Hey guys! If you're in the States, Happy Labor Day! I hope that you're enjoying the three day like I am, especially since it's letting me catch up on a few chores and errands. Either way, I hope that all of you are enjoying the holiday!
Anyway, it's been a somewhat quiet week for me, but there have been some significant changes. So yeah, I decided to drop the two photography courses for this semester. As I was sitting in my first course, I just wasn't feeling the structured feeling at the time. Going with my gut feeling, I decided to drop the course and just do my own thing with my photography. Of course, it does mean that I'm probably going to be watching a lot of YouTube videos, Lynda.com, and other photography tutorials to help me improve my skills. For some reason, I'm finding myself okay with that notion since it gives me an opportunity to play and learn through creative ventures instead of worrying about getting a good grade to pass the course. So yeah, there's a part of me that thinks this was probably the dest decision for me at the moment. Who knows, I may end up picking up the courses at some future point.
However, I did pick up two marketing courses when I dropped the others. As I mentioned, I got a new job that deals with marketing and public relations to a certain degree. So in an effort to help me with the job, I decided to pick up a couple of courses focusing on advertising and public relations. So far, the courses seem interesting and have the potential for helping me out with the job. Either way, I'm definitely feeling a little excited to be taking the two courses.
Other than those changes, it's been a quiet week. I'm definitely hoping that it continues and I can start holding some additional photo shoots in my spare time. Hopefully, I'll be able to start holding them starting this month.
Anyway, on to the reason that you guys are here: Oscar! Oscar was the first model that I worked with in my own home. Previously, I had worked with models in studios and hotel suites since I was living with roommates. Once I got my own place, I eagerly jumped on board with setting up photo shoots in the privacy of my own home. It definitely gave me more space to maneuver around in as well as not having to worry about transporting clothing, props, and equipment around for the various photo shoots. So yeah, I was definitely happy to have a space large enough to have photo shoots in.
As I mentioned, Oscar was the first model that I photographed in my space. When he submitted his images to potentially set up a photo shoot, I instantly knew that I wanted to work with him. He definitely has a great look that I loved capturing. Furthermore, Oscar definitely knows the positions that highlight his body as well as taking direction as I shifted his body around to capture the light better. Like I said, I loved working with Oscar throughout the photo shoot as well as the images that we ended getting from it. Overall, I was definitely happy with the body of work that we created.
When Oscar showed up for the photo shoot, I was definitely happy with his overall look. Like usual, I started the photo shoot by photographing him in the clothing that he wore to the shoot. In this instance, Oscar war wearing a blue and white plaid shirt and dark blue jeans. The overall look definitely suited his image. For me, I like it when the guys that I'm working with come dressed in button down shirts because it gives me some flexibility to get several different looks from that single piece of clothing. I definitely wasn't disappointed.
The image that I chose to highlight for this section comes from the end of the photo shoot. Like usual, I also like to end the photo shoot with getting several images of the model getting redressed in the clothing that he wore to the photo shoot. For me, I definitely wanted to get a couple of additional images of Oscar posing in unbuttoned button down shirt. Furthermore, I wanted to pair it with the black Emporio Armani boxer briefs that he wore beneath his dark blue jeans. I'm definitely happy with how the image turned out.
In addition to the clothing and how they highlight his body, I'm also happy with the lighting in the image. I definitely like how the light highlights his facial features, especially the highlight on his lower lip. Furthermore, I like how the light makes his eyes pop while also drawing attention to the areas around his eyes, such as his eyebrows. Every time that I look at this image, I'm constantly focusing on Oscar's face, the placement of his right hand, and the details of his stylish hair. For those reasons, it was definitely easy for me to select the image below as the one to be highlighted for this section.
Near the start of the photo shoot, I capture an interesting portrait of Oscar. Like the majority of us, I also find myself stopping at unique portraits and taking a moment to determine whether or not I like what the artist did. Even if I do not end up liking the image at the image, it still caught my attention long enough to give some serious thought about the piece. For me, the portrait below definitely caused me to step back and evaluate whether or not I truly liked it, even though it was my own image.
In the end, I decided that I liked it for several reasons. Starting off, I like the composition of it. Yes, I like how his left arm blocks the left half of his face. Specifically, I like how it basically splits his forehead in half. But more interesting, I like how his left arm slopes towards the right side of the image and how it reveals more of his face the further down we go from his forehead. What started off as symmetrical quickly turned asymmetrical. But yes, I love how how that composition element changed the overall look of the image.
Additionally, I love the details of Oscar's facial features revealed in the image. For instance, I like the details found in his lips, including the highlight on the right side of his lower lip. Additionally, I like the highlights and shadows in the dip just beneath his nose. Finally, I like the details of his eye, eye lashes, and eyebrow. Like I said, I like how the portrait highlighted those details throughout the right side of his face.
Finally, I like the depth of field in the image. Yes, having the shallower depth of field allow me to blur out his left arm as well as the back of his head from his ear onward. Furthermore, with the selective focus, I was able to direct the viewer's attention to the right side of his face where I wanted the viewer to notice the details. Sure, I got his armpit within that plane of focus, but I'm okay with that for the most part.
