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Plan Your Studio Shoot

Published January 16th, 2013

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.






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 ...

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Trying new things

Published December 22nd, 2011

So, I've been trying to teach myself to work with models better during my photo shoots. I bought the +creativeLIVE class with Matthew Jordan Smith. I think the thing I learned the most was his rappor with the models. He vocalized a lot and that helped the models move into each pose and just give him what he wanted.

I've always been the quiet guy and never given to talking much. However over the last couple weeks, I've worked with a couple models and I tried to talk to them more during my shoots.

One of the big things is that here in Syracuse, the models aren't as experienced as NY city models. Also, America's next top Model doesn't show the byplay between the model and the photographer. So it doesn't tell the whole story to a wannabe model.

I need to find a way to bring out the creative spirit in the models. One thing I think will help is that next year I'll be doing more personal projects and not working with other photographers quite so much and so I'll have my own agenda and can ...

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Focus on what matters

Published November 22nd, 2011

It's frustrating to me how much time people spend tearing other photographers down. Instead of concentrating on their own work, they have to vent negative emotions and talk about this photographer is bad or that one doesn't have a clue.

One of the things I admire about photographers like Scott Kelby and Zack Arias is they don't put people down. They try to help and teach and nurture. I want to be that guy. And I only want to be around those kind of people.

I feel like cutting ties to these negative people. The Debbie Downers and the vacuum they have on my spirit.

I'll admit that I can get pretty negative some times, but it's about my own art and place and where I am and where I want to be. My frustration is so huge because I know I can be even better and I just can't find my muse. My zen.

I'm so busy trying to get better, I don't want to waste any more time talking trash.

Maybe for Thanksgiving we should all try some humble pie.

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