Posts tagged ‘storytelling’

March 15, 2011

Yay Nerdiness!

A photographer I’ve worked with often, Ryan a.k.a. Hallopino, was featured and interviewed in the online magazine RKYV.  He chose one of our many shots together as one to send into them as an example of this work, and RKYV chose that shot to be the cover of the issue he’s in 🙂  I’m also on page 23 of the ‘zine, where they note why they chose that particular shot.  Click the images to view them larger.

Check out the magazine and the rest of Ryan’s interview here: RKYV Online

Here are a few more of the shots we’ve done together.  A little small, but mostly to save space.  Here they are, in no particular order 🙂

  1. Go Bears!
  2. Comix v.Something.0
  3. Accordion Rockstar
  4. Fashion, for Erika Hendrix
  5. Werewolf
  6. Ice Queen

There’ve been a bunch more shoots we’ve done together, but those are the ones I had available right now  (and largely, fan favorites) 🙂

And again, Ryan’s website is  Check it out!

February 17, 2011

Episode 89 is up!

Check out my interview with Ron and Shawna of Photographer & Model!

Shout out to Christin C, who I should have mentioned, but forgot because they threw me with “other models or photographers” 😦  Sorry girl!  You know I love you (and not just because you got me hooked on dirty martinis LOL)!!

February 17, 2011


Don’t forget, tonight my interview with Ron and Shawna from the Photographer & Model podcast goes up!  Look for Episode 89 here: (I’ll post a permalink to my specific episode next week… I’ll be on the road this weekend.)

While you’re waiting to check out my episode, check out these other pretty darn useful blog posts and webcasts of theirs!

January 24, 2011

Upcoming Interview

I was just contacted by Ron over at  They want to interview me for their Podcast! 🙂 Supercool!

We’ll be recording February 11, and the episodes are released every Thursday at 1A.  So you’ll probably get to hear my spot Feb 17th or so.

I’ll post more about this as it gets closer, but if you have any questions, feel free to add them to the comments and I’ll see if Ron and co-host would be willing to ask them.

July 2, 2010

What do you practice in front of a mirror?

Models say it all that time.  Many photographers do too.  “Practice in front of a mirror.”  But what, exactly, is a model supposed to practice in front of a mirror?

Practice moving in general and expressions.  Study your body and watch how it moves, both nude (or in a bra and panties) and clothed, so you can see what happens to your skin as you move, and to the clothes as you move.  Watch what your body does as you move, and as you stop moving.  Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s far better than not knowing your body and its movements at all.

Same goes for your face.  Sit in front of the mirror and make faces at yourself.  Walk yourself thru emotions (get a list if it helps) and think of situations you might feel those emotions in.  Use personal experiences as a guide.  For example, remember how you felt when your childhood pet died, think of the first time you got flowers from a boyfriend, or what went through your head during your first car accident.  Study how your face moves through each expression, and what happens to it when it stops on each one. Again, it’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing.

A model would also benefit from taking dance, yoga, martial arts, acting classes, or any other kind of class that either teaches you how to move (and be aware of your body) or how to emote.

Using it on shoots…

Take what you’ve learned from studying yourself (and from any experience you have, both from a body-movement aspect and from a personal-experience aspect) and use that when you model.  You flow from pose to pose, expression to expression, and alter what you do based on feedback from the photographer/art director.

It’s not something a new model can do right off the bat, usually (some dancers are almost natural posers).  It takes a lot of practice, a lot of patience, and a lot of time to learn.

If you’re a photographer working with a lot of new models, I usually suggest scrapping the traditional pose book (mostly ’cause most of them blow) and make your own.  Take photos you like the poses in, print them out or tear them out of magazines and catalogs, and put them in a 3-ring binder.  Categorize them if you like–fashion poses, glamour, art nudes, commercial/lifestyle–to make it easier to dig through.  Keep that book on hand at all times, and reference it.  Show the model you’re working with what you want her to do, and verbally make adjustments as you go.  You’ll be more likely to get poses you like (instead of stuffy, fake, senior-portrait poses) and you’ll be happier all around.

Here’s a bunch of modeling-related links (articles, videos, whatever) that you may find helpful. If you have anything you’d like me to add to the list, feel free to drop me a line.  Modeling Articles & Videos

February 11, 2010


This ‘game’ was posted in one of the forums I frequent, and I thought it was a really neat idea for coming up with shoot ideas (especially if you’re shooting stock stuff).  As I took it, the “studio” is a place where you can shoot with a lighting setup (or even a set you can create in a studio).  The “location” is one where you need to shoot with available light and/or on-camera flash, typically an actual location versus a set that can be easily designed in a studio.

Here are 20 ideas I came up with, using this concept of Studio/Location:

  1. Artist: Studio: Art Studio; Location: Painting Landscape at Sunset
  2. Basketball Player: Studio: Locker Room, Prepping for Game; Location: Playing Solo at a Neighborhood Court
  3. Bodybuilder: Studio: Lifting Weights at the Gym; Location: Showing off Muscles at the Beach
  4. Chef: Studio: Kitchen; Location: Delivering Special Meal to Table
  5. Child: Studio: Bored in Classroom; Location: Running Around the Playground
  6. Dancer: Studio: Dressing Room; Location: Performing On Stage
  7. Detective: Studio: Interrogation Room; Location: Gathering Evidence at a Crime Scene
  8. Environmental Activist: Studio: Painting Signs for Picketing; Location: Protesting the Demolition of Trees to Build a Parking Lot
  9. Fashion Photographer: Studio: Photography Studio; Location: Runway Show
  10. Generic “Big-Wig” Job: Studio: Office; Location: Golf Meeting
  11. Geologist: Studio: Analyzing Samples in Lab; Location: Gathering Samples Outside
  12. Horseback Rider: Studio: Prepping Horse in Stall; Location: Jumping Horse in Competition
  13. Interior Designer: Studio: Sketching at a Drafting Table; Location: Putting Finishing Touches on a Clients’ Home
  14. Makeup Artist: Studio: Trial Run With a Bride; Location: Working the Counter at a Department Store
  15. Politician: Studio: Speaking at Podium; Location: Working the Campaign Trail
  16. Psychiatrist: Studio: Working With Patient in Office; Location: Edge of a Building, Talking to Someone Who Wants to Jump
  17. Secretary: Studio: Filing Cabinet; Location: Getting Coffee at Starbucks
  18. Soccer Mom: Studio: Laundry Room, Washing Jerseys; Location: Cheering at the Game
  19. Teacher: Studio: Classroom; Location: Helping a Hurt Child During Recess
  20. Teenage Girl: Studio: Bedroom, Getting Ready for Date; Location: In Line at the Movies

