Glamour Photography by Jay Kilgore
My facebook page hit 700 “likes” over the week so I posted an edited image.
Here on the blog, you guys get the unedited one!
Make sure to “like” the page!Details
I don’t remember when I first came into contact with Amelia! I know it was via facebook and being it was October 2009 I’m assuming it was because of a mutual friend Maeggy. Either way, I remember when she contacted me I thought she was pretty. She was fun and kind of hard core with how mean she was to me. I liked her right away. We had agreed to shoot and set a time for right outside my home. The location has a nice waterfall behind it so we went there to shoot. She showed up with a pretty blonde who wanted to shoot, but wanted me to beg her to shoot. Didn’t happen so she changed into some of Milly’s clothes and jumped in a few photos. I had a fun time shooting her and vowed to do it again soon. She became difficult to reach and after this initial shoot, it had been weeks since I heard from her:
After this shoot her friend added me on Facebook and we talked off and on. I asked her about Amelia and she said she hadn’t heard from her either. I had put a notice up looking for models for my Santa’s Sexy Helpers shoot and surprisingly got an email reply from Amelia. She wanted to be one of the lingerie clad models! I jumped atDetails
With this economy being in the toilet and crops and crops of new photographers popping up, every established photographer I know is looking for a “hook” to get by. I’ve seen some far fetched things from original and pretty cool, to originally crappy and “things that make you go hmmm”. One of the things I see that makes me cringe is photographers, new and old boasting about how many years they’ve been shooting. This makes me cringe for several reasons and I’m sure once I point them out to you, you’ll understand where I’m coming from. I understand we need a “hook” or something to not only catch the eye of the customer, but draw them in, but the number of years you’ve been shooting is about as relevant as a skirt on a pig!
When I’m looking at other photographers work if it be Facebook or model portfolio sites, I read a bit of their bios in an effort to get a feel for who they are to see if who they are on paper, matches their photos. Usually they do and sometimes this is good, sometimes bad. The first thing that puts me off is when someone says “I’ve been a professional photographer for for xx years”. The first thing that runs through my mind is “GREAT! Good for you! I’m so happy!” then the second thing is “Watch his/her images LOOK like they’ve been shooting for 20 years!” And often I am right! Some photographers look like they’ve not only been shooting since the late ’80’s, but like they still think it’s the late 1980’s! Their work is very dated and because they were taught lighting principals back when President Obama was known as “Barry”,Details
Happy Friday before New Years!
Today’s Old School Friday is one of my favorites Ms. Milly! I met her through an event I was having, an End of the Year Shootout and she wanted to be a model. I was surprised at how much character she had!
As you know, next Wednesday you will Meet her on the Meet the Models segment so until then enjoy these photos from early 2010
T.L. was another website referral model. The same guy that had referred several other girls to shoot, had referred T.L. and said she was going to do awesome. As soon as he started talking to me about her, I had my reservations. Why? you will see with in the next sentence or two.
T.L. was a dancer that wanted a pay site. Not one to judge, I give everyone enough rope to hang themselves. That being said, I’ve never had much luck with dancers showing up, or showing up on time or showing up sober enough to shoot. T.L. was no exception. The first shoot booked she flaked out on. I didn’t mind because I was paid for the session and it was a non refundable payment. The webmaster at the fee and life moved on. Same with the second shoot. By this time I was angered by the fact that yes, I’m getting paid for these sessions, they are taking me away from other things I could be doing. I told the webby that I was no longer interested in working with her and he could find another photographer to work with when it came to her. After a bit of negotiations and a kind heart on my part (enough cash to where it was difficult to say no) I booked a three strikes and out session.
She showed up!
