Saturday, June 13, 2009

Lords Catalog Shoot

Day 1
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.

Day 2
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.

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