A friend recommended that Madelyne and I work together. Madelyne has only modeled once before and was in need of practice, portfolio building, and pose coaching. I was more than happy to work with this lovely young woman. She took direction well, is versatile, and the camera just loves her.
I built this set for its versatility. I see fantasy, boudoir, and children easily playing in this Winter wonderland. In the upcoming month, expect a mini-session specially crafted to the theme you want on this set.
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.
Despite getting hit with a snow storm, Brooke and I met in the studio. It was a great day to stay inside and play with different looks and lighting.
We did three very different looks in one day. The set and lighting drastically changed for each as did the wardrobe, makeup, and hair.
Model/Stylist: Erica Pietrzyk
MUAH: Jae Renna
Photographer/Retoucher: Donna Macauley
This shoot originated with an acid pastel look. The colors in a fashion image inspired me to create an acid pastel image. I do not believe in copying an image exactly. That is stealing someone else's work. However, inspiration is a different story. Pick an element that you like and make it your own, which is what the team did here. So, we planned for the ombre hair and lime green background look to base our own look upon.
The vampire aviator was inspired by a manga painting.
The feather look is one we pulled together at the last minute. While Michelle was preparing Morgan for the first look, I went through my studio props and came up with a unique, fashiony (sure we'll call it a word) anime/manga look.
Model: Morgan Baker
MUAH: Michelle Busch
Photographer/Concept/Styling/Retouching: Donna Macauley
We pulled together a few different looks in the studio. Griselda is new to modeling so I coached and guided her into a few poses, but she caught on quickly. I was very impressed that she picked up on keeping her hands elegant. That is one of the last things models are able to master.