Glamour Photography by Jay Kilgore
Been a while, eh? Sorry about that! As you know, I’ve been preparing my move to Los Angeles so that has been taking up a LOT of my time. I want to talk about paying gigs and the ignorance surrounding them, as well as my feelings on CO.Details
Canon 6D and my style. I have my own style of photography. Everyone who has been shooting has their own style, their own eye. For me, I’m very particular in my style. For the first time in a long time, two years ago I decided that I wanted new gear. A new rig: so I purchased a Canon EOS 7D. Right away I hated the image quality, or IQDetails
I’m naturally a very private person. If I know you, and really get to know you, I will share small things, but for the most part, I don’t share much about me. I figured it might be fun to do a 20 things about me that you might not know. This makes me vulnerable so go along with me. I don’t think I’ll add any personal things, but all business things. Let’s get started:Details
Meet the Models Caleb is a good one!
I first met Caleb via Genna. I was offered to attend a shootout by a former student of mine. He got all my info from my workshop andDetails
Today I do Old School: Caleb.
Yes, I know Old School is set for Friday, but I wanted to change it up a bit.Details
Any photographer who is worth their weight in their profession has asked themselves “Am I good enough?” Not good enough is a constant thought for the consummate photographer. We all are chasing our next best image and sometimes the chase leads us away from what we’re most comfortable.Details
When is a free shoot free?
If you’ve owned a camera longer than 4 hours or if you’ve had modeling photosDetails
Why Colorado will fail as an industry is simple. Yes, I didn’t ask you why, I stated: Why Colorado will fail as an industry and not only will it fail, it has, was and always will fail as an industry. Normally at this point, I will start up on the wannabe models, the poor professionalism or the main one, the lack of fashion industry Colorado represents,Details
Are you truly a professional photographer? Professionalism rears it’s head in many ways, most often times photo quality is second in nature. I’ve seen many of my peers being called unprofessional for the things they do, I am no exception. Many of my peers have done things that I’ve thought unprofessional which brings me to today’s post.Details
While talking with a new photographer friend, he said “This is why I’ll never shoot glamour again”Details
It has been brought to my attention, that I am mean. Ok, I will be honest, I’ve been told this three to four years into becoming a professional photographer. It has always boggled my mind as I happen to think I’m pretty fricken groovy! and nice, and laid back, and most times, a push over. How someone can think I’m mean baffles my mind. Let’s take a lookDetails
In our profession, the one thing we must make certain we have is a model release. A model release isn’t needed but it is depending what you want to do with the photos you’ve taken. There are many pros and cons to having a release and how you benefit is totally up to you. One of the biggest issues with having a release is having the proper release for the proper session. For my paying clients I have two separate releases; one for them and a commercial usage for me. On my TF shoots, I have one main release that gives me rights to everything.
My paying clients have a lot more say as far as when, what and where their images can and will be used. Although improper,Details
Everyone has their own rules for a shoot and these rules compliment their business motto. The one thing I’ve found is they are all different and often times the extreme of most others. In keeping tradition of my wannabe model post, I’m going to discuss how in my experience, the wannabe model affects the shoot rules. Before I go any further, I’m not putting down wannabe models at all. In fact, we all start off wanting to be a professional, but much like the term GWC has stuck around, MWB or Model wannabe should too. This series isn’t to put anyone on “blast”, but to help people recognize that they are fitting the stereotype and hopefully change if they so desire.
Times are tight with regards to money so the influx in TF* requests have increased dramatically. Models, Photographers, Wannabe’s of both sides are feeling the crunch of the economy. However, this is what separates the wannabes from the professionals. There are many who believe their good looks alone will get them through life. Yes, it will for a small amount of time (In fact, to make decent money in modeling, the window is 18-23 years of age!). Very few women are gorgeous into their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and on (Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Salma Hayek and Iman are exceptions) so they need to capitalize on their looks now in this industry. Instead of using their looks in a positive way that works for BOTH them and the photographer, most models feel entitled to to be photographed because they are beautiful. Some require you pay them to be in front of their beauty.
I live in a state that has no real fashion industry.Details
There are risks in everything we do. A cognitive decision I’ve made was to work primarily with “wannabe” models vs the professional, established model. This is a choice late in to my career, I’m starting to regret. Note not all the “wannabe” models I’ve worked with have been disastrous, but a good chunk/majority of them are. The risk of working with wannabe models can exact a tolling effect on you and your career.
Back in 2010 when I got serious about shooting people, I was living in northern, MN and reaching out to more established credible models. Most were very polite and open to the ideal, but wanted me to get more experience. This made no sense to me. How am I to get more experience if I’m not working with those who have the experience? This was the same reaction I was getting from most photographers that I respected. Get more experience then come talk to them. At about the same time I decided to teach what I learned, I decided that there wasn’t fun in working with the established or well known model. That I wanted people who wanted to learn with me, working with me. Therein lies the problem.