In the end, it was actually easy for me to decide that I liked the unique portrait. Sure, there are some elements that I want to play with in the future in order to improve on it, but I like the portrait that Oscar and I were able to create together. So yeah, it was easy for me to select this image to highlight in the portrait section.
Of course, like most of my photo shoots, I focused on photographing Oscar modeling a variety of underwear. As usual, I started with photographing him in the black Emporio Armani briefs that we wore to the shoot. From there, we went through a variety of briefs, boxer briefs, and some others. I was definitely happy to see that Oscar looked good in whatever underwear that I threw at him. During the shoot, he even got me laughing at a pair red briefs with yellow piping. He told me that he was going to call them the Ronald McDonald's briefs because of the color scheme. Ever since then, I laugh at them whenever I see them and can't help thinking of them as the Ronald McDonald's briefs. So yeah, I was definitely happy that we were able to laugh together throughout the shoot about random things.
Anyway, I found it hard to select my favorite image for this portion of the shoot. In the end, I decided to highlight two images of Oscar posing in two different types of underwear. The first one is of Oscar posing in a Go Softwear jockstrap. I did love the way that the jockstrap highlighted his assets in the image below. I have found out that there are some guys that cannot carry off the jockstrap look for a variety of reasons, but I'm glad that Oscar filled out the jockstrap well and owned the look.
Like usual, I love the lighting in the image below. Ever since the photo shoot with Donye, I've been trying to play around with lighting a subject with just a single light. In this instance, I like how I was able to manipulate the light to get an interesting lighting pattern across his face while still have some interesting shadows. Yeah, I'm definitely happy with the way the lighting turned out in the image below.
Additionally, I like Oscar's pose in the image. For me, there is an appeal to see the long curved line that starts at the the top of the back as it flows into a narrow waist and onward. It definitely makes for an interesting line to visually trace. In addition to the line, I also love the placement of Oscar's hands as it adds some visual depth to the image and leads the viewer's eye further into the shadows. So yeah, it was easy to select this image as one of the two to highlight for this section.
The second image that I wanted to highlight features Oscar modeling a pair of white mesh briefs. I like the briefs because of the intricate designs at the sides of the pouch as well as the fact that the seat is basically mesh. In this instance, I like how it allows Oscar's skin tones to come through and change the coloring of that part of the briefs from white. Furthermore, I like how the briefs contours around Oscar's assets and highlights them well.
Like the image above, I love the strong lines that his body creates from the tip of his left hand and flowing down to his left thigh. I also like the visual depth that is evident due to the slight turn of his shoulders. Finally, I like how his right thigh is slightly out of sync with his left one. It further adds to the visual depth while also giving a backdrop to make the pouch of the briefs stand out further.
Finally, I love the color handling in the image below. Using PhotoShop, I softened the overall color tone of the image by playing with the opacity. Like I said, I like how it soften Oscar's overall skin tone. I'm definitely happy with the way that the image came out.
Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot
For my favorite image, I selected the image below. Like all of the other images, I like how Oscar completely owns it. I like his expression in the image and the penetrating gaze that is transfixed on the viewer. Furthermore, I like his pose in the image and the small details, such as the placement of his right hand and how his fingers are splayed out. Additionally, I like the confidence that is evident in his stance, particularly in his shoulders, hips, and thighs. Like I said, it definitely feels like Oscar completely owned the image.
Finally, I love the lighting in the image. Once again, I love the lighting pattern across his face and how it captured the details on the left side. Furthermore, I love how the lighting creates enough of a separation to make the black cotton of his Emporio Armani boxer briefs stand out from the black backdrop. In generally, I definitely love how the light caresses his body throughout the image.
For these reason, and the fact that I just like the image, it was easy to select the image below as my favorite one from the photo shoot.
I'm definitely happy with the images that came from my collaboration with Oscar. Like I said throughout the blog entry, Oscar was definitely a professional and brought his game to the photo shoot. I definitely loved the consistency throughout the images as well as the emotions that I was able to capture in some of the images found within the gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/oscar). Furthermore, Oscar definitely knew the poses that would highlight his body. So yeah, it was definitely great to work with Oscar throughout the photo shoot. As I go through the remainder of 2016, I'm definitely hoping to work with Oscar again for another photo shoot. Nonetheless, I'm definitely happy that I had an opportunity to work with Oscar on this photo shoot.
Again, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my photo shoot with Oscar. I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!
If you guys want, you can also check out my Instagram account at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography. I tend to post images daily!
If you are interested in setting up a shoot or letting me know what you think about my work, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hey guys! It's been a quiet week for me, even though I officially started in my new job. But it's a little hard to be excited about it since I've been doing the job for long time now. So yeah, I'm feeling a little jaded towards the job, even though we got some new projects to work on for the upcoming year. Even with all of that, I'm definitely wishing that August goes by a little quicker.
