Posts Tagged ‘Portrait’

Have you ever wanted to learn or practice lifestyle photography?  This is in the moment, candid photos taken of subjects without much posing.  For our April PUG, we will be photographing a few children at the Layton Park on April 25th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Because summer is almost here, I have had a lot of people ask how to capture children in runnign and playing on a playground, outside, etc.  So here is your chance to come and experiment.

Please RSVP, so I know how many to count on.

801-349-0718

http://www.laytoncity.org/public/depts/parksrec/cityparks/laytoncommons.aspx

Looking forward, in May we will be doing lighting 101!

Andrea

Hello fellow PUG Members! Our March PUG meeting will be at The Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork on March 25th from noon to 4pm.

The address is:  311 W 8500 S

Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Here are directions to the temple:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=311+W+8500+S,+Spanish+Fork,+UT&hl=en&ll=40.07583,-111.660072&spn=0.005147,0.011362&sll=40.003362,-111.54683&sspn=0.659566,1.454315&t=h&z=17
Please arrive early as you will have to take a shuttle bus to the temple!
I need an RSVP to know who to plan on attending!
andrea@andreahanksphotography.com
801-349-0718
Now some tips on How to protect your camera, courtesy of Scott Jarvie.
People always ask me about keeping the camera safe??

The safest thing you can do is to not own a camera to worry about.

Personally, I really don’t worry about it… tons of people that bring their camera and if they’re not stupid they’re just fine.

I will NOT try to convince you to come… some people will remain paranoid no matter what. I will not try to talk sense into you. If logic can’t save you then just don’t come, or come and don’t shoot, or come and buy a underwater bag.

But below I will give you the perfect TIPS on how to be SMART

BTW it’s not smart to be in the middle of the crowd with no protection and a external zoom lens… but you can always NOT be in the middle of the crowd.

For those that are concerned

I would NOT recomend the following

  • Using external zoom lenses
  • Going into the middle of the crowd
  • Changing lenses
  • Changing memory cards
  • Using a neckstrap you don’t want stained
  • Not using gaffer tape on sensetive areas

As for me

  • I wear an open jacket to tuck the camera
  • I put filters on the lenses. (Even a cheap one just for the day)
  • I don’t use an external zoom lens (so no 24-70) and I’d be risky to use my 14-24 but the other 5-6 lenses are fair game.
  • I gaffer tape flash pop up, battery area, memory card area and external plug in sections.
  • I put syran wrap around where the lens connects and remove it when I want to change lenses
  • I change lenses in a safe environment
  • I air compressor or comressed air to blow off entire camera prior to changing lenses and when I’m done for the day.
  • I get a sensor cleaning

Thanks for the great information Jarvie!!!!

I hope to see you all there!!!

 

Hello there!

It is Novemeber, and the days are getting shorter. Daylight savings time is now in effect as well and as photographers we all know the optimum time for shooting ends much earlier than we would like for outdoor portrait sessions! Because of this, I have decided to move our PUG Meeting to Saturday, November 26th at 11:00 a.m.

Because this meeting will be held at a private residence, PLEASE message me for directions and an address. It is in East Layton, Utah.

Topics we will be covering:

New Pictage Products and Services (There are a BUNCH! YAY!)
How to obtain a correct white balance in the snow
How to coreectly espose subjects properly with snow
and How to photograph moving subjects.

We have the FABULOUS opportunity to photograph two hourses, a model in a red cape with white fur trim and hopefully we will have oodles of snow as well!

If you are in town after Turkey Day and need some inspiration, please join us and bring a friend!

Andrea

To see this article online go here.

Lily Bride Designs

PURE . SIMPLE . ELEGANT . Follow my adventures in taking the Utah Bridal market by surprise with my unique wedding gowns and accessories.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The fabulous Andrea Hanks, helped me create these beautiful images last month; so I could have some amazing images for my portfolio for the fantasy tutu I created for Ballet West’s fundraiser. I was chosen to create the tutu earlier this year and after a sleep-less night or two to figure out how to sew up that amazing skirt, this is the end result.


The model who wore it at the fashion show asked me what inspired me to make the tutu. I was inspired by many things, using what I had on hand, a friends wedding dress I recently altered, Film Noir and I wanted to use feathers, as I was entranced by all the beautiful tutus the costume designer made for the Oscar nominated film The Black Swan. Here is the blurb I attached to the sketch I turned in.


This asymmetrical designed two-piece corset and skirt in iridescent red taffeta, and black tulle skirt in descending layers and feather accents is inspired by old Hollywood, and features a playful twist on the classic tutu. The bodice is ruched with bias strips folded to add dimension, an off the shoulder fan of tulle and feathers nicely frames the décolletage bringing the eye to the mini full circle skirt with it’s descending and angled layers of black tulle.

