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Grace….

23 Jan

Grace…it’s an old-fashioned word, not one that can be applied often in todays hustle and bustle. Through the ages there have been those that displayed grace in the fashion they wear, the way they wore the garments or just the way they carried themselves.

To me Audrey Hepburn was a symbol of grace and style. Sometimes she played a scallywag, sometimes the model of seriousness, but always with a natural grace, almost feline for want of a better word.

A while back I was able to shoot Tina, who I have mentioned before, in an Audrey themed shoot. Tina is one of the people who have grace, she moves quietly and without fuss, poses without restraint and can call on just the right expression to complete a scene.

Hollywood style……..

18 Jan

I have spent some time rearranging my archives this past week and was looking thru a shoot I did with a young woman who wanted something nice, but different for her husband.  She has quite a classic look and has a body shape more reminiscent of some of the Hollywood starlets of old.

 

She jumped at the chance to dress up in vintage clothing and have stylish make up applied. Honestly I recommend this style of photo shoot to all  hard-working mums, career women and those just craving a bit of “me” time. She didn’t have to worry about being a little out of shape, the make up artist and I set out just to enhance her natural beauty and make her the centre of attention…for an hour or two anyway!

We shot this young lady in a variety of dresses and locations whilst she basked in the spotlight of being a modern-day Glamour girl.

Beauty revisited……

3 Jan

Whilst scrolling thru my past images looking for some backgrounds, I stumbled across some images that I took about six months ago. The model and make up artist got some great shots for the portfolio and these following images didn’t make the cut, but with fresh eyes I noticed something different about these.

Somehow they were more intense, had more emotion, more thought by the model and with a little processing they took on a whole new flavour.

I am shooting two new models this week and look forward to new faces, differing style, and personalities but from now on I will make a habit of revisiting untouched images, you never know a winning image maybe waiting to be discovered.

Connecting with a model….

1 Jan

They are usually young, distracted by the thoughts of tonight’s party, not liking the hairstyle etc but before I get hate mail, I have been very generalist with my views on models. I have worked with quite a few creative, attentive models in the past and have enjoyed the time spent with them and the resultant images very much, however today I worked with a model who I had an instant and complete connection with. She was patient, compliant, and creative, she is also my wife.

We had taken our kids and those belonging to some friends to a local park for some time outdoors playing basketball and Nerf wars for the boys. Of course I had the camera with me and took multiple images of the kids playing, pulling faces and just generally being cute. I spotted a tree with the local creek in the background and asked my wife to pose…..naturally. Those of you that are married know that photos of your spouse are usually snapshots at weddings or other alcohol fuelled occasions which featured half closed, blood-shot eyes or questionable dance styles.

Not so today, my wife posed as I suggested, smiled naturally, and looked like she was enjoying the attention. Later in the day after we had off loaded what seemed like half the schools’ worth of kids, I did some processing on the raw image and was delighted when my wife asked me to download it for her Facebook profile. Yes there is some digital enhancements, but you know what, I think these adjustments just help her amazing inner beauty shine through even stronger.

 

 

Real Glamour……

22 Oct

Those of us in the photography game (and it truly is a game), see advertisements for glamour shoots all the time. Heavily discounted, some as low as $50.00 including make up and simple hair styling. Targeted at a certain demographic usually, these studios in the main have 5 or 6 poses and styles, use the same lighting every time and then charge huge amounts for the finished product weeks later. If this is what your heart desires then great, however I truly believe that most women given correct lighting, creative direction, costuming that doesn’t make them feeling uncomfortable to the point of being embarrassed have the ability to be glamorous. Hollywood got it right in the thirties and forties, great lighting is the key and then add a little softness and you have real glamour. Copious amounts of bare flesh is not glamour, although in the right setting it can be glamorous but that is a whole different genre.

 

You can never have too much gear…………..

13 Aug

Just as I was about to place an employment advert for a Sherpa to help lug my ever-growing compliment of photographic equipment, I was humbled when one of my favourite Make Up Artists, Andrea Mizzi from Glamorous Hair and Make Up proceeded to unload what appeared to be the entire contents of the David Jones beauty section into the studio. Andrea then commenced opening these cases in a scene that reminded me of a peak into Dr Whos’ Tardis. There was drawers, containers, brushes, hair dryers and things that most males have no chance of identifying.

I pushed my meagre three bags further into a corner, and realised  that I was suffering from a genuine case of gear envy, if not actually envying the contents of the ever mounting number of cases, but just the actual amount of gear. A second full frame body, be it another brilliant D700 or the boss, a D3 is now absolutely mandatory . I now believe that I can make a real case for the purchase of a water proof, shock proof, child proof, super triple uv stabilised trunk from the several new lenses I simply must have including the silky smooth Nikkor 85mm 1.4 G, 35mm 1.4, and a full frame ultra wide. I am currently designing a trunk that can open to support the Macbook pro (need this as well) while shooting tethered. Lastly, I am considering a mobile espresso machine with built-in iPod dock to provide buzz and vibe ( hip and funky words, fully sick dude).

In all seriousness, this photography thing makes golf, petrol head car loving and even fishing look like the little league when it comes to the gear that is needed, or in reality desired. The great thing is that when I pick up my daughters waterproof, shockproof, size of a credit card point and shoot, the images are still great.

Now back to gear, Phottix have a remote strobe trigger for my Sekonic L358 that is compatible with the Phottix Atlas wireless triggers and of course Pocket Wizards. On to the must have list…………..

Back to the world of Blogging

4 Aug

Hi, I am back. The new website site is launched ( quick pat on the back). It will need a little bit of tweaking over the next few days, but that is normal.

It has been a very busy time here at andreplacephotography.com.au , two studio shoots, 4 models, 2 make up artists, using new lighting techniques and pushing the limits of my photoshop knowledge even further…all in all great fun

Rachael