I am spending a couple of hours a week to watch the latest movies coming out. Today, I saw DC's Suicide Squad. I will admit that I'm not much of a DC fan, but I found myself entertained throughout the movie. Sure, the plot was somewhat questionable, but I do like rooting for the underdog and seeing them come out on top. Additionally, I loved Harley Quinn and El Diablo in the movie. Harley was just bat-shit crazy and fun, but I found myself loving the character of El Diablo even more - especially when you got the backstory to why he was weary of using his powers. To me, he was definitely one of the more fleshed out characters in the movie. Plus, he had some awesome fire-based powers, particularly when he took on the bad guy towards the end. Yeah, he definitely spoke to the inner pyro in me! Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend seeing it since it was entertaining. Was it the best movie that I've seen this year? No, but it ticked off the marks for my comic book nerd tendencies to make the movie enjoyable for me.
However, I am looking forward to starting the fall semester at the local community college college. As I mentioned in a few blog entries, I'm putting my master's degree on hold for a bit since I'm working full-time and can't seem to give the degree the attention it should have. So yeah, in order to keep myself busy, I'm going to be taking a couple of photography classes at local community college. They won't start until the last week of August, which isn't that far away, but I'm definitely wishing that it would get here already. I'm looking forward to having some excitement in my life instead of just working and worrying about the job. Plus a creative outlet! So yeah, it's going to be awesome to be taking the two photography courses and the third course. I'm definitely looking forward to expand my photography knowledge as well as getting some studio time in.
So yeah, moving on to the reason that you guys are here - Ryan! As I mentioned in the previous blog entry, I had decided to go down to San Antonio for a long weekend to get away. Booking a suite in one of the hotels along the River Walk, I used it as a base of operations while I was there. It definitely was a good thing since I was able to wander around the area without needing to walk through any shady areas. More importantly, the hotel suite gave me the space to conduct a couple of photo shoots while I was there. Of course, one of those photo shoots was with Ryan.
I definitely loved working with Ryan. When he submitted his pics, I was instantly drawn to his overall look, especially the tattoos along his arms. To me, it was an interesting look that I wanted to capture. As we talked throughout the photo shoot, I found out that he had been in the process of transforming his body through some serious cross-fit training at one of the local gyms. Plus, he also told me that he played in a local band in his spare time. Like I said, I definitely found Ryan interesting and fun to work with throughout the shoot - probably why I have worked with him twice and am hoping to work with him again in the future!
When Ryan showed up, he was wearing a t-shirt and a pair of jeans. It did crack me up that his shirt said "Bad Boy" since I had thought when he first submitted his images. Nonetheless, I definitely liked the look that Ryan presented in his street clothes and how it helped to create the overall image of the Latin Bad Boy, even if there were hints of the Boy Next Door look as well. It was definitely an appealing look, which is probably why I ended up selecting several images from this phase of the photo shoot as my favorites.
For this section, it was easy for me to select the image below as my favorite. As I mentioned, I love the overall look. Moving beyond the Bad Boy t-shirt and jeans, I also love his pose. Sure, it's a straight forward pose, but it's also classic. There's definitely a sense of ease present in his stance (and throughout the photo shoot) as well as a sense of amusement in his facial expression, particularly in the subtle smile. Additionally, I love the placement of his hands in the image. I like how his left hand is mostly in his pocket with only the thumb visible, but it's the complete mirror opposite with his right hand. It's those little details that help to catch my attention.
Finally, I like the lighting in the image. Moving away from the split lighting, I had placed the light source so that it would bath him in light. I definitely love how it bathes his face in light before moving into the deep shadows on the right side of his face. Plus, the catchlights in his eyes are mesmerizing. Yeah, I'm definitely happy with the lighting in the image overall.
Of course, I also selected one of the images from this portion of the photo shoot as my favorite portrait from the shoot. I will say that Ryan is stunning looking, especially his eyes. When I first saw the image below, it definitely stopped me in my tracks. Now, every time that I look at the image, I'm automatically drawn to his eyes.
As with the image above, I definitely love the lighting and the pose in the image. For the pose, I had Ryan positing his body away from the light and then made modifications, such as turning his shoulders and face towards the light, to maximize the light. I will admit that I like how the turn of his shoulders create the visual depth through their span. Additionally, I like how the shadowed area creates a counter balance to the highlighted area. It definitely helps to balance out the image without it feeling too heavy.
Finally, I love how Ryan looks serious as he looks over his shoulder. The light definitely looks amazing on his face, especially in the area around his eyes. Like above, the catchlights in his eyes are mesmerizing. But I also like how the light seems to accentuate the shadows under his eyes to create a smoky look. Between the light and his serious expression, it was definitely easy to select the image as my favorite portrait from the photo shoot. At least, it's a portrait that certainly caught my attention.
As with the other photo shoots, I did photograph Ryan in a variety of underwear throughout the shoot. For this section, I selected the image below as my favorite. Of course, I love how Ryan looks in the black Papi boxer briefs, especially with how the lines of his hips seem to lead the viewer's eye down to the Papi logo on the boxer briefs.
