I first met Lauren in April of 2010. When I saw her photos, I thought “Wow! She’s really pretty!” In her photos, she never smiled and the mystery of her intrigued me. Right away I thought she was a glamour girl and I wanted to shoot her. I honestly forgot how we actually started talking, but not soon after we had a date to shoot. If you know ANYTHING about models you know that 10am your and my time, is actually 10:20-11:00 model time. I was on my way to the studio at 10am when she text’d me and told me she had been outside since 9:45 waiting for me!Details
One of the things we hear time and time again is “Shoot it right in camera and you won’t need Photoshop” If you didn’t know, this is a very, very old saying that came out when everyone went digital. This saying came from the fact that photographers and our egos didn’t want anyone thinking some stupid program could do anything to enhance our work. That amazing photos were created in the camera and that was the end of it.Details
What do you think is the #1 career killer of many up and coming or want to be models? I’ll bet it’s not what your first guesses are! What do you think it is?
Too short? Nope! Not at all.
Too limited on styles? Nope, not at all.
No money to work with professional photographers? Nope, not even that!
Is one that provides you with a ton of photos that can keep you editing for months to come.
For every serious photographer I stress two things;
Have a QUALIFIED mentor
Have a Muse
With these two things, there isn’t anything you can’t do in the photography and business world. The reason this is so important is a mentor has been where you are or going and can usually help steer you in the right direction. A good mentor is much like a psychologist; they will never come out and tell you exactly what to do, but will suggest or lightly nudge you. A muse will bring out your creative side as well as allowing you to try new things and work with you to evolve your ideas into more. I think it’s important to have several types of muses and mentors, the more diverse, the better.
Here’s a photo from a shoot with one of my muses Lauren V. This photo was taken in April and today, this session STILL allows me at least five new photos to clean up and post. Obviously there’s no purpose to have that many on the blog, which is why I’ll have my portfolio paysite coming out soon. Until then, enjoy this photo!Details
One of my most popular models is Taylor. She stopped in to hang with me and of course we shot. Taylor is one of the few models that I enjoy TALKING to as well as shooting. We talked longer than we shot and as a result, I’m forcing her to come back in December. If all goes my way, those photos will be some of the best I’ve taken to date! I’m excited and so is she.Details
In tradition with meeting the models, I want to keep it going with Cass. I met Cass online about a year ago. She has a look that drew me in right away. I found her wit and quips to be second to none therefore shooting her was a must. We talked here and there for about a year, then one day she contacted me and told me she was moving to FL and wanted to shoot before she left. The day we shot, she just got her braces off earlier in the a.m. and was excited to shoot. We shot several different styles and I have to say, this series…captured my eye She had so much fun she’s coming back in on my birthday in a few weeks and we’re shooting again! I can’t wait as this second shoot will be even hotter!Details
A few weeks ago, I had a boudoir workshop in a local hotel. The workshop was really a shoot out, but everyone had a great time and got some awesome images. One of the things I made a point to teach was that boudoir is nothing more than glamour photography, just more focus on body parts. I get into arguments all the time about this as some of my peers believe boudoir is different, I tell them “Boudoir is a fancy word to say lingerie, implied and nude photography.” It’s a general portrait photographers chance to shoot nekked women and not be thought of as a bad guy.
Regardless of your reason for shooting boudoir, I enjoy it and for the same reasons I enjoy glamour; empowering women.Details
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.
Sometimes, you have to ask yourself “What did I do to deserve this?”
Most times you ask that, it’s in a bad way. Kelsey is the total opposite for me. Our shoots are what everyone should experience; total anarchy, loud, crazy and giggly.
I met Kelsey earlier this year. I liked her look right away and saw that she had some previous modeling photos. Naturally, my ego took over and decided she needed to have “better” photos than what she had read: I needed an excuse to shoot her.Details
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.
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