Granted she was two hours late, she still showed. I had been doing this long enough and with enough strippers to know to not leave my home until they said they were there. This was the previous cases including this one. When I showed up she made a comment about me not being there when she arrived, but that she herself was a “little” late. Two hours is a little late? I let the comment roll off my back and opened the doors. Inside while she was getting dressed we talked a bit and I tried to get to know her. During the shoot I remembered why I loved shooting dancers of all genres; their ability to move and work the camera! Being a dancer of any genre means the person has absolute control over their body, a confidence in what they do. T.L. was no different. Her being an evening dancer meant she was able to falsely connect with the camera in a way I try to teach all models who step in front of my camera! We got some then, great images an done of them is one of my most notable nudes ever:
Today is Christmas if you celebrate it so Merry Christmas! If you don’t, happy Tuesday!
Since today is a U.S.A. National Holiday there won’t be a technical Tuesday update, but here is a Happy Holidays photo from me.
This is Cassidy and she’s beautiful 😉 She’s wishing you a Merry Christmas as well!Details
Last week we discussed five mistakes new and some existing photographers make. This week let’s discuss models and the mistakes they make.
These posts aren’t to single anyone out or try to change the way someone does business, but here to educate, inspire and cause you to think about your profession as a profession.
5.) Don’t register a business:
MANY models are operating in a capacity that doesn’t make sense to me. While I won’t say they’re operating illegally-although some are, those that don’t have a business registered are operating in a way that’s…well…silly. Everyone at some point in their career want’s to get paid even if it’s reimbursement for gas to and from the session. If you don’t want to get paid today, you will at SOME point in your career, trust me on it. When you accept money for services rendered you are required to pay taxes on it. Not to mention by having a registered business you can write off a lot of things that you would normally buy; makeup, clothing, gas, food the day of shoot and even gym memberships! Yes! It’s all things that are tax deductible and ready to be written off! Don’t believe me? Talk to an accountant and find out for yourself. Also, if you accept $600.00 or more in payments from ANYONE that is a business or for services, you are required to report that and pay taxes to the government.
4.) Not knowing your genre:
Lots of young models want to take the modeling world by storm. I appreciate that and feed off it, but at the same time you have to be realistic with what you can do and the genres you can do them with in. If you haven’t read my “So you want to be a model” segment, take a moment to do so. It has honest info on the genres suited for height and weight. A photographer that says “Let’s shoot fashion” to someone that is not 5’8″ is doing the model a great disservice as that model will sadly and at this point in time, ever work as a real fashion model. Some new models will fire back with “But Kate Moss is 5’6″!” To that I will say let’sDetails
Yes, I know it’s Saturday and I’m doing the Old School Friday post today but give me a break! It’s a holiday weekend!
This is T.L. She’s one that was referred to me to shoot for a site and an interesting one at that. She’s a dancer and while you may find it stereotypical in my saying it, I will explain more on Meet the Models Wednesday. Until then, these were shot with my trusted Canon EOS 40D in 2008.
In my Old School Friday post I had said Sheena was a game changer for me. She wasn’t as personal as it were with some of my clients today, but a game changer in the fact that I had wanted to explore digital more and sh was a willing subject.
I posted an ad at the local college looking for people to shoot. I was armed with my trusty Nikon Coolpix 5700 and was giving people photography a real try. I had the Olympus Camedia C-700 “DSLR Type” camera but found it wasn’t good enough. With my Coolpix 5700 “DSLR Type” I was ready to take on the world! Sheena was going to help me and we agreed to shoot. She had sent me some photos and right away I liked her look. She had a look that was very common for Minnesota; Blonde hair, blue eyes, girl next door look. I met up with her at a public place as I had zero idea what to do with studio strobes. She was shy, pleasant and fun to hang around. I had no experience shooting people but she had experience being shot (senior portraits) so I let her take lead. Sadly, I can’t find the images from the first shoot but know they are of the same quality as the rest.
After the first shoot was complete we both had fun and wanted to shoot again. Being this was my first ever people shoot, I was paying her 20.00/hr for casual. Our shoots were more time spent looking for places to shoot than shooting, but it was ok with me. We met at a place called Enger Tower and shot there. As the images show, lots of the poses were senior portrait style posing and for this shoot again I let her take lead.
