Glamour Photography by Jay Kilgore
My Cali experience
Hello friends! Here’s the first meaningful post from me in some time! As some of you know, I moved out to Cali about four and half years ago and had big plans. I knew Cali was different than I had expected, what I didn’t know was how much different it was going to be!
I had previous experience with Cali from clients. I had a small client that was in Cali and flown out to shoot some of their stuff. It was an in and out operation as they didn’t have the money to put me up and I didn’t have the money to stay. I was in the Beverly Hills area where even 10 miles away from town things were extremely expensive. Early in summer 2013 I came back to Cali to visit and get a feel of the place. While I knew Beverly Hills was expensive,Details
I am not dead…I promise!
I do! I took some time off from shooting because I honestly wasn’t really motivated to do so. For a LOOOONG time I hated my California experience. It was filled with egomaniac photographers who poor skill. Or Excellent photographers who were human hermits who didn’t go outside or talk to people. I will blog about my Cali experience a little later and in more detail, but it’s been interesting!
Good news? I’ve found a love for shooting again and it started in May of this year. I finally decided to break the seal on the 1Ds Mark III as well as buy a 5D MarkII, 1D Mark IV and even picked up a 6D again. Now, I still hate the 6D, but didn’t realize it until I purchased and started using it. I also broke down and picked up a Canon 70-200 IS F2.8 USM lens and love it! Sold a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 II cause it was crappy and hunted a lot. Love the Canon. Here’s a pic of some of the family:Details
Meet the Models: Kelsey Skrbina
Meet the Models: Kelsey Skrbina is one of those fun but tragic ones for me. I first met Kelsey back in 2011. Early February, Kelsey had saw work I had done with Audrey and a few other Thornton girls. Kelsey wanted to shoot. The images she had submitted were typical of Colorado photographers; good for the area then, but sloppy. It was of her with her shirt unbuttoned save the last button and in black and white. The black and white was done by general monochrome application so the image looked faded and muddy.Details
Kelsey is the winner!
Later this week, I’m going to edit a lot of new photos of her and share them and her story with you.Details
Who should be next?
Who should be the next model featured on Meet the models? I usually pick them at random, or whomever has the most edited images, or whomever I’m using a new editing technique on. Today, I want to ask you all who should be next?
As you know, my #Meetthemodels segmentDetails
Meet the Models: Danielle Jones
As I spoke about in my Old School Friday post from a few weeks ago, today’s Meet the Models: Danielle Jones is happening!
Danielle first contacted me and wanted to shoot. She was in WA at the time and saw my work by some of the girls I had shot previously. At the time of her first contact, she wanted to shoot styles that I found “boring” aka, not glamour styles. I was mildly interested in shooting it, but my heart wasn’t into it. That and her being in another state on the NorthWest side of the country meant our talks would be basically how we want to shoot, but never getting the chance to do it. Just to keep everything kosher, I played the game and continued to talk to her. We stopped talking for several months and just as I figured, it was something that was never going to happen.
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Old School Friday: Danielle Jones
I first met Danielle Jones way back in 2012 on Facebook. When she first contacted me, she let me know she was familiar with a lot of the girls I was shooting at the time and she wanted to shoot. At the time of her first contact, she was married and unwilling to shoot any glamour styles so needless to say my interest level wasn’t very high. I was slowly coming around from the whole having a muse that doesn’t shoot the styles I’m known for, and didn’t want to do any shoots with people that I couldn’t use in my book. At that time she was living in Washington and moving to CO. Once she got to CO, her styles open to shooting improved to a level that I was interested in and we shot!
Danielle and I shot many times with the last time being here in Cali back in 2016! It’s always great to see a friend and my only complaint was we had so little time to spend together when she was out here. We had fun and shot most of the time we were together so that’s always worth it. Today, Danielle haven’t talked in a few months. Thankfully, not due to any drama reasons as she was always more sensible than not. But because Cali life has me hectic and home life has her crazy busy in CO. She is a good friend and I’m sure we’ll speak soon enough!
Until the Meet the Models segment, here are a few photos to hold you over:
The threats are real!
The threats are real! Stupid, that is!
