This is the second time I have produced a series of PR portraits for Yianni who is perhaps best know for his popular TVS show Yianni's City Life. As with all my shoots we took as much time as we needed to make the pictures we wanted; the pictures that said what we wanted to say. In this case Yianni wanted shots that positioned him more as a presenter than the presenter of a cooking and lifestyle show as had been the case in previous portrait shoots. Shots from our last portrait shoot were very popular with both print and web media being published many times over; Yianni and I are looking forward to the same level of success with these portrait images.
Kent Johnson Photography 0433 796 863 Sydney Australia.
It's not what you always go for; but sometimes a variety of shots of the same outfit does work as a series - strengthening the concept of the shot as opposed to diluting it. I think the way these super flared pants work like a longish skirt or pair of culottes, the details of the blouse and jacket - the variety reveals more of these details & our model Jazz is easily up to the task of the movement and excitement helping to bring the outfit to life.
This morning when I jumped on Facebook I saw one of my 'friends' had posted a link to the Karl Lagerfeld interview about the 2011-12 Paris-Bombay collection. I love hearing Karl speak as he is so intelligent clear and concise about what maters, what inspires. But of course after listening to the brief interview (posted below) I wanted to see the collection. First stop was the easily accessible video footage that came up at the end of the video. I jumped right in and started watching it but. It had not gotten very far before I started to be annoyed that the pictures were often soft, full length had poor detail, the camera was jumping here-and-there trying to get it all in. I could see it was a fashion show but the video wasn't really nailing the fashion; I really wanted to see that fashion, feel the fashion!
So I had a hunt around for still photographs that I knew must be online somewhere and found them on YAHOO News. What a difference! The colour balance was correct for a start no-sepia-tint... I could see the quality and nature of the textures and fabrics; what the models looked like; the colours of the garments and individual pieces especially the accessories which Karl discusses in the interview.
I know some of you will prefer the video and it is certainly complimentary to the stills. But it gives me reason to wonder again at the all consuming desire to video everything! (At least we are spared a steady cam operator running up and down the runway as there was at the event I attended on Monday evening, he certainly got more exposure on the catwalk than anyone else)!
Leave a comment if you like; I am curious and perplexed about the whole video thing (though not when done well). And enjoy the Paris Bombay show.
Well actually first off was the Cosmopolitan Model Search and that was followed by the Preliminary round of Miss Universe Australia 2012. This was the first time I had been asked to be part of a panel of judges and I must say the responsibility in decision making is quite palpable. You really would like all the contestants to win but sadly it cannot be!
That said, we were judging the preliminary rounds so there were plenty of winners going onto the next stage which was very nice indeed. And since I was judging not photographing (though I did manage some shots with the trusty G10) my friend and fellow photographer Soyoun came along and documented the day for me.
The fellow Judges were, pageant expert Peter Sereno, me - Fashion Photographer Kent Johnson, Natasa Colo Fashion Stylist, Rebecca Lau online fashion retailer, and couture designer Sylvia Lee all of us pictured below. It was a great day and one could feel the excitement and tension from the contestants as they moved through the various rounds. Perhaps the most interesting 'find' of the day was one contestant I christened "New Jen", the resemblance was quite striking! And it all took place in the rather lovely coloured-glass-domed staging area of the St Ives Shopping Village.
Cosmopolitan Model Search
Miss Universe Australia 2012 Beauty Pageant - Preliminary Stage
Contestants, if you are ever competing in an event like this, do come up and say hello after the event. I met a few of you and some family too but it would have been great to meet more of you.
How long will your PR or commercial portrait last? Well that's a pretty good question that depends on a number of different things to answer. If you are in the public spotlight and your work is receiving a lot of media attention you will possibly want to create a new shot every six to twelve months. Portraits for the Annual Report or the commercial website should be updated once a year but we know some are changed every couple of years! Of course it will also depend on how much YOU have changed and the circumstances around you.
Most of my PR portrait shoots see me working on something like three looks; if you combine the variation I always have from each look that provides a reasonably large 'handful', great variety images to use over 12 to 24 months.
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Call Kent on 0433 796 863 to book you PR or Commercial Portrait session. Kent can also create bespoke coporate sttings to visually reflect your companies culture.
I have been working on getting a portrait of John for a number of years now. So I was, to say the least, very happy when he commissioned me to shoot the catalogue portrait for his September 2011 show at John Buckley Gallery in Richmond. John had been kind enough to drop into my Artists Portraits show 'SNAP' at SNO in May 2010 and, I think that helped quite a lot in securing the commission as John mentioned to me on a number of occasions how much he enjoyed the show. He certainly understood that 'SNAP' was about the artist in their space at that tricky moment in time, The Opening!
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The portrait has been used just inside the back cover as seen below. John also had me photograph a couple of the paintings he had changed a little between the official photography of the paintings and the catalogue deadline. While its had been a while since I have done art copy work those shots went according to plan and into the catalogue as well.
I stumbled on this video via aphotoeditor a couple of days ago, and other than pretty much recognising that park over in Randwick... I was very much struck by Doug Bayne's aka safteyhammer's argument against; or was it awarning about; the impossibility of instant excellence as a film maker simply by buying a DSLR camera!
For those of you who may not have the time to watch I made some screenshots of Doug's graphics illustrating his experience, captioned my Moi!
Go On, buy one its cheap, the world will be your Oyster..
Um, more to this than I thought..
Maybe I need more than a camera, like a budget!
"And I need to come up with some good ideas"
"IDEAS! that's not in the box"
That second largest quadrant, its NOT professional cinematographers by the way, just sayin'
And this is who & what it was all about!
Mind you this is just what happened to film photographers with the release of affordable digital cameras, people started believing it was just a matter buying the camera and picture excellence would be theirs. Instant Fashion Photographers anyone? Sadly or perhaps not surprisingly it isn't so, Ideas and Experience don't come in the box with the camera. My thanks to Doug Bayne for pointing this out in such an amusing and concise manner.
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