She was making money and I was getting images that I thought was EXCELLENT! I was really doing well with “People shooting” andDetails
I tend to jump into a lot of things head first and pass by the smaller, more important things. Today, we’re going to do a whats in the bag. If you’ve attended one of my workshops or one on ones, then you know I say; “A photographer is worse than a doctor. When a doctor goes on vacation s/he does not carry a black bag. They leave work behind. Photographers on the other hand always have a camera bag…even if going to Wal-mart!” And this is true. So let’s take a peek and see whats in my travel bag?
So let’s review everything in my travel bag and work from a clockwise position starting at the camera and move forward. Before we break it down I call this my “travel bag” since it contains the camera I use most often. It has:Details
Today we talk about the top five mistakes every new photographer makes. Some of us still make these mistakes every now and then even if it’s at a lessor value than the new guy. Let’s jump in and figure out what some of the more common mistakes are from my experience as an educator and photographer.
5.) Don’t register their business:
MANY photographers in my experience, are operating ILLEGALLY! I’ve spoken with a lot of photographers who don’t have a F.E.I.N (Federal Employment Identification Number) or state tax license. This is is not smart for many different reasons but the two I will point out are; tax break on the equipment you purchase and charging applicable tax on any product you sell. If you make ANY money off products you hand a person, you are required to pay taxes on it. Did you know, if you purchase equipment new or used, you are still obligated to pay taxes?Details
I remember it like it was yesterday; Location: Duluth, MN. Time September 7,2003. Situation: Fricken people photography…for real!
I had never felt my niche was shooting people. I found dealing with people to be contrite and annoying. BUT, I had to shoot people to be able to say I was a well rounded photographer. I decided to start with a pretty college co-ed named Sheena. Sheena’s importance to me, my photography career and YOU is simple; she’s the one who convinced me to move forward with shooting people more. Now you’re thinking; “How the heck is this random chick essential to me?” If you’re here reading my blog, odds are you’ve liked somethings I’ve done. Sheena is what made me progress with digital photography and portrait photography.
Old School Friday (Yes, I know it’s Saturday I had a root canal yesterday at 7am give me a break) is Sheena.
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
The date was October 8, 2008 and I was getting prepared for my shoot with Ms. Maeggy!
A few weeks prior her and I had discussed a shoot. I was breaking into High School Senior photography and she was the perfect person to start with. We had found each other on a model portfolio site and decided to shoot. Coming from the glamour world I was ready to apply my glamour photography style to seniors just they keep their clothes on! Maeggy showed up with her Mom and right away I thought this would be a problem. Understand I’m not nervous about Fathers. Being a Father myself I realize that we tend to over react when there’s physical danger involved with our children, other than that, we do what Mom say. Mom’s on the other hand trust no one and glamour photographers even less. They tend to hover around the shoot and cast their over protective and accusing eye watching and waiting for the photographer who is unable to control himself and lust after her daughter. Maeggy’s mom was nothing like that. Nothing at all in fact! She was as hands off as I’ve ever seen anyone before AND after!
They showed up on time and I spent some time talking and getting to know Maeggy. I found out she was a photographer herself and an older sister. I thought she was sweet and cute right away! I knew we’d have fun shooting. Shoot time came and right away Mrs. Melissa said “Well I will leave you guys to it!” In the studio there was a sitting section and artists study (shooting area), she left and went into the sitting area and read her book. I didn’t hear from her until the end of the shoot when she got up to stretch her legs and see how we BOTH were doing!
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So if you don’t know I’m going to tell you; I LOVE MMA or Mixed Martial Arts.
