Friday, June 26, 2009
Been away from my blog and the Internet, which was very weird for me. I was away on a business/pleasure trip to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I went with some very good friends, Niki Poptsis and Tanya Radulovich. Yes, these are my great friends but I also work with them on photo shoots. Of course Niki Poptsis is the hair stylist for my photography and now represented by my team “Hildebrand Productions”. Tanya is a great model, which I am helping in rebuilding her portfolio. We are going to be shooting a lot of her, so stay tuned.
The first couple of days we took a break from work and didn’t do anything but hang out. We found some pretty cool restaurants and night clubs. Also finding out that most of the clubs had ladies drink free, yes free, so crazy. After we all had enough sun and nightlife we wanted to start shooting something. I don’t know how this is going to be possible because it’s sooooooooo hot here I can’t even go outside for longer than 5 mins. Coming from Malibu, I am not used to such heat and humidity. Before arriving in Ft. Lauderdale I lined up a shoot for a swimsuit company for the cover of their magazine, which we needed to shoot. Like I said, super hard to shoot, but we did what we could in the heat. The one day shoot was fun but on our last day we where going to shoot all over town with these swimsuit lines and it started raining so hard. I have never seen rain and wind so hard in my life. Super crazy. No way I was going to try and shoot in this stuff with my camera. I’ll have to return to Florida to finish the shoot but will wait for cooler weather.
Swimsuit by: (I will let you know soon sorry)
Shoes by: (I will let you know soon sorry)
Model: Tanya Radulovich
Hair: Niki Poptsis
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
June 12, 2009
Prepping the Shoot
Pretty much this shoot was way crazy before it even started. Had so many problems with booking a model. I was using a modeling agency in Los Angeles, CA called “I Model and Talent”. They told me one model that my clients really wanted could do the shoot, turns out the model was in Hawaii, which we found out the day before the shoot. I was on another shoot at the time and was now trying to find another model ASAP because call time was a 6am the next day. “I Models” said they had another model that would do the shoot; my clients liked her so we booked her.
Day of shoot
Stress was over or so we all thought. June 12 at 6:30am and still no model but its ok because 90% of models think its ok to be 30-40mins late to a shoot. Now it’s 8am, the model still is not at the location and we can’t get a hold of the agency because they are not opened yet. We are all hoping the agency would at least give the model my number so she could call us, nothing. I finally call the NY office to see if they can help, long story but the agent there was so great and super on top of it. She tracked down the model that we thought we booked. NY office calls me back and says the model is on her way and should be there by 9:30am. This is good news, but we are running out of time. The location we are shooting at closes at 4pm and we have 11 shots to do, wow. It’s 10:30am and no model, now I am a little freaking angry. I call the agents back and they can’t find her or get a hold of her. I hope this model never works again because this is just so lame. Pretty much at this point starting to think that “I Model and Talent” is not going to work and they don’t have any control over there models.
Looking for a new Model at 11am
Now my client and myself are getting a little stressed out, the location closes at 4pm and my client is flying back to AZ at 6pm. I call every modeling agency I know in LA and Sarah from “Next Models” saves the day. First Sarah was super understanding of what was happening and wanted to do what ever she could to help us out. Within 5 minutes she emailed me a couple models that would work and 5 minutes later we booked Kristen Kassinger aka “KK”. Sarah told us the model could be here by 11:45am, I heard this to many times today so was thinking the worst. No way, she arrived at 11:45am and was perfect for the look we wanted. Sometimes you never know what you’re going to get without seeing the model first.
Time to Shoot Finally
Ok, now it’s time to finally get ready and find a way to still shoot all 11 shots. At this point I am trying to just hold it together and not freak out. Megan the hair and make up artist has to kick some butt and finish as fast as possible. Also, Megan has to work in downtown LA later today and needs to leave the shoot no later than 2:30. We are shooting at Zuma Canyon Orchid Farm, which is right up the street from my house. Thanks to Madison Hildebrand (my brother) for putting in a good word for me to shoot here. George Vasquez the owner was so cool for letting us shoot here. George let us shoot wherever we wanted and move all kinds of plants around. Getting ready to shoot the first shot, hoping this model can really kill it and shoot fast. Wow, couldn’t have asked for a better model, she was so professional and on point. Didn’t really have to give her much direction, which made the shoot go fast. We pulled it off, all 11 shots, and finished at 4:15pm. Have no idea how the hell this shoot worked but it did and everyone on the crew stepped it up big time.
Preview of Images / Video
Below are some of the out takes of the shoot and a small video. The magazine will be out at the end of July, which I will post on the blog. Stay Tuned.
I can't put the other images up yet because we are putting them in the magazine soon. So stay tuned.
