Winter Concept Beauty Shoot
Dec20

Winter Concept Beauty Shoot

It’s always a pleasure working with such creative and talented individuals that I can also call friends. On Sunday, December 14, 2014, the team took Hope Gardens by storm, with their creativity, teamwork and willingness to try new places and things. I want to say thank you to my models, Terri-Karelle Reid and Davina Laylor who are always troopers and aren’t afraid to be painted silver or thrown in size o jeans. (More of a task than you know when your not a size 0.) To my creative director, Garfene Grandison, whose insight and creativity never ceases to amaze me! He’s always coming up with new ideas and angles to make the final images a work of art. To Jheanelle Walker, a diamond in the rough who prefers to remain hidden, as her work speaks. Her blending and application made for a flawless ice princess. To Mario Smith, who controlled the lighting in both the rain and tunnels we ventured for the days’ shots. The man is a statue! Thank you to Raymond Simpson, who was second lighting assistant and videographer; Khanique McDaniel, third lighting assistant and shoot manager.   A huge shout out also to Monique Simpson and Andre Haynes for the BTS help. I love it when the team grows! It was definitely a team effort and I am nothing without my team and friends. Thank you guys for another stellar shoot! Left to Right: Gladstone Taylor, Raymond Simpson, Davina Laylor, Terri-Karelle Reid, Jheanelle Walker, Garfene Grandison and Khanique...

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Photographing the Gleaner Online Billboard Advertising Campaign
Nov26

Photographing the Gleaner Online Billboard Advertising Campaign

There is nothing like having a great team of people to make a shoot come alive. I was blessed to work with this lovely team of people on the Gleaner Online’s newest advertising campaign. On seeing the actual erected ad on display at Norman Manley International Airport one of my favourite quotes of all time came to mind which really reminds me of the team / rubble gang Here’s to the crazy ones, The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes.. the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. because they change things. they push the human race forward. While some may see them as crazy ones. Some see Genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. “Steve Jobs” Model: Davina Laylor Creative Directors: Jerome Reynolds and Terri-Karelle Reid Lighting: Khanique McDaniel Make-up: Jheanelle Walker Photography: Gladstone Taylor Graphic Designer: Zanrick Wisdom   Here are some other Behind the content and out takes from the shoot.  ...

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Gleaner 180 Fashion Flashback Editorial
Sep19

Gleaner 180 Fashion Flashback Editorial

The Gleaner Company celebrated 180 years of service on  Saturday, September 13, 2014 but on September 6 and 8, my team was busy recreating fashion of the past and present, as part of the Gleaner’s Fashion Flashback Editorial. A month prior to the 180th milestone, I was approached by a colleague regarding a Fashion Editorial. It would be a special fashion project that show cases fashion from the 1900 through 2010. I was excited because Its been a while since i’ve photographed anything Fashion related with such thought, purpose and potential. Anyway, the planning was sound! Location scouting opened my eyes to all the historic sites we have and left me with a few options that I might use one day for a private shoot. After visiting and selecting the locations, concepts and time decisions were a breeze. We even had contingencies in place in case it rained. Based on the amount of pieces to be photographed, we decided to split the shoot over a two day period to ensure good use of time, space and ideas.  Luckily, I had the most awesome and funnest (that’s not a word) team to work with on set for both days and the team was so in sync that we got in and out with time to spare. Team Kmac: Lighting assistant and voice activated light stand Jhean: Behind the scene videographer, photographer and on set stylist. She is the jack of all fashion trades Garfene: Creative and artistic director, as well as, resident climber for those hard to reach places Shari: Stylist and Assistant Project Coordinator Models: (Day One: Samantha Williams and Shanae Bennett ) (Day Two: Kerry-Ann Hepburn and Drucilla Graham). Make Up Artists: Casandra Smith (1900-1950) and Sue Divinitti (1960 – 2010). On a side note, I’d like to give a major shout out to all the models for adjusting to the weather and some times dangerous places they had to climb. There were no Diva’s on set and this is always a welcomed experience Tickoya: The Grand Master who set the whole ting in motion. She began the leg work, got the wardrobe together and secured my skills and ideas early enough to get me excited and ready in time to create this awesome recreation of fashion over the years. Locations Day One: Fort Charles, Port Royal Dates: 1900 – 1950Conditions: The entire day we were threatened by rainfall but luckily only suffered an erratic drop here and there. Time:  We were out of Port Royal in approx. 4 hrs. Day Two: Colbeck Castle, St Catherine Dates: 1960-2010Conditions: Sunday night saw nothing but lighting and thunder storms. We went any way on Monday, but the minute we parked it started to rain. We had...

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With this JDF coast guard commander Hat comes great responsibility.
Apr28

With this JDF coast guard commander Hat comes great responsibility.

Two weeks ago I took my first trip to the Jamaica Defence Force  coast guard base of operations for an assignment for the paper. This visit I was under instructions to capture some images to accompany a story on the first female commander  in history of the JDF coast guard. the obvious images were the interview images while she was responding to the reporter for a sense of dialog. Next was something to tie her to the “Commander” post that she know holds. I tried a few images in front of the ships, on one of the ships in the commander chair of the ship but nothing felt right.. and just as we were leaving i looked over my shoulder while she and the reporter conversed and realised that I was too close the entire time. I framed her in the middle surrounded by all the vessels docked in the background which made a way more interesting photo in my humble opinion.   Now here are two out takes that I made while she was doing her interview.. I liked the gesture the symmetry and how beautiful the hat...

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Birds of the Flock
Apr22

Birds of the Flock

  after completing an assignment at the JDF coast guard in port royal last week about the first female commanding officer in history and dreading the inevitable wait for pickup which was underway I noticed some birds, okay A lot of birds enough birds for me to think twice about talking bad about em because i’d lose that fight based on the odds lol. anyway this group reminded me of the royal lion family in the lion king.. pride rock for lions.. Flock Rock for birds ???.     Then there was Charlie (second left) and Jimmy (third left) they were chatting it up about how stiff the other guys in the crew had become, They were making plans about hitting the beach at 5 when the fishermen started working to get an early breakfast. At this point Charlie obviously was upset about my eavesdropping as well as my obvious invasion of privacy. Jimmy the more oblivious of the two just kept on mouthing off about the plans for later. Another section of the coast guard base where a large number of birds just stood there, staring off into the...

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