I’ve not shot a Colorado “model” in about three years, yet my inbox on Facebook, once a month is filled with a moronic claim! The claims aren’t so bad, however, the threats are real! They come in in droves and when I respond with my usual comment “Get a lawyer have them email me” it turns into how bad of a person I am and how everyone in Colorado hates me.
News flash: I couldn’t care less!
I’ve spoken previously about the joys of working with wannabe models and the stress and headaches of them. I’ve spoken about attention to details as well as how to start as a model and it appears all was for nothing! At least for me it is. What happens for me is I’ve shot girls that wanted to have professional photos taken. Then they meet Jesus, or a boyfriend or some other stupid reasonDetails
Meet the Models Zoe Shupe
Meet the Models Zoe Shupe is my return to regular posting and sharing! I will start my epic return featuring Zoe Shupe.
I had met Zoe through Facebook like I had met many of the girls I had worked with at the time. Zoe had known several of the girls I had shot in the past and wanted her turn. I looked over her submitted images and noticed she had a glamour body; 32C, nice hips and height. Although she had the height for legit fashion work, she didn’t have the body type in accordance to the industry standard, but she was all glamour. I noticed she had a dress in one of her photos that I thought was killer on her figure and wanted to shoot it. We set up the shoot and and shoot day arrived.
Zoe was a little late to the shoot but we were shooting outdoors. The place to park and walk down the hill was a climb, so I was able to look past it. She showed up with the dress I loved, a great smile and open attitude. Prior to all my shoots, I ask and verify, the styles they’re open to shooting. Zoe had said she most open she was to shooting was implied topless. Never one to push the issue, we went to shoot. We had a great time but she found the spots that I had previously shot topless and nude images, to be too open for her tastes. She wanted to shoot some implieds at the waterfall. Before we left, we captured the following:
Zoe Shupe of Denver CO
I first met Zoe Shupe of Denver, CO back in 2013. She lived in Littleton at a place that was right across from where I used to live. I had shot a lot of Zoe’s friends and she, like many others, wanted to do some modeling. She reminded me of a baby giraffe; tall, elegant, but not entirely graceful. She was cute and I could use her look and body type in my book. I decided to shoot her and we ended up shooting several times. Including twice for a paysite that never materialized. GMM doesn’t want or allow me to post the entire stories, this is why I created my Meet the Models, so next week I will provide more info on our shoot. You can see her GMM feature by going here.
Until recently, Zoe and I hadn’t talked. I’m not sure I’d consider what we were doing as talking, but I’ve had to cut all communication with her (Typical Colorado wannabe model). As you read, you will find many of the same traits in her as other girls I’ve shot out of Colorado; desire to make tons of money and earn tons of fame-with little to no real work ethic or business acumen. Although it didn’t work out, I was able to get some great images for everyone to have and appreciate. I know I do!
I also have a teaser video for you here:
Before all of you ask, yes, I have the video and photos of her for sale, but please note; I sell at collector prices not the 5.00 Patreon pricing. As always, if you’re interested, hit me up and let me know. I am working on my art sale page and should have something on it soon. Everyone I’ve ever shot is for sale so don’t be shy, hit me up and let’s work out some deals.Details
Denver fetish model Cheyenne
When I was in Colorado, my buddy used to frequent this breasturant and I found a few girls to shoot from it. I had seen Cheyenne several times and each time was conflicted; should I ask to shoot? Or naw? Sometimes she looked very nice and other times I didn’t want to shoot her. My buddy, Paul, would always remind me when I said I wanted to shoot her, that I didn’t the last time. I finally decided to shoot her and we set up the time.
Shoot day arrives and she shows up with a gentleman. He wanted to talk to me and see where we were shooting. I found out some time later that he was there to check me out and make sure I wasn’t a creeper. Cheyenne gets ready and we start shooting.Details
As you know, I’m shooting and featuring a lot of my work on Glamour Model Magazine and one of the areas I want to focus on is video. I hate doing video, but I love doing video.
