Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Kickin' It Off the Right Way

2011 is starting off the right way. I have an on-going gig, 2 or 3 evenings a week, shooting pretty girls. I could have said 2010 ended on an up-note since I've been doing this since the beginning of December. But, I'd rather focus on positive beginnings than positive endings albeit they're both positive.

It's my kinda gig too! In and out, bing, bang, boom!

I drive to the location, set up a seamless and my lights (which I keep stored at the location since it's the same location each time) and wait for the girl to get out of the chair, i.e., the makeup chair. I shoot her for 20 minutes or so, a 2nd girl gets out of the chair, I shoot her for the same and, after that, I shoot both girls together for about 10 minutes. I strike my lights and the seamless, my camera goes back in my bag, I get paid (I love that part) and I'm outa there. Some evenings, I'm able to just leave my gear set up for the next shoot. I love when it works out that way.

No post for these shoots-- I simply hand over a DVD of the raw shots from my previous shoot when I arrive for the next shoot. Counting my driving time, which is about 30 minutes each way, each session takes 3 to 4 hours total. I should also note I'm driving in the opposite direction of rush-hour traffic when heading to the location. (My call-time has been 5:30 P.M. each session.) Coming home, usually leaving the location around 8 P.M., the traffic is sparse.

I gave the client a break on my rate since it's an ongoing gig and relatively simple. The client is happy. I'm happy. The girls are happy. The MUA is happy. Happiness all around! What's not to like?

The pretty girl at the top is Yurizan from a few weeks ago. Obviously, I messed around with the image a bit, making it a B&W. Didn't do much processing beyond that: Cropped it, adjusted the levels, burned and dodged a bit, removed a small blemish or two and that's about it. The high-key, semi-Rembrandt lighting employed three lights: Main light (camera-left in Rembrandt position) modified with a 3' brolly box plus two kickers, either side from behind the model with small shoot-thru umbrellas. I also used a large, white reflector, in front and camera-right, for some gentle fill.


Robert said...

Great to hear your news about the gig Jimmy, congrats. Sounds like something I could handle right about now!

Fusion Photo

jimmyd said...

@Robert: Thanks! 2010 was a lean year. I'm hoping this gig represents a trend in the right direction. Hope your 2011 moves in the right direction too!

Jim in Huntsville said...

Without giving away too much, JD, who pays for this kind of gig? Agencies? I'm just wondering where this kind of glamour photography gets bought... Love your stuff, BTW.

jimmyd said...

@Jim in Huntsville:

This particular gig is for an adult web company that specializes in "live" internet. Obviously, the company is a successful one as they have money to spend on more than the normal "adult" content or simply shooting the "live" content. They'll use the glamour shots--and that's all I'm shooting is glamour shots, from the girls being in sexy wardrobe down to their birthday suits--for all kinds of stuff: marketing, advertising, web content, page design, print uses, etc.

Rick Horowitz said...

I, too, like the old "in and out bang bang" when it comes to the pretty girls. ;)

Okay, okay. I know that's not really what you meant.

I just wanted you to know I'm still reading your stuff.

Bob says we all have to get together. We were planning to have done it this week, but for what's going on up here (I won't go into details, you should already know).

Hope we get a chance to meet soon!

Meanwhile, thanks for this blog. It's a good way to wash away the dust of court at the end of the day and remind myself that I have other interests.