The Essence of Uniqueness – Finding Your Own Style

My partner has headed off overseas for a couple of weeks – that means I can setup my temporary studio and be shooting and editing from 7AM to the wee hours of the morning.

The main objective is to get better at my lighting management; talent direction and post production composite creations.

The work I’m most inspired by right now are Commercial Photographers Dave Hill and Joel Grimes – they have this combination of creative design; technical lighting and Photoshop wizardry of stunning desaturated but high contrast images that I really love.

But, you can’t copy – the thing is you need to develop are your own skills and style and THEN see if there is market demand for that look.

It’s a conumdrum – do your create then market or market a look?  Where’s the opportunity?  Joel Grimes gave a great interview of his success – in essense – we are ALL unique – what you’ve got to do is take that uniqueness to develop your style.

From a business point of view I’ve been trying different styles to see where the market is – from landscapes (no money in that) to actor headshots, lingerie and fine art.  Below are some of the shots so far this week

 

Modelling shot – Tessa

Tessa - PortraitPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

 Experimenting with tones.

TessaPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

 

TessaPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

 

Getting more artistic – I’m liking these shots

Behind the MaskPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

Liar BirdPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

Shooting some high constrast black and whites – for the fashion market – the shots are OK but they don’t grab me.
ExposedPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

I think this shot is pretty clich’d and would be in my stock shot bag if I was to focus attention on bodiour and lingerie photography. 

TakenPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia



 

 

Glamour Photography

Hi, below is a small sample of my glamour, lingerie and boudoir photography from hundreds of glamour model photos taken over the years.

We can shoot on location or in studio. 

Stylists and make up artists can be arranged.

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Want for information? 

Please give me a call on 0414 702 072 or contact us.

Business Portrait Pre-shoot tips and advice

Great business portraits will put a face to your business, leave your clients and prospects with a positive impression and help you differentiate from your competition.

Below are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your corporate portrait photo-shoot.

What clothes should I wear?

The images will be used to represent you and/or your company so you need to dress accordingly. You’ll want to wear professional business attire that is classic and timeless so you can use your photos for years to come. Men should wear a suit jacket, sweater, or a nice dress shirt.

Women should wear a blouse or a tailored jacket. It is best to wear long sleeve shirts for your portrait. Long sleeves are much more flattering on arms than short.

You also want to be somewhat comfortable in what you’re wearing or your picture will look stiff and unnatural. But be aware of clothing that wrinkles easily as that will look sloppy and unprofessional.

What colors photograph best/worst?

Solid colors photograph best, and most people look good in midtones (green, blue, brown, etc.). Avoid white and colors that approximate your flesh tones (this might be beige, tan, or very pale peach, pink, and gray).

Avoid wearing clothing with patterns or accessories that distract from your face. Very bright reds, yellows and oranges can also be distracting.

Should I wear jewelry?

Jewelry can be a great accessory to your outfit, but should not distract from your face. Less is usually more. Necklaces look best when they are shorter and mimic the neckline of your shirt.

How much makeup should I apply?

If a make up artist and/or stylist is not included in your shoot then wear what you would for a nice evening out. Well done, but not overdone. Avoid overly glossy or shimmery makeup as it will catch the light and be distracting. If you normally don’t wear makeup, your pictures will look better if you at least wear foundation. This will help even out your skin tone. Bring extra powder as you’ll want to reapply during the shoot to avoid shine.

What are the best backgrounds for a business portrait?

The most important thing to consider in a background is that it doesn’t distract from your portrait. It should complement your clothing and colors. Solid colors or a neutral colored textured background are always classic. Bright colors can work for a younger, more vibrant portrait, but I’d recommend doing another neutral background as well just in case. If you are having your portraits outside your photographer should be able to suggest appropriate backgrounds away from objects that would distract the eye from your face.

What kind of a picture will I receive from the photographer?

You’ll receive a high resolution digital copy from the photographer to use for your business.

Will I own the rights to my image?

The photographer retains the image copyright but we grant unlimited permission to use your image for business purposes. Sometimes these rights cost extra, but sometimes the rights will be given to the client as a part of the portrait session fee. Be sure to ask about this before you book your sitting.

Are there any restrictions on how I can use my business portrait?

Some photographers restrict Web use vs. printed use and have separate fees for each. Some have a one-time use fee while others have a fee that gives you unlimited use of the image. This all depends on the photographer. recommend arranging for unlimited use of your image. You’ll want to plaster your image everywhere, and it’s a major hassle to contact the photographer every time you want to re-use your business portrait. Just suck it up, pay the fee, and be done with it. You’ll be glad you did.

We grant unlimited permission to use your image for business purposes

How many different poses should I purchase?

Depending on available time we recommend purchasing 2-3 poses. Having options is always a good thing. Photo sessions are expensive and take time, so if you can get a few different portraits that you can use, it could save you time and money in the future.

So, if I change outfits or backgrounds during my photo shoot, I should buy multiple images, right?

Right. Even if you don’t change outfits, a change in the lighting or in your expression can make a photo completely different. It is helpful to have a range of photos to use for your business. Perhaps vary the use of each photo, using one for your Website and another on your social networking pages.

I’m not photogenic. Do you retouch business portraits so I can look my best?

Most photographers do basic retouching on your business portrait without an additional fee. This can be anything from removing blemishes, reducing under-eye circles, brightening eyes, whitening teeth, reducing wrinkles, etc. If your photographer doesn’t retouch and it is important to you, you could get permission from the photographer to send it to a professional retoucher. Retouching fees range from $10-$25 for basic retouching. 

Any questions please send us a note.

Jamie Is My Darlin – The Barney Dawson Story

We’re in a pub (yes having a beer) and the guy playing guitar in the corner looks a bit like a cross between Danny Devito, Aggro the muppet and Mark Knoffler – he’s singing a pretty good cover version of Dire Straits “Money for Nothing (and chicks for free)”.  I’m sure the words he’s singing aren’t quite right but that’s a different story.

After his set, “Barney Dawson” (we learn), comes over and joins us at our table.

We chat, Barney tells us he’s been playing guitar and singing for over forty of his forty-five years, that he’d been a child superstar, recorded albums, starred in films, travelled the country but was now back doing what he loved most – getting face to face with real people like us, just him and his guitar.

By the way did we have any song requests? He knows thousands of songs and he finds gigs are much better when the audience is involved.  “Today, entertainment is an interactive two way conversation with your audience” he says.  It’s interesting how this very much the same as digital brand marketing through social media, that you can no longer jam your message down your audiences throat.

“How about ACDC’s ‘its a long way to the top” my mate Franklyn asks.

“No problem” the reply, …and somewhat apologetically, Barney asks if we can shout him a beer – he’s left his wallet at home and there is some confusion over the publican and his manager not running the normal bands drinks rider at the bar”