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!
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.
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...
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...
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...
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!
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,
Boudoir and the glamour photographer is a question or situation that appears many times in our career. As you may or may not know, I am known for having an opinion that is...different than others, but is unique and all my own.
Money and model photography, some would say that's an oxymoron, others would say they are rolling in the dough. Yet others would say the latter are liars.
A few weeks ago (OK, months. Forgive me!) I started to make a post about this, but ended up going into a rant because of my annoyance with people who are more worried about MY work and not their own. Today, I plan to finish that original thought and put my feelings out there. Money is a necessary evil
I stress quite often my displeasure with TF* or Free shoots. A large part of why displeasure? the email "...can you not use my pics anymore..."
My built in response?
"No. Go kill yourself."
But I never say it. Want to, but never do.
I think free shoots are a valuable asset to both model and photographer, however,
Kim Kardashian breaks internet didn't happen then way she wanted, but it happened in other ways.
Unless you've been living under a rock, that has no internet and you don't own a phablet, smart phone, tablet, laptop or any other device that attaches to the internet, you've seen the hoopla over Kim Kardashian and the Paper Magazine fight.
We all know photography as an industry has taken a hit. When an aspiring photographer contacts me and says he or she is in school for photography, I find a way to work in "Dump photography and go for business". Perplexed, they ask me why and I explain to them that they can learn photography, business skills are best learned in school. There are plenty of traveling freak shows
The end of an era is now. After 10 wonderful years in Colorado, it's time for me to move on to glamour capital of the world, Los Angeles, CA. Some people ask why I never went there to start with and I've never really been able to answer intelligently until now: I wasn't ready. Some people said I should have moved from MN, to Cali and made my bones out there. I say I did it right.
Been a while, eh? Sorry about that! As you know, I've been preparing my move to Los Angeles so that has been taking up a LOT of my time. I want to talk about paying gigs and the ignorance surrounding them, as well as my feelings on CO.
Canon 6D and my style. I have my own style of photography. Everyone who has been shooting has their own style, their own eye. For me, I'm very particular in my style. For the first time in a long time, two years ago I decided that I wanted new gear. A new rig: so I purchased a Canon EOS 7D. Right away I hated the image quality, or IQ
I'm naturally a very private person. If I know you, and really get to know you, I will share small things, but for the most part, I don't share much about me. I figured it might be fun to do a 20 things about me that you might not know. This makes me vulnerable so go along with me. I don't think I'll add any personal things, but all business things. Let's get started: