Newly Signed Model Peyton Lake

For most of my photo shoots, 95-99% of my images are throwaways. 1-5 in 100 ever see the light of day. But with a small handful of models, almost every image is a keeper. I’ve thought about this and I don’t know what it is.

Modeling is deceptively difficult. It’s not just about a pretty face, a clear complexion, and a 5’10” body. They have surprisingly very little to work with. A hundredth of a second. Two dimensions.

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It’s not about confidence in front of the camera, because most models have that in abundance regardless of whether it’s real or not. It’s not entirely about knowing your angles and poses, as it can only get you so far. Most models will act pretty for the lens, which is fine for catalogues, but this almost always leads to something cliched and boring.

If I had to single out a single commonality among my favorite models, it would be their ability to just be in the moment. There is an honesty to just being in the moment. Since photography is often a lie, whatever truth we can capture instantly becomes gold.

Peyton Lake is one of the few models who really captures our attention. Her look is unique and memorable. She is honest and natural in front of the lens. We are proud to feature her in this interview.

iLHP: Hi Peyton, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Could introduce yourself? 

Peyton: Hi Ed, thank you for having me. I’m a 19 year old from a small town in Alaska called Fairbanks. I’ve played hockey since I was 4 years old. I played competitively since the age of 10 up until this past year, I finished up my youth competitive hockey career in California for the Anaheim Lady Ducks.

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iLHP: Hockey? Right on, I haven’t worked with hockey playing models before. How did you get started in modeling? 

Peyton: At first I was just kind of messing around in front of the camera for friends’ photography classes or just for fun, but now I look at it as something that I want to continue doing and hope that I become successful in.

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Getting Prepared for Travel and Holiday Photography

Before leaving your house with the whole package on your back for your summer vacations, some tips are good to know or recall for your camera safety, to take the most original shots and just to enjoy your trip!

Before starting the count down, it is important to determine what type of photography you are going to do. Are you just looking for some souvenirs and selfies, then in this case a Point&Shoot ( theRX100M III is probably one of the best for this. Otherwise for $80, you can get great holiday pictures with this Sony W800) or even a smartphone can do the job, no need to bring 20 pounds (10kg) of equipment and come back at work with a backache!

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Getting prepared for travel photography. What are you going to bring?

But if you are an enthusiast photographer and if the light and the depth of field and the overall quality of your pictures matter the most, then you will consider bringing your “stuff” with you. If you really want to travel light, then a 24-70mm or a 24-105mm will do the job as an all-around lens. Or if you want to travel very light with your DSLR, some pancake Continue reading Getting Prepared for Travel and Holiday Photography

The Gritty Side of Beauty

I think I know why I really like boudoir photography and fashion photography.  I have always been a fan of fine art photography as well, but honestly, my work has never been fine art.  What I have wanted to get out of my photography is this, I am an artist, and I do require a certain amount of space to create my work as well as to ponder what it is I want to create next.  So I have what I call “The Average Jim’s Playground.”

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The Playground is my environment, this is where the magic takes place.  I am not one who wants a normal photography studio.  My first studio was a nearly vacant home!  My next was a commercial building that I was able to remodel as often as I wished.  I had that place for over 16 years!  I still have access to it, but my new Playground is in Palm Springs.  I really like it here too!

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What’s In My Camera Bag?

We all have different needs and we like to shoot a lot of different things, but we’re always curious to know what is in the other’s camera bag. What gear, what accessory does he use to get these shots? Like some other photographers in our interviews at iLHP, today, I thought I’d share with you a part of my “secret”: the composition of my camera bag.

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As a reminder, I mostly shoot macro but I’m starting to do architectural photography and always enjoy shooting lansdcapes, cityscapes and nature photography. My bag is a bag made for hiking, nothing special about photography, I just wanted something inexpensive (I prefer to spend my money into gear and travels) but it needed to be comfortable. Nothing is better than a hiking back-pack with a belt around the hips when you have some weight to carry. I put my lenses into the blue/grey bag to protect them and put it into the big bag. The rest of the accessories are distributed into different pockets of the bag. I use the Capture from Peak Design to attach it easily on the back-pack strap. It’s easy to attach it and to take it off quickly to shoot. I also use the Cuff, also from Peak Design to secure it around my wrist. Continue reading What’s In My Camera Bag?

Breaking Down the A7RII Hype – Should A7/R/S Users Make the $3200 Upgrade?

Sony has released a full-frame camera about every 6 months since the launch of the A7 & A7R back in late 2013. This is fairly incredible, considering how Canon DSLR productions cycles have been as long as 4 years.

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In less than 2 years, Sony went from 0 full frame mirrorless cameras to 5. Aggressive product launch? We think so.

Each announcement has been bigger than the last. The A7/A7R were the world’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras. The A7S could literally see in the dark. And the A7II was the world’s first full-frame with in-body image stabilization. What’s next? How about putting everything together into one body?

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The Sony A7RII is trying to jump “The Chasm.” All you Sony A7, A7R, A7S, A7II shooter out there right now, you are innovators and early adopters.

Online forums, Facebook groups, and blogs erupted with excitement as Sony announced the A7R Mark II. We pointed out its “7 Game Changing Features” when we first heard about the news. Now, after we’ve had a few weeks to cool off from the initial hype, let’s really look into whether we should upgrade.

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