However, it's definitely the pose that helps to make the image below my favorite from the shoot. I like the kneeling pose and how the lines on the bed seem to be directing the viewer's eye towards his thighs. More importantly, I love the sense of power that is evident in his body through the pose. Through the visual display of his chest, shoulders, and upper arms, the strength in his muscles to be present in the image and carries with it a sense of confidence. Additionally, I love how his head and gaze is directed off screen, which helps to create some visual interest in the image as well.
Finally, I love the lighting in the image. To me, it definitely feels soft. I want to say that I was using window lighting for this image, but I'm not positive. Nonetheless, I love the feeling of the lighting in the image and how it seems to caress his body. In particular, I like how the light helps to create the definition in his chest and the muscles along his abs. I also love how the light transitions from the highlights to softer shadows than are normally present in my images, which makes me think that I was using window light in the image. Either way, I'm definitely happy with the lighting in the image and how it comes together with the pose to create a stunning image.
Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot
My favorite image from the photo shoot comes from the beginning of the photo shoot. Surprisingly, it's not a black and white image. For this photo shoot, I had decided to play around with several images in PhotoShop and soften the colors through an opacity filter. There are several images within the gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/ryan) that has the same color treatment. I definitely ended up liking how the colors were softened, particularly in his skin tone as well as his jeans.
In addition to the color treatment, I like the pose and feeling of the image. There is definitely a sense of superiority present in his facial expression, but I'm probably reading into the image. However, when his serious facial expression is combined with the pose, I definitely feel that sense of superiority. I like how the belt looked draped around his neck and how his hold helps to draw attention to the strength in his right bicep. Furthermore, the display of the muscles in his chest adds to the sense of strength that radiates throughout the image. There's definitely a feeling that the viewer should approach with a sense of caution, even if Ryan is sweet and friendly.
For me, it was definitely easy for me to select the image below as my favorite from the photo shoot.
I am very happy with the images that came from my collaboration with Ryan. As I mentioned, I was definitely drawn to Ryan's looks when I initially set up the photo shoot, which is natural. However, as we continued working together throughout the photo shoot, I definitely learned more about Ryan and felt closer to him by the end of the photo shoot. He definitely was professional, friendly, and on point with the posing throughout the photo shoot. Of course, all of these led me to working with during a second photo shoot later on. On top of that, I'm definitely thinking about working with him again in the near future once I find some time to head back to San Antonio. I'm definitely hoping that I can make that happen before the end of the year. Nonetheless, I'm definitely happy with collaboration with Ryan. If you are interested, you can check out the gallery dedicated to the photo shoot at http://www.reyjphotography.com/ryan.
Again, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my photo shoot with Ryan. I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!
If you want, you can also check out my Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography. I tend to post images daily!
If you are interested in setting up a photo shoot or letting me know what you think about my work, you can email me at email@example.com.
Hey guys! It's been a quiet week for me. I've been preparing to assume my duties since I officially start in my new position tomorrow. Sure, it's not a major change for me since I've been covering those duties for a while now, but I am excited to be officially over my new area and leading my team forward. I've got some jitters since I am officially response for all of the marketing and outreach activities for my program, but I'm looking forward to the new challenges. So yeah, I've been psyching myself up for tomorrow!
On top of that, I'm been thinking about the classes that I'm going to be taking in the upcoming semester. At the moment, I've signed up to take a Portrait Photography course. I'm a little nervous about it. It's been a while since I've actually taken a photography course and submitting my work for a grade. Sure, in the past, I've gotten some pretty good comments and grades on my work. I'm not really worried about that; I'm just thinking about how I'm going to need to coordinate models to help me out with the assignments. Plus, I really need to do some networking to get in some good graces with local make-up artists since I'm pretty sure that I will end up needing to photograph a female model for an assignment. I should probably brush up on lighting techniques that looking flattering on women instead of my love for dramatic lighting for men. Still, I'm looking forward to the class since it'll help me out in the future.
So yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to moving on through August. I'm looking forward to starting the new job, and the increase in pay! However, I'm more excited about getting a better work-life balance. Through the improved work-life balance, I'm looking forward to being able to do more my photography through the two courses as well as on my personal projects. It should be pretty awesome to say the least!
On to the reason that you guys are here - Sergio! He was actually the first model that I photographed in 2014. In February 2014, I had decided that I needed to get out of Austin for a while and eventually decided to take a long weekend trip to San Antonio. Thinking about the photo shoots that I had done in June 2013, I definitely wanted to see if I could work with some male models while I was down there. I did change it up though; last time, I had stayed in a hotel suite a couple of blocks from the River Walk. It wasn't necessarily the best place to enjoy the River Walk from since I had to walk through some slightly shady areas to reach the River Walk. Don't get me wrong, the hotel from the June 2013 photo shoots was definitely a gorgeous, historical place with a lot of charm. However, for this trip, I was definitely looking to book a hotel suite on the River Walk.
