Anna

AnnaSo, I’m editing old photos looking to put together a group of favorites. And this one came up.  Anna was a sweetheart to work with.  Originally from Rio, she lived here in Syracuse for a few years before moving back home.

I really love the lighting we did with this series.  In color, it was very warm and even though I used these cold tones you can still feel the warmth of the photo and feel the emotion in her eyes.

When you ask a model to pose, I sometimes wonder who or what they are thinking of.  This image is that sort of dreamy far away look that brings romance to mind.

In other images from this series, they made me think of Harlequin novel covers.

A Perfect Moment.  Fiction
Her hometown of Rio is shrouded in a late afternoon haze.   Sunset is close by and she walks the sandy beach, one hand on her light flowing dress as she walks along the shore.  Gulls hover nearby searching for a snack or treat dodging in the wind.

She stops for a moment, closing her eyes and lifting her face to the gentle breeze.  She smells the ocean scent, the tangy smell of salt on the air.  Waves touch her bare feet but she doesn’t  move doesn’t change the moment.

Off to her left unnoticed, a fisherman pilots his boat with it’s nets hung to dry as he heads into port.  The engines making a small chuffing sound in the distance.

She smiles as she hears the sound.  One she has heard so often before and yet a sound that doesn’t intrude on her peace of the moment.

Another wave laps at her feet and then retreats, leaving her ebony skin cooler but quickly drying.

Then in a moment, she twirls  and opens her eyes to kick the next wave as it comes to meet her, laughing as the spray splashes all around her.

The water, falling in her hair sparkles with the last touches of the day’s sun.  And then she faces out to sea, again closing her eyes and lifting her face to the sky as anther day ends.

 

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Model Shoot – Emily

DSC_6574 Edit1Meet Emily.  She’s a beautiful lady with a lot of class.  She was very fun to work with as we practice getting boudoir style shots.

I’ve been working on directing models lately and I think I’ve come a long way, but I still need to work on it some.  I think I want to concentrate on expressions so I can help the models have more variety in their looks.  If anyone has any ideas I’d really appreciate your feedback on helping the models with different looks and expressions.

Essentially, how do you take a girl who has never been a model and get her to look her best.  To smile with her eyes and look alluring.

I’ve been having a few tough weeks with regards to being sick.  I ended up getting 3 different colds one right after the other.  This last one ended up moving into my lungs as Bronchitis and has really kicked my tail.

With all the junk in my upper lungs I’ve had wracking coughs that leave me nauseous and out of breath.  Top that off with not enough sleep and I haven’t been treating myself very well lately.  Most of my issues are over with and I’ve been forcing myself to go to bed earlier for the last several days.

I hate going to bed early because it always feels like I do more when it’s late than I do early or during the day.

Model: Emily
MUA: +Rachael Keresey
Hair Stylist: Donna Latino
Art Direction:  Lexy Page
Photography:  Bob Jones
http://bobjonesphoto.net

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I see in shades of color and tone

Many times, when I’m doing a photo shoot with the models, I’m already visualizing what tones would look nice with them. I don’t always like simple color or black and white. Often, when I shoot, I will preview capture in a toned color.

To my thinking, the red tones in this image capture an elegance and enhance the fire in her hair. Posing the model with her eyes closed creates a dream quality and the Dutch angle creates a tension and also ads to the surreal look.

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What I look for in “friends”, “Likes” & +1′s

So, I look at my profiles on g+ and also Facebook. I see a lot of people trying to add me on G+ and also on facebook. I look at these areas very differently because each group has a different purpose.

Facebook. To me there are 3 kinds of people on facebook.

1. Potential clients. People who keep an eye on my work and want to work with me but don’t know how to ask. They are probably afraid I will judge them as not being good enough for my work. The truth is, I work with new people all the time.
2. People from a distance that like to keep up on what we’re doing. They look at my ideas and sometimes use them for inspiration – or even what not to do in a photo shoot – LOL
3. Guys who want to look at the pretty girls I work with.

How I see Facebook. I like to stay active on FB so I can keep people aware of me. I want to stay relevant in the industry in the CNY area. I accept most friend requests from potential clients, however if some guy tries to friend me from Canada, I will most likely ignore or delete the request as it’s a waste of my time. If you are someone I know or someone I SHOULD know, shoot me a message and I’ll add you, but for the most part, I’m not here to feed your need to see a pretty girl.

I also have a small niche of real “Friends” & “Family” there and I keep in touch with them.

What I’m looking for on Google+. The photography community is very active on G+ It’s very humbling to be on there and listen to well known photographers from Photoshop User magazine like Scott Kelby and RC Concepcione. These guys have the skills, knowledge and contacts that help me to learn as much as I can.

I think the thing I appreciate the most is their willingness to share and teach on a daily basis. These guys live and breathe what I love to do.

There are so many other people out there who have inspiring photos and are very skilled. It’s humbling to look at some of their work and the try to emulate their skills.

What I’m NOT looking for on Google + So, I get a lot of circle requests. I look at people and I have to decide if I want to add them. My main criteria is do they have an interesting and ongoing portfolio of work. If the answer is yes and it’s not just a bunch of snapshots of them and their drinking buddies, I will add them.

I also tend to go out and delete people who are no longer relevant or doing interesting work.

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Inspire me

I want to feel emotion. Show me the way with your art. I want to wake up every morning and feel good about what I do. Is there anything that gives us more freedom than our expression?

Show me a study in lighting and different expressions. I want to see passion and fire. It’s that unattainable something that stirs my creativity. I see it out there and hope that I can find it, but I never quite reach that point where I can feel it.

The hair and makeup are always perfect. You look beautiful and, I know it’s my own fault that I can’t quite get it, so I keep plugging away.

