Glamour Photography by Jay Kilgore
As you know, I’m shooting and featuring a lot of my work on Glamour Model Magazine and one of the areas I want to focus on is video. I hate doing video, but I love doing video.
I hate learning how to edit video as I just learned Photoshop, but I do admit it’s fun! I enjoy looking at the finished product and have a lot of video that I’ve done nothing with. The guys and gals over at GMM asked me to put together a worksafe video as well as a regular video to show what is coming so here it is:
Worksafe Models: Jodi Lavoie, Natalie, Jodi Lavoie, Amanda Sue and Ashley, Emory, Maegan, Erika and Katy Robinson
Meet the Models: Jordan Alexis Brown Tippet
So it’s been a while eh? I have some other posts I’m working on, but figured I’d work with some of what I have already! Jordan Brown Tippett of Boulder, CO is this weeks Meet the Model!
I had met Jordan through a mutual friend Hosnah Safi. Well, I didn’t meet as in introduced, but Jordan was a girl who wanted to “Be a model” and wanted to shoot. She had sent me some images she shot with her friend joking around and I liked her look and body. The images were black and white and her friend was in college for photography, but she appeared to be having fun so the images were natural. She had sent me some selfies as well and told me she was OK with being topless. She may be interested in nude but not at first. I was OK with that since she did have a glamour body.Details
More of Danielle Jones
So I posted a video of Danielle Jones a few weeks ago and lets just say…you guys dug her! I’m not sure if it’s her that you dug? Or if it’s because I’m finally updating again but either way, I wanted to share with you guys another video I worked on. I hate video editing but will work on it more!
Click the photo to be brought to the video!Details
Yes, this is correct! You are seeing TWO updates in one week from me!
One of the things I’ve wanted to do is get better (or active, rather) with my video editing. I’m still learning but this is what I put together!
Let me know what you think of it!
Working on more so stay tuned!
Meet the Models: Leah Konecsni
Been a while since I’ve updated, my apologies. I decided to get back into the habit by doing a Meet the Models. Today, we meet Leah Konecsni.
I had met Leah from a guy who wanted to buy private photos of her. From there, she decided she wanted a paysite to make money. So she talked to the same guy and he provided her with the opportunity to have one. When I first met her, she was very shy. I thought she was quite pretty and had the perfect glamour body. I had commented that she had the perfect glamour body and she said “My goal was to get the ‘Barbie’ look.” Mission accomplished!
Our first shoot she was super quiet, almost too quiet. As we started to work together she started loosening up. She began to talk more and smile and have fun. I started to relax a little and we shot and had fun. She had told me straight away that she had shot and done other things with photographers so she was quite comfortable posing in Penthouse erotic nude styles. That was a welcome change for me as I had been contacted by Penthouse and needed something to submit to them as well.
Over time, we had shot three or four times with each shoot lasting two or three hours. This is a super long shoot for me but it was worth it as she was open to styles and talking and having fun.
I invited her to shoot at my home and the shoot was a success. We shot again at the studio and had fun! We had one more shoot and it was there that I think it became awkward for her.
While we were shooting, her pocket book fell over and the contents spilled to the floor. She picked everything up and said she had a “bullet” seeing the size of it I had thought it was an adult toy, she informed it was for the times she snorted an illegal drug. Awkward, we moved past it and I informed her I don’t judge people. She said she was OK with it, but continued to be odd. We had agreed to shoot again to finish everything up but I had a feeling it was done. The week passed and I had scheduled another shoot in the time slot forgetting that her and I had agreed. Reviewing my calendar and seeing I had double booked myself, I sent her a text message asking if she was still interested. She replied asking who I was and I reminded her. She asked me to not contact her further and that she wasn’t interested.
Following her wishes, I never contacted her again and haven’t. That was December 2007. I wish Leah the best in all she does!Details
California workshop news!
Hello friends! Long time no talk! I am in the process of updating everything, just getting fully acclimated to the California living! There are many things that are different living here, vs visiting here and one of them is the workshop life. California has very little workshops and shootouts that imho, could use some serious revamping. So I’m going to announce here soon, California workshop news!
That’s right, your boy is getting back into workshops and if you’ve ever attended one of my workshop/shootouts, then you know how magical they are!
I can’t give you too much info, but will tell you one shootout I was going to attend boasted they had 37 photographers and eight models! While that’s about 5 photogs per model, with that many photogs it becomes a nightmare unless the instructor really has tight control over it. I do! And while I’ll never have that high of a ratio of models to photographers, I could pull it off but not with out strain and mental stability being questioned lol.