During the February 2014 trip, the hotel suite that I stayed in definitely had a nice atmosphere to it. It had some Spanish charm and furniture that definitely made the stay a pleasure. Of course, when I booked the hotel suite, I was basically looking for a nice suite that would give me a base of operations while allowing me to have the space to do a couple of photo shoots. Needless to say, I was definitely happy with the accommodations since I was able to hold two photo shoots there during my February 2014 trip to San Antonio.
It was my luck that I was able to work with Sergio during that trip. While we didn't connect as well as some of the guys that I have worked with in the past, it was still a comfortable photo shoot with some easy conversation flowing between us. More importantly, I was impressed with his physique and overall look. Additionally, he had done a couple of photo shoots before and knew what I was looking for when I asked him to move this way or that. Overall, I loved working with Sergio and am happy with the images that came from the shoot.
Like my previous photo shoots, I started by photographing Sergio in the clothes that he wore to the shoot. When he showed up, he was wearing a black muscle shirt that showed off his impressive arms as well as a pair black pants. While I do have some images of him in the muscle shirt in the gallery dedicated to him (http://www.reyjphotography.com/sergio), I decided to highlight the image of him posing shirtless while still wearing his black pants.
I love the image below for several reasons. Starting off, I will say that I love the pose in the image and the fact that he's not looking at the camera. I like that his body is turning towards the camera. This helps to create some visual depth that is evident in shoulders and the slight twist of his hips. Additionally, I love the placement of his right hand across his abs and how it creates some additional visual interest within the image. So yeah, I love the pose in the image.
However, I absolutely love the lighting in the image. I love how the lighting is coming in from the opposite direction from where his body is facing. Through that placement, it creates a wrapping effect as the light sweeps across from the right side of the image before tapering off into shadows. However, that light helps to create some interesting mid tones and shadows that highlight the muscles in his chest and abs - especially his abs. Additionally, I love how the light sweeps across his face and there's enough light to highlight his right eye while the rest is casted in shadow. For me, the lighting definitely one of the top reasons why I ended up selecting the image below to highlight for this section.
Additionally, I ended up choosing the image below to highlight for the underwear section because of the feeling a comfort that is present in the image. Normally, I tend to favor photographing a guy in a variety of underwear that highlights his physique, but there is something appealing about seeing a guy in pair of boxers. While the gallery has some additional images of Sergio posing in a variety of briefs, I ended up selecting this image because it simply called to me.
In addition to liking the soft looking boxers, I also liked how his black pants are pooling around his knees and calves. For me, that effect helps to create the feeling that I have captured a moment in time. In the past, it has not been a typical image that I have tried to captured; I've been more focused on having "clean" images that move from pose/garment to pose/garment - not the in-between phases. However, I'm finding myself looking forward to capturing these types of images, as well as the "behind the scenes" types, that help to present a more comprehensive view of the photo shoot.
Given that, I also like how the lighting works to show off the definition in his body. In particular, I like how the light highlights the muscle definition in his chest, abs, and hips as well as the muscles over his ribs on the left side of his body. Sergio definitely worked hard to achieve his muscle tone; I'm just happy that I was able to capture it in a positive light.
Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot
For me, there were several images that I could have chosen as my overall favorite from the shoot. However, I ended up choosing the image below because of how several elements came together. As I mentioned before, I definitely liked how comfortable Sergio looked in his soft looking, gray boxers and how that feeling transferred in the image below. And I definitely love how the lighting sweeps across his body, particularly on his face.
However, I ended up choosing the image below as my favorite because of the pose. While I could have played with the composition and had him be more off centered to create a different feel to the image, I ended up liking how the image felt with the chair placed directly centered. But instead of him being seated in the middle of the chair and staring directly at the camera, I wanted to create some interested by having him seated off-centered and turned slightly to create some counter balance to the weight of his left leg thrown over the side of the chair. To me, it helped to make the image more interesting while still having him in the center of the image.
In addition to the placement of his body, I love his hands in the image. As I mentioned before, I tend to pay attention to hands because I don't want them to come off like they are just hanging there. Sure, I don't always have the model doing something with their hands in every single image, but I do try and have them change it up to help make them interesting. For me, I love how they look as they are somewhat clasped together. Additionally, I like how they help to add some perspective to the image. Yeah, the hand placement definitely factored in when I was choosing my favorite image from the shoot.
I absolutely loved working with Sergio during this photo shoot! I'm definitely happy with the images that came out from our collaboration and several of them have become my favorites from my catalog overall. Sergio was definitely a pleasure to work with throughout the shoot, especially with how focused he was on helping to create stunning images. I'm definitely already thinking about heading back to San Antonio in order to work with him on another photo shoot. I'm definitely hoping that it works out! If you are interested, you can check out the gallery dedicated to the photo shoot at http://www.reyjphotography.com/sergio.
Again, thanks for checking out the website and blog! I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!
If you want, you can also checking out my Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography. I tend to post images daily there!
