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.