I hate learning how to edit video as I just learned Photoshop, but I do admit it’s fun! I enjoy looking at the finished product and have a lot of video that I’ve done nothing with. The guys and gals over at GMM asked me to put together a worksafe video as well as a regular video to show what is coming so here it is:
Worksafe Models: Jodi Lavoie, Natalie, Jodi Lavoie, Amanda Sue and Ashley, Emory, Maegan, Erika and Katy Robinson
Meet the Models: Jordan Alexis Brown Tippet
So it’s been a while eh? I have some other posts I’m working on, but figured I’d work with some of what I have already! Jordan Brown Tippett of Boulder, CO is this weeks Meet the Model!
I had met Jordan through a mutual friend Hosnah Safi. Well, I didn’t meet as in introduced, but Jordan was a girl who wanted to “Be a model” and wanted to shoot. She had sent me some images she shot with her friend joking around and I liked her look and body. The images were black and white and her friend was in college for photography, but she appeared to be having fun so the images were natural. She had sent me some selfies as well and told me she was OK with being topless. She may be interested in nude but not at first. I was OK with that since she did have a glamour body.Details
More of Danielle Jones
So I posted a video of Danielle Jones a few weeks ago and lets just say…you guys dug her! I’m not sure if it’s her that you dug? Or if it’s because I’m finally updating again but either way, I wanted to share with you guys another video I worked on. I hate video editing but will work on it more!
Click the photo to be brought to the video!Details
Yes, this is correct! You are seeing TWO updates in one week from me!
One of the things I’ve wanted to do is get better (or active, rather) with my video editing. I’m still learning but this is what I put together!
Let me know what you think of it!
Working on more so stay tuned!
Meet the Models: Leah Konecsni
Been a while since I’ve updated, my apologies. I decided to get back into the habit by doing a Meet the Models. Today, we meet Leah Konecsni.
I had met Leah from a guy who wanted to buy private photos of her. From there, she decided she wanted a paysite to make money. So she talked to the same guy and he provided her with the opportunity to have one. When I first met her, she was very shy. I thought she was quite pretty and had the perfect glamour body. I had commented that she had the perfect glamour body and she said “My goal was to get the ‘Barbie’ look.” Mission accomplished!
Our first shoot she was super quiet, almost too quiet. As we started to work together she started loosening up. She began to talk more and smile and have fun. I started to relax a little and we shot and had fun. She had told me straight away that she had shot and done other things with photographers so she was quite comfortable posing in Penthouse erotic nude styles. That was a welcome change for me as I had been contacted by Penthouse and needed something to submit to them as well.
Over time, we had shot three or four times with each shoot lasting two or three hours. This is a super long shoot for me but it was worth it as she was open to styles and talking and having fun.
I invited her to shoot at my home and the shoot was a success. We shot again at the studio and had fun! We had one more shoot and it was there that I think it became awkward for her.
While we were shooting, her pocket book fell over and the contents spilled to the floor. She picked everything up and said she had a “bullet” seeing the size of it I had thought it was an adult toy, she informed it was for the times she snorted an illegal drug. Awkward, we moved past it and I informed her I don’t judge people. She said she was OK with it, but continued to be odd. We had agreed to shoot again to finish everything up but I had a feeling it was done. The week passed and I had scheduled another shoot in the time slot forgetting that her and I had agreed. Reviewing my calendar and seeing I had double booked myself, I sent her a text message asking if she was still interested. She replied asking who I was and I reminded her. She asked me to not contact her further and that she wasn’t interested.
Following her wishes, I never contacted her again and haven’t. That was December 2007. I wish Leah the best in all she does!Details
California workshop news!
Hello friends! Long time no talk! I am in the process of updating everything, just getting fully acclimated to the California living! There are many things that are different living here, vs visiting here and one of them is the workshop life. California has very little workshops and shootouts that imho, could use some serious revamping. So I’m going to announce here soon, California workshop news!
That’s right, your boy is getting back into workshops and if you’ve ever attended one of my workshop/shootouts, then you know how magical they are!
I can’t give you too much info, but will tell you one shootout I was going to attend boasted they had 37 photographers and eight models! While that’s about 5 photogs per model, with that many photogs it becomes a nightmare unless the instructor really has tight control over it. I do! And while I’ll never have that high of a ratio of models to photographers, I could pull it off but not with out strain and mental stability being questioned lol.