If you are interested in setting up a shoot or letting me know what you think about my work, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hey guys! I'm sure that some of you are shocked that I'm writing a blog entry a week after my last, but I'm hoping to be better about writing and publishing them on a semi-regular schedule. I'm probably doing better with posting images on my Instagram account (http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography), but I always seem to have my phone with me. Of course, I'm definitely excited to be finishing up this entry since it will conclude my thoughts regarding the December 2013 photo shoots. So yeah, that's really exciting!
But first, a quick update on life.... Not much is going on. I'm slowly preparing myself for the upcoming promotion and everything that it will entail. Sure, it's not going to be a major change since I've been the acting manager for that area for a while, but I'm thinking about some of the things that I want to work on as the official manager. Of course, it will also entail continuing with some of our major projects, including a statewide conference and some media projects. And, of course, I'll be looking to fill some vacant positions. But overall, I am looking forward to officially taking the helms and figuring out the direction that we need to head. It's exciting, terrifying, and thrilling! All at the same time!
I'm also finding myself taking time to enjoy the smaller things in life. Normally, I would be spending part of my weekends working on work-related projects, but I'm definitely trying to take them back. Like I said in a previous entry, I'm definitely looking forward to having a better work-life balance and having more time to do the things that I want. Of course, I'm finding myself going to the movies to have a little escape from reality. Like today, I totally geeked out as I watched the latest Star Trek film - Star Trek: Beyond. While I agree that it was definitely on the fast pace, there were some beautiful and captivating imagery throughout the film, especially the conception of Yorktown. That interpretation of what a city would like in space definitely appealed to the architecture photographer in me. Absolutely stunning! But, I will say, that my favorite part was watching the U.S.S. Franklin take on the tidal wave of bee-like drones as they blasted the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage." And, it totally cracked me when the crew referred to the song as being "classical" music! Those scenes were definitely my favorite from the film, and almost makes me want to watch it again on the big screen!
Finally, I'm finding myself obsessing over Beck's latest song right now. It definitely took me a moment to figure out who it was after first hearing it on 101X. It didn't really strike me as a song that the station would play, but so did Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens." I'm probably just not listening to the radio enough to know how the music trends are shifting and blurring nowadays. But yeah, I'm definitely loving "Wow" by Beck (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZlbahhoEIo). It's just an infectious song that makes me smile. "It's my life, you life/live it once, can't live it twice/so nice, so nice". "It's your life/you got to try to get it right/look around, don't forget where you came from". Yeah, I'm definitely Beck's latest. It's definitely worth a listen!
Anyway, on to the reason that you guys are here!
Red Chair Series
While I was working through the various photo shoots in December 2013, I found myself falling in love with one of the chairs in the hotel suite. I had chosen the hotel suite because of the modern-looking furnishings and the amount of space that was available. But there was this red vinyl chair that kept grabbing my attention as I was prepping the space. It was just a bold piece of furniture that I wanted to use as a prop, but I didn't intentionally set out to do a series focusing on it. I just got lucky! You can check out the Red Chair Series gallery at http://www.reyjphotography.com/redchair.
Brent was the first model that I photographed in December 2013. Like in most of the images, the chair is not the primary focal point, but is a great backdrop to frame the model against. In the image below, I like how Brent's body is curled against the chair and how his arm is griping the top of the chair. It definitely creates an interesting composition and some interesting lines to direct the viewer's eye. Finally, I love the sensual feeling within the image as Brent's attention is focused on himself and not the camera. It helps to create the sense that this is a private moment in time. It's definitely one of my favorite images from his photo shoot.
I absolutely loved working with DA throughout his photo shoot. He definitely brought his game to the shoot, even though it was late at night. However, I loved several of the images that came from the collaboration. In the gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/redchair), I have several images of DA set against the large red vinyl chair. However, I loved the image below and wanted to highlight it in the blog. The chair created a great backdrop as DA showed off the tattoos the muscle tone in his arms as he gripped the top of the chair. To me, it definitely served to highlight DA's body while looking great.
As you guys know, the photo shoot with Jeremy was definitely one of my favorites from that month. It wasn't every day that I was able to photograph a dancer. Of course, it also made it difficult to select the images that I wanted to highlight in the galleries and blog entries stemming from his photo shoots. The same could be said for this gallery and entry since there are eight images included in the gallery. However, I ended up choosing the image below because of the pose. While I like how the majority of the chair is visible in the image, I absolutely love how Jeremy is posed in it. You definitely get a sense of Jeremy's height and flexibility from how his right leg is resting on the arm of the chair. But like the first two images, I love how Jeremy's attention is not focused on the viewer and how he's looking off into the distance. To me, it creates some visual interest as the view is left wondering what he was looking at. The image below is definitely one of my favorite ones from my entire catalog.
I'm definitely happy with the images that came from the photo shoot with Enrique, but the image below is definitely one of my favorites. Of course, I love the shape and strong lines that the upper portion of the red vinyl chair creates. I also like how the buttons on the back of the chair creates a phantom arrow and points the viewer's eye towards Enrique face, but I may be imagining that phantom arrow. At the very least, the buttons mimic Enrique's position as well as creating a leading line up towards his face. However, I love Enrique's pose and single-minded interest in his phone. Of course, I told him to act like he was taking a selfie with his phone - not sure if he actually took a selfie while I was capturing the image. The age of the selfie. Nonetheless, the image below is definitely one of my favorites from his photo shoot.