To view this online go here.

Candlelight Video

This is a video from two of our photographers, Andrea Hanks & Nathan Pickett at Candlelight Serenade 2010

Candlelight Serenade from Nathan Pickett and Andrea Hanks.

Contributors

Fashion News Live is the ultimate online resource to find exclusive celebrity and fashion designer interviews, beauty tips, industry updates and much more. Unique in its format, Fashion News Live seeks out interviews and behind the scenes access to bring the online community into the worlds of fashion and entertainment.. Video blogging and syndicating our content to outside networks on Joost, Glamtv, and Blinkx has enabled Fashion News Live to have a reach of over 500,000 unique visitors a day.

Fashion News Live is so successful that it consistently ranks in the top 10 on Google’s search engine which includes over 157,000,000 million sites related to fashion news.  Fashion News Live has attracted a diverse following seeing as we cover every aspect of the fashion industry from shopping, to trends, to events.. we’ve got you covered!

 Rocco Leo Gaglioti

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Rocco Gaglioti is a self-made triple threat — creator, producer and host. He founded the televised on-line fashion magazine,FashionNewsLive.com, which almost overnight has become ranked as one of the top ten out  of the 150 million fashion and celebrity sites around the world.
He hit the ground running in 2004 with his very first interview on the red carpet with Anna Nicole Smith. Not bad for a rookie. And the fact that she tried to make out with him didn’t even scare him away from pursuing his lifelong dream of working in the fashion industry. But making dreams come true takes more than good looks and charm.  It takes hard work and determination as well.

Even though he makes it look easy, Rocco came from humble, though very loving beginnings. He learned to communicate with his hands through sign language before he could even speak because of his mother, who was born deaf. This naturally gave him a lifelong appreciation for the underdog, along with the advantage of a much more enhanced “sixth sense”.

Being in the right place at the right time doesn’t hurt either. And so it was a Miami model scout with an obvious eye for spotting talent who advised Rocco in 1994 to try his hand at modeling. Miami quickly turned into Milan and Paris, which turned into New York and the rest is history as they say.

Within a short time, he was signed with Boss and Zoli. Rocco wanted more though, and it was when he picked up a camera in Germany that he discovered his own eye for photography. He was a natural behind the camera, impressed several major publishers and soon after secured gigs from Maxim Magazine and Ocean Drive. But the model-turned-photographer still wasn’t satisfied.In 2000 he moved to Orlando, founded his own production company, RLG Productions, Inc., and set up shop at the back lot at Universal Studios.

His vision for a unique televised fashion magazine format was soon picked up by the now defunct UPN and maintained a strong presence on the network until its demise.He quickly transitioned his vision into an online media empire, which continues to grow and thrive today as he provides a steady stream of compelling entertainment and fashion content for millions of fashionistas around the world.

The 6’3” former model may dress from head to toe in Marc Jacobs and Gucci, but that is not what makes him fashion’s latest “It Guy”. It’s more than likely the combination of his soulfulness, his uncanny ability for discerning the next big thing and his beguiling quintessence that landed him on the pop culture radar and will undoubtedly make him a household name.

And with his eye on television or radio as a next step, the rising star is certainly not going to slow down anytime soon. Rocco currently resides in Los Angeles, California. For more information on Rocco or to arrange an interview, please contact his publicist found on the contact page.

 Jewel Mignon

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Jewel Mignon was born into a family of fashion lovers. Unfortunately, Jewel didn’t fit in as a child, so she was sent to live at the School for the Socially Awkward and Fashionably Upsetting.  It was in the thirteenth year of her education, in her “Super Senior” year, that Jewel finally had a fashion epiphany. After graduation, Jewel‘s mission in life was to find fashion errors and correct them.Zealous in pursuit of her new found calling, shoppers at WalMart, United States Postal Workers and Strangers on the street would find themselves getting a complimentary “Make Over By Jewel”. Luckily, Jewel’s friends heard about this and Jewel is now nicely settled into a very “Special” cottage and can blog about fashion and shoes to her heart’s content. Jewel blogs for Fashion News Live when she is not pursuing her new hobby from the balcony of her suite after getting a pair of night vision binoculars. You can check out her other blog called “guesswhatmyneighborsaredoingnow.justkidding”

Angela Simmons

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Angela Simmons is the star of two Hit MTV Shows: “Run’s House”, in which America gets an insider’s look at the lives of the first family of hip-hop, as well as her own MTV Show,” Daddy’s Girls” chronicling Angela and her sister’s jet-setting bi-coastal lives as they navigate Hollywood and step out as role models for their millions of young fans.At 23, Angela is the second eldest sibling in the Simmons family and has already accomplished a great deal both personally and professionally. She graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries and has continued to pursue fashion by attending the world-renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

