So it's time for the last 6 pages of the editorial shoot for Utah Valley Bride magazine. I hope your week has been good so far? Personally I've been spending a total of 5 hours in the dentist chair, and then in pain most of the rest of the time :-)
Photography is forever a very fun profession, always new things to learn, always room for improvment.
This is my very favorite of the 18 pages, I coached the groom before we shot, did a few practise runs. He was so good at taking direction and having the right expressions. I love the placement and spacing in it, remember with studio flash I cant shoot 9 frames a second, but get one attempt per jump. We only shoot a few because it just worked so well and we got it on one of the first attempts.
One of my favorite things with this image is the luggage. I brought it with me from Norway in a 40ft container when we moved here in 2000. The small brown one by his feet is one I found at a used store that was exactly like the one my GrandPa always used going to work. So it was exciting to find one and get to use it.
As you can see Mary had a good time using this prop.Best of all you really get contact with her eyes even with such a little part of them showing. What a great girl she is.prp
I think the old style pop bottles look good in there. Again I have to compliment Tyler and Mary for their energy and expressions in every shot.
You can tell how Mary enjoy hassling him. I love his nose. This is another shot where I really like the spacing between their upper bodies. I'm very particular about looking around them before I shoot, especially between them. It makes a difference to have the peace and graphich from the fine tuning in the pose..
I sure enjoyed this shoot, usually we have at least 3 different brides and no groom. Working with them the whole time helped us to stay in the zone and to get a theme having the same feel about it from beginning to end.
To see the whole magazine click on this link: Utah Valley Bride 2013.
Have a great weekend, I will have a new blog post Monday from a cover shoot of the band Neon Trees in Hollywood.
Kenneth who loves his Elinchrom lights and his Canon cameras.
Here we go again. 6 more images and some thoughts about them. Client Bennett Communication for Utah Valley Bride magazine 2013.
People often talk about posed vs unposed. If you watch a movie every single shot is (posed). Try to think of creating situation, here is a simple one, dancing. The good thing about controlled posing is we can make sure they look good and have good light. It is very rare to see well lit flattering angels on the couple from 100% candid shots. So maybe try to think movie?
I love old cameras, this on is a Bushman 4x5 that was given to me back in the 80's by a retired Accociated Press photographer. It's the camera you see on top of my head in my FB, branding head shots. If the camera could speak I'm sure it has seen a lot. BTW I love Jimmy Choo shoes.
Even the little Yo-Yo makes him get a natural body pose. She is busy trying to look though her glasses and be cool :-)
People really free them self up if they can put on sun glasses, masks and so forth, they are suddenly way less shy.
I like the closeness of their heads but still have a little space rather then smooching them together. and have parts of their faces covering one another.
I often joke about the groom being a prop in the brides pictures, here he is :-)
PS. I will post the last 6 images in 2 days, thanks for stopping by.
Happy New Years, yes it's my first blog post this year. 13 is my lucky number so I'm curios about this year.
I have 18 pages of an editorial shoot I did for Utah Valley Bride magazine back in November. The magazine just came out so now I can blog from it. The hardest thing with using models instead of having a real couple is the chemistry between the models. These two models from an agency was fantastic, look at their great expressions, the way they interacted. The exception to that is in a picture like the first one underneath where I wanted them to be serious and look in the camera, most people seem to be good at that :-)
In this picture I wanted them to be serious and straight like pictures was almost always back in the day of no flash, slow films and looong exposure times. It was easier to get it sharp that way.
This page is the left side of a 2 page spread that started the article. It also contain some of the shots they did not use put into the film strip.
For this one we cranked up the music loud for him to dance to, love her expression. They are kind of in their own worlds but I think her look ties them together. BTW right side of the spread.
The other years I have shot editorials for this magazine we have shot it with multiple brides and all full body shots. This is the first year with one bride and also using a groom in almost all of them.