Finally, I wanted to highlight one of the images with Jacob posing on the chair. Like the images above, I definitely loved the strength of character found within the chair. I absolutely love the crisp bold lines and how they stand out against Jacob's skin as well as the backdrop. Yeah, I was definitely in love with the chair and am definitely looking for a similar one to have in my home! Of course, I also like how Jacob's posed in the chair. I love the casualness of his leg thrown over the arm of the chair. And, like the others, I like how he's not paying attention to the camera and has his gaze directed towards the distance. It's definitely one of my favorites from his photo shoot!
I definitely loved how a prop can bring together a series of images. In this case, I chose to center a gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/redchair) and blog entry around this gorgeous red vinyl chair. As I've mentioned above, I fell in love with the bold, crisp lines of his back and how it held its own against the backdrop. However, it definitely helped to accentuate the models' bodies and show them against an interesting item.
It was also hard to withhold some of the images from the galleries dedicated to the each model. However, as I was posting the gallery focusing on Jeremy, the idea of the Red Chair Series definitely sprang into my mind. From that point, I purposely withheld several of the images until I could post them in a unified gallery. I'm definitely happy with how the gallery turned out as well as how the red vinyl chair pulled together the images from six different photo shoots.
Overall, I'm definitely happy with it. And, like I said, I'm definitely looking for a a similar chair to have in my home. Who knows, maybe I'll have another photo series focusing on a similar object. Nonetheless, I'm definitely keeping my eye out from stunning pieces that would look amazing in my images!
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Hey guys! It's been a while since I last posted a blog entry (and I was doing so well before - ha!), but I wanted to get one up today since I'll be writing about the last photo shoot that I did in December 2013. Overall, things are going well here. It's been a while since I did a photo shoot, but I've been focusing on on the full-time job and trying to do my best there. It actually worked since I ended up getting a promotion and will be overseeing some of our media and outreach projects at work. It's a little daunting, but I'm definitely feeling like it's a step in the right direction. Of course, the managing side of things may kill me, but it definitely feels like a step in the right direction.
I'm also hoping that the new job will allow to have some more time pursue a better work-life balance. In my previous position, I was usually putting in 10-12 hour days and working on the weekends to get projects done. Now that I'm over the new area, I'm hoping to leave on time and take my weekends back. Hopefully it will give me more time to work on photography projects and actually take some additional courses. Well, I hope since I've signed up for three courses in the upcoming fall semester. We'll see how it plays out. Either way, I'm definitely looking forward to the new job and the prospect of having more time for photography projects! It should be great!
Alright, on to the reason that you guys are here. As you guys know, December 2013 was a busy time for me. During that month, I photographed eight guys in the span of a week. It may have been a little on the overkill side, but I definitely needed a creative outlet after finishing the semester at graduate school. It was definitely fun since I got to work with a lot of amazing guys and further hone my skills with each shoot. I definitely loved each shoot for different reasons, but I will say that the shoot with Donye was definitely one of my more memorable ones.
Working with Donye was definitely amazing. He has done modeling work before and knew which positions showcased his body really well. It definitely helped that he had an amazing body as well as an easy going personality. We definitely bonded over music as we listened to the divas from the 80's and 90's, including Whitney Houston, Lil' Kim, and Tina Turner. Yeah, I definitely have an eclectic taste in music, but it definitely helped to get us more comfortable with each other.
However, I did have a moment of panic during the photo shoot with Donye. For the December 2013 photo shoots, I had book a suite at a local hotel here. It was pretty decent since it had some modern features that captured my attention as well as having a large amount of open space. It definitely suited my needs since my place was fairly small and wasn't really conducive for photo shoots. Anyway, during the photo shoot with Donye, I had decided to push one of my strobes to the max for some reason. Not really thinking about it, I continued taking quite a few pictures in a row. It's going well until I heard a pop and a fizzle! Looking at the lights, I saw that the maxed out strobe was smoking!
Yeah, I totally burned out one of my strobes during a photo shoot at a hotel! Of course, my first thought is great - I'm looking so unprofessional in front of a model by destroying my equipment. Then the panic set in! I freaked out internally thinking that the smoke from the strobe was going to set off a smoke detector and the whole hotel was going to be evacuated because I burned out a strobe during a photo shoot! I'm not sure how I looked on the outside, but I was freaking out on the inside and thinking of ways to explain and talk my way out of the situation. Luckily, I was able to dissipate the smoke and didn't set off any smoke alarms! Now, when I think and talk about it, I laugh at the experience since I'm sure that a lot of photographers have had that freak out moment when something didn't go to plan. I've learned from the situation and moved on with a shrug.
Donye was cool about the whole situation and didn't seem bothered by it. Either that, or he wasn't really aware of what had happened since I told him to take a five minute break while I dealt with the smoking strobe. However, I had to take stock of the situation since we were still fairly early into the photo shoot and I was down a light. I didn't let it deter me; instead, I just became creative and figured out how to get some cool images with just one lighting source. I will have to say that I love the lighting in Donye's images and that these are some of my favorite overall!
