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Getting Colorful with J Word & Yev Z

Starting with the awesome J Word, i’m going to be sharing pretty much all of my shoots over the last few years (and moving forward) on my blog here. The posts, will evolve based on what you want to see and your questions naturally.

This series was put together by my friend Yev Z Photography with Jewaun Word of TNG Models in Las Vegas with styling by Lisa Munns. Yev invited me to come help on the shoot and to create myself, and at the time I had been in a creative funk so welcomed the opportunity to help, shoot, and create something vibrant.

Between Lisa and J Word, and then the goofiness of Yev and Myself, we started doing some pretty crazy experimenting with looks, colors, and expressions getting some pretty incredible images as you can see below!

My only issue when working with Jewaun though….is he’s so freaking tall! Lemme tell you it can give a guy a complex hahaha. I actually…this is no joke…had to stand on an apple box (sometimes 2) to maintain eye level with this man for our shoot! later in the set you can see we talked him into sitting down so Yev and I could get eye to eye with him ;) hahaha. J is actually so much fun to work with. He’s so easy to create with and it’s VERY hard to actually get a bad shot of him!
As you can see we created 5 or 6 looks and got a boatload of images from them.

Here’s a complete list of the gear used:

And the Technical & Editing details

Here’s a BTS showing our light setup. 1 B2 above in a Photek Softlighter with the reflector propped directly below, a 2nd B2 camera left and in front of the model feathered in another Photek Softlighter. The Last light is behind the model in a 36” Octobox Camera Right for rim.

J Word BTS

So what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Leave a comment below!

Last Minute Shoots - Dark Phoenix

The day after WPPI when everyone was supposed to be heading off home and getting back to the real world, a lot of photographers found themselves stuck in Las Vegas due to storms knocking out travel to the east coast.  One of those travelers happened to be my good friend Clay Cook!  So after an intense and epic meal of Korean BBQ, we started planning out a fashion shoot somewhere in the desert.  Scanning the internet for inspiration and clothing ideas we pieced the concept together and then started making phone calls!  Pretty quickly we had our model and Make-Up lined up, all we needed was a ride and our wardrobe! 

The next morning we met for breakfast and started to figure out where we were going to get the missing pieces of our wardrobe.  That's about where our friends Enrique and Mykii come in! Taylor, (our model), had some of the pieces, but we were missing some elements to our edgy wardrobe that Clay had wanted.  So Enrique and Mykii picked us up and we headed to Burlington Coat Factory to hunt for a proper trench coat and accessories! 

We went through pretty much everything they had on their shelves, but within 30 minutes, we had made our selections, and were on the road to the desert to start shooting!

The weather was a complete contrast to the last shoot in Las Vegas with Nanako.  The sun was beaming and there was just enough of a breeze to keep us from getting too hot. Basically, it was perfect! With that in mind, we made the call to go with just available light. The sun was in the perfect position to give us a great look and perfect shadows to match the style of the shoot! 

Watching Clay work with Taylor was pretty amazing.  Clay, who has had tons of experience with the fashion world, was able to easily and casually instruct Taylor to get the exact look and feel he was going for and Taylor picked up on every queue like a pro. Even though we only had about an hour to nail our shot, Taylor was able to nail every pose we asked and we had enough time to let everyone fire off a few frames including some awesome Polaroids! We even got Enrique's dog into the mix! (Stay tuned for those images!!!) 

Here's my first finished image from the set with the beautiful Taylor;

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.

Two things I realized after this crazy week in Las Vegas...(1) Korean BBQ is the absolute best place to brainstorm! And (2) There is no limit to the creative possibilities on the West Coast!  With a SUPER SMALL budget and a timespan of less than 1/2 a day each, we were able to pull together a couple of incredible photoshoots and had an absolute blast while doing so. I can't wait to see the images I can create when I get back to the west coast for a project with an actual budget and time to prep!