Keep your eye out here for more info! Official notification will come with in a week.
You never forget your first.
Although you may want to, desperately badly. Jodi was my first “real” and legit shoot. I was living in Duluth, MN and met Jodi on OMP. Being Duluth, Minnesota was two hours north of Minneapolis, my model selection was limited. I found the big money paysite niche and wanted to capitalize on the money…but I also wanted to shoot glamour. At the time, I really, really, really wanted to be a Playboy photographer and felt I was good enough (Yes, I had a HUGE ego. third shoot, first real shoot and I sucked but had belief in myself to a huge fault).
I contacted Jodi and we set up the shoot. We met at the Rose Garden and did the paperwork and info/getting to know you thing. I was too stuck on how amazing I was with my new Canon Digital Rebel and hotlights from the local community video resource company. If you were making a movie and promised to run it on their system, you could reserve lights to shoot. Needless to say the video I put together they had no interest although a few of the guys kept a personal copy for critique. It’s been 13 years and I’ve still not heard a critique.
Sadly, I don’t have very many photos from our very first shoot, I wasn’t big into archival processes and one maybe two images have survived:
After that shoot, Jodi and I kept in casual contact. I had started to get more into glamour photography and started to take advantage of OMP and the local newspapers and things along the likes. Jodi hit me up and wanted to shoot again so we discussed the shoot. She also told me she had been away for some time due to her fighting substance abuse issues. I found it highly respectable that she was trying to fight the good fight and wanted to help her anyway I could. She wanted to keep busy and wanted to keep modeling so we decided to work together a bit more. Safe to say, but Jodi became my first muse. We set a time to shoot but she disappeared. I figured it was boyfriend issues or a change of heart, but it turned out money was an issue. She didn’t have the monetary means to support herself and her boyfriend, so she had to disappear from time to time. She asked me if she knew how to make money modeling and being she was 5’3″ I had enough wherewithal to not recommend fashion. I told her I wanted to start paysites and asked if she wanted to be my first model? She agreed and we started.
The site started to take off right away which was great! I had no idea what I was doing, but she looked like she was much younger than what she really was and that was a huge hit. She was game and while she only made a few hundred dollars per week, she showed up most of the times we scheduled. I guess a few hundred per week is more than nothing, right?
As our shoots went on, she became more comfortable and the site started to make more money. She started to become less and less reliable which was a problem in and of itself.
She showed up and pretended as if nothing was wrong. I was getting tired of the disappearing game, but enjoyed the money the site was bringing so I was able to get over it rather quickly. My photography started to slightly improve which fed into my ego even more. Why is it the less experienced the larger the ego. The more the experience the more fragile ego?
By this time, about nine months later, I had decided to upgrade my lighting kit and went with a Britek HS500 strobe and octobox and really started paying attention to my lighting. Posing was still crap as I was finding my way, but lighting was getting better:
Sadly, the above photos were from my last shoot with Jodi. A few weeks after that shoot I got a call from her. She was locked up in jail and asked me to bail her out. I didn’t have the money to bail her out and truth be told, didn’t want my name associated with troubles she had. She didn’t like this and thanked me for nothing. She hung up and I haven’t heard from her since. This was February 2004. I have no idea what she’s doing or how she’s doing, but I hope she’s well! I hope she was able to get everything taken care of, herself included.
She was my first everything; muse, model site, photo shoot and I had fun.Details
Been a while since I’ve had something other than image posts so after the new year I’ve decided to add lighting diagrams to my image posts! So it will start with Old School Friday, then Meet the Model then the lighting diagram that Tuesday or Wednesday!
I don’t think I’ll be doing much more updating since it’s the end of the year, holiday season but you never know from me!
Here’s an image of Cebree shot way back in 2011. Those glasses though!Details
Meet the models: Ashley and Amanda Sue
Around the same time I started shooting, Audrey Amanda Sue contacted me. She had seen some of the early work I did with Audrey and wanted to shoot. She and I discussed shooting and what styles. She told me emphatically that she would do nothing “too revealing” and stick with implied topless.Details
Old School Friday: Ashley and Amanda Sue
Today’s Old School Friday is of Ashley and Amanda Sue. I met them on facebook way back in 2008. Our first shoot didn’t go the way it was supposed to but a lot of fun was had and friendships gained.
I only shot Amanda Sue a few times. She was the one to contact me and Ashley tagged along. I ended up shooting Ashley after this shoot.
