Quick and dirty edit on phone from the set with Adam today. More to come…
It has become somewhat of a tradition to photograph Mathew each year just after he has competed and he’s in peak condition. Our third shoot with Mathew was just a couple of days ago and seeing the photos from our first and second you can see he’s come a long way year on year.
Mathew is a qualified personal trainer and has a background in nutrition ensuring he is well-informed when it comes to the exercise and diet one should be following for peak performance and enhancement.
Shooting along-side David, our models tend to get vastly different shots and different edits from their shoots. It’s basically like having two shoots in one.
You can see more of Mathew’s photos from the shoot over at my photography site, James Troi Photography.
David and I had a bunch of fun today in the city shooting with Michael. After a false-start, due to a fun run shutting down our original location, I think we made some nice shots with the spots we found.
With Run Melbourne and Melbourne Open House on today, it was a very busy city today indeed.
The look Michael gives you when you make him sit on random stuff we find in alley ways. 🤣
An out-take from yesterday, just to show that Moe isn’t always as serious as some of these photos would imply.
During our studio session I said to him, “I want to see more intensity… maybe a bit of anger in your face.” And Moe replied, “I don’t know what it is to be angry, I never get angry about anything.”
Having spent some time with him, I believe this to be true. Next time we need to get him to open up more like this in the front of the camera, and not just during lighting tests (of which this one was a fail).
Moe has change a lot in the 10 months since we last shot with him. He’s dropped a bunch of excess and got a bit of muscle going on.
Today’s shoot took us to Urquhart Bluff, a beach just past Anglesea, then back to our house for some studio shots, and on to the streets of Bacchus Marsh to take some shots out and about.
My beach shots didn’t work out so well, my trigger for the lights was playing silly buggers, but David made some great images I’m sure he’ll be sharing soon.
Was a great day of shooting. Moe is an awesome guy with a great attitude to life, it was a pleasure, and we look forward to working with him again in the future, but for now, we have a bunch of photos to get through from today.
Meet Dylan, taken this morning at Fairhaven Beach on the Great Ocean Road.
Dylan hails from Colac and next week will be competing in his first INBA Fitness Competition. Wish him good luck in his upcoming divisions.
Dylan was joined by his girlfriend Ebony who is also competing in next week’s events. She also had her own photo shoot yesterday with another photographer, but we still managed to get her to jump in for a couple shot at the end of the shoot.
For most of the shoot I was the “voice activated nightstand” standing in the surf getting barrelled by waves while trying to hold the light’s power source out of the water.
That’s the fun of one of our beach shoots, everyone tends to get wet, we don’t ask the models to do much that we wouldn’t do ourselves.
David will have some more dynamic photos, this one is only taken with natural light.
I also tried to take Elroy (the drone) out on his first flight in a while, but I admit, after I had him off the ground I was too nervous about him being so close to the water and potentially going off on a little joy flight of his own, so I landed him pretty quick.
A couple of behind the scenes shots follow:
UPDATE: Dylan took out a second and third in the two competitions he entered! Well done Dylan.
Today was David’s photoshoot with Michael Popovski. I was the assistant today; the one who schleps the equipment around. I also took some behind the scenes shots.
At one point I jumped in and took a couple of natural light shots. The one edited in colour and monochrome is my favourite of the day. David will be posting his photos over on his photostream shortly.
Oh man, I have been waiting for this shoot for so very long. Not only have I finally shot in the field I have been stalking for forever, I finally got to shoot with Amirah. Many thanks to SueZ who’s been trying to get Amirah and I together for a few years now.
I was a little nervous earlier in the day. I always get nervous when I’m shooting with someone new. On top of that I was shooting deliberately with the light behind Amirah and using a flash to create the front light. I really like the look it gives.
Originally this shoot was supposed to be of a male model, a blue sky with a few white clouds and back when the grass was still green. I found a couple male models but it was hard to pin them down while also getting the weather right.
On hearing my frustration with it all, SueZ insisted I shoot with Amirah, so we set it up a couple of weeks ago. With the way the weather was today I called Suez to say it was starting to look nasty and considered cancelling the shoot, but then thought, “to hell with it”, I had to shoot.
I always pre-visualise my shots. And while photographers are always told that’s a good thing to do, I’m a nutter for it. An incredibly visual person I get a vision in my head and too often am not happy if I know it’s not going to turn out the way I want it to. Take the field for instance. This is what I wanted it to look like (but with real green grass, not the fake I did below):
But Mother Nature just wasn’t playing nice. Ever. And today was the last straw. Basically because I’m pretty sure the field is going to be mowed down any day now and will soon be a field of hay bales (another opportunity for another shoot).
The shoot turned out, as these things often do, to be just right. Sure I didn’t want an overcast and cold day, but I think we did a great job. And it’s worth remembering a making photos isn’t just about what the photographer does. It’s most definitely a team effort when a model and assistants are involved.
All shot with a single flash (Canon 580EX II) on a light stand, often held in place by the wonderful SueZ when I couldn’t get the light stand to do exactly what I wanted it to.
These are just quick edits, but I think they’ve worked out well.
Unlike many other shoots I’ve done in the past I have to say this would be one of my most successful when it comes to the number of keepers to the number of throwaways. Amirah was a great model with an amazing outlook on life and having SueZ along made it all the more fun.
I look forward to shooting with Amirah again. I had so much fun and want to publicly thank Amirah and SueZ for an awesome afternoon of shooting.
Behind the scenes:
The genesis of this shoot was the field and a stool. I wanted the stool, I wanted a stool that looked just like the one you pretty much don’t even see in these shots. I scoured Ebay for weeks and then drove all the way to the other side of town to get the one I found.
The shoot was lit by a Canon Speedlite mostly off to the side, varying on the shot, held on a light stand for some. Then held by the awesome SueZ when the light stand wouldn’t give me the angle I wanted. The human light stand is always awesome but I think I need to invest in a C-stand with an arm for future shots.
Lighting was of course helped out by the giant ball of light in the sky, which for this shoot, was greatly diffused by the cloud cover.
What did I learn from today’s shoot?
- To stop worrying about the pre-visual in my brain. Use it as a launching point and run with the idea, understanding photography is organic and you just have to ride the wave.
- To get out and shoot, bugger the weather.
- To love your model, especially when willing to stand in summer clothes, in winter-type weather (but in Summer), who’ll lay down in a scratchy grass field. I do always appreciate my models, the photos wouldn’t be what they are without them.
- Consider buying a battery pack for my speedlite. Or at the very least better quality batteries so I can get more shots out of a set of batteries.