How I got the shot.

So I thought I’d do a little inside knowledge / behind the shot post. I’ve taken a shot from this weeks mens fashion soot and I’m going to go through the thought process / direction given on set to achieve the final image. Ignoring lighting, cameras, settings, all the technical stuff, this is plain and simple “getting the shot” once all the other stuff is done.

I do get a number of folk asking about this kind of thing, I guess it’s one of the parts that you can’t learn from just looking at a final image, you need to live the experience and moment to know “how” it went down. So here’s a sequence of image of Jamie, a new face from J’adore Model Agency in Manchester. Hair by Laura & Ria Kulik at The Hair Bank, grooming by Laura Gibb MUA and wardrobe styling by the rather gifted Paula McNamara.

Contact sheet of photographs from a menswear fashion shoot. homme

Contact sheet of photographs from a menswear fashion shoot. Homme

What you see is the actual progression of the images from this section of the shoot. Nothing taken out or cropped etc. this is exactly how and what I shot. The final shot used is the one circled in blue, the others marked are the “got it” shots, the ones where I felt I got what it was I wanted.

So you’ll see the first idea was a full profile with the hands up in front of the face, I explain the “starting point” pose and get the first shot. From here I wanted a little more going on in the space in between Jamie and his arms so asked him to pick up the pendant around his neck and use that. You’ll see the pendant then drops to a perfect position to mirror his arms. This is close but I want to see more of his face, “Head to me Jamie” head turns to me and we are super close. He instinctively dropped his chin”Stronger eyes” BANG! Nailed it. Now the transition without missing a beat the energy is good and I know we’re golden right now. “Bite the pendant” his arm is out of frame, “Bring the right arm back” arms look messy, “switch hands” close, “Give it the bad boy rock star treatment” almost, “Head to me more” Slight zoom to crop “Attitude!” BANG. “Okay take a quick breather everyone, Jamie shake it out and let’s move into the next shot sequence”.

Here I’ll have a quick check on the monitor to confirm my feelings that we got it, quick sip of water/coffee and get moving on to our next shot.

How long did that take from the first to the last shot? Well I checked the EXIF data and shot one is timestamped 14:17:30 and the last shot is 14:18:58. So a minute and a half…. Like I say when it’s golden you go with the energy that flows. Also what that doesn’t tell you is it took me 2 hours to set up the studio, hair / make-up / wardrobe about the same. Plus the behind the scenes chat and build up, it’s not just a matter of the model stepping in front of the camera and this happening, we’ve already met, had a chat, had a giggle or whatever. The connection has already been worked on so that by the time it comes to us working here the flow is easy and natural. Not to mention our other 6 models

So there you go, I won’t pretend it’s easy because it takes hustle and experience to get to this point but it may act as a little insight into how shoots go down for me and what the interaction can be like. It gets to a point where for me it’s instinctive, I don’t stop everything and think about how I’m going to make it perfect in one shot. I set it up close and then let things fall into place organically. For me it works.

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Final selected shot.

Falling For Grace

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Editorial bad girl Grace @ Cliche Model Management. Cutting loose on our latest shoot.

 

double page editorial fashion story

Editorial bad girl Grace @ Cliche Model Management. Cutting loose on our latest shoot.

Grace is one cool customer when it comes to playing the part we create for her. This time was no exception, with her look and my kind of style we decided that we’d create a piece full of emotion and rage juxtaposed against the “pretty” fashions of Spring / early Summer. Simple styling, fresh colourful make-up, bright & punchy lighting. Something like if the Gap did a collaboration with Motley Crue……..

Council Estate of Mind – The Quarterly #2 Editorial

So I can finally share this piece with you after the exclusivity agreement has lapsed.

This was shot last year with a super strong team made up primarily from boss models, exclusively for the fresh up coming indy mag the quarterly. These guys are a super supportive crew, trying a new method of running a magazine. Basically the general theme is agreed upon and then the creatives are allowed free reign within that to create ideas for submissions. The passion and ethos behind the magazine isn’t going unnoticed by the “establishment” either, with shout outs and features from the likes of bjp & creative review, smashing kickstarter campaigns and winning design awards. It was an honour to create something for these guys.

So to the piece;

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Recent Published work

Published work - Professional Photographer October 13

Published work – Professional Photographer October 13

Fresh out this week, my entry to Professional Photographer of The Year 2013 get picked up as a sponsors fav.

Plus a new home for the editorial I shot last year, Wove Magazine – http://wovemagazine.com/

Wove Magazine Cover.

Wove Magazine Cover.

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Before Summer Ends

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Kate Waldron @ Boss Model Management.
Wearing Joanne Miller.
Styled by Roscoe Forsythe
MUA / Hair by Thembi Mkandla

Photographers Assistant. Michael Storey

 

Sorry, I told you it’s been a busy month or so. Absolutely loads of new work shot so it’s about time I get to sharing some of it on here. Here are a few of the crop of images I shot with the brilliant Thembi Mkandla of Kate Waldron. Thembi hit me up with an idea of finding the least “English” looking beach we could whilst still not travelling too far from Manchester to shoot some summery beauty and swimwear stuff for both our portfolios. We found an awesome location or three thanks to the help of Alan, another photographer I know. He scouted us some great spots, hooked us up with space to base ourselves, humped my gear, drove people around, got sandwiches, and basically acted as a first rate second assistant whilst Michael (my usual assistant wrestled with the Rotalux in the wind). The beautiful designs we managed to acquire for the shoot came via Roscoe Forsythe a great Manchester stylist I’m happy to have made contact with, he pulled pieces from Joanne Miller & Laura Bancroft and they really took the whole ting to another level.

A great team, great weather and slightly more production value than some of my recent “simple” shoots. Fell in love with the tiny Elinchrom pack (well my assistant did as he could lug the thing around all day on his shoulders and didn’t moan too much).

 

 

Before Summer Ends

Before Summer Ends

Tony | Cliche – Editorial

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#ilovemyleica

Tony @ Cliche Model Management

Sorry old blog of mine it seems i’ve been neglecting you a little of late. Lots has been happening, plenty of new material shot, a good few irons in the fire coming up plus I’m starting to form a plan of where the second 50 Triptychs are going to take the project (once I get to 50 that is).
So for now you’re just going to have to make do with lots of beard as I splurge a little from this one. Currently formulation an editorial piece from it so enjoy.

Tony @ Cliche

Tony @ Cliche | Editorial p. 5

Dragana Perisc London – Teasers

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I thought as I’ve not really blogged much lately that I’d throw a few teasers up from the latest shoot.
It was a long day and I managed to cover plenty of miles from setting foot outside my door and setting foot back inside late in the evening but very much worth the effort and hard work from all those involved.

More to come once I finish up the final files but for now here’s some peeks at whats to come.

Dragana Perisc LDN - Teasers

Dragana Perisc LDN - Teasers

Dragana Perisc LDN - Teasers

Dragana Perisc LDN - Teasers

Dragana Perisc LDN - Teasers

Vivian Yu & Gordana Jovkovic wear Dragana Perisic London

MUA & Hair – Nuria Soriano

Peacock Yard Studios – London