Be sure and tune in Monday for Meet the Models to learn more about my experience with Ashley and Amanda SueDetails
Meet the Models Kendra Cooper
I had met Kendra Cooper online at Myspace, actually! This was way back in October of 2008. We had spoken for a few weeks about a possible shoot. I was still new to Colorado and was setting up shoots with anyone who was interested. This was in an effort to build my brand and still something I do and suggest to people. We had started to nail down our actual shoot and had planned for my birthday, 11/23/2008.Details
Old School Friday: Kendra
Today’s Old School Friday is of Denver girl Kendra Cooper!
I had met Kendra way back in 2008 and while the shoot went fine, the aftermath was crazy. We became cool again and shot a few times years later!
Be sure and tune in For Meet the Models Monday featuring Kendra!Details
Meet the Models Diana
Back in early 2010 I was shooting hard and heavy in Denver, CO. I had just moved into my own studio and was shooting away. I had a model app page setup on my blog and reviewed every submission. I got Diana’s submission and was interested. Not because of her amazing measurements (Almost 6’0 and DD breast) but her overall look! I loved her look and some of the sample photos she sent had her world class smirk. The only real problem I had with her was she lived 45+ minutes away. Little did I know then how much of a problem that would be through out our knowing each other.
After getting her app and looking it over, she had checked off that she was open to erotic nudes.Details
Old School Friday Diana
I first shot Diana April of 2010 at my old studio. She contacted me via my website model app. I saw her app and was impressed with her right away and had to have her in. She was about 45 minutes to the north of me but we made it work.
Our history includes many ups and downs but nothing too dramatic. It includes my old muse, Lauren Valenti and It ended with my dissolving the relationship something of which I’ve never done before, but had to be done. Monday you will get the full story from my point of view as always.
Here are a few images of Diana to hold you over till Monday, enjoy and have a great weekend!Details
I hate shooting out of rooms! Hate, hate, hate it!
To ME and me alone, it looks unprofessional. It looks cheesy it looks trashy. Now I’m not saying there aren’t amazing images out there shot out of bedrooms/hotel rooms, just saying when I do it I hate it.
Before you start to judge me, let’s go way back to September of 2001 to my first “professional” shoot. I had spent many years prior to that shooting street photography. I decided there was too much of a police detainment/jail risk and decided to start shooting models. Like hundreds of guys before me, I wanted to be published in Playboy so I started out looking for models. My first two shoots were in the same day. The first shoot was with a very pretty young lady who didn’t do much else after and the other was with a topless model. I wanted to make my break into paysites and Playboy so the nude shoot I wanted to be in a room. I rented a hotel room and shot the clothed model in the common area and the nude model in the room.
The model showed up and had already been shootingDetails
Meet the Models: Katie
I had moved from Colorado to Minnesota when I became sick. At the urgent nature of family, friends and the internet, I was going to die soon so wanted to be in a place that was familiar. Once I realized I could live a long and happy life, I said screw MN and moved back to CO. Shortly after getting to CO, I had started to reach out to new people to work with. Enter Meet the Models: Katie.
I had been Facebook friends with her for some time and was sitting in a hotel room looking through facebook and found her. I liked her look right away. She reminded me a lot of Stunning Serena and Serena was a good friend from a long time ago. I went through and started liking a lot of her FB photos. I tried to figure out how to contact her and be non obvious about it, when I contacted her and said “Please be legal” To which she replied she was. From there the ice was broken and we struck up a convo. She stated she was interested in modeling and I advised I was a photographer that could help. We spoke for a few days after that off and on and decided to shoot.Details
Old School Friday Katie H
I’m bringing back Old School Friday and hopefully will Meet the Models: Katie H on Monday!
Katie was my first shoot when I moved back to Colorado for the last time. I wanted to shoot her cause she reminded me much of Serena so I wanted to shoot her for personal reasons. We ended up becoming friends and having some great shoots!
Stay tuned for Monday’s Meet the Models for more of our history!Details
What the?? I’ve noticed of late, many people are demanding things that aren’t really theirs.
What am I talking about? I’ve noticed things such as Retouchers claiming that they are owed 50% to 100% credit and copyright of an image they retouch! They are saying because they retouched it, the image is theirs and photographers have no rights to the image. There are some photographers goofy enough to sign off on this! Is this where the professional world is going?
Do we not know copyright laws? Are we becoming so click happy that we refuse to look and see the bigger picture? That our work is ours?
I wish I were taller!
I come from a family of tall people; mom and dad excluded. My oldest brother is 6’4″, next brother is 6’0″ and my baby brother is 6’3″. Me? I’m an amazing 5’6″.5 tall. “Almost a full grown man” according to my brothers. When I was young, I was one of the tallest kids in my class. When I was in the 5th grade,Details