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Last activity: Aug 16, 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia, US
Beauty & Marlin Magazine

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MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/MChevalier

About me
Maurice Chevalier is a African American photographer and is one of the most popular and most-controversial photographers working today. He has a very easy-to-identify style that’s made him one of the few people whose photos you can instantly identify at the magazine stands or lingerie catalog in the US and International. If you see a scantily clad model or celebrity standing directly in front of a white seamless background, you’re looking at a Maurice Chevalier photograph.

Maurice is well-known for shooting fashion and glamour campaigns and other jobs with 75-300mm Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony, Canon, and Nikon Digital SLR Cameras.

However, examining recent behind-the-scenes videos of Maurice Chevalier's shoots indicates that he does at least most of his work with Sony cameras. Sony Alpha SLT-A37K 16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology and 18-55mm Lens (Black) and Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera.

So if you want that Maurice Chevalier look, here’s what I’d do.

First things first, forget the $7,000 camera body, and actually study Maurice’s pictures through a book like AutoFocus that will cost you a few bucks. Or get Bare Necessities, Barenaked Ladies, Digital Desire, Girls of Desire, Only Tease, Girl Folio and his work with Victoria Secret if you really want to see some skin. Maurice’s pictures are all about scantily clad models or you can just say sex, NOT the equipment.

I admit to feeling like a fool sometimes.
A fool because I have people “ohhhh”ing and “ahhhh”ing over a photo of mine and when I sit back and look at it, I realize it’s not my photo skills they are astounded by, it’s the scantily clad model in the shot.

Yes, I was there and composed the shot, picked the lingerie and the scantily clad model and made sure the exposure was solid. I or one of my retouchers probably made a minor adjustment or two in Photoshop and DxO Optics back in the office. I did have an influence on the outcome, that is for sure.

Yet, once in a while I honestly have to state, “It was the scantily clad model one of my favorite subjects or you can just say sex, that really did all the work to make it that beautiful.” I do this because I feel like a fool pawning off the sheer natural beauty of the scantily clad model as if she was in front of me for something I created. Especially when I used no more skill than a well trained monkey would.

I bring this up to explain a phenomena novices sometimes have towards their work and their newly acquired adoring fans. One photographer that I sometimes work with showed me a shot of Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr. He asked me, a bit baffled, “People keep telling me they really like this shot, but it seems fairly normal to me. Why is that?” I did my best to explain my take on his shot, which was that it was well exposed and had good saturation and wasn’t astounding. Just not solid use of technique.

What was astounding to his viewers was the scantily clad model Miranda Kerr and the background; burnt reds and smeared alga filled oranges streaming down glistening, dirty white surfaces with a sky that could easily apply for a copyright on the color “sky blue”. A line of emerald evergreens divided the scene.

And I had stood in nearly that exact spot just 20 feet from the parking lot and taken the same shot (on a cloudy day).

I wasn’t trying to put him down and he took it constructively. I wanted him to understand what I’m hoping might help you, and it’s that sometimes it’s the scantily clad model that people are raving about and not your photographic ability.

This next point is very important to those starting out: That need not be a bad thing. Taking a photo of something beautiful or someone beautiful in its or her own right and snapping a quality shot to share with others is a noble endeavor. But it is important to understand as a gauge to know if your skills are improving.

On the equipment side, I’d forget about the fancy cameras and lenses, and get a $26 roll of white seamless paper or book a studio, hotel room and penthouse. That’s your starting point. Maurice’s look is about the lighting and the background, not some specific combination of camera and lens.

Just use whatever you have. If you don’t have a camera, even a cheap Sony Alpha or Canon Rebel with kit lens will get the job done.

Now, stick a scantily clad model in front of the paper or studio backdrop, hotel room and penthouse have them make some type of arms to the side pose, turn on or off your flash(whatever you have), and take a picture. You should be at least part of the way there.

If you don’t have a flash, I’d check out the Yongnuo YN-560, which runs for just $67 and works with every camera out there.

However, if you want to shoot rapid-fire style like Maurice, you’ll need a beefier flash like the Canon 580 EXII or Nikon SB900, and their respective battery packs.
If you shoot too much with an inexpensive flash, you have a pretty good chance of frying it.

But again, if you’re just starting out or just don't give 2 cents about expensive equipment, just pick up the seamless paper, book a hotel room, or studio and penthouse and go from there. Make sure you get actual seamless paper, not plain old paper rolls from Staples. Those types of papers are too glossy and will reflect light back into your camera lens, which will ruin your pictures by killing contrast and color saturation.

And oh yeah, if you’re just taping the seamless paper to your wall, use gaffer’s tape. Gaffer’s tape isn’t cheap, but unlike other types of tape, it will not damage the paint or finish on your wall.

(Note:) I am a African American male photographer. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the most racist cities in the southeast. I mostly work out of New York and the UK. This note is to inform some of these fake models I have dealt with on model mayhem in the past few months. I "Maurice Chevalier" do not like to deal with or work with racist male or female models of any race. If you are a Caucasian, African American, Latino, Asian or Other, I will not tolerate racism on or off my set. I have only been on model mayhem for a few months and I have experience a lot of racism from 99% of the Caucasian females on here (the southeast only) and just down right out of control behavior from African American females (the southeast only) on my sets. If you are racist or out of control please do not contact me unless you want to be destroyed. I am a powerful figure who sits comfortably on my throne. If wronged, I will bite. I do not take kindly to improbity. My methods are brash. Never cross me unless you want to feel the sting of my slap for the rest of your born days. I am basically peaceable, but approach me gently and don't try any funny business or you will suffer the consequences for your actions.

Companies I own:
Beauty & Marlin Magazine
Blondie Magazine
Black Rock Shooter Magazine

I have worked with:

Fredricks of Hollywood
New BonPrix Lingerie
Bare Necessities Lingerie
Blush Lingerie
and many others

Fashion Shows:
•Ready to wear – Autumn/Winter 2009 {Abaete, Lorick, Mara Hoffman, Richie Rich, Shipley & Halmos, Trovata, Yeohlee}
•Ready to wear – Spring/Summer 2010 {Betsey Johnson, Catherine Malandrino, Gerlan Jeans, Nary Manivong, Rachel Antonoff, Susan Woo}
•Ready to wear – Autumn/Winter 2010 {Ann Taylor, Bebe, Emu Australia, Iodice, Project Runway}
•Ready to wear – Spring/Summer 2011 {L.A.M.B., Project Runway}

Fashion Shows:
•Ready to wear – Autumn/Winter 2003 {Leonard, Stella McCartney}
•Ready to wear – Spring/Summer 2004 {Angel Schlesser, Roberto Verino, Vivienne Westwood}
•Victoria’s Secret {2002}

2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show







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