Onto shoot ideas and who this mysterious photographer friend of mine is!
Now that I’ve had a taste of being published (and am waiting for February 15th, where my work will be featured again, shh! this is the first time I’m saying it online!), I’m gearing all of my TF or ‘trade for’ shoots to be geared towards magazines to gain some more notoriety and exposure, all the while high-lighting the team I work with!
notes: 3 looks within series is required for them to publish your work.
- March: Prismatic Butterfly – model and HMUA have been cast.
- April: Black & White, Film Noir - shoot is COMPLETE, currently in the editing phase.
- June: Pretty Princesses & Wicked Queens - model for a princess and princess HMUA have been cast, looking for 2nd and 3rd looks for wardrobe!
- July: Asian - hah, what are the odds. HAS NOT BEEN CAST
- August: Religion - HAS NOT BEEN CAST
- September: Witches - HAS NOT BEEN CAST (I do have a possible idea and candidate, maybe, still open for takers!)
You may ask yourself, what about May? Well, first off I prefer photographing female models, with the exception of a few male models I’ve worked with in the past. Unfortunately for the gentlemen, they’re who I’m currently focusing on, which brings me back to May. May’s issue is centered around Gay Men and homosexual relationships between men ONLY. I am all for equality, but this borderlines too close to my “un-comfort zone” as far as photography is concerned. I’m not sure this falls within my ‘fashion niche’, nor am I all too interested in overtly sexual or borderline (could be considered) erotic photography, it’s just not what I’m interested in, if it were open to lesbian relationships, I still would not photograph it, what can I say, I know my strengths and am well-aware of my weaknesses, and relationships and sexy shoots, aren’t really one of them, haha. I do however encourage any models or photographers out there comfortable with this type of shoot to give it your all, and good luck on being published!
If you’re a model in my area, South-eastern Wisconsin or willing to travel, these are some magazines you should be aware of, and are also ones I would love to be published in as well:
- Fashion Faces Magazine (Fashion magazine, bright/fresh, predominantly women, independent designers ft.d)
- Beauty Look Magazine (Fashion forward, somewhat exotic, positive thinking, colorful)
- Rebellicious Magazine (Rebellious/alternative/sexy/all around ‘badass’ women, strong, independent)
- Vogue Italia (Vogue Sub-Magazine, still rad, still Vogue, still amazing)
- Dark Beauty (Alternative fashion, dark imagery, highly conceptual at times, fierce, very competitive to get into)
As far as shoots I want to do, just because, that MAY or MAY NOT get accepted into ‘zines, well, there’s quite a bit and they probably look much better in my mind’s eye than I’ll be able to describe here, but, aw what the heck I’ll do it anyway, I’ll post photos of inspirations at the end if I can find any! The ones with italicized words are scheduled, may or may not need outfits, but everything is pretty much underway and exact or rough dates have been determined.
- Cotton Candy/Candy/Cakes Shoot/Marie Antoinette Fashion inspired this one – Model and HMUA has been cast
- Voodoo Witch Doctor – potential model in mind, but nothing in stone
- Winter Fae Creature – Model has been cast – does own styling, dress is in production, wings are being concepted in Twin Cities
- Dark Circus – there were talks of a designer helping me on this one, but I haven’t talked to her since September… I need people!
- Ballerina/Dancer/Whimsical/Tulle Dress
- Retro/Mod Fashion
- Indie/Hipster – model and HMUA cast, model’s idea, February 23rd is the date!
- Seasonal Essence – the.. fantasy solution to what or whom brings about the different seasons.
- Swimsuit – one piece, side cut-outs, bridge/flowy fabric
- HAIR AND MAKEUP!!! Bright/bold/different/natural, EVERYTHING, predominantly headshots, need HMUAs desperately!
- Seven Deadly Sins need wardrobe for sure, everything else too. Lots needed.
- Paper Dolls - paper dress, drawn by me, with styling to look like a doll. Yes. I’m serious.
- Water/Pool dresses, suits, flowers, anything with the model in some kind of body of water, preferrably a pool, less editing
- Smoke - fog, eerie
- Fairy Tales/Grimm Tales - characters from old fables, fairy tales, stories, not Disney, real characters of creepy/beautiful stories
- Casual, semi-Formal, Formal Winter Wear - Commercial photos, easily marketable to potential clients
- Casual, semi-Formal, Formal Spring Wear - Commercial photos, easily marketable to potential clients
- Casual, semi-Formal, Formal Summer Wear - Commercial photos, easily marketable to potential clients
- Bridal wear
- Water/Rain/Wet Styling - Something different/new and not something I’ve already photographed, could be interesting.
- Color/Paint/Pigment - open to all ideas
There’s more. But this is the list I could crank out at 2AM. If you’re a model that I’ve chatted with pertaining to one or more of these shoots: if we have NOT picked a day/or vague date (with the exception of the Cotton Candy Model) message me! I want to get a lot of shoots in between February 22nd and March 20th! Holy cats, this has got to keep me off the hook until AT LEAST the next publication or the next photo shoot Google all of the names I listed, the magazines, the pinterest boards, and message or email me if you’d like to work together, or fall under the MAKE ME SET A DATE group, you are fantastic, thanks for hanging in there throughout this big message, you’re a trooper and I appreciate you
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