Hopefully you’ve seen in my photography, I love the technical side of life as much as I do the connection side. MMA and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) is often referred to human chess. This is because it can be a highly technical battle wits, technique, skill and luck. In it, there’s a fighter named Jon Jones who everyone says is cocky. He’s a 22 or 23 year old champ and when he talks, he has a lot of confidence in himself. For those who dislike him, they say he is cocky. I see it as confidence. What does this have to do with photography? Let’s get to it!
Photography is a hobby or career that one doesn’t require a degree, just a love or like of the art, expandable cash and subjects willing to stand in front of your camera. Being this is the case, it causes lots of feelings; positive and hostile ones. I am totally against there being some kind of governing board for professional photography, photography is art and no one can tell you what is wrong or right. There are rules that everyone SHOULD follow, but rules don’t always apply and sometimes a broken rule can lend to a great photo! That being said, everyone at one point in time is cocky over their photos, even the most humble man deserves a time to be cocky as long as he keeps himself in check.
Because we work in an industry that has no real educational system to it, weDetails
First and foremost I want to thank you for continually coming to my blog. I realize my blog isn’t the happy go lucky lets cuddle blog, but more of the I’m telling you my mistakes so you don’t make them. As a result, some people’s feelings get hurt. That being said, I from time to time post some good things and want to know, which of my posts have you gotten something out of? And since I’m asking, why not reward you for your time?
The contest is simple on my facebook page I am asking you to comment there which of my posts you like. You have to do the following;
LIKE the facebook page
Find the entry dated today, 12/8/12 and like it
Comment on that post what thread you like and WHY.
Everyone who likes the fb page and post and comments on which blog post you like and why will be entered to win a cool prize! What prize you ask? Let’s do a free giveaway from AlienSkin! The winner will have his or her chance to chose from the following;
Digital copies of AlienSkin Exposure4, AlienSkin BlowUp and AlienSkin Bokeh.
The winner will be chosen at random by someone other than me. The first person to win will get to chose first and so on. Winners will be posted sometime either 12/15 or 12/16. The contest starts TODAY and ends 12/15. So go fourth and like, like, comment and WIN!Details
An official welcome back to Old School Friday!
Let’s kick off the welcome with one of my favs; Maegan! I met Maegan on a model portfolio site and liked her right away! I am excited to share her story on next week’s Meet the Models so be sure and stay tuned for that! Until then, enjoy these old school photos!
Loooong ago (before the Sandy2012) I had posted Erika in my first ever “Old School Friday” post and said one day I would tell her story. Soon after that I got the idea for “Meet the Models” and went full steam ahead with that. I had always come back to wanting to do a write up on Erika, but wasn’t able to as I wanted to keep the flow up. Now with Sandy destroying my server, I can come back and write up the story on Erika!
Mid 2008 I was working with a webmaster shooting some of the models for his paysites. He told me he had a new model that wanted to start a site and set up the shoot. Right away when I saw Erika I thought she was beautiful! She had an amazing look and outstanding body. No sooner than I said hi to her, her then boyfriend walks through the door and starts to take the limelight. I was quickly able to see that Erika was infatuated and dominated by this guy and knew this was going to be difficult. Right away I sat Erika down to get to know her a bit as I could tell she was nervous. I didn’t know if she was nervous because she would be shooting topless for the first time? Or nervous because her boyfriend was with her? But I wanted to try and work through that and get her to relax so we get images that are GOOD! Of course, the boyfriend dominated the questions and even answered some of them for her! As I was talking to Erika asking her what she planned to do with the rest of her life, her boyfriend chimes in with “Well, I’m in a band. I’m lead singer” …O.K. thanks for sharing bub! I discussed this with him for a bit as he obviously needed to be heard/included. We moved on with the first shoot and I was happy with what we got:
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Today’s Technical Tuesday update is using AlienSkin Exposure4.
There are many ways to use it and of course OVER use it, so I created a video showing my approach to using filters and how I use AlienSkin.
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Here is the before and after photos:
And as promised, here’s a free AlienSkin filter from me!
