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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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3 Simple Tips for Working with a Makeup Artist

As far as editorial work is concerned, proper communication between a photographer and makeup artist is essential to having a successful shoot. Unfortunately, while we belong to the same industry, we don’t always speak the same language. I’ve experienced the brilliant, the okay, and the seriously ugly end-results of shoots where the team just didn’t gel. In fact, I’m sure we all have. Luckily, grumpy shoots and awkward pictures can be avoided with these simple tips I’ve listed for you!

3) Create A Mood Board

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Providing a MUA with a simple mood board can be a great way to show them the theme of the shoot. Assemble a collection of photos that represent the look of the end product you’d want. Point out specific things you really like and why, and be firm about what you don’t want.

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The Guerrilla Photo Shoot Inside a Busy Supermarket

The inspiration for this November shoot came about organically and over time. First was Chanel’s much talked about Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Ready-to-Wear fashion show, where an entire supermarket was recreated as a catwalk. The models didn’t so much strut, as they shopped their way through the makeshift supermarket runway, reminiscent of your local Target.

Second was the Moschino Spring 2015 collection featuring the rebranded Barbie and McDonald’s themes. Both shows took everyday icons and turned them into high fashion. Both shows unashamedly represented consumerism. This led us to our idea.

Taking the consumerist-theme and putting a LA twist on it, we shot guerrilla style and on location with the Sony A7 paired with a manual focus Leica Summaron 35mm f/2.8 lens. We shot this series with a mix of Terry style and candid photography. The ever-gorgeous Wolfy from the band Wrathschild was our model and her look was provided by celebrity makeup artist Joann Persephone, who will soon be joining iLHP!  I hope you enjoy our shoot as much as we did.

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The 6 Ultimate Street Fashion Photographers and Bloggers

Anytime I can combine both fashion and photography together I instantaneously become ecstatic. Fashion has been an immense passion of mine for as long as I can recall. Working in the fashion industry was what I was been doing most of my professional career before photography became an extensive part of my everyday life. I have always admired fashion photography from my early teenage years and shared some of my favorite fashion photographers in a previous blog post, My 7 All-Time Favorite Fashion & Celebrity Photographers. If I could, I would eat, sleep, and breathe fashion and combine it with my more recent admiration for photography to form the quintessential amalgamation of my two loves. Having worked in the fashion industry for most of my adulthood, I have always been captivated by street fashion photographers showcasing some of the most stylish people from across the globe. In my last weeks post, What I Learned Being Stuck At Home: Self Portraits – Part 1, I actually attempted to combine my love for both fashion and photography in a self-portrait/dress-up photoshoot for the first time.

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Image courtesy of Le 21eme |

Here is a list of some of my favorite street fashion photographer bloggers that have inspired me in umpteen ways to help bridge the gap between my two loves:

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My 7 All-Time Favorite Fashion & Celebrity Photographers

Most of my professional career has been spent working in the fashion industry. Fashion Design is what I went to school for and what I have always had an immense passion for. I remember buying fashion magazines such as: Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, etc. when I entered middle school. I would tear out all the images that caught my eye and would cover my whole bedroom wall until it resembled high-fashion wallpaper.

Many of the images I would stare at day in and day out were taken by some of the photographers who inspired me to pursue a career in fashion.

Here are some of my all time favorites in no particular order:

Herb Ritts

Herb Ritts, born in August 13, 1952, passed away in December 26, 2002 at the young age of 50.  With no formal training in photography, Ritts and Richard Gere, an aspiring actor at the time, shot some images together. That image later gained some attention and helped jumped start both their professional careers.

Taken by Herb Ritts | Featuring supermodel's Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi in Hollywood, California for Rolling Stone Magazine |
Taken by Herb Ritts | Featuring supermodel’s Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, and Naomi in Hollywood, California for Rolling Stone Magazine |

By 1981, Ritts gained instant stardom when he shot Brooke Shields for the cover of Vogue and the same year photographed Olivia Newton John for her Physical album cover. He continued to have the opportunity to work with celebrities such as: Elton John, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Elizabeth Taylor, Dalai Lama and many, many more.

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