There are days when I thinking burning out one of my strobes was a good thing since it led to these images, but I still mourn the fact that I had depart with some cash to replace that burned out strobe! Still, burning out that light may have been one of the best things to happen to me since I had to think on my feet and become more creative with one light! Since then, I have tried to think back to some of the lessons that I learned from that shoot and play with lighting from a single light source.
Like with the other guys that I have worked with, I started the photo shoot with Donye modeling the clothing that he wore to the shoot. When he arrived, he was just wearing a t-shirt with Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. on it as well as a pair of gray sweats. I liked how comfortable he looked in the clothing and definitely was happy with the images that came from that portion of the shoot. Of course, he also surprised me when he voluntarily told me that he wasn't wearing any underwear underneath his sweats because he didn't want any indentation lines to show up. I definitely thought that it was interesting for him to tell me, but it also showed me how professional he was and how he wanted to bring his best to the shoot.
Of course, I love the image below and chose it as a highlight from this portion of the photo shoot. Like I said, I definitely chose to work with Donye because he has an amazing look and an amazing body. As I was looking through the catalog of images, I found myself stopping at this one because of the strength evident in his arms and hands. I liked how his arms seemed to be straining against the edges of the sleeves as well as how the t-shirt conforms to the lines of his torso. And, of course, I love the position of his hands and the visual element they created while being in that position. It's a definitely a great straightforward pose that shows off his body in a good light.
Additionally, I love the lighting on this image. Of course, this image was captured when I still had two working lights and could position one as a backlight to open up the shadows on the left side of the image. As you guys know, I'm definitely a fan of split lighting since it creates some dramatic highlights and shadows, but occasionally I like to open up the shadows as well. I definitely liked how that backlight helped to add some highlights on the right side of his face and seeming to fall along the lines of his face. It helps to give a sense of sculpture to his cheekbones and jawline. The lighting in the image definitely was one of the contributing factors to why I chose the image below to highlight.
Of course, I also photographed Donye modeling a variety of underwear throughout the shoot. As I mentioned, Donye definitely had an amazing body and knew how to position and highlight his body. It was actually pretty easy to choose the image below as the one to highlight for this section. Additionally, this is one of the images that came after I burnt out one of my strobes.
For me, I like the black and white Male Power briefs that he's modeling because of the visual interest created by the lines. As the briefs contour to his body, the pattern of lines are distorted to give a sense of shape and depth. It's evident in the lines of the pouch as well as those along his left hip. I also loved how these briefs look in black and white images due to the strong and basic pattern. The briefs definitely make a dramatic statement within the image and definitely standout as a point of visual interest.
However, I absolutely love the lighting in the image. As I mentioned, I had to get creative in my use of the single strobe to light Donye. Sure, I've always said that I've loved dramatic lighting, but I've also used two lights during each of my previous photo shoots. So yeah, I was a little nervous on how the lighting would look with just the one strobe. Of course, I shouldn't have been worried since I've always been partial to split lighting and cascading shadows. In the image below, I love how the lighting seems to mode itself across his body. It further accentuates the muscular planes of his chest as it gives hints to the strength in his pecs as well as highlighting his abs. I also liked how it picks up and highlights the details of the veins in his left arm as the light caresses it. Yeah, I absolutely am happy with how the lighting turned out in the image.
There was one portrait-like image that I wanted to highlight from the photo shoot. I ended up liking the image below for several reasons. First, I like Donye's facial expression. I like how his eyes were closed and conveyed a sense of calmness. However, there's also a sense of tension since his eyebrows and forehead are slightly furrowed. Through those elements, it helped to bring the viewer's attention to the details of his eye lashes and eyebrows. Of course, the lighting also helps to bring attention to his nose and lips as well. For me, it's definitely an interesting image visually as the eye wanders around and takes in the details on display.
However, I also like the edits made to the image. As you guys know, I'm a fan of black and white images and will usually present my images that way. Sometimes though, I will choose to present an image in color. While I do have a copy of the image below in black and white, there was something that spoke to me about the version below. Sure, it's not the colors that were captured in the raw image. After getting the image how I wanted, I went into PhotoShop and played with the opacity to soften the overall color quality of the image. To me, it definitely helped to make the image more interesting and draw the viewer in due to the softness of the colors. Either way, I'm definitely happy with how the color quality came out in the image below.
I'm definitely happy with the images that came from my collaboration with Donye. You can see several of them in the gallery dedicated to Donye at http://www.reyjphotography.com/donye. Working with him was definitely a pleasure since he was professional, thoughtful, and brought his best to the shoot. Of course, it definitely helped that he was gorgeous and had an amazing physique, but it was definitely his professionalism and personality that won me over. I still think there are some additional images that I want to capture with him, which means that I'm definitely hoping to work with him again in the near future. I am definitely looking forward to making that collaboration happen!
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