Sure, it is nice to look at pretty photos of beautiful models smiling and showing off a clean-cut or All-American feel. But, once in a while, for the sake of creativity as well as breaking the cookie cutter mold, photographers and models might be inclined to take things in a different direction.
If you are interested in making your shots a little more edgy, here are a few suggestions that might help.
Use darker and more intense clothing
Hair and makeup should bring out the harsher elements
Background and lighting can make a big difference
Using angles that emphasize the tougher elements of a model
If you even causally follow entertainment news, you will almost undoubtedly have heard about the three covers of this years Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And, whether you are a fan or not, there is one thing that is indisputable. This issue made history.
Let’s start of by saying that three are essentially three things that mean a female model (and a photographer) has reached the pinnacle of success in their career. If you are a runway model or photographer or one who works in the fashion clothing modeling, it doesn’t get bigger than working for Victoria Secret. If you are in the glamour genre, no matter how you may or may not feel about it, Playboy is tops. And finally, if you’re a swimsuit model, you know you’re reached the top when you appear in the pages of the SI Swimsuit Issue.
So, in case you haven’t heard, the 2016 edition has for the first time featured three covers each featuring a different model. That in itself is new but even more importantly on both an artistic and social level these covers include:
- The first plus-size cover model (Ashley Graham)
- The first athlete primarily rather than model (Ronda Rousey)
The third cover is of your classic beauty and traditional model Hailey Clauson.
The editor of the issue MJ Day explained it like this –
At first glance of many of her photos….
the beautiful Kelly Knox, a model based out of the UK, seems like just another stunning blonde bombshell. But, if you take a closer look, you’ll find that there is one big difference. Kelly has no left forearm!
She was born with this condition and as a child refused a prosthesis. Since that time on, she has never wore won.
In 2008, she won the BBC series “Britain’s Missing Top Model” and has been dominating the fashion scene ever since.
As a photographer who personally believes that models do not have to fit any specific cookie-cutter mold, and that beauty comes in many forms, I think she is an inspiration for both disabled and able-bodied people everywhere.
First off, I’d like to appologize to the readers of this blog for the delay since my last post. Thanks for being cool about it. And just for that, I figured I’d give you guys a real doozie for this one.
Anyone who works with studio photography knows that as a general rule, the setup includes multiple light sources. This is for a number of different reasons which include reducing shadows, evening out the exposure and thing along those lines. However, at times, the use of a single light – mono lighting, can produce some really awesome artistic effects.
One thing it can do is add a sense of drama to your shot.
Check out the image below as an example of a single light setup I used for a photo shoot last week.
In this case, I used a light on the left side and as it stretches across the model it fades into a darker shade. This accentuates the points closest while sort of leaving an element of mystery about the elements hidden in the dark distance.
Give it a try for yourself some time. You just might love the results.
In the world of music, there are no shortage of “angry chick” songs in which a woman rocks out some level of either rage of discontent regarding relationships with men. While many of these may annoy those of us with a with a “Y” chromosome, there are some occasions on which the song is so catchy or the rage comes across as so attractive that it’s hard not to like the song.
With that being said, here are a few such songs that I really do enjoy:
By Kate Voegele
Crush, Crush, Crush
Everything Back But You
By Avril Lavigne
I knew You Were Trouble
By Taylor Swift
Do you like “angry chick” music? What are some of your favorite songs that fit this vibe?
Once again the beautiful, fun, exciting season of summer is here (at least in my region of the world). It’s always a wonderful feeling when you can get outside and feel the warmth of the season’s sun painting itself upon your skin. The long days, cool and refreshing drinks and the freedom to wear a little less material all make for a great time.
With all this in mind, I decided to post a list of a few songs that really bring out that summer vibe.
I hope you enjoy them and feel free to add your thoughts and comments on videos that say “summer” to you.
California Girls – Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
Fallin For You – Colbie Caillat
Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
Pontoon – Little Big Town
In Too Deep – Sum 41
In a photography studio setup
you can use as much or as little light as you want, adjust the angles of the light and how harsh or diffused it may be and all sort of other factors. However, with all the little things you can do to manipulate the outcome of artificial and studio lighting, in my personal opinion, there is nothing like the amazing asset that is natural light.
While there is a big difference to the approach a photographer might use working with natural light rather than a unit powered by batteries or a wall outlet, and some may say utilizing light from nature may be more difficult, I really don’t think any artificial setup can compare to the glow and cast from nature itself. This is especially true of what is commonly referred to as the “golden hour,” a brief time period twice a day of about an hour or so around the times of sunrise and sunset.
I urge all photographers to get outside and work outdoors or shoot with window light as much as possible. Once you get used to it and take the chance to experiment, I’m pretty sure you might just get hooked. Here are a few samples of my own natural light work, one with a stunning landscape and several with model photography shot near windows or outside.