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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Swimwear Fashion Photo Shoot at Strawberry Hill
Jul22

Swimwear Fashion Photo Shoot at Strawberry Hill

This years Flair Swimwear fashion edition photo shoot was at the located at the ever exotic Strawberry Hill Resort. A Remote location but the view and ambiance make up for the distance. This years format was different but in a good way, the pieces were sorted by models meaning a designer to model relationship. Meaning All swimwear from Designer A were modelled by Model A etc. Working with experienced models is always a huge plus *big grin*. The artistic direction was that of @Garfene lighting assistance was pretty much by everyone that day. big thanks to everyone @alysiafrancis @misimxo @cc_chantae @fluffykrissy @danishascott @mscorolla7@randyb_876 @brischh @ayanna_asd @flirtboutiqueja @garfene for making that shoot pretty fricking epic. Swimwear, Models, Camera Equipment, Good company and Coffee you can definitely say it was a good day for me Here are a few photos from the shoot, please pick up a copy of the Jamaica Gleaner’s Flair Magazine and check out the full spread. Or of course subscribe to the ePaper for a digital solution and of course some BTS images shot with ninja like stealth by...

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Fashion: Ladies of Gatsby Photoshoot
May27

Fashion: Ladies of Gatsby Photoshoot

The Fashion Shoot Concept An idea thrown out about doing a 1920’s themed Fashion photo shoot to play on the upcoming release of the movie; The Great Gatsby.  The assignment luckily fell into my assignment inbox. I figured why not do it properly and bring in my personal lights and and equipment. The Location Devon House Jamaica though of a different historic background than the 1920’s Gatsby Era. Offered reasonable backgrounds for the old fashioned themes needed for the photo shoot. The Photo Shoot Tools The equipment used was an Alien Bee 800 as key light. A Nikon SB 900 and Nikon SB 28 as kicker lights to accentuate, shape and separate subjects from the backgrounds. Optics used for the most part was the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8. The other Go to lens was the Nikon 50mm f/1.8. The least used lens was the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. The only reason for that though was wide angles aren’t flattering for portraits or fashion editorials. Here’s a few images from the fashion photo shoot. The Team The Make up wizardry was done by T’Rone Buchanan Styling was done by Natalie Oh! And the Artistic Direction was done by Garfene Grandison Fashion Photography by Taylor G Photography PA – Krysta...

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On Assignment: Fashion Shoot at Tuscany Boutique
Mar13

On Assignment: Fashion Shoot at Tuscany Boutique

Last week saturday before I headed off on my first vacation ever I had to drive to Mandeville for a fashion what i thought was a video interview… however it also turned out to be a Fashion photoshoot as a result of my expectation i had no light stand and no umbrella but luckily as always I’ve got my Lumiquest SBIII AND Joby gorilla pod. The Reporter on the assignment assisted as a V.A.T (voice activated lightstand) the resulting images were pretty cool. As Zack Arias always says and proves repeatedly you can do so much with one light and the right attitude. Here’s a setup and result photo though the setup kinda shows you what the result looks like all in...

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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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