Photographers are masters of light. We can find it, bend it and see the full potential in it. I personally love shooting on location as it easily inspires me. Sometimes I see a crack of light or a reflection off a surface and get excited about the mood it can create. Other times it’s “I need to make this shot work and we’re going to figure it out!”
I was photographing actress Kali Hawk for Music, Fashion magazine and really wanted to shoot against the raw brick walls in the garage of the loft I lived in. It was definitely dark and we weren’t able to bring strobes in, and I personally HATE on-camera flash! Plus it would have killed the romantic mood I was aiming for. So…I brought a flashlight and told my assistant to back up a few meters and shine the light on her face…
When photographing recording artist Omid Afshar, it was the last shot of the day and the light just dropped like a rock. So…I told my assistant to park my car 45 degrees behind the talent and turn on the high beams. I LOVE lens flare and rim lighting!
Last year I was in Germany visiting my friend Katharina, who’s a model and we shot a sexy skin, beauty editorial for Ellements magazine. I got to play in this gorgeous restaurant with a ton of empty rooms upstairs that were usually rented out for events. Talk about rustic! One of the rooms had a lamp that was decorated with hanging crystals. I knew I could blur the shit out of them and add the romantic feel to the photo, that I’m notoriously known for. It’s now one of my favorite beauty images…beauty editorial #Ellements magazine #Los Angeles photographers #makeup #models #photography ideas #photography tips #recording artists #shooting on location