That same year Angela and her sister Vanessa founded the ultra-popular clothing, sneaker and handbag/accessory line PASTRY, which has catapulted into a million dollar brand and has become a hit with girls across the country. The success of Pastry has established Angela into a fashion powerhouse and entrepreneur in her own right.With international appeal, Angela alongside her sister Vanessa have graced the pages of PEOPLE, ESSENCE, TEEN VOGUE, SEVENTEEN, VIBE, OK! Weekly, Star Magazine, US Weekly, InTouch Weekly, Life & Style. They’ve appeared on THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, EXTRA, GOOD DAY NY, FOX BUSINESS and many more media outlets. They turn heads on A-list red carpets such as The EMMY Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, NAACP Awards and New York Fashion Week.In addition, Angela is committed to empowering and uplifting young people and have become an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network – visiting children in hospitals and providing them with hope and inspiration.

Andrea Hanks

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Leaving small town Utah at the age of 15, Andrea launched her career as a model in Europe where she worked the catwalks, graced the pages of catalogues, and adorned magazine covers in Milan, Paris, Hamburg, Munich and Switzerland.  While modeling, Andrea recognized her talent behind the camera and mentored a new generation of models by working at a local modeling agency as a runway instructor as well as a booker and a photography coach.  Before ever picking up a camera, she critiqued thousands of photos allowing her a greater awareness of what she wanted to create through the lens.

Currently, Andrea balances her efforts between the demanding schedule of both local and international destination weddings, and her roles as a freelance and contracted photographer.  Her work has received positive peer reviews from David Beckstead, one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world, on her work.  She is currently the Utah representative for a national photo product firm where she coaches other photographers.

Andrea has worked LA Fashion and NY Fashion Week where her photos have landed on magazine covers as well as in Apparel News. She has worked with many music artists, such as Nelly, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Mike Posner, Nikki Lund, Richie Sambora, Christina Milian, Brian McKnight, Vanilla Ice, Far East Movement, Slash of Guns and Roses and most recently Grammy Award Winner Jonny Lang to name a few. Andrea was the house photographer for The House of Blues this past year at The Sundance Film Festival and was also the photographer for many private venues during the film festival.  Andrea has photographed many celebrities including Heather Locklear, Brody Jenner, and Kyle Korver along with many others backstage as well as on the red carpet.

Andrea’s success stems from not only her technical and creative abilities but her ability to connect with people.  She has a natural, effortless way of making those whom she is photographing feel at ease, and it comes through in her photographs.

Kristian Weathers                                                                                           

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Kristian was born in Sarasota, Fl. And raised in HighPoint, NC. Her modeling career began in diapers at the ripe age of 2. She began acting and dancing by the time she was 4 and has performed in numerous commercials, indie films and theater productions. Her passion has always been with Shakespeare. In 2003 she graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in theater where she studied an array of techniques. She has traveled the world, lived in New York amongst many other cities throughout the country and now resides in the Los Angeles area. Her lifelong affair with fashion continues with Fashion News Live as one of their hosts

Juliana Shadlen

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Juliana Shadlen is a West Coast-East Coast girl. Born in Providence, raised in Palo Alto and Seattle, now in the Big Apple.Her multifaceted background has trained her eyes to perceive multiple points of view at once. A central driving force in her art is exploration of her complex identity. In 2005, she accompanied her mother on a medical mission with the non-profit Haitian Health Allies and helped in various aspects of the production. This documentary was used as a vehicle to inform the public about the plight of people infected with HIV in Southeast Haiti.On January 20, 2011 Juliana sat in the audience at Lincoln Center in NYC watching a screening of the documentary “Grace Paley: Collected Shorts.” As she shared the experience with the audience, she knew that this was indeed her calling. She had something to say, and these mentors were helping her shape her vision.To build on these experiences, she is now a camera operator and video editor for Fashion News Live. The host and founder of FNL Rocco Leo Gaglioti does edgy celebrity interviews with provocative guests such as RuPaul, Kim Kardashian, and Joan Rivers. Fashion News Live is a well-oiled machine that is the “go-to” site for fashionistas. Fashion News Live is a perfect match for Juliana who gets to exploit her innate sense of fun with style and penchant for extreme fashion.

