So I know I missed the “Merry Christmas” and the “Happy New Years” posts. I have been caught up in enjoying those particular holidays and neglected my blog. So here it is, merry belated Christmas and happy week-ago New Year! Better? Here is a little of what I have been up to.
So it’s been a while since I last posted anything. Not that I haven’t been busy behind the lens it’s just been finding shoots ya’ll would find interesting and that I would dub “blog worthy”. This shoot was for the UNR School of Medicine Alumni. First we had a sort of cocktail hour and I set up a light for some class reunion type portraits. The next day was a tailgate event for the UNR vs UNLV football game.
Greetings! So this is my third video blog installment. Sorry again that you have to put up with my editing. I tried to get tricky this time and overlaid some of my photos on top of my audio. I’m not as good as Josh from Juicebox Productions so I apologize for the one hiccup. Oh well it turned out ok. Anyway, I talk about this last event I shot during the week for Musician Rehearsal Center. They had some guests from the Reno Chamber of Commerce over for a night of catering, drinks, and live music. Some very talented individuals were in attendance along with some a beautiful Marylyn Monroe look a like.
My job for the evening was to set up a photo booth and to take guests pictures with Marylyn. We had a great time! The guests loved it and felt very special and taken care of. The photo booth idea is something that people really get into. They love it and if you are having an event I feel that it is something special and fun to add into your event. Your job now is to go check out Rev3 Imaging and Musician Rehearsal Center. Thanks for watching and following!
Last summer I got a call to work on a really fun shoot. Devlin (last name unknown) contacted me about shooting some hair styling for his hair salon, Rock Star Hair Studio. He and his professional staff did the hair and makeup for several models then asked me to come down and photograph the final product.
For Rock Star Hair this was an important opportunity to get some professional photography of their work. In my opinion it is paramount that a salon have photographs of their work. In a sense it serves as a menu and every menu needs images of the product. I also believe that even if you have the very best product the wrong photographer can make that product look bad so it’s important to find the right photographer in Reno. For these particular images we were concentrating on both hair and makeup. With that in mind I chose to shoot from the waist up and mostly shot just head and shoulder images. We set up our models against a non-distracting background and worked to light the hair as much as possible. For these images I really tried to keep all the focus on the makeup and the hair. Another element to our shoot was helping the stylists get images of themselves in action. We wanted to connect our viewer to the stylist and their work.
These final images ended up in their commercials and throughout their social media platforms to help their marketing efforts. We also did just a little work with some products they has introduced to their shelf. I think it’s important for a salon to display the services and products they have in a connection with how it looks on a model that way the potential purchaser gets to see how it looks before they buy it. These concepts are important especially for salons and clothing stores but also for other items. Think about car advertisement and etc. they take advantage of the fact that consumers put themselves in the ad when they view them. People connect with the product when they can visualize themselves using the product.
With that I want to ask you how you feel about photography and especially advertisements that use idealized models. Does it upset you that advertisers use such idealized visuals for their product or is it ok that, in a sense, sex sells? Does it upset you that advertisers and photographers often take advantage of the human form, male or female, and use it to sell products? Is it causing us visual consumers to strive for an un-achievable perfection?