Throwback Thursday Photography, Lightning Bugs In a Jar, and a locally produced Commercial

5 05 2016

Hey what’s up everyone? Welcome to another installment of my blog. I hope everyone is having a great week. Today is throwback Thursday and what better way to celebrate than to showcase a little throwback photography.

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Model Taylor Jenaro

This was taken last year at the Couture Modeling Studio. Speaking of Couture Modeling, the agency has recently redesigned their website. The link will be posted below if you want to view it.

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In the film world, a project I worked is now available for the public to view. Directed by the team of Sara Wolkowitz and Ian Simpson, the film was shot entirely in the hudson valley. Starring Betsy Aidem, Devin McDuffee, and Ethan Slater, Lightning Bugs In A Jar is the story of the fractured relationship between a mother, Farrah (Aidem), and her 22 year-old—but far-from-‘adult’—son, Max (McDuffee). The link will be posted below.

And with Mother’s Day approaching, Delta recently unveiled their commercial celebrating the holiday. What’s more special about this video is that this was entirely shot in Poughkeepsie with some of our local crew.

Links:

Couture Modeling

Taylor Jenaro’s Page

Lightning Bugs In A Jar

View Lighting Bugs In A Jar





First Post of 2015: Part 1 of the Stefanie Perry Transformation

16 01 2015

Hey what’s up everyone? The first edition of my blog for 2015 is officially here and what better way to kick things than with a new video for Couture Modeling!

Video Still. Kristin performing her magic on Stefani.

Video Still. Kristin performing her magic on Stefani.

We managed to shoot everything earlier in the week. Kristin came up with a great idea for a look and we were fortunate to have Stefani Perry be available to be the model featured. Due to time constraints for some, getting everything that we needed was a tough task. We ran out of daylight for one shot I wanted to do and I didn’t have enough time to switch equipment for another shot. Fortunately, we worked with what we had and I’m happy with how it came out.

For this video, the footage used were the ones shot on the shoulder rig. I mostly shot with the 50mm lens and switched to the 24mm lens on a couple occasions. For post production, I did some color correction and tweaked exposure settings for some shots. Because I only used available lighting, I experimented with the grain removal tool to help reduce noise. While it was very handy, it was causing the program to crash so I ended up only using it on a few clips instead of the whole video.

Left: Makeup Artist Kristin Pardee. Right: Stefani Perry.

Still from the video. Left: Makeup Artist Kristin Pardee. Right: Stefani Perry.

So thanks to everyone who helped out and I hope you like it. Be sure to check out the links below and keep an lookout for part 2 later down the road as I’ll showcase the photos taken after the shoot!

Links

Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page

K Renee Makeup





Photography Session: Ben, Marla, and Alexis Jones

7 12 2014

What’s up everyone? Welcome to the first post of December. With things starting to slow down with the nearing holidays, finding work and staying busy tends to increase in difficulty. But along with that, it also gives me more time to blog, so I guess that’s not a bad thing. Today is another edition of the photography session. This past Friday,  I shot a handful of models at Couture Modeling and a good number of them came out well.

 

Model: Ben Franz

Model: Ben Franz

In the above shot, Benjamin is by one of the old buildings outside of the studio. With the overcast weather, the lighting in this shot is all natural with no equipment other than my camera. We first shot under a nearby alleyway and for that location, I shot at f/5.6 with shutter speed at 1/125 and ISO at 500. We took some quick shots at the building on the way back to the studio and because I rushed, I didn’t tweak my settings to compensate for the change of location. So in post, the major tweaks were towards lowering the amount of exposure and adjusting the contrast.

Model: Alexis Jones

Model: Alexis Jones

Out of the three photos today, this one is my favorite. This was shot in-studio as Alexis was showcasing hiphop inspired clothing. During the series of shots, we did some with her sitting on the ground. After a couple shots, I originally thought of tweaking the lighting but I started to like the dim look as it gave everything a different feel. For this, I shot at f/5.6 with shutter speed at 1/125 and ISO at 250. And post-production wise, I only brightened the pic a tad bit and nothing else.

