BastardMediaPhotographer Male Phoenix, Arizona, US
My Website: Facebook!My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/quietmeadows
Mayhem # 298858
So, I'm updating this profile to have something new to look at as far as my words go.
My name's Josh, and I'm a photographer that shoots out of Tempe. I prefer shooting indoors because i like being able to control my lighting, but I'm not entirely opposed to doing a shoot on location, so long as it's NOT in the middle of the day in the Arizona Summer. Don't wanna die for my art, just suffer for it.
I got a few ideas that have yet to really take off, so I'll just create a list of things I'm interested in doing, and if you like any of them, or have an idea that may coincide with them somehow, just hit me up.
Regarding my shooting style... I love using heavy shadows when dealing with indoor shoots because everyone else focuses on using lots of diffused lighting to wash over the model in glamorous luminescence to ensure that the viewers see every beautiful inch of the targeted area. Very glamorous, yet very plain, especially among the newer models because they haven't quite perfected their looks yet, or they were feeling a bit awkward with the pose/photog/situation. Whatever the reason, I feel that having to bathe a model (new or otherwise) in the glamorous light all the time can show just as much bad as it does good. I'm not dissing on those photographers who like doing that, because A.) they are actually doing this for a career and are able to sustain themselves for it, B.) models love looking glamorous like the celebs they see in e-zines or on magazine stands, and C.) because airbrushing people always looks awesome.
That being said, my lighting preference allows (IMHO) for more atmosphere. More dramatic atmosphere to allow a potential model to showcase a different side to them, than the smiles and cranked-to-10 energy shows the viewer. You see, for me, the standard (and quite lovely technique) of airbrushed glamour is the equivalent of summertime blockbuster movies rife with spectacle and awe much like a Michael Bay or Marvel movie. They can be alot of fun to watch, but are forgettable because it's more flash than substance.
The look and feel I'm wanting to move more into is more like a great dramatic movie, that has it's own beauty from the story and character development like a Ron Howard or Clint Eastwood film. You are able to see everything in a different light, that allows for imperfections to show, yet you are compelled to keep watching because the underlying stories are so intriguing. Yes, I am also a movie buff. I love the whole idea and work that goes into film-making. I hope to one day have the opportunity to go into the film industry as a script writer or something like that. For now, I try to tell the story of the person I work with under a different light. This isn't to say that my shoots are overly serious, however, because it's quite the opposite.
I was a deejay for some time in the past and have amassed quite the collection of music. Because of this, I am also something of a music aficionado and love to play music during a shoot. I will custom make a playlist for you, depending of your preference of music. Top 40 to the underground, urban to the experimental, world fusion to country... you name it, and that's what you can jam out to while we create something different and unique in your portfolio.
Assuming that you have gotten this far, this is where I run a short list of the things I'm REALLY wanting to work on to expand my port in, what I consider to be, exciting creative directions.
1. Dante's Inferno. I swear I've been trying to find out how exactly to flesh out this project with able-hearted models to really capture the essence of what I need to see. For those unfamiliar, Dante's Inferno is a moral story written in the way way back that schools used to make you read. It's a trilogy known as the Divine Comedy, and the Inferno is the most popular part because it's where everyone loves to wallow. This project is very near and dear to my heart, and I demand aLOT from any model who wishes to take part in it. I demand a certain level of brutal honesty from people to show an interest in this project, because it has to feel genuine, and most models are not honest enough with themselves to really *show* the things I need to see in my lens for the image to sell the ring of hell that I put them in. I'm writing out a new story based on it, and so I need to see what I need to see in order to apply the appropriate effects in post-production to really seal it. That being said, if you are interested in learning more about this, just let me know.
2. Plus-Size and/or "Mature" models. Yep, I like shooting women outside of the standard glamour models that are prevalent on any modelling community. I like shooting women that a person can see everyday. I like the idea of showcasing women, who may otherwise feel like they aren't as potentially attractive as the girls that get all the gigs or something. Or perhaps the models who aren't getting as much work because they are now "too old". There are several things that are very sexy about these women still, without having to always prove it when they go to a grocery store. It's always very interesting to see how a once glamorous woman wakes up one day and realizes that her looks aren't doing it for them anymore. Women who were never considered beautiful, or as desirable, by social media/publication propaganda have developed a different type of confidence that showcases that sex appeal. I respect that. So, I like doing projects with those who slide into those categories.
3. Pagan studies. Wicca has amassed quite a following despite it's young age. I like the visuals that come with the belief system, in my head, and would like to work with people to get them out.
If you are interested in any of these projects, please let me know.