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The Curious Houses Along the Venice Canals

Los Angeles is not so much a unified city as a massive conglomeration of smaller cities. To outsiders, you come from Los Angeles. To locals, you are from Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, KTown, Van Nuys, Inglewood, Beverley Hills, or etc. It is a tapestry of neighborhoods that flow into one another with undefined visual or geographic borders. There is no Los Angeles and everywhere is Los Angeles.

“Which part of the city are you from” is of chief concern among new friends, business partners, and potential lovers because your answer will dictate your socioeconomic status, your cultural heritage, and your commute. When Lorde sang about post code envy, she was probably referring to Los Angeles.

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Sandwiched between Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, and the Pacific Ocean is a neighborhood unlike any other in LA. The Venice Canal Historic District was an early twentieth century attempt at recreating the Italian romanticism in the heart of sunny California. The area has had its cycle of prosperity and disrepair and the houses lining those canals reflect those periods of change.

I took a stroll through this neighborhood on a crisp winter evening. With the neck strap of my Sony A7 loosely wrapped around my right wrist, here’s what I saw through a Leica Summaron 35mm f/2.8.

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Q&A with Photographer Cyril Verron “The Magician”

Cyril Verron is one of those photographers who create magic out of their cameras sensors. His ability to make masterwork is amazing. He is a full-time pro with great projects to come for nature lovers. I had the chance to meet him and had to share this with you all. The rest is here for you to read. Enjoy!

iLHP: Hi Cyril, I’m very pleased and honored to meet you in person to ask you a few questions. As a full time professional photographer, can you tell us a bit more about yourself like when and why did you start photography (and your specialty)?

Cyril: Hi Christian, it’s a pleasure for me too to answer your questions. I’m a French Photographer born in 1981 in Brittany (France) and now live in Dordogne (France) which is a beautiful region for nature lovers and photographers. I started photography in 2010 doing mostly portraits and landscapes with my first DSLR Canon 5D MarkII. This became a passion in my everyday life and later some friends of mine advised me to turn professional because my shots seemed interesting and maybe salable. So I told myself “why not give it a try?”. I wanted to start this activity with a freelance status and then I turned full time pro in 2012.

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Cyril in action in his favorite environment: Nature! (Photo credit: Nicole Barge)

iLHP: Oh I see, did you learn by yourself or through photography schools?

Cyril: I learnt photography myself and with the help of forums and friends who are also photographers. I never attended photography schools. But you know, when you have a strong passion you can learn and accomplish great things. Now it’s funny because teaching photography is part of my job! (laughs)

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“Disturbing Element”

iLHP: I love asking this question to the photographers I meet because I always get very different answers, so what does photography mean to you?

Cyril: That’s an excellent question. Photography, is for me one of the best ways to catch and transcript an emotion through my eyes and it is also a fabulous way of testifying a moment, a place, a scene, a look, an expression or a state of mind. Through a picture, I think we can learn a lot about the subject and the photographer. It’s a true mean of expression. Continue reading Q&A with Photographer Cyril Verron “The Magician”

5 Tips for Working with Professional Models

So you’ve owned a fancy pants camera for a while now. You’ve done your landscapes, your travel, and even your street photography. You may even be pretty good at them. But this one’s a little different.

Trees and mountains don’t really move. Flowers and streams can’t talk back to you. You can hide behind your camera and just snap away amidst the chaotic city but when you’re face to face with a beautiful woman in a lit studio, you’ve gotta know what you’re doing.

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Welcome to portrait/fashion photography. To me, this is the most challenging yet most exciting, and certainly the most glamorous, aspect of photography. It’s so organic. It’s as much about them as it is about you. It’s a fifteen foot dance, where your presence guides their expression. It’s distant yet intimate. It’s also hard to get it right. But when you do, it’s more beautiful than a sunset.

Here at iLHP, we’d love to help more photographers get into portrait and fashion photography. It can be a little daunting at first, working with someone rather than something is entirely different. But hopefully with these five short and helpful hints, it will give you some tools to explore this collaborative aspect of the art.

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Teen Model Isabella Cammarata

There is power in youthfulness. The cosmetics industry is built on it. The world spends billions of dollars to stay, feel, and look young. The same goes for the modeling world. Kate Moss was discovered at 14 at JFK airport, Candice Swanepoel was spotted in a flea market when she was 15, and Lily Aldridge, my personal favorite, began modeling at 16. Unlike other careers where the older you are the more salary, prestige, and respect you can command, being young and beautiful is incredibly marketable in the beauty industries. It is a bizarro world.

It is difficult to capitalize on this advantage when you are also inexperienced. Teens are young adults still learning their way through social situations, family situations, and professional situations. At the same time, I sometimes dread booking young models because I’ve been burned many times when they don’t show up to a shoot. How do teen models deal with the pressures of school, early adulthood, family, and a modeling career?

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At just 15 years old, Isabella is currently our youngest model at iLHP. She is extremely professional, mature beyond her years, and yet malleable and open to new ideas like most young people are. She is just starting out in the north east and we had a chance to speak with her after our Terry Shoots last month. With her Candice Swanepoel cheekbones and teenage-attitude stare, this Korean Italian bombshell will undoubtedly have a long and successful modeling career.

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Model Q&A with Lizzy S., a Designer and a Businesswomen

In an abandoned quarry thirty minutes south of Boston, I had the opportunity to talk and shoot with Lizzy S., a model, a designer, and a businesswomen. Within the buttoned up North East lives this free spirit originally from Oregon who just started her own brand called Nug Lyf (a play on Tupac’s “thug life”)

The shoot was in the Terry Style and if you notice in Part 3 of our “How to Shoot like Terry Richardson” series, she made a brief appearance in the middle of that article. Sadly, this was also my last shoot in Boston before I relocated to Los Angeles. But this particular location was so full of colorful graffiti and drawings, that it was a gem of a location to cap off my life on the East Coast. Rock climbers seemed to love this place too!

At an abandoned quarry, overlooking Boston in the distance.
At an abandoned quarry, overlooking Boston in the distance.

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