Model: Marla

Model: Marla

And in the last photo, I shot marla in studio as well. Settings wise, I shot this one at f/8 with shutter speed at 1/125 and ISO at 200. And like alexis’ photo, little post production work was done.

And before I go, here’s a behind the scenes video of Friday’s shoot that was shot and edited by Shimmy Chase Banks. If you watch carefully, the back of my head makes a guest appearance. So that’s it for today. Be sure to check out the following links below and until next time, cya!

Links

Couture Modeling

Alexis Jones Facebook Page





Fall Modeling and Fall Fashion: The Post before Thanksgiving

25 11 2014

Welcome to another post by yours truly.  At this time, we’re getting near the end of the month, which means it won’t be long until we’re all stuffing our mouths with turkey, stuffing, and all the other treats of Thanksgiving. With some time left before the holiday, I figured I would get one more post in before Turkey Day. Over the past weekend, Couture Modeling performed a handful of shoots ranging from the studio to New York City.

Model: Perpetua Smith. Fashion Designer: Juda Leah. Photo by: Lendell Simmons.

Model: Perpetua Smith. Fashion Designer: Juda Leah. Photo by: Lendell Simmons.

On Saturday, it was a fairly crazy day as shoots were held in and around the studio. With a handful of models showing off different fashion looks, it was an accomplishment to get so much done within a short period of time. In the above photo, taken by Lendell Simmons, one of the outfits by Juda Leah atelier & boutique is worn by Perpetua Smith. Based in Saugerties and now open in NYC, the store showcases a wide variety of handmade jewelry, arts, gift, and clothing such as the one in the photo.

Model: Alyssa Manthos. Photo by Lendell Simmons

Model: Alyssa Manthos. Photo by Lendell Simmons

On Sunday, the agency traveled to the city to shoot in the midtown area. Mostly near times square and at Bryant Park, the weather was ideal for the photos that were taken. In the above photo, Alyssa is in Bryant Park as the sun gives an nice edge on her face and hair.  If you want to see more photos, check out the Couture Modeling website as well as the facebook page.

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NYC Inspired Drawing of Jolimage.

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The latest of new hats by Jolimage.

And in the world of fashion, be sure to keep an eye out for Jolimage. Founded by Cory Bathelemy, the company specializes in apparel and accessories for a generation of unique individuals. You can follow the company on their facebook, twitter, and on instagram as they have a following of fans wearing their clothing. By the beginning of 2015, Jolimage will have a fully reconstructed website and will have an expansion of apparel. So be on the lookout!

Links

Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page

Juda Leah atelier & boutique

Juda Leah atelier & boutique facebook page

Jolimage Facebook Page

Jolimage Twitter Page

Jolimage Instagram





Photography Session: Alba Mantuano

19 11 2014

Hey what’s up everyone? Welcome to another installment of my blog. My last post featured the video I made starring a couple of the models of the Couture Modeling Agency and it was received very well. The day after, I checked the stats and that I got 99 views from that post! So thanks to everyone for taking their time to read it and for those who shared my post to their friends.

Today is another installment of my photography session series and it features another model from the Couture Modeling Agency.

Model Alba Mantuano

Model Alba Mantuano. Camera settings: aperture at f/7.1, ISO at 200, shutter speed at 1/125.

I dropped Alba and her friend off at a nearby train station after she was done shooting with Lendell at the studio. While waiting for the train, I took it upon myself to take scenic shots of the area as the sun was setting. While the area wasn’t very appealing, there were a few places that were interesting enough for me to take photos. As I took some shots on the platform, I noticed how the sun was striking Alba’s hair when I walked by her. And as taking a few photos turned into a mini photo shoot, we managed to get some good shots in before the train arrived.

If you wanna see more photos of Alba, check out her official facebook page as well as her website (links below). Also, check out the Couture Modeling Agency website to see more of their models.

