Paul Belleau is a glass blowing artist who creates lovely and vibrant glass bowl, cups, vases, paperweights, etc. His use of swirling deep colors defines his distinctive style.
This session was a treat! Jarod's family owns Habsburg era uniforms. When he told me he would be able to use them for our session, I was thrilled. I immediately started planning a story around the uniforms. I added a few props for this look, but the uniforms and Jarod's ability to express himself and put himself into the character were powerful enough to stand alone. I also new that I needed to create a very cinematic looks to best showcase all this talent and the heirloom uniforms.
Fabiola did a great job transforming Jarod from a soldier in dress uniform, freshly graduated to a battle weary soldier, wounded from the war.
Model/Actor: Jarod Bardon
MUAH: Fabiola Felix
Photographer/Retoucher: Donna Macauley
Amber commissioned me to do a small portfolio refresher. She had changed her hair color and wanted to capture her new look so she'd have up-to-date images for casting. My standard portfolio refreshers are a one-look mini and a three look refresher. Amber only wanted two looks. I was more than happy to customize a package to suit her needs.
We discussed what she wanted prior to the session. Finding out what she needed and the looks she wanted prior ensures that she gets exactly what she wants. She had plenty of smiling head shots. Knowing that she wants to get into acting, we worked on different expressions to help casting agents visualize her in different character roles.
It was an absolute pleasure meeting Amber and helping her put together her mini portfolio refresher. She's lovely inside and out. She's self-assured and knows exactly what she wants and how she wants to be cast. She has modeled for the North American International Auto Show and she's looking forward to establishing her acting career.
I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.
Zach and I met in the Warren, MI studio to add several more looks to his portfolio. Styles ranged from commercial to fashion.
Reviewing my work from the past year, one thing is very clear, I'm into dark. I have two, high-key or bright, airy images. The rest are low-key or high-contrast (Chiarascuro). I already knew this about my work, but having all the images in one place really drove it home. It stems from my love of Amerighi da Caravaggio's work. If Caravaggio influenced my love of contrast, Edward Robert Hughes, J.W. Waterhouse, and Maxfield Parish gave birth to my love of fantasy.
You may be wondering why I haven't cited any photographers. Well, you'll have to wait for another post about photographers who have influenced me. All I can say is that while these photographers may have influenced me, I do not see their work in my style as much as I see painters. Maybe elements of their work are present, but never fully incorporated.
As a final note, I want to say thank you to everyone, friends, models, makeup artist and hairstylists, who have helped bring my visions to life.
Here are my 15 favorite images from 2013 in no particular order.
I love military jackets. Deirdra brought this band-inspired jacket for our session. It has more gray in it than the traditional military green. It paired well with jeans and her studded boots. Another way I like to pair military jackets is with a feminine dress or skirt, juxtaposing the soft with the hard.
Corian contacted me wanting to add images to his portfolio. His physique had changed since the last time we worked together and he wanted to update his porfolio to showcase his current shape. It is always wise to keep your portfolio up to date so that when agencies cast you, they have your current appearance.
Corian is enthusiastic and willing to try different ideas. He delivers the poses with little direction and his expressions are wonderful for acting and commercial work.
Devin and I had created cologne ad styled images several months ago. So when we collaborated this time, we wanted to go in a different direction. Devin brought some great clothes for various fashion looks. The blue pants and white shirt looked very European to us. I loved it.
Devin is becoming great at posing. I hardly had to direct him. He's always a lot of fun to work with because he comes with ideas and our styles are very similar. So if he makes a suggestion and says he's not sure how to describe it, I usually have a pretty good idea where he's going with it, and vice versa.
We discussed the shoot and completed our session in an hour, coming away with several looks. This was great teamwork and a good example of why it helps to come to your session prepared and knowing exactly what you want!
On this shoot, I used my grandmother's mink coat that I inherited when she passed away. I also used a beautiful black dress with a gold weave overlay that I've had for years, so I guess it's vintage. Elizabeta's coloring and looks fit both items perfectly. Elizabeta was gracious enough make this a lingerie shoot with the mink to give the images a high-fashion and commercial look. Natalie Nahass Henry created a great dramatic makeup look to accentuate Elizabeta's beautiful face.
Devin wanted to create some images that looked like cologne advertisements. Because those images usually show shirtless men with water beaded on them as if they are just out of the pool or shower, we saved those for last. First we started with more catalogue/commercial style looks, worked up to a muscle shirt, then added oil and water to bead the water on Devin's skin.
Natalie wanted to add men to her makeup portfolio. She is a great makeup artist. Showing what a professional she is, she studied Devin's face as soon as she met him. She knew exactly what she wanted to do to bring out his eyes and cheekbones.
This was Devin's first time modeling and he did a great job. He knew what style images he wanted and he had a pretty good direction for poses very well.
I am a Warren, MI based headshot, fashion, fantasy, fine art, senior, and portrait photographer. I have photographed the Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan for over 25 years.