One of the great things about being a photographer is variety, no two photoshoots are exactly the same, be it the person or people you are shooting or the location or object or the weather or the photo brief, something is always different. Here is a little “behind the scenes” into the process we followed in a recent magazine shoot for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In this case the client found us online as the subject had recently relocated from the United States. Here is an excerpt from the brief we were given.
“The images should say Wow, photographs should focus on the joy, energy and confidence gained by a healthy, natural beautiful smile. Looking for a unique magazine cover not a high school portrait. We love to see lifestyle shots in settings and situations that reflect the local surroundings and customs of the model. The picture should not look too contrived, capture a moment that is magical. Take various poses, provide both close-ups and full-figure images. Wed also like to see poses with gestures demonstrating the internal happiness that a beautiful smile creates. The final cover image must inspire the reader to ask more questions about the model and perhaps wonder about what the model is thinking. Keep the teeth in focus. Keep hair, makeup and clothing tidy. Provide long-range, mid-range and close-up shots. Think about shots from unexpected angles.”
Although it was early summer the client also wanted a wintery feel to the shots to reflect the season in the US at the time. After deciding on a location in and around Pyrmont, myself and Andrew who was assisting with lighting in this instance, met our subject Jason and we went ahead and captured a range of images to meet the brief. The proofs were then sent through to the client so that they could make their choices for the final retouched high resolution images.
Check back in soon for part 2 to see which images were selected and to see the final layout.
We’ve started doing creative portraits for the new “People Q&A” section in NIBA‘s Insurance & Risk Professional magazine. Published by Mahlab Media, Graphic Designer Jack Pike wanted a “Time Magazine” feel for the portraits. We get about an hour with the subject and have lots of fun exploring different poses, techniques and styles to achieve images that reflect the subject and the theme of the story.
Currently starring in the smash hit musical comedy “Anything Goes”, Caroline O’Connor took time out from her busy schedule to catch up with Journalist Jo-Anne Hui and Art Director Nina Christian from Mahlab Media for an interview and photoshoot for “Active Retirees” magazine. Always the consummate professional, Caroline was a delight to work with and didn’t hesitate to jump into any pose we required! A really enjoyable shoot.
Styling: Annette Twemlow
Hair and make-up: Lisa Toyer
MALE MODELS: David Helman and Joel Berliner
CLOTHES: Blue dress, jewellery and kimono, dinner suits: Vintage Clothing Shop
LOCATION: The Vanguard, Newtown
Here’s a little Blog about the business behind blogging. Will Blunt commissioned us to produce some banner and profile imagery for his business “Blogger Sidekick”. He was looking to capture some fresh, vibrant and natural imagery that matched in with his branding. We think the shots came up nicely. Blogger sidekick has some great advice for businesses wishing to have a greater online presence so pop on over and have a look. www.bloggersidekick.com
Editorial Photoshoot Cosmos Magazine.
Interview with Robin Beck Palaeontologist from University of New South Wales. Beck will upturn everything you thought you knew about Australia’s iconic mammals. Click here to read full interview. AUSTRALIA’S #1 science media brand, COSMOS is a literary science magazine with a global following. It reaches 600,000 people every month, and its highly-regarded education resources are used in 70% of Australian high schools. Photography by Studio Commercial