When you hit a creative deficiency, make a casual shoot appointment with a beautiful model


 

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It doesn’t take long for someone like me to feel the sluggishness that results from a creative deficiency. It’s a time of frowns and repeating the lines, “Gosh, I need to photograph something soon that isn’t a bland cracker of a project.”

We get a lot of projects. Some are creative. Many aren’t. Lots of people’s and company’s needs for content aren’t much more than things that feel cookie cutter. And while we make great strides to work with folks who need more creative content, it’s dampening to the part of me that some call the soul. You say soul. I say creativity.

As a photographer, I have lots of friends on social media that are photographers, models, hair and makeup artists. I see their work all the time, and it loads up another pile of jealousy onto my creativity depleted soul.

Then I remind myself, the difference between wanna-be artists and artists is ideas versus execution. Lots of people have ideas. Few have the strength to pursue them, let alone follow through.

So reached out to Andrea to do a short casual shoot, two hours tops. Her time was valuable as well — because in two days from this shoot she moved to China to model for months.

My goal for this shoot was to shoot all f2.8. Find poses and then push the focus point to be SPOT ON. Focus is something I prioritize anyway. But I do it with more depth of field, f6 to f11. The depth of field plain on my Hasselblad set at f2.8 is closer to f2.0 on my DSLR with a similar focal length. And hitting the mark is often made more difficult because of a minor move by the model or camera.

Andrea here is a true professional, and we were able to work with the minutiae until we landed beautiful shots, spot on focus … all of which were done within a short two-hour window.

The image below is probably one of my favorite shots in a LONG time. It’s all natural light, and my only criticism is that I didn’t have her do an implied nude, as I’d love to see her decoupage as well. I cropped it out, because what she is wearing over one shoulder and it really distracted from her face.
Andrea Susan Bush, February 2015

Andrea Susan Bush, February 2015

The Growlers take JBTV by storm


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Last week, I photographed a portrait and snapped a couple concert shots of The Growlers at JBTV.

The portrait portion of our day was a little on the chaotic side. I’m not sure they heard a word I said when asking them to pose in a particular way. When that’s the case, you get what you get.

And that’s what I got.

According to Wikipedia:

The band is known for its heavy use of effects, including voice effects, especially reverb, and mixes the sound of the Californian rock of the late ’60’s, with psychedelia creating what they call ‘Beach Goth’.

The band’s sound has been described as “a trademark style of music that somehow combines country, surf, pop, and rock”.[7]


The Growlers performs at JBTV Music Television on February 28, 2

The Growlers performs at JBTV Music Television on February 28, 2

The Growlers performs at JBTV Music Television on February 28, 2

The Growlers performs at JBTV Music Television on February 28, 2

The Growlers performs at JBTV Music Television on February 28, 2

The Growlers performs at JBTV Music Television on February 28, 2

The Growlers performs at JBTV Music Television on February 28, 2

A portrait — or two — of artist Melanie Martinez


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Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Melanie Martinez, singer, songwriter and photographer. She performed at JBTV to an intimate crowd.

Our portrait session was particularly fun for me as it didn’t feel rushed as it sometimes does. We had a chance to connect while small talking about photography and her growing number of tattoos (which you can see more of if you link to the site above).

Watching her performance and meeting her for a brief few minutes certainly solidified the idea in my mind that this young woman is an artist. I took a look at her photography on Flickr and on Facebook, and it’s definitely not a mystery who talented she is.

If you get a chance, check her work. It’s great.

Melanie Martinez performs at JBTV Music Television on February 1

Melanie Martinez performs at JBTV Music Television on February 1

Melanie Martinez performs at JBTV Music Television on February 1

Melanie Martinez performs at JBTV Music Television on February 1

Melanie Martinez performs at JBTV Music Television on February 1

Melanie Martinez performs at JBTV Music Television on February 1

Where’s the menswear … January 2015 edition … no manikins were harmed in the shooting of this photography


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the things we photograph is a trade show geared toward the mens fashion industry.

There’s a portion of the hire that asks me to walk around and grab a cross section of product shots on the fly to show the breadth of color, textures, styles and fabrics.

This is probably one of my favorite parts of the day when i can drop my ISO to 50 or 100 and concentrate on details.

Enjoy.
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Fifty seven great cooking tips … Well, this is Café Witteveen after all.


Do yourselves a favor and read this Epicurious list of 57 cooking tips. Two examples below:

6. TOSS MOST OF YOUR SPICES—ESPECIALLY THAT GROUND CUMIN.

Ground spices die quickly. So give them a whiff—if they don’t smell like anything, they won’t taste like anything. And if they don’t taste like anything, you’re cooking with a flavorless, brown powder.

8. REPLACE YOUR NON-STICK SKILLET.

Do your scrambled eggs slide off the pan if you don’t use oil or butter? They should. Might be time for an upgrade.