As my skills grew, I continued working with the new model. It got to the point to where I preferred a new model over an experienced one. I didn’t turn down the opportunity to work with an advanced or experienced model, I just sought out the inexperienced model. I had the mindset that if IDetails
Last week we were introduced to Hanna in my Old School Friday section. Today, let’s Meet the models Hannah!
I first met Hannah via her sister, Maegan, vicariously. When I say vicariously, I mean I had shot Maeggy and while we were shooting, their mom said “Hannah would be so jealous right now! She wants to model so bad”. I loved Maeggy’s style so I was looking forward to shooting Ms. Hannah. The first time I met Ms. Hannah was at my 2009 “Shootout”. Hannah was the second half of the shoot where I opened it to any and all that wanted to come out. Maeggy was already there so Mrs Melissa left to go get Hannah. When I met Hannah I thought she was pretty and fun! She had attitude and was very confident with herself. I was afraid she would live in the shadow of her sister like many other younger siblings do, but nope, she was her own person and strong aura.
Around that time Ms. Hannah was about 15 or 16 so I didn’t really push or pursue photography of her. I could have used her as a High School Senior Model Rep, but every time I try and launch a general portrait business, I get a TON of new clients in the glam side so I never really got it off the ground. I had kept in great contact with Mrs. Melissa over the time. Total sweethearts the three of them. I found myself really liking all three of them! At this point the story goes quiet until 2012.
Late 2012 I got an email from Ms. Hannah saying she wanted to shoot. She wanted to give modeling a try and she wanted to do a bit more with it. She wanted more mature looksDetails
Today’s Old School Friday Hannah features a young lady that I’ve shot over the years. Introduced to modeling by her older sister, Hannah was a sweetheart and all around great person. Monday she is our featured Meet the Models so be sure and tune in for that!
A photographers protection is something that is almost always taken in vein. When I’m looking over various message boards, talking to potential clients and reading what others are saying on Facebook, the biggest thing being touted is “Model Safety” “Models should protect references” and so on. There’s one thing that I hardly see and it bothers me:
In my 14 years of professional photography, I have learned many things. The first and most important thing I’ve learned is; “All photographers are pervs”. This is something that bothers me, but nothing I’ve never let get to me. However, I did come across something that made me want to blog about it. What? Let’s discuss a bit later.
When I first started out in photography, I was mentored by someone who I came to learn was less professional than I had thought. At that point in my career, he took amazing images and I was happy to align myself with him. I learned a few things at that time and was happy. My Wife was never thrilled with him and said he was bad. I thought to myself: “How can I protect myself?” And pondered it for several years. I finally came up with the most honest solution; document EVERYTHING! I got to a point to where I never spoke with a client on the phone, everything was done via emails. This way I had a working history of everything that was discussed. This worked for me as it kept me honest as I could refer back to what I promised and they agreed upon. As with anything, that only protected me so much, I had to get bigger and better.
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Meet the Models: Emily
Emily is the sister to my former Muse. Sharing the same bloodline, I thought she was pretty right from the start.
I don’t know much about Emily other than my own opinions on her. I will share them of course, but before I start that, let’s get into the meeting. For some time, Lauren had suggested Emily and I shoot. At first I was down just because she was the Lauren’s sister. It turned into a process so I forgot about it. For me, to work with me is simple; you have an interest. I have an interest. We set a date and time and we put in work. Any variations in that is work and no one likes to work. Now I understand some people aren’t as ready mentally, physically or psychologically for what ever reasons. Apparently, Emily wasn’t really ready and it never happened. March 3, 2011. When I met her I thought she was beautiful in a way different than her sister. I wasn’t sure if she was shy and reserved because her sister was such a dynamic force? Or if because her sister and I had a then well established relationship? Or if she was shy in and of itself? but we shot and had a great time!
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Today’s Old School Friday: Emily is about one of my fav models.
I met Emily via her sister and while I’ve only shot her a few times, I’ve grown an affinity for her. We were supposed to shoot last weekend but she was unable to. Here are a few photos for OSF and be sure and check back Monday when you will see Emily featured in my Meet the Models segment.
As promised, today’s Meet the Model: Cassidy is happening!
I first spoke to Cass a long time ago! It was about four or five years ago. I saw her and she had braces and I thought she was cute! I thought it would be cool to shoot her. We spoke back and fourth a few times and promises of shoots were made and never happened. We started speaking again July of 2011 and we had a more firm shoot promised. The weekend of 8/30/2011 I got an email from Cass saying she gets her braces off 8/31/11 at 10am and she wanted to shoot at 11. It got close to 11am and I didn’t hear anything. At about 11:20 I got a text apologizing and saying her removal took a bit longer than what she was expecting but she was on her way. My hope was renewed.
She arrived and had the biggest smile ever. I made a point to tell her how beatiful her teeth were and even asked if she had ever had braces. She relaxed and we got to work. Right away I knew she was a perfect Jay Kilgore model as she had quick wit and amazing quips. She agreed to implied topless and we got to work:
Our shoot was a success and it was awesome. Cass and I kept in touch and talked a lot. I really found myself digging this chick! In October of 2011Details