As of late, I’ve been playing around with a new setup. I’ve gotten into e-fights as to the modifiers I’m using as some people think it’s a ring flash. I am not using a ring flash. I am using an old school style of photography that obviously is forgotten about, it’s called The Arc of Equal Distance. This light gives me a great look, however, I’ve found I have to use some pretty powerful lights! The Arc of Equal Distance is basically using three main modifiers all set to the same power settings and positioned around the client in a crescent moon type setup. This is how I get the shadowless look and how my images are now.Details
Some people wonder why I don’t allow escorts. I’ve seen threads and arguments across the internet that ranges from the ridiculous to reasonable. Everyone has their own reasons for allowing or not allowing it. I can’t tell you to allow or disallow them, only tell you why I don’t allow them;
My sets are just that, my set. I have insurance and my insurance clearly states no one who isn’t germain to the shoot is not covered and any accident is my responsibility.
I don’t need onlookers either trying to Art Direct my session or offering their unsolicited opinion on posing/lighting.
I don’t want a fellow photographer who is too frugal to pay for a one on one session, coming in trying to steal ideas (Yes, it happened once)
My reputation precedes me, A model or model-wannabe should do his or her research on a photog before asking to shoot.
As of late, I’ve been dedicating blogs to everything except photos so lets return to our roots eh?
Taylor M came in a few months back for some photos. I think we got some awesome stuff.
Taylor, like many of the ladies I shoot, is beautiful. I really wanted to pull out her dark features, so I went with one strobe through beauty dish on a white wall.
This setup has always worked for me over the years and didn’t let me down again. The other photo is using window light and a reflector.
13 years ago I realized that photography was more than just a hobby, it was my life. I couldn’t imagine life with out it so I wanted to get better at it. I was living in Duluth, MN and didn’t have any good photographers there. I found a fauxtographer in the cities and went to him to learn. Very shortly into that mentor relationship, I realized the fauxtographer wasn’t someone I wanted to be associated with so I started looking for real photographers to learn from. I found Art Ketchum in Chicago, IL and decided to go see what he was about.Details
One of the things I strongly dislike…alright, hate, is when a client is asking about her friend joining. If it’s a male, I don’t mind, but if it’s a female, it makes it difficult. Why? Simple; I tend to navigate to the more dominant personality. That person is the more outgoing and spunky one. I don’t know why I am, but I just am. The other reason I hate doing two people shoots is unless it’s corny family posing, I only know how to put sauce on the poses. Meaning they need to be hot, sexy and sensual. Those are the best kinds of couples photos imho, so that’s what I shoot.Details
If you’ve been following along, you’ve learned that I first;
Start off easy. By starting easy, you let them know you don’t want to get them naked. You want to create a connection with them first and foremost. You are starting in Casual attire. I usually say “Lets start with whatever you’d be most comfortable in” By doing this, we let them know it’s ok if they want to start with more clothes until they get used to the idea of being half naked in front of a stranger. Regardless of how much they love your work, you’re still a stranger.Details
If you’ve been following along, this Anatomy of a Jay Kilgore shoot should leave you up to the models “Highest level of comfort” as I call it. In all my shoots, unless I have a very long working history AND am very comfortable with the client, I don’t jump right into lingerie and up. Why? After 10 years of doing this, I’m still if not more nervous of the shoot than the client. I put a lot of pressure on myself (that and I suffer from test anxiety) and until that first frame is fired, I am super nervous.Details
When I’m talking to clients-potential clients, one of the things that is always brought up is the fact that either I shoot only “sexy” images or “You only shoot nudes” Long ago, this used to bother me because I don’t shoot only nudes. In fact, the number of topless vs the number of full nude shoots are at a huge contrast. I shoot FAR more topless than full nude! Anyway, one of the things I point out is plain and simple numbers; If I post a photo onFacebook that is fully clothed, I’ll get maybe 3-5 comments.Details
The purpose of shooting in clothes is to let the model know that I’m into her, not just her being nude or in little to no clothing. The poses we do are typical poses, nothing too outrageous. By this time of the shoot, she and I for that matter, are no longer nervous. I am nervous for every shoot I do. For as long as I’ve been doing this, I’ve not really gotten over the fact that I could totally blow a shoot and to be honest, I like that feeling.Details
Majority of my shoots are about two hours (depending on how much talking, three) long. Before every shoot I take a few minutes, about 10, to sit down and get to know the client. Get to know who she is, what goals she has regarding modeling and how I can best help her. This is my time to “study” her, find out what makes her tick, what turns her off, her little facial idiosyncrasies-things that are important for the shoot itself;Details
Something I’ve been meaning to blog about is photography (and for that matter, any type of) forums. Forums can be a useful tool for the up and coming photographer, but they can also be a bad thing and it’s important to know which is which. If you don’t, you can find yourself the victim of morons and either putting up your camera, turning off forums or worse yet, becoming one of the “know it all” that everyone runs to, when in fact, you know very little.Details
I shot this with one light. I’ve usually used the ball chair for glamour work, but decided I wanted to do artistic lighting. I got my new favorite model and put her to work. The cool thing about artistic nude is everything doesn’t have to show in order for it to be a cool photo.
One light up high shot through a Photogenic Solair PLR500drc and Chimera 9×36 stripbox.Details
A few days ago, I got a call from a young lady who was employed by the BBB. She wanted me to join their service and stated how awesome they were. I listened to her spiel and after she was done, I told her I wasn’t interested. She, being the sales person she is, wanted to know why. I informed her that there was JUST a report about how the BBB scams people. She stated the reports were all wrong and that I should reconsider.
Summer and fall are fun times in the photography world because we can go outdoors. Now I live in CO so I can shoot outdoors almost every day, but some models freak about the cold.
As I stated before, I enjoy shooting outdoors with nothing but the model, camera and myself. This offers a more intimate shoot and allows the model to relax and NOT try and anticipate the flash. Here’s one from last week where it was a simple setup. Just the sun.Details
When I’m out doors shooting, I treat it like I do in studio; it’s an intimate shoot that has me wanting to spend my time getting to know my client.
Bringing bulky reflectors draws attention from the passer-by’s and now that camera phones are 5megapixel+ last thing I want or need is a crappy attempt at my shot out there.
When shooting outdoors, I want them as relaxed as possible. On a beautiful spring/summer/fall day, sun hitting them and warming them, one will get a more natural look from client.
For me, boudoir is about the client, not me. When I’m shooting portfolio stuff, although I make it about the client, it really is bottom line, about me. How am I going to light it. Or how will I pose it. With boudoir, I feel and say things such as “we” and “our” and occasionally, “your”Details
One of the reasons clients love me is because I like to have FUN! From looking at my work, it’s my hopes that you will see that I’m VERY passionate about our art, but that I like to have FUN! I see so many guys who are obsessed with getting the “perfect” image, that I don’t think they have fun. My Grandma said “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day again in your life” Grandmas are always right! So before I start with the client pics, I go through and clean up some of the in between photos-the photos that are them being silly or laughing at me. I will share them with you!Details