Edit: I realize today is actually Wednesday. I apologize for the delay but I was having the darnedest time getting this to upload correctly to youtube. Better late than never right?Details
One of the reasons I love my job is for the fact I get to talk to photographers of all levels from across the world. Being we’re photographers, we’re ALL gear heads-only some have more control over it than others and we always get around to discussing the latest and greatest gear which of course includes cameras. One of the things I hear from many “top” photographers is “It’s not the gear” and something I’ve been trying to formulate in a way that doesn’t make me seem the antagonist is I disagree…to an extent.
Understand when I say I disagree I’m not saying lets run out and buy the Canon 1Dx or whatever the newest Canon camera is, what I’m saying is the gear helps to create the vision. Canon vs Nikon? Who cares right? Right, BUT there is a specific reason we own Canon or Nikon. For me, when I started digital I went Canon because they had just announced the EOS Digital Rebel 300D. Coming from a film background I wasn’t ready to make the switch and Canon had announced this new DSLR that was sub 1,000.00. To this day I have very little Canon equipment so making a switch is super easy for me. I’ve kept myself light for this simple fact. The new photographers and dedicated, aka “fanboys” will fight tooth and nail to prove their camera maker is the best on the planet, the professionals state their reasons for the specific body.
While stating their preferences, the pro’s always say they can shoot with ANY camera, yet most often times they have the top of the line Canon EOS 1DS Mark III or Nikon D800. Why? Because the gear DOES matter! You’re thinking; “Jay, how DARE YOU disagree with the pros, sir!” And I digress. I once had a talk with a mentor of mine and he said “Give me a Brownie box and I will get you an amazing image” but went on to say that while he COULD get an amazing image with the BB, he chooses to stick with his digital gear. While equipment doesn’t matter, it helps make our jobs easier by giving us access to tools that we’ve never had before, or enhances the tools we had but needed better. When I got my digi rebel, I became serious about model photography. As a result, I got 8 publications with that camera and kit lens. This 6mega pixel camera with the 28-75 f3.5-f5.6 kit got me published in major magazines! My next upgrade was the Canon EOS 20D and Tamron pro grade lens. Another 5 images from that camera. Add another 12 images to the 40D and you can see where I’m going. It’s not the camera BUT having the ability to have things such as faster buffer, faster and better auto focus and higher iq performance at higher [64,000] ISO!
It’s not the equipment…no, but having the ability to get the shot RIGHT when we need it is important so the equipment plays a large role in the grand scheme of things!Details
You may have noticed that there wasn’t an Old School Friday post last week. This is because I took last week off for the holidays, my birthday and the blogs 4th year of being in business! The other reason is that the Meet the Model model I’m updating with this week is one that I shot last year. The images were far better than any Old School Friday images I’ve put up, so I didn’t want to put them up and confuse everything. With out further delay, lets meet Janelle!
The very first time I saw Janelle was on a model portfolio site. Her profile photo was of one that was a head shot and was cross processed. I loved her look right away. I HAD to shoot her. I had contacted her and we discussed a shoot but nothing ever happened from there. Quite some time went by and I found her again on Facebook and we talked. I had asked her to fill out an app so I knew what styles she was open to shooting (this is also part of a test I have every tfcd shoot model do) and she filled it out. Confident that we were moving along, I was excited for the outcome of the shoot. Sadly, the shoot got stalled another six to eight months. One night she text’d me saying she wanted to shoot. I HAD to shoot Janelle. So we talked here and there for a while and nothing really panned out. Finally one day she text’d me and said we were going to shoot. I cleared the day…even though the shoot was that evening. I couldn’t WAIT for this shoot! I looked over her images on FB and saw she had a lot of dancing photos. She’s a Go-Go Dancer and a lot of her images had movement and sweat and muscles on display. I wanted to capture a different side of her. I wanted to capture the softer, sensual, sexy side of her. That’s what I always saw when I looked at her photos. Day of the shoot came and I was ready to go! She showed up and we got some amazing images: