Thursday, 1 November 2012

Commercial Product & Beauty Photography with Renae Ayris.

A little while ago I had the pleasure of photographing Miss Universe Australia 2012 Renae Ayris for the Australian/Chinese health and beauty supplements company Aussia. The shoot was based around the very lovely Renae presenting a variety of the products in her hands or on a white table just in front. This was essentially a blending of a product shoot with beauty photography, keeping everything cleanly and evenly lit to promote Renae's natural beauty and the products as well. We did about a dozen or so shots all up and Renae was fantastic at striking the right attitude and keeping the packs at just the right angle to minimise unwanted glare on the packaging. Not an easy task to maintain shot after shot after shot with a team of about ten looking on and videoing everything going on.

And this was a very nice photography assignment for me; I often hear from clients who have seen my fashion photography work that they would like to shoot with me "but we don't really do anything creative". Well not that we don't think that this shoot is not creative as well but.. I do think that this more naturalistic approach to shooting would probably appeal to quite a few clients. So if this is the sort of shoot you have in mind, by all means send me an email or give me a call.

Commercial beauty product and promotional photography with Miss Universe Australia Renae Ayris

Commercial product and promotional photography with Miss Universe Australia Renae Ayris, sportswear.

Commercial photography with Miss Universe Australia Renae Ayris - Aussia product shots.

Commercial photography with Miss Universe Australia Renae Ayris - Skin Care - Beauty.Commercial product and promotional photography with Miss Universe Australia Renae Ayris, table top shot with health products and model.
Photographer, Kent Johnson
Model, Renae Ayris
Hair & Make-Up, Rhonda May
Photography Assistant, Julianne Marchese

kent@artcommunication.com.au (61) 0433 796 863


Monday, 8 October 2012

Photographing Art Work & An Artist Portrait Too..

A couple of months ago now my artist friend Adrian McDonald commissioned me to photograph recent art works of his, both for his own archive and for an article on Adrian's work, out now in issue 35 of Australian Art Review magazine. I first saw Adrian's work at SNO in late 2009 and made one of my 'artists openings' portraits at that show. And of course being an artist who works with complex line, pattern and tonal ranges; the job of photographing Adrian's artworks and maintaining the fidelity of the art in reproduction is a complex task as well. The trickiest of all were the black detail on black and, the black on black with white; I need to create a digital file with enough information to show the work as you would view it in a gallery situation, the way the eye sees the art. We decided to shoot in the Balmain studio and used the powerful STROBE lighting, and the very classy STROBE light stands to support the art as you can see in the first portrait of Adrian below. Its nice to be able to make a portrait photograph, my own little piece of creativity alongside Adrian's creative output - that photographing well, was for me a fairly technical day with the light and the camera. I'm certainly looking forward to doing more of this work more often as it's great to be able to bring my love of art, artists and photography together for the day.

Adrian McDonald with artwork on the 'art copy' set, Balmain studio 2012

Adrian McDonald art work,

Adrian McDonald art work,

Adrian McDonald art work,


Adrian McDonald art work,


Adrian McDonald art work, textured oil painting'

Adrian McDonald art work, colour enamel spots on black on a grid.

Adrian McDonald art work, the 'Pac Man' painting.

Adrian McDonald, portrait taken after a day of photographing his artworks 2012.



http://adrianmcdonald.com/
http://artreview.com.au/

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Modelling Portfolio - Monique in the Studio - Vintage Fashion + Sporty Style

Great teamwork makes for great pictures; we made these shots for Monique's modelling portfolio in a single half day shoot. Kaori worked her hair and make-up magic on the various looks from sports lifestyle to high fashion and, one of my favourites; Monique in the white Tee Shirt (classic model look) vibing the iconic Brigitte Bardot! We carried that feel through too; to the white knit dress high fashion shots - Monique, her Mum, myself & Kaori all having a fab fun time.

Headshot with blue Lonsdale stretch singlet top.

Modelling portfolio mid shot against black background in the studio

Verso, modelling comp card, four shots from Monique's portfolio shoot.

Classic studio fashion style with vintage Hollywood feel, black dress - studio as location..

Vintage Brigitte Bardot look, Black and White lifestyle shot, modelling portfolio Sydney Australia.

Sexy sportswear mid shot, for modelling portfolio, studio shot.

High Key full length fashion portfolio shot; Brigitte Bardot inspired studio as location.

Sportswear shot 'Jumping' Lonsdale London Singlet and black denim shorts and lace up boots.

Black dress and jacket, modelling portfolio - in the studio..


High Fashion, editorial style shot for fashion model, modelling portfolio in the studio...



Check out my Modelling Portfolio Packages here, www.kentjohnsonphotography.com.au/Modelling_Portfolios/ or call me on 0433 796 863 to book your shoot.

Kent Johnson - Photographer
Sydney, Australia.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence' S/S 2012 Photographers Edit..

When you work with a great team you get great results.

That's how we did it for the Uscari 'Submerged in Silence' campaign and look-book shoot.  Designer Elayna Mackay's first range for Uscari was a pleasure to photograph; Hair and Make-Up was provided by Über Talent Rafal Gaweda and the model who can move was (and is) Ollie Henderson from Chic looking; even if I do say so myself, completely different to anything I have seen her in before or since!

My assistant & I took extra care with the lighting to get the kind of punch we were after and a very light background but not complete white out so as to ground the movement in space. We shot static look-book poses and then the movement on the same set at the same time. The Rolling Stones helping us with our work. This is my selection from the shoot with my own post processing, I hope you like the results.