Veronica Staehle

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Veronica Staehle is a very dynamic female who loves to connect and intertwine all sorts of things into one gracefully unified outcome. Currently attending The Fashion Institute of Technology, she is studying Graphic Design with higher hopes to master the craft of visual communication in all intentions of the term.
The spark for her interests in aesthetics, design, and communicating visually comes from her bilingual, duel cultured background. Raised by two incredible Deaf parents who bred and instilled a sense of pride and empowerment she grew up fully embracing Deaf Culture and American Sign Language (ASL). Their passion and lessons became the foundation behind Veronica’s involvement with the Deaf community and Interpreter field; She learned early on that her Child Of Deaf Adults (CODA) identity would not just be a role to hold, but a beautiful detail of herself she loves to share and express. She has lived in several cities domestically and internationally and never seems to lose interest in finding new things to grab a hold of and become inspired by. It’s this sense of unlimited possibilities and delight found in anything provoking her to work harder to find something she’s never seen.

Sean James

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Sean James was born and raised in Australia, where his career as a hairstylist began to flourish when he trained with Australia’s leading hairstylist Oscar Cullinan. In 1989, Sean moved to London where he trained with Vidal Sassoon. A few years later in 1992, Sean moved to Los Angeles, where
he became an educator and color specialist working at the Los Angeles Flagship store for L’Oreal. In 2001, Sean was brought on as a valued member of the prestigious creative team for Redken, where he began doing many years of fashion weeks in Los Angeles, New York, and Paris.

Sean has worked with celebrities such as Jaime Pressly, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rufus Wainwright, Emily Blunt, Rita Wilson, Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Chung and many more. He works consistently on films, commercials, television, advertising campaigns, and he is sought after all over the world. Most recently, Sean was a member of the exclusive Balmain team as the US representative at Paris Fashion week and has just come back from NY fashion week , where he lead the Rusk team or the Monarchy collection . He has been featured on the E! newtork, the Style networks “How do I look” And is a panel member on “Beautyfix” a Nation wide product review, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and MTV’s The Hills. He has also been featured in world renowned publications such as Harper’ Bazaar, InStyle, WWD, The New York Times, and More, just to name a few.

Sean’s adventures in hair are ongoing and groundbreaking as he continues to have a drive to explore the new and exciting ways to express inner beauty through the ever growing medium of hair. Sean’s mantra as a true artist is “explore yourself and express your inner beauty.”

 Elaine Lancaster

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As if she stepped right out of the pages of a Jackie Collins novel, Elaine Lancaster is as glamorous and beautiful as the characters of Hollywood Wives. Elaine Lancaster was actually named after two characters from that very novel, Elaine Conti and Karen Lancaster.  As befitting a Jackie Collins novel, Elaine’s life has been filled with glamour, travel, celebrities and a few twisted scenarios.  One being the fact that the gorgeous Elaine Lancaster is in reality a man when not performing.

The actor (James Davis) behind Elaine was born in Alabama and raised in Georgia, while Elaine was born in the lap of luxury, pampered by all, and spoiled rotten. Like the true diva she became, she managed to spend every dime thrown her way developing an unquenchable quest for more. Not just more jewels and designer fashions, luxury brands, but more of everything. Driven by the need to live life in the spotlight, fame had to be hers so the world became her stage.

Elaine is a Style & Beauty icon, as well as an Advice & Lifestyle columnist for Miami Monthly Magazine. She’s in demand as a hostess all over the world in clubs, for charities, DJ & emcee. Elaine travels the Globe DJ-ing for Fortune 500 companies. Elaine hosted The Aspen Gay Ski Week from 1995`2002. Executive host committee member for the Blacks Annual Gala. Hostess for the crown jewel of HIV/AIDS fund raiser since 1997, White Party Week. Louis Vuttion Global store openings.  Polo Ralph Lauren store opening. Host Pamela Anderson’s parfum launch, Malibu. Visionaire Magazine Parties. Bulgari Jewelry Store opening.  House of Field fashion show celebrity guest.. plus way too many to list.  Since 1997 has helped raise over 20 million dollars for numerous non-profit charities.

Elaine Lancaster has caused waves ever since she first landed on the sandy shores of South Beach. In less than a year the diva earned celebrity status from local to Global Diva gracing the pages of every local publication  The national glossy Genre selected Elaine as one of the top 10 Drag Queens of the decade while TIME reported on her antics hosting the political fund raiser for Janet Reno. Fresh back from Vienna, Austria where Elaine Entertained the party goers along side; Patti LaBelle, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Kenneth Cole, President Bill Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Diane von Furstenberg, Richie Rich etc. For Life Ball 2010.  Elaine continues to spread glamour, beauty, and share the goodness of her heart with the men of the world while entertaining everyone else. Elaine lives in Miami & Aspen, but works all over the world. There is no denying Elaine Lancaster has achieved Star status through hard work & integrity. Jackie Collins would be proud to have created Elaine.

Sharon Gault

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Internationally known for her groundbreaking work with makeup, Sharon Gault has created iconic looks for some of the biggest names in show business and fashion, and in the process, defined emerging trends for two decades in modern pop culture.