So, what kind of Studio/Location ideas can you come up with? Grab a pencil and paper, and start jotting down ideas.  Who knows if your next shoot idea will come from it!

October 21, 2009

Recycling Bridesmaid & Prom Dresses

While planning wardrobe for an upcoming shoot, I’ve decided to take a look at yet another bridesmaid dress I have.  It’s one I’ll most certainly never wear again, so I might as well shoot in it, right?  Inspired by a designer from the VOP Fashion and Rock Show, Dawn at Brilliant Stranger, I’ve decided to not just accessorize the dress differently, but to revamp it with the help of scissors, my sewing machine, and perhaps some other fabric and lace remnants I have laying around.  This moment of “oooh, so that’s what I can do with it!” is the inspiration for today’s entry.

There comes a point in every woman’s life where her closet has a few dresses that just… don’t work anymore.  Often, it’s bridesmaid dresses, but for some lucky women, it’s prom dresses too (or even formal dresses from college).  Very rarely can they be worn again, and a lot of times it’s hard to part with something you spent hundreds of dollars on and wore once… and besides, then what would you do with those dyed-to-match pumps? 😉 

But instead of letting them sit in your closet (or worse, the bottom of your hamper) unused, why not do something with them?  If you’re a model, it’s simple to say “shoot in it!”… but not as easy to do so.  After all, most bridesmaid dresses look like bridesmaid dresses (don’t deny it, you know what I mean!).  The easiest option (and a rapily-increasing-in-popularity one) is to simply do a Trash the Dress shoot.

Having done a few Trash the Dress sessions, I find them quite a lot of fun.  Especially when the dress is one I have no emotional attachment to 😉 I’ve worn dresses where they’re not supposed to be worn (a decrepit bridge, in the lake, around heavy land-movers), and I even cut one up for a shoot, as a play on “well you can always shorten it and wear it again!”.  I’ve included a few shots of my trash the dress sessions below, because they’re quite fun!

Past simply getting in a lake, rolling in the mud, or climbing a tree in your gown, leaving it dirty, but likely cleanable and then ready to wear again donate, you can opt to literally trash it.  Rip it, cut it, burn it (though it is not recommended to do this while actually wearing it)–go crazy!  You can also make it into something different, either by refashioning it into another wardrobe piece (a new skirt or wrap, for example), or using it for part of a costume.  The options are endless!

Here are some fun ideas for bridesmaid or prom dresses.  Some involve simply reaccesorizing, whereas other ideas involve fully reinventing the dress!

Some of my Trash the Dress shoots:

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From left to right:
Rob Domaschuk, “You Can Always Cut it Short and Wear it Again” Version 3
Walter of Studio B Photography, Trash the Prom Dress
Greg Kolack, “Fearless Rachel” Out on an Unused Portion of RR Bridge
Walter of Studio B Photography, Drown the Gown

June 5, 2009

Things that make you go “hmmm” ver 4.0

Keeping things creative

In the spirit of keeping things creative, and continuing the “Things that make you go ‘hmmm'” series, here’s part 4.  Since it’s June, I’ve chosen one that might suit the season 😉

Beach volleyball in a full ski suit, goggles and all.

So, if you like the idea, take it and run with it 🙂  Have fun, and don’t forget to share the end result!

I’m open to collaborating on the project, for any interested locals, as an art director.  Not surprisingly, I have ideas in my head about this one too.  Please email me if you’re interested, and we’ll discuss art direction rates.

Here are past ideas, if you’re interested:
Hmmm 1.0
Hmmm 2.0
Hmmm 3.0

April 16, 2009

Things That Make You Go “Hmmm” – 3.0

In the spirit of keeping things creative, and continuing the “Things that make you go ‘hmmm'” series, here’s part 3. Since it’s April, I’ve chosen one that might suit the season 😉

Wearing full rain gear (with open umbrella) while shopping.

So, if you like the idea, take it and run with it 🙂  Have fun, and don’t forget to share the end result.

I’m open to collaborating on the project, for any interested locals, as an art director.  Not surprisingly, I have ideas in my head about this.  Please email me if you’re interested, and we’ll discuss art direction rates.

Here are past ideas, if you’re interested:
Hmmm 1.0
Hmmm 2.0

February 14, 2009

Things that make you go “Hmmm” – 2.0

Keeping Things Creative

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please see Part 1 🙂

Here’s my second idea, to help keep things creative:

Directing a board meeting dressed like a gorilla.

So, now that I’ve shared my idea, feel free to take the idea, elaborate on it, and shoot it in your own style. And should you opt to do so, please share! I’d love to see how people take the beginning of an idea, and make it their own.

I know how I’d art-direct that particular shoot, and I know how I’d want the end result to look. I, unfortunately, don’t have everything I’d need to shoot it, but some of it might actually be something I can arrange to get. If anyone is interested, shoot me a note 😉

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