Keep your eye out here for more info! Official notification will come with in a week.
You never forget your first.
Although you may want to, desperately badly. Jodi was my first “real” and legit shoot. I was living in Duluth, MN and met Jodi on OMP. Being Duluth, Minnesota was two hours north of Minneapolis, my model selection was limited. I found the big money paysite niche and wanted to capitalize on the money…but I also wanted to shoot glamour. At the time, I really, really, really wanted to be a Playboy photographer and felt I was good enough (Yes, I had a HUGE ego. third shoot, first real shoot and I sucked but had belief in myself to a huge fault).
I contacted Jodi and we set up the shoot. We met at the Rose Garden and did the paperwork and info/getting to know you thing. I was too stuck on how amazing I was with my new Canon Digital Rebel and hotlights from the local community video resource company. If you were making a movie and promised to run it on their system, you could reserve lights to shoot. Needless to say the video I put together they had no interest although a few of the guys kept a personal copy for critique. It’s been 13 years and I’ve still not heard a critique.
Sadly, I don’t have very many photos from our very first shoot, I wasn’t big into archival processes and one maybe two images have survived:
After that shoot, Jodi and I kept in casual contact. I had started to get more into glamour photography and started to take advantage of OMP and the local newspapers and things along the likes. Jodi hit me up and wanted to shoot again so we discussed the shoot. She also told me she had been away for some time due to her fighting substance abuse issues. I found it highly respectable that she was trying to fight the good fight and wanted to help her anyway I could. She wanted to keep busy and wanted to keep modeling so we decided to work together a bit more. Safe to say, but Jodi became my first muse. We set a time to shoot but she disappeared. I figured it was boyfriend issues or a change of heart, but it turned out money was an issue. She didn’t have the monetary means to support herself and her boyfriend, so she had to disappear from time to time. She asked me if she knew how to make money modeling and being she was 5’3″ I had enough wherewithal to not recommend fashion. I told her I wanted to start paysites and asked if she wanted to be my first model? She agreed and we started.
The site started to take off right away which was great! I had no idea what I was doing, but she looked like she was much younger than what she really was and that was a huge hit. She was game and while she only made a few hundred dollars per week, she showed up most of the times we scheduled. I guess a few hundred per week is more than nothing, right?
As our shoots went on, she became more comfortable and the site started to make more money. She started to become less and less reliable which was a problem in and of itself.
She showed up and pretended as if nothing was wrong. I was getting tired of the disappearing game, but enjoyed the money the site was bringing so I was able to get over it rather quickly. My photography started to slightly improve which fed into my ego even more. Why is it the less experienced the larger the ego. The more the experience the more fragile ego?
By this time, about nine months later, I had decided to upgrade my lighting kit and went with a Britek HS500 strobe and octobox and really started paying attention to my lighting. Posing was still crap as I was finding my way, but lighting was getting better:
Sadly, the above photos were from my last shoot with Jodi. A few weeks after that shoot I got a call from her. She was locked up in jail and asked me to bail her out. I didn’t have the money to bail her out and truth be told, didn’t want my name associated with troubles she had. She didn’t like this and thanked me for nothing. She hung up and I haven’t heard from her since. This was February 2004. I have no idea what she’s doing or how she’s doing, but I hope she’s well! I hope she was able to get everything taken care of, herself included.
She was my first everything; muse, model site, photo shoot and I had fun.Details
Been a while since I’ve had something other than image posts so after the new year I’ve decided to add lighting diagrams to my image posts! So it will start with Old School Friday, then Meet the Model then the lighting diagram that Tuesday or Wednesday!
I don’t think I’ll be doing much more updating since it’s the end of the year, holiday season but you never know from me!
Here’s an image of Cebree shot way back in 2011. Those glasses though!Details
Meet the models: Ashley and Amanda Sue
Around the same time I started shooting, Audrey Amanda Sue contacted me. She had seen some of the early work I did with Audrey and wanted to shoot. She and I discussed shooting and what styles. She told me emphatically that she would do nothing “too revealing” and stick with implied topless.Details