At the age of 16, Sharon became very interested in photography, and later trained with Vidal Sassoon as a hairstylist.  A few years later, she discovered her passion for makeup, and chose to focus her energy in this direction.  Already a veteran of the Hollywood fashion scene, it was not until she toured with Madonna on the “Blonde Ambition” tour, and was featured in the candid documentary “In bed with Madonna” that Sharon came to the attention of the world.
To this day, many people know her simply as “Mama Makeup”, a nickname given to her by the dancers on the tour.  Sharon has collaborated with some of the world’s most acclaimed photographers including, David La Chapelle, Ellen Von Unwerth, Isabel Snyder, Matthew Rolston, Tony Duran, Richard McLaren, Michel Comte and Herb Ritts.  Her work is constantly in demand by Hollywood celebrities, who need to look their best for red carpet awards shows, interviews, and photo shoots, giving her a client roster that includes Drea Matteo, Hilary Duff, Amber Tamblyn, Jennifer Garner, Rachel Griffith, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr, Britney Spears, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Demi Moore, Johnny Depp, Madonna, Enrique Iglesias, Cindy Crawford, Hilary Swank, Kate Bosworth, Gwen Stefani, Thora Birch, and many more.

With such a background, it is not surprising to find that Sharon’s work has featured in such renowned publications as Italian Vogue, British Vogue, Interview, The Face, Arena, Vanity Fair, ID, In Style, Glamour, Allure, Marie Claire, GQ, Elle, Harper’s, Queen, and Rolling Stone.  In addition, she has worked on music videos for artists such as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Moby, KD Lang, Enrique Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, and The Vines.

To view the article on line go here.  To check out the freestyle Kosha performed about me go here and watch the slideshow!

Kosha Dillz and Freeway speak in tongues before A3C

Two MCs. Two religions. One mic.

by Rodney Carmichael @Rappin_Rodney

Freeway; Kosha Dillz

BIZ 3; ANDREA HANKS

Freeway; Kosha Dillz

New Jersey native Kosha Dillz would never be mistaken for the guy Mos Def was referring to when he rapped the now infamous line, “some tall Israeli is running this rap shit.” Despite his Jewish wink-of-a-stage name, Dillz is not that tall — nor is he cashing in on hip-hop on the same plane as former Island/Def Jam exec Lyor Cohen. Not yet, anyway. The closest the unsigned MC with a penchant for rhyming in Hebrew has probably come to seeing a fat a$$ check is when he toured the Czech Republic last year — get it, Czech Republic — with former Roc-A-Fella rapper and practicing Muslim Freeway. Though the two come from opposite sides of the religious aisle, they were both there to represent hip-hop — as they will again on the HipHopDX stage at this year’s A3C Fest. With the cross-cultural connect already established, CL eavesdropped on a conversation between them in preview of the show.

Kosha Dillz: I actually had grown up listening to you when I was about 18, 19 and it’s kinda funny because as a teen, I had come from more of a street life, too. We were listening to Freeway, doing whatever we were doing in New Brunswick, N.J., and then I had gone away and done time. Then I came out as Kosha Dillz and I became this sort of Jewish rapper, kind of iconic figure for Jewish kids. And Freeway, you’ve been one of the more successful rappers that converted to Islam and traveled to Mecca. And now we’re doing a show together and having this interview. So I just think that’s kinda ill.
Freeway: Yeah, definitely.

KD: What made you make the switch from your old life to your current life?
F: Well, you know I’m from Philadelphia and it’s basically a predominantly Islamic community that I grew up in. My mother was Christian and my father was in something kind of like a cult — it was this thing called the Nation of Alkebulan. It was this church where we talked about the betterment of black people, you know. So I was raised on that. Basically my father was the man of the household, so we had to do what he said to do. But once I was old enough, I explored religion I realized Islam is the religion for me.

KD: Are a lot of people reaching out to you as far as you becoming more publicly visible the longer you stay with it?
F: It’s people that know about me being Muslim that follow my music, and it’s people that follow my music that aren’t aware I’m a Muslim. It depends on how deep they listen and how much they observe my music, you know. But I do get people that say they’re happy to see me doing what I’m doing, and I do get people that say I need to leave that music alone. So it comes from both angles.

KD: I went to Jerusalem to learn how to Yeshiva — kinda like when you went out to Mecca and made the Hajj, Jewish kids go and study with rabbis and scholars and that’s a good place for me to create a lot of cool music in Israel. Is there any place like that that you might go, like take six months off to go study?
F: I definitely have plans to go back to Saudi Arabia and perform another Umrah and a Hajj. And definitely, I’m sitting down and studying with some people.

