Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

Behind Yet Again…LOL

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Ok I’ve been behind a bit on updates, as I have been getting ready for a shoot this weekend with actress Leslie-Ann Huff, wardrobe stylist Marc LittleJohn and some of my normal team (Anglea and Carmen). But, I hope to have some recent articles on my LA Fashion week – in particular the Project Ethos @ MusicBox and BoxEight Fashion: Refocus show. I also have an article on assisting photographer Efren Beltran and Live OC Magazine on a shoot at the V20 Club in Long Beach. So, look for new things as soon as this weekend’s shoot is over. Thanks for tuning in.


KESLER – Lighting Workshop I

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment
L Laurie Mannette

Laurie Mannette @ Kesler Studios

This week I had the opportunity to work with Kesler Tran at his studio is Los Angeles, CA. Kesler has a small group of photographers together to show off simple “one light” lighting techniques. In particular how one light could be utilized to play with shadows and contrast for dramatic effect. We had two models available to work with Laurie Mannette and Christine Gabriel. Both were lovely models to work with, they had lots of versatility and with 3 lighting arrangements we worked produced some wonderful images.

Again for the gear heads we utilized Speedotron Packs and 1 light. The first couple of arrangements had us using a bare 7″ reflector on camera right, the stand was about 8 – 10′ high and about 35 feet back from the model. The models were up against a bare white wall. I utilized my PhaseOne 645 + 105-210mm lens to give me some compression. I sat most of the day at ISO 50, between F8 – F11 as the lighting was preset for the Canon shooters in the group shooting at ISO 200 @ F13, so I played with the reciprocals to give me what I wanted and maximum dynamic range for play in post. We moved the model closer to the wall to increase shadow details on the wall and further from it for separation, feathered shadows but, more contrast on the models themselves.

Christine Gabriel

Christine Gabriel @ Kesler Studios

We then changed over to utilizing softer light with a a bare 22″ beauty dish about 8-10 feet camera left – from the model to give nice smooth wrap around light, smooth skin texture and in some instances a little of a spot light effect. We started this setup on somewhat of a busy background but then changed back to the white background arrangement with a contoured table utilized as a prop. On the white wall scenario we positioned the light-stand relatively close to the model, I say about 6 – 8′ this time but, we positioned it over head and to the camera left (a la modified butterfly lighting).

All in all it was a very enjoyable experience Kesler was patient and we had a range of skills with us that day. I also had the opportunity ti meet up with my buddy Efren Beltran who was there as well. If you haven’t check out Kesler’s work here is your chance to do so.

LA Fashion Week – Gen Art Fresh Faces of Fashion

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Gen Art - LA Fashion WeeK 2009

So, we continued with our last outing for LA Fashion Week and the opening of Rock Fashion Week. This time we were at the 12th Annual Gen Arts – Fresh Faces of Fashion show. Gen Art is a leading arts and entertainment organization dedicated to showcasing emerging fashion designers, filmmakers, musicians and visual artists. Their show was hosted at the Peterson Automotive Museum and showcased 5 emerging womenswear, menswear designers and 4 accessories designers this year:

Rory Beca
Seneca Rising
Valerj Pobega

MG Black

CC Skye
The Generic Man
Stamped L.A.

On hand were a host of celebrities as well with Debi Mazur, Johnny Galecki, Monet Mazur, Lo Bosworth, Karina Smirnoff, Nikcy Hilton, Ashley Palmer, Shiva Rose and our hostess for the evening Kaley Cuoco.

The event also featured complimentary drinks from Menage a Trois Wines, Redleaf ultra- premium bottled water and Milagro Tequila cocktails while DJ Jasepi spun the tables for the event.

Overall it was a good night with the location and layout really adding to a relaxing evening. The floor was parted into indoor and outdoor areas with the bar and DJ / Press booth separating the two sections. There were also booths which hosted the Accessories designers showcases along with art displays by Plastics Make It Possible the primary partner for the show.

The show did seem a little short but, that didn’t mean there was a lack of wear to showcase. As the designers brought out all they had for the upcoming spring collections from jeans, jackets and evening-ware I don’t think anyone went wanting. The runway presentation ranged from standard fair to I would have to say very artistic giving a good mix to the evening to help keep the audience engaged. Overall a good night to be had by all.

Cherish Your Heritage Shoot w/Efren Beltran

October 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet up with a fellow photographer and friend Efren Beltran. If you don’t know his work check it out, I think he’s an up and comer doing some fabulous work. I also think he’s a social networking king he’s seems to be everywhere so, not sure how you could be missing him. Basically Efren called me up asking if I’d like to join him on his most recent shoot to 1) Look over his shoulder and 2) To assist with lighting / setup where needed. How could I refuse!

His shoot was for CYH Magazine and was in collaboration with designer Jazmin Whitley of Li Carli (House of Jazmin on MTV). The shoot was held on location at a Tile Store / Warehouse in Montebello and the shoot theme was about “Emboldened Woman”. Basically my rap on the theme is it was about women’s rise in status within the workplace, their more dominate roles as breadwinners at home and keeping it altogether with Fashion. So, being essentially a editorial shoot the team depicted the models in high fashion at home, entering the office and in control at work, from the warehouse floor to outside on the lifts. Overall the shoot went well although I had to leave early to head to a Fashion Show that same evening but, from the 3 setups we performed the images were coming along wonderfully coupled with Jazmin’s great fashions and the strong models Efren had to work with I can’t wait to see the finished work in print.

For gear heads we shot with Hensel lighting usually employing 2 – 4 lights depending on how Efren wanted to illuminate the shadows or keep the mood. We used pocket wizards to trigger the lights and used the occasional Lowel hot-lights Efren brought along when we needed a little extra kicker or spot. We also utilized gridded reflectors and gridded beauty dishes as well.

LA Fashion Week – Project Ethos at the House of Blues

October 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Last night was my first direct introduction to LA Fashion Week. My wife and I attended the Project Ethos event at the House of Blues on Sunset. Project Ethos is an organization that puts together emerging talent in the spaces of Fashion, Music and Art to bring together a new form of exposure for the artists as well as for the event goers.

This night the House of Blue played host, having a section for displayed works of art from the likes of Terry Kim and his wonderful paintings. To the music of acts like DJ Robb, The Electrolightz, Cold Flamez and Liz Paige. The designers on hand featured a varied mix from lingerie to high-end fashion. The list of designers included: Liz Cari, Private Parts, Rina Palma, Goci, Garden Party, SYC FUK and Cowgirl Heaven.