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.