KD: Do you think you’ll record out there?
F: Oh naw, I don’t think I’ll be doing any recording out there. The thing that I do when I’m out there is I try to talk to the kids in that country and let them know how blessed they are in the Holy Land. ‘Cause a lotta kids over there look at the things we’re doing over here and think that it’s better than what they’re doing. When, in all actuality, it’s better where they’re at, ’cause they’re right there in the Holy Land where the Kaaba is, they’re in the land where we pray to, they’re in the land where all the scholars are — whereas we have to travel 15 hours on a plane to get over there, you know what I’m sayin’?
KD: For sure.

F: Do you feel like you’ve got more to prove to fans who might prejudge you based on what they see?
KD: Yeah, I just don’t think that Jews have had the largest success at being dope MCs. I mean, [we] had MC Serch and [we] have the Beastie Boys. I kinda have a lot of barriers, but I think persistence, commitment and perseverance is something that I want to [use to] prove myself. I’ve always been in that boat — always being doubted when I step into the arena.

F: Yeah, that’s like me. When I first got in the game I was counted out. They told me wouldn’t nobody want to hear a whole album of my raps cause my voice is annoying. I heard all kinds of stuff: Like I was the first rapper with a beard, young guy with this, like, weird Islam — it’s a lot of stuff that I’ve overcome, so I feel you.
KD: I always like the odd-ball-out because I’ve always been the odd-ball-out. I was at Rock the Bells and RZA brought me on stage and people were backstage thinking I was like his lawyer or something. So it’s always like something to prove. Do you think you would ever go and study in Israel, because the Golden Rock is out there and it’s the third holiest site for Muslims out in Israel?

F: Definitely, if the opportunity presented itself.
KD: I think it would be really cool. Everyone really knows you out there because Israel’s really big on that level of hip-hop. You would be the most prominent figure from hip-hop and Islam to study there, so I think that’d be a really cool bridging the gap, and positive even for Israel.
F: That’s what’s up, man.

KD: Have you had a lot of Jewish friends, like just around the way?
F: In Philly it’s not really a lot of Jewish people. In my hood it’s either you’re Christian or you’re Muslim. I mean I’m sure it’s Jewish people there, but they’re not on the forefront like that so I didn’t really have too many Jewish friends growing up.

KD: Well I’d love to invite you over for a Shabbat dinner or something like that when you come out to L.A. If there’s anything you want me to find out for you while [I'm] in Israel, if I can help you get out there with some of the Muslim dudes — [the rapper] Shine’s out there studying, so we could get the whole thing going on, you know.
F: Definitely, I’m open to it so we’ll do it.

KD: Freeway, man, let’s build. Let’s try to bang out a joint and shock the world, you know.
F: Definitely.

See full schedule of A3C Hip Hop Festival performances, panel discussions and demos atwww.a3cfestival.com.

Have you heard of Jonny Lang? If you haven’t you are going to be blown away by his talent. I was able to photograph him at The House of Blues in January of this year. At only 30 years he has accomplished more than most do in a lifetime. I was stoked when I was contacted by his manager two weeks ago who said that Jonny loved one of the photos I took of him and that they wanted to purchase the photo. It is great to have people of this caliper appreciate and pay for my work and it was just last year I sold some images to RCA/Sony music label for a different group.

Jonny came to town last week where he performed at Red Butte Gardens. I was asked to shoot the concert and guess what everyone was wearing? A lanyard with my photo of Jonny on it for his official tour image! They told me as soon as I signed the contract they made the tags and are getting ready to use the image for Jonny’s official glossy as well! CHEERS!

Jonny Lang’s Bio

Jonny Lang started playing the guitar at the age of twelve, after his father took him to see the Bad Medicine Blues Band, one of the few blues bands in Fargo, North Dakota. Lang soon started taking guitar lessons from Ted Larsen, the Bad Medicine Blues Band’s guitar player. Several months after Lang began, he joined the Bad Medicine Blues Band, which was then renamed Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang.

The band moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and independently released the album Smokin’ when Lang was fourteen. Lang was signed to A&M Records in 1996. He released the critically acclaimed multi-platinum Lie to Me on January 28, 1997. The next album, Wander this World was released on October 20, 1998 and earned a Grammy nomination. This was followed by the more soulful Long Time Coming on October 14, 2003. Lang also made a cover of Edgar Winter’s “Dying to Live”. Lang’s newest album, the gospel-influenced Turn Around, was released in 2006, and most recently won Lang his first Grammy Award.

In more than ten years on the road, Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck and Sting. In 1999, he was invited to play for a White House audience including President and Mrs. Clinton. Lang also makes a cameo appearance in the film Blues Brothers 2000 as a janitor. In 2004, Eric Clapton asked Lang to play a the Crossroads Guitar Festival to raise money for the Crossroads Centre Antigua.

