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For the Phoenix Area with Studio Space in Scottsdale and Surprise, AZ

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Specializing in 

Modern Portraiture for Women

Fashion and Beauty Inspired Portraiture

Couture Glamour Photography

Dance Artistry Portraits

 

 

 

A New Passion

October 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It wasn't until recently that I began to appreciate the world of dance.  I don't know why it took me so long, but I'm glad that I finally got there.  

I discovered that dance is a complete world of art, in itself.  It's not only beautiful and exciting when you watch amazing dancers in motion, but it offers up endless possibilities for stunning still images.  And there lies my new passion - dance photography.

Yes, I now even faithfully watch Dancing With the Stars! Faithfully!

I find myself surprised at the physical strength required in artful dance forms. And some of them require such stringent rules to be followed.  It takes a special person to meet the expectations and not go crazy in the midst of it all.  I understand the controversy that exists on whether dancers are athletes or artists or both.  I fall to the school of thought arguing that it is "both".  I can see the rigorous training that is physically demanding, injury prone and requires such strength.  Reminds me of football players and gymnasts, to name of couple.  The rules can be listed so simply, but one spends a lifetime tying to implement them correctly.

My hat is off to serious dancers.

Photo credit:  Andrea Lasley   www.alasley.com    

 


Pink Petals

October 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I recently did a photo shoot with Andrea Lasley and a dozen pink roses.  We shot a number of different concepts, and one of them included soft images using pink rose petals.  We had a lot of fun creating them, but this kind of thing is right down Andrea's road.  She gets kinda crazy with having fun!

Some of the images involved her blowing the petals into the air and my trying to capture her face as well as the moving petals. That's a little harder to do than it sounds.  It's seems the petals were never in the right place in the air each time her face was perfect.  So we did some extra shots of the petals falling in mid air and I composted a few of those petals into the final images of her face. 

The sad news is that three roses did die in the process of making these images...

 

 

Model:  Andrea Lasley      www.alasley.com


Photobombing

October 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Photobombing happens all the time.  But it's not usually done by the photographer himself. After all, he/she should be behind the camera!  But, alas, it does happen when the photographer has a remote control device for his camera.  You have to watch out for these photogs!

Poor Andrea had no idea I was back there in the shot.

 

Model:  Andrea Lasley    www.alasley.com

 


A Woman's Body Image

October 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

Feeling good about your body image. It seems to be immensely difficult for so many women, especially as they age. Upworthy shares one woman's pilgrimage and it's worth the short watch.

http://www.upworthy.com/a-man-said-she-was-too-old-to-be-seen-with-him-in-public-well-shes-going-real-public-now?c=ufb1

 


Do you feel too old to be beautiful?

October 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

Do you feel too old to be beautiful?

A woman can and should feel valued and beautiful at any age. But that's difficult in our Western culture. Most of it has to do with how you think about beauty. This article by Michele Borboa (in Sheknows.com) helps women to stop devaluing themselves just because they are getting older.

You are only one attitude away from having a Couture Glamour photo shoot - at any age. The right photographer can find your beauty and display it. Think about it! No, really. Think about it.

 

http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/813981/10-tips-to-change-your-thoughts-on-age-and-beauty-1

 


It Flows On and On and On...

September 29, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Photographing a flowing dress is fun.  And I love how the images come out.  They are so dramatic and exciting!

Here is a collection of a few flowing dress images that I've done in the past couple of years.  And you will see that it doesn't have to be a dress.  Even though it's been mistaken a few times as a dress, the first image of the blonde in red is not using a dress.  That was a red satin sheet that she pulled off her bed on the shoot morning so that we could create that image! Obviously, no single sheet is that big.  It's made that big in Photoshop by compositing many different images of the sheet into a single picture.

The last image isn't a flowing dress, but it's the same concept of making something look larger than it is in real life.  The large blue sheet was created in much the same way.

 

Model:  Windy West

 

Model:  Brittnay Lopez

 

Model:  Andrea Lasley   www.alasley.com

 

Model:  Windy West


The Flowing Dress Image

September 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

I love to create images where the dress is flowing out in wild array!  It twists and turns and snaps in the wind like a flag in a wind storm.

People often want an image of themselves like this one of Andrea Lasley (www.alalsey.com), but they think it can't be done because they don't own an absurdly long dress to use in the shot. What they don't realize is that this is actually a short dress (around knee length). The rest is in the magic of Photoshop and the way in which the dress is photographed.  To use a dress for this kind of shot, it needs to only be about knees length (longer is fine) but it also needs to have enough material to flair it out on the sides.  Most everyone has a dress that would work for this type of image.

The picture below is an un-retouched image (straight out of camera) of what the dress actually looks like in reality.  

 

 

The truth is, the dress doesn't even have to be able to flair out as much as this one can in order to used for this type of shot.  But the more it can flair out, the better it works.  

After I shot Andrea's base position (a shot similar to the one above), then she changed clothes and stood just out of the camera frame to wave the dress as I took several images of it flapping in the air.  The image below shows just one of the couple dozen shots we took of the dress being waved.  

 

 

There are lots of little details on how to light and photograph the model and dress for this type of image, but only another photographer/retoucher would be interested in those.  I'm not going to bore you with with that in this short article.  In short, the rest of the process involves some Photoshop magic to take the various images and composite them into a single final image.  It's actually not hard to do, unless you didn't do a good job on the photography. If you mess up the photography, then the Photoshop work is a killer or not even possible.  It's always a fun image to show friends. And it doesn't take long to shoot it.  It's the Photoshop work that takes more time.  

I will be more than happy to create this kind of image for anyone that wants one! 

 

Model:  Andrea Lasley 


How to take better pictures with your cell phone

August 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

How to Take a Selfie Like a Supermodel

August 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

How to Take a Selfie Like a Supermodel

Most selfies are pretty bad, but they are a lot of fun! So when you take a selfie with your phone camera, use these tips from models on how to get the best looking selfie around! Or, if you're ready to have a killer image, call me at (623) 698-2228. Just click on the link below to view the video.

http://www.wmagazine.com/video/fashion-films/fashion-films-how-to-take-a-selfie-like-a-supermodel


Squinching

August 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Peter Hurley offers great advice on how to look great in your head shots. It's called Squinching!!!  Just click on the link below for the short video.

 

http://www.refinery29.com/2013/11/57802/squinch-selfie-tips