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'  Mid Shot, Photographers Edit with model Ollie Henderson

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence' Jumping shot in black cape, white background;  Photographers Edit with model Ollie Henderson

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'   head held high, emotional shot; Studio, White Background,  Photographers Edit

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'  Short black dress on white background; Photographers Edit

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'  tight white skirt and sheer gold top on white background;  Photographers Edit

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence' Black skirt, strappy top; Photographers Edit

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'    Campaign 'Style' shot, Ollie Henderson, Photographers Edit

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'  Photographers Edit

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'  Movement in flowing dress, Photographers Edit with model Ollie Henderson.

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'   Campaign shot, black cape, white background studio photography; Photographers Edit with model Ollie Henderson

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'  Photographers Edit

Uscari 'Submerged in Silence'  Model Salutes, Photographers Edit with model Ollie Henderson

http://uscari.com.au/ 
http://www.rafalgaweda.com/
http://www.chicmanagement.com.au/


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Ren's Birthday - Studio Fashion Portrait Shoot

I always consider it a privilege to be able to create a fashion portfolio or studio portrait. It's a big deal for most people and not something I ever take lightly. But it certainly a very special feeling when a friend and artist asks you if you would photograph their daughter for their birthday, and to have the photo session on the big day! That's how it happened and Ren's Mum had to do the hard work of  keep the morning of her birthday free - for a surprise - and then get the wardrobe sorted for the secret shoot!

We all had a great time and I took the opportunity to make a mother and daughter portrait too; how could you let a chance like that slip by! The shoot itself was a customised version of my 'starter' modelling package here; my favourite shots from the shoot are below.

Black and White Studio Fashion Portrait - Ren mid shot

Studio Fashion Portrait - Ren, colour three quarter shot.


Studio Fashion Portrait - Ren, Black and White, Jeans and Black Tee Shirt

Studio Fashion Portrait - Ren, Black and White, black tee-shirt.

Black and White in Colour - Studio Fashion Portrait - Ren in black formal dress

Black and White in Colour - Studio Fashion Portrait - Mother and Daughter Portrait

Please feel free to call me about your special portrait shoot.

Kent Johnson
Sydney Australia
0433 796 863

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Albert Watson - 'Art of Fashion' - Simply Stunning

Phat Albert - Documentary about Photographer Albert Watson from Chris Rupert on Vimeo.

Albert Watson shooting the legendary Neiman Marcus Fall 2010 'Art of Fashion' campaign.

Could not resist sharing this beautiful documentary about Albert shooting the campaign. And it really is a Doco; more about the making, the process, the creativity of a Master photographer than a BTS quickie! If you have never seen a top team in action on a high fashion shoot, here's your chance to see how its done.

And if I keep working hard, fingers crossed!



Saturday, 11 August 2012

Bakelite Still Lifes - Electrical Bits & Bobs

I have always had a bit of a thing for Bakelite or, polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride to use its incredibly long scientific name. I think its something to do with the period it comes from, the 20's 30's 40's; fabulous times for fashion, classic black and white cinema and Film Noir, beautiful large and rambling houses. Or maybe its the movie, 'The Carpet Baggers' I watched with my Dad one night, (told me it was the first movie he went to with Mum), I can still part remember the lines about making oodles of money in plastics during the depression "Some were under the clouds but then others flew above them" cut to a DC10 above the clouds  flying the wealthiest man in America... heady stuff for a teenage lad!  How can you look at a piece of Bakelite and not think of these things? Anyway I happen to have a box of Bakelite light switches, double adaptors,  lamp fittings; they have been sitting around way too long, its time for them to go! But not before making some still life shots of a few of the items; and while I don't really think of myself as a still life photographer, I do think these shots look pretty good and I really enjoyed making them. Black and White shots of Bakelite on white background, two classics together. I wonder why it took me so long to get around to making them?

Bakelite Electrical Components - Double Adaptors, lamp fittings, electrical connectors. Black and White Still Life Photography.
Bakelite Electrical Components - Double Adaptor. Black and White Still Life Photography.

Bakelite Electrical Components - Art Deco Light Switch and Lamp Light Holder. Black and White Still Life Photography.

Kent Johnson, Sydney Australia 2012.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Magazine Style Actors Portrait with Sage Godrei

I met Sage at a photography exhibition at TAP Gallery a couple of months ago where she had what I thought to be one of the more creative pictures in a fairly large group show. We got to chatting and as it turned out, she is an Actor and a Writer, and if you include that picture she took a photographer too; basically a bit of an all-rounder or 'slashie' as the saying goes on the creative front. It didn't take me long to hatch a plan to get Sage to come into the studio to do some portrait work with her. Not the actors headshot type of shot as she already has those; something more along the lines of the kind of picture I might produce if I were making the shots for an editorial story in a magazine.

We decided to keep the shoot as simple as possible, joining forces for the styling (much as I do on many modelling portfolio shoots) working with the wardrobe she brought along - doing her own make-up, creating a few different 'looks' to show Sage's various sides to her creative self.

Sage Godrei, magazine style actors portrait; studio photography, black background, Sage mid shot with white paint in hair.
Sage Godrei, magazine style actors portrait; studio photography, black background, Sage full length black and white shot.
Sage Godrei, portrait in the make-up mirror.
Sage Godrei, magazine style actors portrait; studio photography, black background, Sage mid shot in black and white shot. Sage Godrei, magazine style actors portrait; studio photography, black background, Sage in fantasy outfit, mid shot.
Sage Godrei, magazine style actors portrait; studio photography, Red Cap, Black Jacket - Sage, Bad girl Street Style.
Sage Godrei, magazine style actors portrait; studio photography, Headshot laughing, Sage in fantasy outfit, mid shot.