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Sunday, November 28, 2010
I had the pleasure of attending a friend's fashion show when I last returned to Montreal.
Turns out it was fashion week and she was presenting her latest collection. We have known each other for a long time and as much as I'm happy to be her friend but I must say I am a huge fan of her work and the dedication she puts into her collection season after season. I also get to be a pest and borrow her amazing clothes every time I shoot in Montreal, secretly I get a tiny bit nervous, what if this time she realises I'm a hack and says no! Oh the horror! Step it up Di Muro!
Unfortunately I didn't have time to plan a shoot but when I found out about the show I was really keen to attend and lucky for me she offered to get me a press pass so I could shoot it! Man was I pumped, I even changed my travel plans to make the show, my 1st chance to be part of the media, plastic laminate here I come!
I wasn't sure what type of lens to carry and how far the press box would be from the catwalk. I asked a fellow photographer what he thought and he suggested to maybe try and scout the place out. Sounds logical, put on a serious face, lucked out by bumping into a janitor working at the facility joked around and he let me in, people assumed I was supposed to be there and got to see the stage get built. So location scouted, 70-200mm ideal worst case I have my brand new 85mm 1.2 on my 5D mark I so felt like I was on top of everything!
Valerie is the 1st person to ask me what it was I wanted to do, sell, illustrate with an image. Was selling clothes, promoting a model or maybe telling a story. At that point I was happy just creating what I thought were pretty images, try and get a decent composition. She made a lot of sense and since then that question always enters my mind when I plan a shoot. Oddly enough the second time someone made that comment was after I had posted an image for review. It was from Val's 1st fashion show, I didn't not have ideal seating but none the less got images I was very content with. The picture was sort of a mix, not really about the clothes, not really about the model, it was…an image that said very little.
This time around I took a very business like approach, this was about the collection, the beautiful garments and their details. Timing the strides so the poses of the legs and feet would be elegant and not distracting, every model has a very different walk, I think it's wonderful, what a wide spectrum. One of the things I've always loved about Valerie's clothes is her backs, there's always seems to be a great idea lurking back there.
Rubbing elbows with photographers from publications had me grinning to myself like an idiot, probably a good thing my spot in the press box was marked "designer's photographer" and not my name I probably would have yelled a huge "YEAH" and point at someone in a silk scarf, not so appropriate at fashion week I reckon.
My only regret is that I didn't get to give her a big hug and tell her how proud I was and happy to be a part of that magnificent evening! She got snatched away, interviews and tossed and turned every which way, I though it best to take a couple last snapshots and excuse myself as I had a plane to catch.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
So I'm very much a spaz that has trouble sitting still, even on holidays I held the nickname "sparky" for quite some time!
I recently finished a contract for a very demanding production, long hours and long weeks. To reward myself I booked a great holiday in Palm Cove Queensland, that's north east Australia and it's really warm up there all year round. I treated myself to a room with a private terrace and outdoor hot tub…hellz yeah!!!!
Since I know myself and knew that the minute I would lay down and start enjoying the sun my little brain would start to race and scream "you should be enjoying yourself more…do something…anything…HURRY…RUN!!!!" So I decided to plan a photo shoot, knowing the scenery would be absolutely amazing and that worst case I had a very expensive room would that would be well "pimp'n" and great for a shoot.
I put a casting call out on modelmayhem.com (great job doing this last minute Mat) and got a quick reply from a MUA (makeup artist), awesome, then not a peep from any models, bummer! Lucky for me the MUA is an absolute ROCK STAR (http://www.beautymetoyou.com/) and offered to be the model and mentioned that her assistant would also be available and was "gorgeous." Now in all honesty it's always a little frightening when a woman is really selling one of her friends, granted she is in the industry but still it's the "great personality" moment. Lucky for me she hadn't lied, the girls were a delight to work with!
One thing I did keep in mind, for every shoot, there is some mistake to be made and something to learn and regardless of who showed I should embrace every opportunity and get pumped for it! I like to take the jock approach to shooting…"GET PUMPED DI MURO…YEAHHHH!!!!!"
I am very proud of the outcome of the shots, I had ample time to scout out my locations, plan for time of day and managed to get a lot of the looks I was after. I had travelled lightly and only brought one speedlight, small reflector and my HONL gridset and snoot, I used to have a medium softbox that would fit onto my flash but alas one piece broke, it would have been perfect in two areas, but there lies yet another challenge, get creative Di Muro! For everyone of those instances I like to pretend someone is looking at me shaking their heads and saying: "nah you won't be able to pull that off, no way" and for people who know me…hehehe a fire is lit!
For a little while now I've been obsessed with manipulating shadows, my 1st attempts were huge failures, as I kept getting mixed results and couldn't quite figure out how far things should be in relations to the subject or to the light source. Turns out, the further the light source the better the shadow so this shoot was a perfect opportunity to use good old mister sun, this is where scouting out locations and times play a great part, I will never be one of those people who can place his hand on his chin look up, squint and say: "well knowing that the sun sets in the…(seriously I google this every time) so the shadows will hit this wall here and bounce there perfectly at 8h37am." So it helps to take notes, I've read that certain photographers keep a journal of times and places, I thought what a great idea for my fleeting little brain!
Next up Sand Dunes! What will I mess up that time!