Save the date for our August PUG Meeting which will be on August 31st at 6 p.m.

Wedding season will start winding down soon and so I thought it would great to take a break from the wedding craziness and provide a different type of shooting opportunity. The shoot will be geared towards encouraging each of us to make the shoot a bit more abstract than we normally shoot (framing, angles, lighting etc.) and/or try something different (shoot shallow, with off camera flash, etc.)

We will be meeting in the courtyard of the downtown Salt Lake City Library at 6 p.m. and from there we will move around downtown with our model and just get creative together! If you have ideas for props, location or clothing please let me know or bring them along! I always value your input. As always, PUGS are free to join and you don’t need to be a Pictage Member to attend! Remember to join us on our SLC PUG Facebook Page here. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pictage-User-Group-Salt-Lake-City-Utah/141985765868807

If you have any questions please feel free to email me. My cell phone number is 801-349-0718 if you need to text/call me on the day of the shootl

Address to the library: 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Attached is a photo of the model we will be shooting.

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May 24, 2011 – The Challenging Subject by John Mireles

If you’re like me, most of your clients are just normal, everyday people. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and aren’t used to being in front of the business end of a camera lens. I’ll admit that it can be frustrating because my subjects rarely seem to match up with the fashion model like clients that make it into the magazines.The reality is that most of our clients aren’t models; they’re normal people who look and feel awkward in front of the camera. But everyone – clients and photographers alike – wants those energetic shots where the subject looks relaxed and happy. If you can consistently make your clients feel like they belong in a magazine, not only will you have a lot of happy clients, your business will thrive too!

So what’s the secret to getting the best out of each subject? Well, there’s no magic wand; the key is to be patient and play to each person’s strengths. While funny one-liners help break the ice, crafting a consistently great body of work is really about creating a deliberate process for bringing out the best in people. Here are some tips to help you make all of your clients look like magazine stars.

Take Your Time and Be Patient
Granted, this may not be an option when you’ve got 30 minutes between ceremony and reception to get your shots. But during engagement and portrait shoots, time limitations are rarely a factor for me. First, I plan on a couple of hours – sometimes even all afternoon – for my shoots.

There’s no substitute for time. Often it take until the very end of the shoot for the client to put away their photo-face, relax a little and let the spontaneity come out. I remember hearing Richard Avedon (the greatest photographer of the 20th century) talk about how he’d just let the subject sit in front of the camera until he or she got bored; it was only then that their true self would emerge. Although boring the subject is rarely my objective, the idea of waiting the client out is a powerful one.

Being patient goes hand-in-hand with taking your time. The key is that you can’t force things. You may have grandiose ideas for the shoot, but it’s often important to take baby steps to get there. Though your goal may be intimate and playful family shots, you’ll probably have to start simply and then build up to that. Once the subjects feel relaxed and feel more confident with the process, they are going to be much more likely to open up.

Get to Know Your Client
Don’t just jump into the shoot, instead try sitting down your clients and chatting a little before you get started. Often, I’ll meet up with my engagement shoot clients at a local pub so that they can unwind after what’s usually been a long week at work. We’re able to talk and get comfortable with one another without the intimidating camera coming between us.

Beside, people tend to work best with people they know. It’s easier for subjects to relax when they’re comfortable and familiar with the person behind the lens. The beauty of getting to know your client is that it takes the pressure off you, the photographer, from trying to be witty and funny. When the client gets to know you better and vice-versa, it’s easier to be yourself.

Invest in a Good Posing Guide
The Toolkit Lookbooks can go a long way to helping you come up with great poses and helping the client understand what you’re asking them to do. Not only do the Lookbooks have hundreds of poses for you to use with your family or bride and groom clients, you can also show them the photos so that they know what you’re shooting for.

When a subject knows what he or she is supposed to do, (and that they’re not going to look dumb in the process) it also helps them relax. Some people question whether it’s okay to show clients the book, but I’ve only heard positive feedback from both clients and other photographers alike. When clients see the pose, they get it. Once they get it, you can push thing farther to capture the real magic.

 

Think Sideways
Not every shot needs to be pretty people looking pretty, bride and groom kissing or little kids smiling perfectly into the camera. Think about other possibilities that don’t fall within the typical box of what is traditionally expected from a portrait, engagement or wedding day session. Let go of your preconceived notions of what your shoot is supposed to look like.

In my portfolio, I have a wide shot of two clients drawing “I love you” in the sand. It’s a great moment that clients often comment on. I like to point out that the couple was very shy and wouldn’t have made “most likely to make the portfolio” votes. But it worked because I tried something different that played to their strengths.

Go With the Flow
Listen to what your clients are telling you. They may not say it out loud, (in fact they rarely do,) but the signs are usually there. If something’s working, but not what you planned, just go with it. Don’t be afraid to push a good moment further along.

