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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Human Interest :: Little Mischief Maker The Old Timer and the Rider
Apr09

Human Interest :: Little Mischief Maker The Old Timer and the Rider

About two weeks ago I had to cover horse racing at  for the first time in 2014. I’m not normally excited about the sport as I have zero interest in gambling what so ever. After shooting horse racing for the first few times it does lose its appeal. I’ve even worked with pocket wizards at the track to spice up the coverage and experience for my self and possibly the paper however that never made the papers as they’re really about that old fashion coverage -_-.. anywhoo. This time I kept my eye peeled for anything else that I saw that would make an interesting photo; to keep me awake and sane as I counted down the hours to the final race. I saw a few  and I liked em so much I decided to share it. Human Interest Little Mischief Maker This little kid amused me. He jumped the fence of the track, he’s walking in a restricted area yet instead of being stealthy he was doing the Jefferson Walk about the place. The image felt better in black and white so, I did the conversion in post, toyed with the levels and monochromatic contrast a bit. The Old Timer The fatures of the old man in the middle really caught my attention, literally he was “human interest” for me at least. His missing teeth, his unkept gray.. no white hair and beard and his track sheet clutched in his hand as he watched the horses cross the finish line. The Rider This one made me chuckle. Here we have the water truck that is used to wet the track prior to the races, after which a tractor drives by and rakes the track for a clean flat race track for the next race. at the back of the truck is a sign that says no riders, to the right of the sign is infact a rider....

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Tifa at Tuff Gong Studio
Jul21

Tifa at Tuff Gong Studio

About a week or two ago, I got an assignment I was looking forward to do. I’ld be photographing Two of the Digicel Jamaica brand ambassadors, Tifa and I-Octane. I thought I’ld share one of the photos from the shoot and a quick n dirty run down of how it was done. Two light setup. Main light left about 3 feet, modified by an umbrella to light the subject. Second light bare off to the left maybe 8 feet, directed at the Flag. Looking back at it i should have either gridded or snooted to control that light some more so as to not light outside of the flag area. In all honesty I cant remember my flash power and shutter speed’s etc at the moment, So i hope you guys aren’t “measurebators”, who revel in the technical and cant see the art in anything. In regards to the posing of the subject this one was actually suggested by the reporter that accompanied me for the assignment. This is why ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; it is EXTREMELY important to listen, never think your too good to learn from someone irrespective of them being in your field or not. because quite frankly I really liked the feel of this image compared to the other ones that were all done by me, While most wouldn’t admit it I feel no shame in doing so. Anyway I’m off to my next assignment, so until next...

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On Assignment: Auto Feature stewart Motors
Mar03

On Assignment: Auto Feature stewart Motors

This assignment was kinda a jewel that i just stumbled into and i definitely had a looooot of fun doing it Got to go through the Garage if i was more of a grease monkey I’ld probably have gone ape $hit crazy. the point of the assignment was really about a bmw automotive school that stewart motors are opening buuuuut the cool part of it was I needed to photograph Mrs Dian Stewart A director of Stewart motors I kinda started out by planning out the concepts i could probably go with using moodboard lite after doing that there was an interview where i had a ball shooting ambient with the 50mm 1.8 lighting was kinda nice to play around with. then finally it was off to the show room for the lead image for the feature which is the lead image for this blog entry :). A portrait of Mrs Stewart. I went with a 2 light setup, softliter as main light and bare sb900 in su4 as rim / hair light. catch the full feature on the...

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On Assignment: Baby Photoshoot with Jayden
Dec16

On Assignment: Baby Photoshoot with Jayden

There is always a first this year were a few first time stuff for me, First Maternity, First Corporate Profile photo-shoot [ had to remove that from the blog though ] and then some other stuff. Recently I had my first baby photoshoot and maaaaayne i was soo nervous initially but I kept that all bottled up so the client was confident by my air of confidence (yes i lied, and i lied gooood ).   The subject was a six month old boy named Jayden. and within seconds of the first trip of the shutter the little man was throwing smiles and expressions all over the place. it was beautiful and truely the most fun I’ve had photography a person in a very long time. I was shooting with my trusty Canon 30 D and switching between an 85mm 1.8 and a 28-75mm 2.8 lens for close ups and wide shots His mom was happy, I was happy, and from the looks of the Mr Jayden, I think he’s always happy lol. I had a 3 light setup going modified using a softbox umbrella (not the soft liter, but a new ebay softbox umbrella I’ve been testing out) an Ebay softbox (the ezybox clone) and a diy beauty dish. Dropped of the DVD and two Prints today and needless to say His mom was...

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On Assignment: Roaming Donkey Jamaica
Nov17

On Assignment: Roaming Donkey Jamaica

First thing no its not a donkey. Second It was fun Third props to @jamaicapegasus and @susiesbakery Third… ok I got nothing else. The photoshoot was set to begin at 5:00pm to work with the Twilight into the night however @roamingdonkeyja Also known as Monique Powell was late so I had to alter my concepts a bit. which worked out fine anyway. The first location was @jamaicapegasus. The roof (top of the world) was perfect for what I had in mind.I found that i needed a stepladder to achieve a shot concept I really wanted but had to work around and come to a creative / cool looking compromise.@linkinmchenry was my trusty VAL. We were using a 2 light setup for the most part 3 where needed (third added for fill). It was lots of laughter n goofing around but make no mistake we handled our business. @roamingdonkeyja was really happy with the results and I’m sure surprised her self by how cool the photos looked as she thought she wasn’t photogenic. fOR The shot I’m featuring in this post. I had her close to the railing kinda comfortably leaning over there as you can see. had the photek softligher modifying an sb28 at about 1/4 power held overhead. at first that was the plan but i didn’t like how her hair / locks got gobbled up by the darkness as the light quickly fell off. So i grabbed an sb900 and another cybersync trigger ran all the way to the other end of the top of the world *lol* setup a lightstand and gelled the sb900 with a full CTO threw some light against the wall for separation and a warm look to balance off the white light I’m throwing on @roamingdonkey. The overall look She was most happy with . That was our last shot on the top of the world we then made haste to our second location @susiesbakery wher we did 3 quick shots got it right and had some amaaaaazing coffee n called it a night. Great Shoot, Great Times. Next week wednesday I’ll be blogging about Erica’s Boudoir Photoshoot 😉 Stay...

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