Engagement Photo Session at the kingston harbour with Lonnie And Daedrie-Ann
Jul12

Engagement Photo Session at the kingston harbour with Lonnie And Daedrie-Ann

This is actually a throw back blog post that just never got published for some reason. Late December of 2012 I was approached by a couple who wanted an engagement photo session prior to their January wedding. They gave me complete creative control, I was able to choose the Location and time that I’d prefer for the session which I honestly some times prefer. I Scouted a few days earlier and decided I’d use the Kingston Waterfront as I’ve seen some amazing sunrises there. As long as they were on time for 6am, everything should be perfect. Assisting was a friend of mine Mario Smith, he doesn’t shoot but he’s an excellent voice activated light stand *Grin*. Groom was early the bride cut it slightly close but everything fell into place as it should and the shoot was under way. The lighting was kept fairly simple as i tend to do on location. 1 light a relatively large diffuser and a speed light Boomed overhead and angled to my taste, Separation light was provided by The sun and it yielded amazing results. Here are a few of the images. The Fun loving and playful nature of the couple came out in the photo’s they had no issues expressing themselves and it translated well in the...

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On Assignment: Flair Magazine the shoe issue
Dec19

On Assignment: Flair Magazine the shoe issue

This week it was all about shoes, the assignments were mainly product photography based with the exception of two images (cover page and a supporting image for another kind of look). The Cover Page assignment was late last week thursday in the tiny room they call a studio *rolls eyes* I worked with a 2 light setup using 1 shoot through umbrella and sb900 for key light and an sb 28dx with a on the spot snoot for a directional spot light gelled with red for one shot. and the other gelled yellow and bare bulb. Here are the respective Images, the first being the cover photo and the second being a full page image in the magazine at the end of the shoe feature. Photographer: Gladstone Taylor Creative Director: Garfene Grandison Models: Former Miss Jamaica Kerrie Baylis and Ty’Neil Taitt MUA: Paul March My Favourite image is without a doubt the lady in red. The second one is nice as well, however the light spil on the fabric in the background didn’t sit well with me, had no time to correct though as the photoshoot was done minutes prior to the deadline...

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On Assignment: Cedella Marley’s Fashion at UWI Usain Bolt Track
Jul31

On Assignment: Cedella Marley’s Fashion at UWI Usain Bolt Track

Hello there again, two blog posts in one day… I know right.. crazy. Anyway this photoshoot was done last week wednesday I believe. lets talk about the Location. The Usain Bolt Track is the training grounds of jamaica legends such as the man the track is named after “the Hon Usain St. Leo Bolt” that aside. the place is not so awesome for a photoshoot at all. the sun was murderous maybe 32 degrees Celsius and the wind gusts were terrible. the wind demolished one of my softbox umbrellas. There was absolutely no shade, the changing room was a pretty solid distance from the track and there was only one model, (the beautiful Shona Bewley who placed third in the Miss Jamaica World 2012 Pageant) so we couldn’t shuttle 1 to change while I shot the other and keep things moving in that order. After trying to shoot the first image with a softbox / umbrella and eventually removing the mangled remains of the umbrella / softbox i figured yea.. lets do this barebulb, its 12pm anyway and mid day sun aint that easy to overpower when your shooting with speedlights, three speedlights.. but speedlights non the less. ganged an sb28, a Yongnuo YN-460 and a sb900 they did pretty good all things being considered. now the next challenge after working out my lighting was were to shoot the model. the place is literally a track big blue circle with white lines dividing it into 8 lanes -_-, after staring at it for a few minutes we came up with a few things which all in all worked out pretty well. here are the images from the shoot. This image while I really liked it couldn’t be used as it didn’t really show the clothes, which was the main purpose of this fashion shoot. Cover Photo for the issue Paul March doing his thing. For a few behind the scenes photos and images of how the spread was done in the paper, head to my google+ page over...

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On Assignment: Fashion Photoshoot at Ignite
Jul30

On Assignment: Fashion Photoshoot at Ignite

Typically I’d have pre blogged this and then publish on the day the paper was published which was last week monday but I’ve been super busy lately. worked 2 weeks straight without a day off or break. and then on the three day weekend break I had private jobs on each day so there was no resting. I’m basically saying apologies for the delays -_-. I worked with ignite a few weeks ago doing a male spread featuring colourful and fashionable piece clothing. this shoot was the follow up, which was basically the female version of the same concept. there were two gorgeous models and about 3 looks each. Make up wizardry was done by the infamous Paul March. The biggest challenge with the location which was the store located at village plaza beside my fav. coffee house in kingston “rituals” :)… um where was I.. Challenge; right. the challenge was reflections.. there were mirrors every where I think theres an image that i couldn’t do anything about it so there’s my umbrella soft-box staring you right in the face -___- * embarrassing*. With the exception of the reflections though and figuring out the best angle to light from for good looking light as well as no reflection of the light source it was a typical run of the mill photo-shoot. here are 3 photos from the fashion photo-shoot. I was really feeling this sexy librarian / teacher look for this image. This was the only image with both of em, it wasn’t used in the center spread though. I liked that i got some reflection fromt his last shot. and there you have it ladies and gentlemen i didn’t delve into flash power and lighting ratios because this was about a week ago and while i still remember to some extent i honestly dont think its really that important for this shoot, as i said it was pretty run of the mill. I saw the owner of ignite on friday after finishing up a private job for a client (was heading to rituals to have coffee and process). She absolutely loved the outcome of the shoot, so all in all everyone was happy. For the behind the scenes photos from the shoot and some snapshots of the center spread from the flair magazine checkout my google+ profile...

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On Assignment: Robbie the Sculptor
Jul15

On Assignment: Robbie the Sculptor

last week wednesday i had an assignment to locate a struggling artist; a sculptor who lived in a poverty stricken community. The usual would happen, the reporter interviews him I’d get some interview photos and then some environmental portraits for the story / pictorial they would run for sundays paper. It took us about 30 minutes to find rob who was aliased “dutty rob” translation for the non jamaicas “dirty rob” the story behind the name is due to the fact that he’s a sculptor, who’s always working the material from his work tends to be on him all the time.. so he’s always well.. dirty. anyway. we found him. took him back to his shop where he does his craft. which was a tiny space almost the size of a porta potty :(. shooting in there was near impossible. and the entrance was kinda of difficult to work with as there was a piece of wall that bared the door from opening completely. as a result he had to take the articles outside of the small hut place them on a make shift zinc table for the duration of the interview. following that i needed to shoot him in his little space Luckily i travelled lightly that day. I used my Lumiquest SBIII as my lightsource modifier (see in above photo) and a d300s and a 24 – 120mm lens. i placed a sb 900 on dfu inside the tiny space behind him at a lowe power just to light the textured wall behind him a little bit. here’s the result of that photo albiet it wasn’t used in the final story. Below is the photo they chose for the story which I think works better as its a photo of an unaware subject, while the photo I prefer is more of a portrait. This is the reason why it pays to have all your bases covered as you never know how an editor may chose to run a...

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Beach Wedding :: Peta-Gaye & Malcolm Brown
Dec14

Beach Wedding :: Peta-Gaye & Malcolm Brown

I’ve been finished with this images about a week or so but I’ve been super busy so I never got a chance to posting any of them. there was a BTS video on youtube which was shared on facebook and on tumblr check it it out if you wanna here anyway that’s enough rambling here are the photos. Enjoy The wedding took place at Sunset At the Palms, located in Negril Jamaica.  A beach wedding ceremony followed by an indoor reception. It all came together perfectly. If you liked the images. Don’t forget to hit the like button below and or +1 if your on Google...

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