It’s a frustration. Frustration is good because it tells me there is something I can correct. But, I’m just not sure how to correct it.

Movement. I want a dancer who will dance like no one is watching. I want a model who smiles and cries and laughs and can do intense emotions in front of the camera.

I look at 1000′s of photos a week and still I can’t see that one thing I’m looking for. Many shots out there, take my breath away, but they’re not mine.

I want to be inspired. To look at my photos, and laugh and cry and feel intense emotion.

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Off – Topic – I Love this

I don’t think anyone could have said this better. And while I’m not a farmer, I remember every time I heard this man on the radio, I stopped and listened.

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Where I find my inspiration

Hi Bloggers!

Welcome to week 3 of 2013! This week I want to talk about how I find inspiration. This topic goes hand in hand with what we talked about last week in our chat.

The fact is, I spend countless hours just being visual. I look at various types of media including TV, magazines and the internet. So how does this spur creativity? Well, as I watch any tv show and youtube video, I try to watch for the artistic side. I notice lighting, composition and I observe how a scene goes together.

On the internet, I use various Web sites such as 500px. There are countless examples of great and inspiring photography there. This site is even better than sites like Flickr. The quality of photography is simply outstanding.

I collect great examples on my 500 px account – Visit here – to see my galleries. http://pinterest.com/rjones315/ Notice how organized these photos are. Each of them in only specific categories.

Someone who wants to be an artist needs to train their artistic eye. Look at thousands of photos and decide what they like about it. When you study a photo, ask yourself, what do you like about it and why. You should also ask yourself what you might do differently. Even small details like the position of the subject and the composition.

Another inspiration point is actually music. When listening to music use it to play out a scene in your mind. How would you visualize the music and lyrics?

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Plan your shoot

Welcome to this week’s BLOG Update!

Let me just say I’m real anxious to get a shoot scheduled for this month. I haven’t done a model shoot since November. I was sick during one of my scheduled photo shoots, so I had to bow out.

Here it is, 2 months later and I’m fighting another head cold, but I’m pushing to schedule a photo shoot.

It’s fitting that this week’s update is about how to prepare for a photo shoot.

How do YOU plan and execute your photo shoot? Here’s what I do with mine.

Concept
Lighting
Wardrobe
Hair
Makeup
Set design
Choosing the right model

Concept: This part entails sitting down and deciding what genre I am going to do. All of my projects have a specific theme or concept. I use pinterest to really drill down and pick shots I want to do.

Lighting: I like to have a general idea for lighting. Some of my shots have 1 light, while others will have up to 10 lights. It helps to visualize the set and plan that out. Draw it etc.

Wardrobe: We have some in the studio, but for the most part the model will bring their own. One thing I try and do is have the model email me photos of their wardrobe – just so I know they understand my concept.

Hair and makeup go together. I try to pick the correct looks for each model. I’ll literally flip through hundreds of photos until I find one to use for inspiration. Of course, it helps that I have a really killer team for this.

Set design is where a lot of creativity comes into play. We use everything from a plain white background to a fake room in our studio. Location shoots are easier as we just have to work with what is available.

Choosing the right model: This is harder than you think. Obviously, her look and personal style has to fit the theme of the shoot. It also helps to make sure the model is in tune with us on our theme genre ahead of time. Always discuss every aspect of a photo shoot.

Some other important parts of the photo shoot include the gear list – including the camera and lenses. Ladders and also food and water for the entire team. We don’t use a caterer, but we bring subs or pizza for a full day shoot. Sodas and water is always on hand.

I like to ask the model what type of music will inspire her for the shoot. I like an upbeat tune and as long as it’s not too extreme like Marilyn Manson, I’ll listen to just about anything.

During our photo shoots, I’m usually running slide shows on my pc to keep us all on track and motivated.

In the coming weeks and months, I’ll post more details about each category along with showing you some examples about each topic and how really planning a photo shoot can help bypass some of the bumps that come up in any photo shoot.

Feel free to comment and offer suggestions. I’m still looking for guest bloggers, so send me a PM with your idea for an article and you’ll get a reverse link to your own blog.

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Natalie

This shot is from a recent trial/practice for a magazine shoot.  For the final shoot, we used 5 models, 2 makeup artists, 1 hair stylist, 2 assistants, and 2 photographers.  The overall theme genre was alternative.

When we held the trials, we felt that this model had a look almost too much girl-next-door.  However, we decided to go ahead and user her.  He main advantages in this shoot were that she is quite tall and her proportions were perfect for the theme.  Also, with her engaging style and willingness to follow direction, she was a perfect match for this shoot.  Finally, the fact that her personality really is a girl-next-door sweetness, then all of the elements for a perfect shoot were there.

For the setup, we used 2 lights.  The main light was camera left with a large plm and a second light for fill with a softbox to the camera right.  For some of the shots, we used a 22” beauty dish to the camera right.  The background was white seamless paper, but we had her approximately 4 feet from the background which turned it to almost a gray.  For most of the shoot, we metered the shots at f11 although we sometimes kicked things up to as high as f16.  The fill was approximately 2 stops lower.

Our Team
Lexy Page:  Art Direction & Creative Consultant.  2nd Shooter
Donna Latino:  Hiar stylist & Creative Wardrobe Design
Rachael Keresey:  Makeup & Creative Wardrobe Design
Cassandra Ramsden:  Makeup
Melanie Jones:  Primary Assistant
Natalie Teal:  Model
Bob Jones:  Art Direction & Photographer

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Photo Concept:  Test shoot in preparation for an upcoming magazine shoot.  The theme/genre is Alternative

Model:  Mallory Otis
MUA & Stylist:  Rachael Kersey
Hair & hat designs:  Donna Latino
Creative concept:  +Lexy Page
Photography:  Bob Jones
http://bobjonesphoto.net

 

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