Tomato or tomatoe ? - Food concepts
Tomato or tomatoe ? - Food concepts
That is the question ☺
Here are a couple shots from this afternoon. Playing with a concept.
Insidious Tomatoes – A cooperative website of photographers
Check out the amazing work for all the photographers that are part of Insidious Tomatoes here: Insidious Tomatoes
I am part of a group of photographers that have been working on Project 52 & Project 52 PRO (some of us since the beginning of 2011). Project 52 was started by Don Giannatti at the beginning of 2011 and is designed to help people become professional photographers and primarily from a commercial photography perspective. It has involved completing assignments and taking part in online critiques, each week, for the last two years. and, believe it or not, Don has made this available for free in the regular P52 group and very very reasonable for the PRO group.
I cannot tell you how valuable it has been except to say that I certainly would not be where I am today without this group.
Nowhere else can you find such a group of talented individuals that encourage and prod you on to becoming your best at this art. And Don has been a wonderful mentor, friend and teacher for me and many many others. Though I changed careers later in life I have been able to do it quickly and become proficient and professional at the same time.
So… as part of being on the Insidious Tomatoes site we were required to do a tomato shot. I was busy at the time and dug into my archives for this one.
This weeks I did another concept and plan another soon! Enjoy, and stay tuned!
2013 – Looking to be a good year!
Yes, it is! I can’t share everything yet and it will take part of the year to bring part of the picture into view, but I have several things going on that should make this a milestone year.
For one I have a business deal happening that I’ll probably be able to share more as the year progresses. It will mean that I will be much more focused on product work and later in the year very well equipped for the same.
The other part are couple projects that are really getting me out there into larger projects. In the advertising world no one wants to risk their job hiring a new guy in the biz. After this year I should have a great track record to stand on and that tends to bring credibility to you and your work. Still have to have the work! That is something I will never rest on. I love being creative and have a lot of passion and drive to move forward with my vision.
Below some sketches for a project. Not finished images, but ideas for marketing ideas.
Genevieve Cutts – Studio session
I have wanted to work with Genevieve for a while after seeing work done with her by my good friend Hiram Chee. Hiram and I have become great friends and have done several shoots sharing models and finding great places to work.
Most of our previous work together has been on-location and outdoors along the norther california coast.
Hiram and I had talked about doing some studio work at our studio in the Bay Area for quite some time and he made it all happen. I must give Genevieve the most credit for her awesome ideas and ample wardrobe selection. Her idea for using the lace fabric wrap was the best. She also was a tireless model and worked all day with few breaks. Hiram and I would switch off and shoot different setups all day long. I am quite sure Gen must have crashed on their ride back home! Rule number 1? Have a great subject to photograph and the rest is easy!
Anyway… onto some of the results. I am still going through the images, but these are my favs from editing so far. I really look forward to working with Gen again sometime soon.
Ryan Z at a recent Studio 52 shoot
I worked with Ryan a couple times before and it has always been a pleasure. He is very willing to try stuff out and not too self-conscious about posing. I really hope he thinks about doing some more serious modeling because I think he has a look that a lot of clothing and sports companies could use. We’ll see if he moves forward and puts a book together.
So this was my first studio shoot in a while. I have been very immersed in the “business” part of the photography business and less of the “artistic” side. Ryan called me earlier in the week and asked if I wanted to shoot again. I said “sure” and really went at the shoot with a clear mind. Sometimes that is the best way, though I tend to be a planner ☺
The top image is my favorite and made it into my portfolio. The rest give you some idea of how productive the shoot was. And I haven’t finished going through all the images yet.
Izzy all wrapped up in looking at fabric at Hart’s Fabrics in Santa Cruz
My good friend Hiram Chee asked me to help with a fabric store shoot at Hart’s Fabrics in Santa Cruz. He was doing a trade with the store and a few models and got free access to the whole store after hours. Actually, he wanted me to shoot with him and another photographer, but I told him he would certainly need an assistant for what he wanted to accomplish. Sure enough, I was more than busy enough just setting up lights and helping coordinate things. There were a couple HMUA and stylists, who I am pretty sure were employees or friends of one of the employees. The other photographer setup a seamless and shot quite a few of the employees in outfits they had created. It was an eclectic mix of fabric and colors!
Truly, Hart’s Fabrics is an amazing store and a prop stylist’s heaven.
So Hiram had his daughter Izzy setup for a shot and made me shoot ☺ I had setup the lighting and so it was a great opportunity, which I reluctantly received. I am funny about being a second cook in the kitchen, as it were. Since I had never seen the store, except in a few iphone pics I was still taking it all in and thinking how I would setup shots. On this shots I did modify a few things with the stylists, moved the lighting a bit and picked my own point of view, so I don’t feel so bad working someone else’s setup. Thank you Hiram!
All in all, everyone realized we need to shoot again. I am dreaming of my own setups for next time. Following are a few glimpses of the store with Genevieve giving me a spirited tour ☺
Stay tuned for episode 2!
How often have we felt this way? ☺
Thanks to my good friend and fellow photographer Nick Giron http://nickgironphoto.net/ for being my model ☺
The trick was how to have my studio floor look wet with paint and also know it would work when Nick had time to stop by. Since my floor is a nice laminate wood floor I obviously did not want to actually paint the floor. The red paint I got was very very red and hard to get out of anything ☺ The bush will be red the rest of it’s life now…
Here are a few shots from a still life test shoot, both low & high-key, with beer. Also I did a conceptual shoot with a mountain climber on top of Mount Diablo.
As things go, when Kim and I got to the top and were ready to shoot it started to rain ☺. Not a big deal for him as it was his kind of weather, but I had to cover my strobe and try and keep my equipment dry.
Still life shots done in the studio…