W3 StudiosPhotographer Male Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/W3Studios
Mayhem # 2679993
About MeMy name is Walt. I have been a professional filmmaker for over 12 years; making corporate videos, music videos, and indie films. I had always been interested in photography, and one fine day decided to bring all my knowledge of lighting, composition, and working with actors from my film and video experience to the world of still photography - and W3 Studios was born!
I have been shooting for about 2 years and have developed a style of shooting that is uniquely me, and a favorite of the models and MUAs I work with. I work fast, and am somewhat unorthodox when it comes to the rules of the lens; and along with this non-traditional approach to shooting - my shoots have to be fun. Because if this isn't fun; then what's the point? I have very strong ideas and visuals, but I am also a huge fan of collaboration. . .between the models, the MUAs, and myself.
I have also developed a unique look that is specialized to W3 Studios. I had started shooting in this look, but moved away - however, the models I worked with and wanted to work with LOVED it, so I have developed it more and more. I refer to it as the "Steam Punch Fantasy VII" . . .thusly named so for a smashing together of styles and elements of steam punk, the movie "Sucker Punch", and a little bit of any character development from the role playing games "Final Fantasy" . . .specifically from FFVII on. Hence: Steam Punch Fantasy VII. There are a few rules to follow in this genre, but anything really goes. The more bad ass, the more unique, the more odd - the more I love it.
Previous to working IN photography, I had worked with many models and photographers to develop a promotional/bts video that is a more 3 dimensional approach to a portfolio. Combining many forms of media; including port pics, video footage of the model/photog in action on shoots, music, interviews, whatever would be appropriate to the model or photog. I am hoping to use the connections here to pursue individuals interested in a video of that calibur. This is the facebook link to my corporate-side company, Platinum Media: http://www.facebook.com/PlatinumMedia And this is our demo reel: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2925167520960
So, this is my first time on MM, I am hoping to work with new models, MUAs, and hear from other photographers. I am sure there are a ton of things I am missing I need to have here. . .but if you have any questions, comments, concerns, please - by all means, ask away!
Here's to shooting!