I have a silver scatboard in my studio, with 90ft/30m lenght and hard wood floor in there it can be used to move about . The scate board works well with his silver vest I think.
I love the great interaction between them in this one. This is the last image for today, I will post two more blog posts from it during this week. I have not have anybody editing my bad english this time, so forgive me for the writing part, well I think most of you rather have bad englsih then good Norwegian?
A while back I came accross the works of british photographer Nick Veasey and it blew my mind!
BIO NICK VEASEY:
Nick Veasey was born in Kent (UK) in 1962. His work questions the way we look at what surrounds us, he says that 'the X-Ray is a honest process, it shows things for what they are, what they are made of. (…) It balances against all that glossy, superficial "bollocks". I'm real and straight forward, and so is my work.' Rather than creating images that spark one's desire to be someone else, it highlights the internal structure from which appearances originate. No matter the shape, the color, the texture, our everyday lives are made of molecules and we are all on an even footing. Awarded 'Photographer of the year' by I.P.A. in 2008, his X-Rays can be admired in many international collections, both private and public (Victoria & Albert Museum of London (V&A), the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, and even the Contemporary Art Museum of Taipei.
I think Nick can explain his work process much better then me, so I will post a couple of videos.
This 13 min long TED presentation gives you a great overview of how he works and think, I love his sense of humor.
Nick was comissend by Victora Secrets to photograph plants of all things.
I'm posting some of my favorite images. but if you go to my gallery named Nick Versey on Pinterest I have more then 160 images there + several videos. Most images links to articles and blog posts about him and jis work.
Nicky Veasey imagery utilised in a current Lucozade advert in Great Britain.
The second car I owned was a white Austin Mini 1000 I loved that car.
This video explain seceral things the Mini project, i took around 500 exposures to make this shot and I think I heard somewhere that the cost was around 20 000 Euro?
Love the use of space in this image.
Amazing use of space and a fantastic composition in my opinion.
I love Vespa's I used to have a White 1971 Vespa 125 Super worth a lot today....
Link to Nick Veasey's web site: nickveasey.com
His blog: http://www.nickveasey.blogspot.com/
Again, link to my Pinterest gallery with Nick with 160+ of his images +videos
In the afternoon my wife MaryLyn came home and told me Dr. Steven R. Covey had died. One of the most influential people on earth. When I was at his house to photograph him for the cover story of Utah Valley magazine in 2009 I had a wonderful experience photographing him.
When we where done and packing up the equipment, Dr. Covey asked if he could help us carry some equipment to the car!!!! It blew my mind, he was 75 and a super star, but he wanted to help me carry stuff. One of the things I remember him telling me while we where there was how he recently had been to India to train their government leaders on how to work together. India got more then 1.2 billion people, this is just one example of the influence he had on leaders of nations and so many more. His best selling book " 7 habits of highly effective people" has sold more then 20 mill copies!!! Who knows how many his other books have sold.
In the last 15 years or so I have started to take what I call mental pictures, photographing with my mind special situations I want to remember. That day at the Covey's house the picture I took to keep in my mind was very powerful and special. When we where about to leave Dr. Covey's wife Sandra came to say hello. She was in a wheelchair due to an accident. While we talked ( I had photographed Mrs. Sandra Covey a few years earlier in their home.) He was standing close to the wheel chair, then I saw something beautiful, they where holding hands in the most beautiful way, so much closeness and love. One part of me wanted to take out a camera, the other side of me made a better choice to engrave an image on my mind.
I been reflecting on what made me want to take this balcony picture while I was there. The one thing is how they love the view of the Provo LDS Temple. Looking at it again this week I think this is mayby what it was? In Norway the king and his family every independence day May 17th stay on a balcony at the castle and wave to all the people in the parade going bye. So here is my thoughts. Dr. Covey was an absolute king of his profession so her he is a kind of a king on the balcony.
I believe in eternal life and that we can be together again some day. Dr. Covey's also believe so and that faith must be the best comfort the family can have during such a hard time.