Links:

Alba Mantuano’s Official Website

Alba Mantuano’s Official Facebook Page

Couture Modeling





New Couture Modeling Video and BTS footage of “Back in Time”

14 11 2014

What’s up everyone? We’re now approaching the midway point of the month. At this stage of the year, productions slowly began to shut it down as the holidays are right around the corner. But not to fear as I have some great news to share.

 

Model Kaela Garrett on the streets of New York. Photo Credit: Lendell Simmons

Model Kaela Garrett on the streets of New York. Photo Credit: Lendell Simmons

Nearly a month ago, I shot bts footage for Couture Modeling as a photoshoot was held in NYC. Shooting around Central Park and Times Square, Daniela Velez and Kaela Garrett showcased a variety of outfits for the fall season. Due to the busy schedule I had afterwards, I wasn’t able to finish it till this week.

Though it’s short, I’m happy with how it came out. Special thanks to The Beat God for providing me with the music. In case you’re wondering, it’s from the song, “Like Me,” by D3V featuring The Beat God.

From left to right: Jay Aron, Actor Christopher Lloyd, and Lee Leshen.

From left to right: Jay Aron, Actor Christopher Lloyd, and Lee Leshen.

If you grew up during the mid 80’s to early 90’s, you’ll remember the Back to the Future films that were very popular during that time frame. If you’re itching to know more about the franchise, Jay Aron is currently putting together an documentary on the series and the impact it has put on society even to this day. Shot by Ari Schaeffer, the above video is a behind the scenes look into production as they prepare to interview Christopher Lloyd (although it’s mostly Jay struggling to put together a stand). So to be sure to check out the facebook page to get future updates on the progress of the documentary and when it will be released.

Links

Couture Modeling

Back In Time





Post NYC Marathon: What happened during the hiatus

9 11 2014

What’s up everyone? Welcome to the post NYC Marathon edition of my blog. Yes, it has been nearly a month since my last post due to the NYC Marathon.

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In the weeks leading to the city’s biggest event, I was doing various tasks that involved working with different departments of the New York Road Runners. Initially, I was responsible for sorting timing equipment for each checkpoint of the marathon. Later on, I would be assisting the transportation department in moving cargo and people throughout different locations in Manhattan and Staten Island. On the day of the marathon, I was stationed at Mile 26. After setting up timing equipment, I kept an eye on the system as I helped cheer on over 50,000 runners  finish the last 300 meters of the race.

As part of a partnership with the NBA, basketball legends such as Dikembe Mutombo ran as a 24-man relay team over the course of the marathon.

As part of a partnership with the NBA, basketball legends such as Dikembe Mutombo ran as a 24-man relay team over the course of the marathon.

It was a overall great experience to once again be a part of. Watching thousands of people run by you as they get within arms reach of the finish line is something you just have to applaud.  And now that we’re a week away from the race, let’s look at other things that have during my hiatus.

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While I was bobbing and weaving through the hectic traffic of New York City, the film, “Hollidaysburg,” was released on iTunes. Starring Rachel Keller and Tobin Mitnick, the story centers around five friends who return home for thanksgiving after their first semester of college and discover how things have changed or not changed since high school. Directed by Anna Martemucci, the crew consisted of Meena Singh (DP), Chad Dougherty, Stratton Bailey, and a collection of talented individuals. For $9.99, you can download it off of iTunes and based on the reviews, it’s worth the purchase!

Emily is now an official member of the Cirque Du Soleil.

Emily is now an official member of the Cirque Du Soleil.

And another set of good news during my hiatus occurred for one of our favorites here in the Hudson Valley. If you’ve been on set with her, you will eventually see her pull off the feat of balancing a ladder on her chin, juggling multiple bowling pins, and doing a multitude of crazy things. That along with the many talents she possess has earned Emily Carragher a spot with the Cirque Du Soleil. Congratulations and good luck, Emily!

Links:

New York Road Runners

Hollidaysburg