If your bride and groom are goofing around and making a mess, try having them roll around on the ground. If the kids are being unruly, let them go crazy. You never know what something unexpected – and really good – might come from it all.

Get Out of the Way
Sometimes it’s best to leave the clients alone so that they can relax. It’ll tell them to forget about the camera or even that it’s broken and I need to test it a little. Either way, when subjects don’t think that they need to put on their photo face, their expressions and body positions loosen and become more natural.

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When photographing the bridal party, I’ll often do my “camera is broken” trick. The girls will invariably start making jokes and laughing since they don’t think they need to pay attention to the camera. Eventually they’ll realize that I’m actually shooting and then the laughter – along with some great expressions – starts all over again.

Other times, backing off and using a long lens can take the pressure off of the subjects. Give them some distance and see what happens.

Work the Scenery
No matter who the client is, it never hurts to pull back and let the scenery be the hero in the shot. Breaking things up also opens up opportunity for sales of albums and wall prints. Many people who would be loath to put a big picture of themselves on the wall will happily purchase a framed print where they are smaller in a beautiful scene.

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Drop a Brick on Their Foot
This one comes courtesy of one of my favorite writers, P.J. O’Rouke. In one of his books, he suggested dropping a brick on someone’s foot if they have a headache. The idea being that you can distract someone from a minor discomfort with a major pain.

My manner of executing this dubious logic is to get right in my reluctant subject’s face with my camera. Or I let the client sit awkwardly in front of the camera with no direction from me. I’ll go well past their comfort zone – for a little while. Everything after that seems so much easier for them to deal. After uncomfortably posing in silence or facing a lens just inches away, my more normal shooting style is received with new appreciation.

Get Buy In
Nothing can turn into a train wreck so quickly as trying to get kids to do something that they don’t want to do. I like to talk to the kids in advance and let them throw out ideas for what they’d like to do. I’ll even offer to let the kids photograph me after I photograph them. Once they realize that it’s a two-way dialogue, they feel much more involved with the process.

If dad books the session, but mom is the real driver behind the shoot, be sure to talk to mom. She may have completely different ideas about the images she’s expecting. Few things are more frustrating than showing up for a shoot with a plan in mind but then butting heads with a mom who has her own plan. (Also, since mom will probably make the buying decisions later, be sure she’s on the same page as you if you want to make any post-shoot sales.)

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Try a Variety of Scenarios
This goes hand in hand with thinking sideways, taking your time and being patient. Don’t just stick to one setup or composition. Try different backgrounds, poses and camera orientation (landscape v. portrait). Don’t get stuck on one setup no matter how much you think it’s working.

If a client doesn’t like any given series after a shoot, it’s good to have a variety of others that the client can choose from. There’s few things more frustrating than coming back from a shoot where your hero, can’t miss shots look blah and you have nothing to fall back on.

Ask for What You Want
If you want a client smile, ask them to smile. You want a laugh, ask for a laugh! I recently had an assistant take some photos of me for practice. He kept trying to crack dumb jokes to get a smile of me. Finally, I told him to ask me for what he wanted. Things went much better from that point.

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It doesn’t hurt to actually practice a little with clients. I’ll show them what I’m looking for. Most subjects will give you what you want if they know what to do. A little encouragement and practice can help them turn it on for the camera later.

Act Like a Fool
You can’t expect your clients to cut loose if you don’t or won’t. A lot of times, I ask my clients to do stuff that they find embarrassing. They’re much more likely to go for it if I’m doing stupid stuff too. When I open up, it gives them license to do the same.

In response to a video of my photographing a subject, someone once posted that they were embarrassed for me because of the dumb things I was saying to direct the woman. They meant it as an insult, but I took it as a compliment. In the end, it’s the moments and expressions that I capture that matter.

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Don’t Stick Your Clients in a Box
There’s nothing wrong with focusing in on something specific with a client. But don’t allow your initial concepts to limit the direction of the shoot. What works for one subject on one day may not work for another on different day.

I recently took a look at another photographer’s bridal shoot. I was struck by how the the photo were technically nice, the bride pretty and the poses fairly sophisticated – but the shots just fell flat and had no life. The problem was that the photography ran his client through a set of poses he’d learned from a well-known photographer, but they just didn’t work with this subject. He’d have been far better off to dump the concept once it was obvious that it wasn’t working try something – anything – else.

Final Thoughts
Creativity is often viewed as this lightening bold that comes from above. In reality it’s often the end result of simple playfulness and experimentation. By adopting a process that allows you to adapt to the unique demands of each shoot and go beyond the expected, you’ll quickly be regarded as a creative genius. And you thought photography was supposed to be difficult!