Special thanks to:
Megan: Hair and Make, Kyle Sparks: Photo assistant, Randi Karabin, Kirsten Sorensen, Gary Abeyta, Swim Journal Magazine, Madison Hildebrand, George from Zuma Canyon Orchids, Sarah from Next Models LA, Model: Kristen Kassinger, sun bounce, coffee, Herbalife: liftoff’s,
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The shoot took place in The Hollywood Hills at a great house over looking the city. A studio would have made
the shoot a little simpler as far as lighting and control, but of course we pulled it off.
We left Malibu at 7 a.m. and began setting up on location at 9:30 a.m. The plan was to shoot the two male models (Tony Adam and Andrew McDonnell) on a Grey background. But, as we did a few test shots, the client wanted to change the vibe and decided we should shoot everything on black.
Of course we didn't have any black. We made a run to Sammy's (our local photo store) and with the black background redesigned the look and reset the lighting.
Hey, we’ll do whatever it takes to make the client happy and get the shots he likes. Our goal is to make the clothing look as good in pictures as it does in life form.
Finally, on a roll and ready to shoot at 1:30 p.m. and needing over 50 different looks to be done in one day, a little stressed out at this point. Was just hoping we were going to be able to get most of it done without staying all night long. Didn't want to lose my models
by shooting too much, burning them out. My crew killed it and we shot pretty much every look we
needed, but without taking any breaks during the day. It made for a very long day for everyone.
Thanks to Brent from Cinsay Inc. for putting this shoot together. I was super amped also because Brent got a great camera crew to come out and film all day long. They did some cool time laps videoing and all behind the scene shoots. Can't wait to see the final edit which I should have very soon.
Hoping today will go a lot better and we can shoot everything needed for Lords. The call time for the crew and first model was at 9:30 a.m. Of course everyone is there and ready to shoot but the model, so once again I started to worry about finishing all the shots. Both models arrived at 10:30 a.m. because of our great LA traffic. Thanks to Megan, our hair/make-up artist, for working so fast in getting the guys ready. Back to shooting finally and pretty much killing this shoot. Shot as fast as I could so we could fit in all the shots needed. Once again we finished everything the client needed and some.
Super fun shoot and I learned a lot. I mostly don’t work with male models so it was a bit of a change for me. They were great to work with.
Specials thanks to
Brent Almond, Lords, Tony Adam, Andrew McDonnell, Megan: Hair and Make, Kyle Sparks: Photo assistant, Jake Netter: Intern, the video crew, all the other crew, you did such a great job, Herbalife: Liftoff for giving me enough energy to make it all day, my canon 5d mark II and Los Angeles traffic.
Below are some of the behind the scene photos. This will give you an idea of the set up and the vibe of the shoot. I also posted a couple of the final images to give you an early peek of what we did.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
(this posting is for everyone who hasn't seen this on going project, stay tuned to be finished soon)
To Everyone who has been a part of this project so far,
First, let us say thank you for your involvement and enthusiasm in this
project, it is a daily reminder of why we are doing this, to create something
that will be memorable for future generations in Malibu, and to commemorate who
and what Malibu is today.
As I am sure you know, this summer Malibu Magazine released the "Faces of
Malibu" article in their beginning of summer issue, featuring many of our
portraits. However, we are not intending to stop there. We have many more of
you to gather and photograph over the next several months.
What we first envisioned as a small book with only single portraits, has evolved
into a 300+ page coffee table book that will look at historical photographs, the
portraits of the individuals and families, as well as fine art photographs of
memorable and staple Malibu icons. Further, we will have a few community
members speak on their personal experiences and relationship with Malibu,
telling the stories of old and new.
To do this, we need your help. If there are any specific people or landmarks
that you believe should be shared in the book, please feel free to email us
with a brief description of their history with Malibu and the importance of
including them, along with their contact information. We have already shot over
one hundred people, and our list is around three hundred and still growing.
While we cannot guarantee to get everyone in this, we want to keep our
representation of Malibu as accurate as possible. Email Me Today email@example.com
Secondly, we are doing this project out of our own pockets. We are not just
donating our time, which we are more than happy to spend, but we are carrying
the actual costs of self-publishing this book. If anyone is interested in
investing in this project and becoming a sponsor, we would really appreciate
your help and love to talk with you. We have also attached a website where you
will be able to order Faces of Malibu T-shirts. We have printed a limited run
of them on high-quality, soft Organic American Apparel T's, and are looking to
help re-coop some of the money it is going to take to initiate the printing
process of the book.
Again, thanks to everyone who has been involved so far with this
project. We wouldn’t have gotten this far without you, and without you this
book wouldn’t exist at all.
We need your Help
Please help support this project, order an Organic Faces of Malibu T-shirt today. The purchase of the t-shirt will help us raise money to finish this book and dvd set.