Wednesday, 28 October 2009

#4: The journey begins ..............

What the hell am I?
Yes I love creating images ........... but images about what?
Am I fashion photographer? a conceptual portrait photographer? 
I am unsure of the answer at the moment and I have decided to challenge myself for the next 6 months to find my purpose in photography (I am all about purpose these days). 

What would I love to shoot if photography was my 9 - 5. I have decided to concentrate on fashion for the next few months and see if I have a voice in that aspect of photography. My blog will act as my journal of sorts of my journey.

Last monday I put together a fashion test shoot with a bunch of creatives (Apple blossom ..... 
my super stylista and wife, Buki Becks ..... creative make up artist and hair stylist, Pauline and Natasha ....... lovely models from Oxygen and Tanielle Lobo ...... fantastic fashion designer). 
I have learnt that putting together the right team is essential for any shoot and will make or break the images. I take the time to cast and pick the right people to create the right look for the images, the absence of any is a reschedule. I have also found everybodys energy and effort is essential in making th shoot work, from models, wardrobe stylists to assistants, its a real team effort.
Here's an image from the shoot and please note its not been retouched

Also I have to mention my boy Tunde who came out to help us for the day ........ we couldn't have done it without you buddy ........... I can see his head getting even bigger. Here's a shot of Tunde feeling like some sorta of model ................... really dude don't give up the day job.

And here his positioned himself between two of my models ....................greedy boy

Images from the shoot will go up when I retouch, hopefully I can get sometime this weekend

The journey continues ...............

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

#3: Lord won’t you buy me a …….

Rant start

Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes benz, My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Those are the lyrics to a song by Janis Joplin that was used in a Mercedes TV advert. Man!  are those words apt to my gadget list right now.  I so need new photography gear …………… new lights, new camera, new lenses, the list goes on. I wish I had a wishing well.

My Windows PC is falling apart …………….. yea that’s right I have a PC and I ain’t proud. I will hopefully be buying a MAC at the end of the year if the missus allows and hasn’t spent all the money on woman things and shoes …………………. Oh dear God shoes, why did you invent them Lord?………………. Don’t get me started. We have a factory at home, well I think there must be some kinda factory cos they keep appearing out of the blue.

“Dear I’ve never seen those shoes before, are they new?” “New, I’ve had these since last season, you don’t pay attention to my clothes, do you?”

The thing is if I paid attention I would have a brain haemorrhage as they are too many to keep up with. We are so having a car boot to get rid of some of that stuff.

I digress, back to the MAC, a thing of beauty, all 27 inches of her, I am so getting one. The new windows 7 design is a bit of a copy cat of the MAC operating system. For image makers a MAC is a must and a PC is just plain dust.

Contribute to Ades get a MAC trust fund, you won't be sorry you did.

Rant over