Monthly Archives: June 2013

Photo Shoot Diaries……Entry 4

Hello New World,

So the shoot is over!

I guess I forgot to mention, “Don’t expect anything, but greatness!”

I realized that I need to get new, higher wattage, strobes. I wasn’t totally satisfied with the end results. This is based on the lighting I used. I like using one light set ups, but the wattage, in my opinion, was way too low. Also, in my opinion, I need to do more studio work.

But, with that in mind, the shoot went very well. The two models that I had chosen, on MM, had prior engagements. That was fine, because I told both young ladies that I would love to work with them, in the future. Also, I had a prior engagement with a new talent agent, here in DC. She wanted to do new head shots of her talent. I will link a connect to her, below the post. Also, I shot with another new business owner. She is starting her own child entertainment company. I will link her below, as well.

I try to keep my shoots light and fun. I hate having uptight individuals. The models were great. The two young ladies that I worked with, for this shoot, were very cool. The makeup artist did an excellent job. I was very impressed!

I think that the shoot was a success!

I will be doing more of these.


Amber Smith (Cherie Amor Talent Agency)
Kaze the Clown (Silvia Genovez)
Aleah C’s Beauty (Aleah)
Freelance MUA (Jazmine)


Photoshoot Diaries Entry 3

Hello New World,

This is the third installment of this series. So, I am just going to go back, a little. We have planning, hopeful in excess, the perfect location, now what is next?


Well, I will be totally honest with you. I am not good with lighting, period. I am still learning how to position my lights. So, I really can’t go into detail on that subject. As far as what lights I use, I will say that I bought what a beginning student could afford. I bought the Neewer strobes, from Amazon. I am very careful to keep on the model light. This helps me to position the light. Also, a must have, in every photographer’s bag, should be a light meter. At least, in my opinion, if you plan on doing studio work. A light meter reads the light source and tells you what settings to put in your camera to get clean shots.

Also, just a little side note, double check the settings in your camera, and make sure the settings are on auto fine tune, for lens calibration. I found out about this little bit of info at PSW, in Orlando. By doing this, it ensures that you will be taking a clean shot. If you want to go in depth, with lens calibration, there is a kit, that is available for purchase. I believe it is called “LensAlign“. When I saw the demo, in Florida, it looked pretty decent. The creator of the kit, after calibration, shot very clean images. I was amazed.

Knowing Your Models

It is a good idea, prior to the shoot, to get to know your models. Guys, I am not talking about finding out critical dating facts, and the same thing for the ladies, as well. LOL! I mean find out who they are, so that you are getting the best shots, for your shoot. I mean, the saying goes that you are capturing a piece of this person, why not try to capture the best part of this person. Another reason, in my opinion, is that you want the model to feel comfortable around you. I am not big on telling a model how to pose. Any models, please do not take this the wrong way, but a model should have a vast amount of poses, set in their repertoire. Models should know what angles they look best at. A photographer is there to either guide, or enhance, what you already know. Besides, I love for a model to be in the moment. That is when “magic” happens. This is when the pose, scenery, and look, just come together. I am quite sure that if this was a paid shoot, then it would very different. At that particular moment, I would be spitting out commands. That is why a majority of my shoots, I usually try to make them TFF(Time For Files). I want my shots be relaxed, non forced. You know what I mean?!

At the end, if all is planned well, you should have great shots! I will say that, there are times that, even if you follow a plan, down to a “t”, and pardon the language, sh*t still happens. This is fine, because I have had this happen, many times over. It just a part of working on TFF projects. It happens.

Anyway, I do my shoot on June 23rd. I will show behind the scene shots.


Photoshoot Diaries Entry 2

Hello New World,

This week was kind of hectic, for me. I traded up my first gen iPad for an iPad 3. I was blessed to have the sellers, the GoodyStore, send my iPad early. You know, when anyone exceeds my expectations, I have to give up a whopping endorsement, so here it is!

If you are looking for an iPad, Kindle, or any type of fun or useful electronic devices, check out the GoodyStore, on Amazon. The products are nice, below market value, very clean, and this company is very fast. My experience was great! I needed a new iPad, because the one that I had, would not allow me to upgrade the IOS. I was overdue, anyway, to get a new one. I researched iPads on Apple’s website, and the one that I wanted, they did not make them, anymore. I will be the first to say that, I want a product that Steve Jobs still had his hands in. I wanted the iPad 3. The one that Steve Jobs promoted prior to his death. Call me picky! Any who, I researched and found that the one’s that were available, was running $700-800 bucks. Noooooo! I am still a busted college graduate. My pockets only produce lent. So, I went on Amazon, and after weeks of searching, I found one for $335. Cool, I can do that. So, I sold my old one, and ordered this one. I know the guys, from the GoodyStore,was very tired of hearing from me. I called them almost everyday, to find out when the next shipment of iPad 3’s were coming in. The staff there was very courteous to me. I really appreciate that.

So getting back to the point of this post, this is the second entry to my photoshoot diary. Today, I will talk about:


There is nothing like the relationship you have with a studio owner, and if you don’t have one, get one! The reason I state this is because when you need space, he or she will work with you. Well, I guess they will work with you anyway, because you are renting the space, but trust me, it is a good thing to build a working relationship. It is, also, important to do your research, prior to booking a studio. I try to do this, when I can. I, personally, love MOCA DC. The studio manager, David Quammen, is a very colorful guy! The studio is very clean and he always have various artwork up. His prices, for me, are very low. I believe he is $35 an hr. To me, that is pretty low. I believe that some studios offer package deals for the year. So, I have booked my space for my shoot on the 23rd. I am ready, but a little nervous. I haven’t shot anyone, in a while, and I hope it goes well.


Photoshoot Diaries, Entry 1

Hello New World,


So, I decided to put out there, how I go about planning for my shoot. I will be giving you several entries, up until the time of my shoot. The proposed date will be June 23rd. I decided to do a shoot the way that I have always done it. Plan in excess. So, let me start the entry with the first step.


I know that there are times when we just have to do something quick, because the opportunity came out of the blue. Then, that is understandable. However, if you had the idea that has been swirling in your head for a month, and you decide to act on it, in a day’s notice, then prepare for a possibly stressful shoot. I try to plan at least two weeks, in advance. I will state that the past couple of shoots have not gone the way I would have like them to have gone. This was due to ill proper planning. So, this time, I am starting back from scratch. The first thing that I need to do is post a casting call. In the performing arts, casting (or casting call) is a pre-production process for selecting a cast (a meaning of the word recorded since 1631) of actors, dancers, singers, models and other talent for a live or recorded performance. (Wikipedia, 2013) I have two accounts with two different modeling websites, however, the one I use the most is Model Mayhem. The models and MUA’s(make up artist), that I have met, have been very fun and colorful. Some of them, I still keep in touch with. I put out two casting calls, one for models and the other for MUA’s. So far, I have had a few responses, but I am waiting for more! I will be browsing the site, and contacting a few individuals, to see if they would be interested in working with me. By doing this, I am hoping to spark more interest. More interest means more models to choose from. This leads me back to a statement that I said earlier. Plan in excess. This statement is means that you want to plan for the worst. If I want to work with one model, try to book two, or three. I have had, like clock work, one show up on the day of the shoot. If all three show up, combine it and make it a great shoot, but if none show up, enjoy your day off.


There are different ways to plan, for a shoot, and I am just giving you the way that I do it. This is not the end all be, by no means. I am quite sure that there are better ways to plan for a shoot. This is just my way of planning. You can use this to, as a template, to plan for your own shoot, or not. 🙂