Light Illusions StudiosPhotographer Male HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pennsylvania, US
BENSALEM, Pennsylvania, US
My Website: Light Illusions StudiosMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/c3d
Mayhem # 348417
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A little about me and how I think
I guess I should start by saying that I love to create art and I think that the human form is one of the most beautiful forms in nature. Some of that flavor in my personality comes from my grandmother in France. I was born in a little town in France. So in essence I'm a natural romantic but unlike my some of my fellow countrymen, I feel that we should treat everyone with respect and cutesy.
As Americans we think of sexuality more as a marketing tool, and to some degree Europeans have a tendency to think of sexuality as a romantic pursuit. Maybe a better way to explain my view is to give an example: the movie Gigi had a part in it that exemplifies the feeling I have. Maurice Chevalier played the uncle in the film and he was scolding his nephew, in that he wasn't acting like a proper gentleman,he said to his nephew, "When a young lady graces her beauty on you, it is a gentleman's responsibility to thank the young lady, with a smile". Here in America we generally don't take that view, we add a more Wild West flavor to it and our response (in some cases) would be to whistle at the young lady or even to be as bold and rude as to say nice ass.
Plus I like to have the ability to involve the audience in my images I learned at a very early age that the audience can be involved in an image.When I was 15 I saw an image of Cheryl Tiegs (the super model at the time) in a silk blouse and somehow the design team, had air blowing up her blouse and it looked like the buttons where ready to pop off. You could see the underside of her breast. I found this image to be amazingly sexy, then when I was 18 I saw an image of Cheryl in a fish net top, that left nothing to the imagination, and yes, she looked amazing. But not as amazing as I had imagined her to be so at that point I realized that if you allow the audience to participate, they can fill in the blanks the way that they like, and hence increase the appeal to a much broader market, and not only to the people that like that look.
I also believe there are many types of beauty there isn't one perfect girl.Artistic symmetry is the foundation of beauty that said when I touch up images I try to restore some of the missing symmetry, not so much as to take away their photographic personality for example if a model has a bent nose (lack of Artistic symmetry) I'll straighten out the nose a little bit but not completely otherwise it doesn't look like that person and I truly believe in making the adjustments, because I could always position the head to make the nose look it's best but then the eyes may not be in their best light I actually try to create an image the way that someone that loves them, sees that person. As an example: I met my wife when she was 15 and we've been married for 33 years or as I like to say we've been dating for 39 years, anyway when I look at my wife now, I actually don't see her in her fifties, I actually still see that 15 year old girl in her face It's just how you look at someone you truly love. Well when I'm interviewing the model I try to see the glimpses of beauty that her lover sees I also cheat a bit sometimes I get the model to talk about the person she loves and then when she starts to glow, I try recreate that in the image I create of her.
How to get ready for a photo shoot
Step One: Look taller.
First off you need to think like a model and whenever we think of models we normally think of runway models and lets face it 70% of the models I shoot or see on Model Mayhem are not 5'9" or taller so how can a 5'2" girl look like she's this tall and modelesk? Let's start by looking at the really tall models Let's take a model that's 6'2", put any dress on her and it looks short. I'll go one step further. Go into any department store and check out the mannequins. First off they are on platforms that are about 6"-12" off the ground. Now if you ever see one that's undress and getting ready for the next dress line. Jump up there and check out where her hips fall I did and her hips where 6" higher than mine and I was standing on my toes to mimic wearing high heels and you guessed it I'm 6'2"! I know that was a long roundabout way to explain why you should be wearing short dresses to look like a model, but if you know how they are creating that long leggy look then it will be much more convincing for you to be shopping for shorter dresses. (now if you're wondering why the industry does this to get you to buy more dresses if a dress is too long it makes you look doughty so you'll go out and buy another dress, in hopes that you will look more like that mannequin).
Step Two: Make your feet look smaller.
Let's face it models that are 5'9" to 6'2" have big feet, so how do they hide that fact? Well they wear really high heels to shorten the profile of the foot, plus they wear very minimalistic shoes to make their feet look as small as possible, so if you wear platform shoes, that screams, I'm short. So make your foot look as small as possible.
Step Three: Don't come to a shoot with any markings.
There is nothing worse than going to a photo shoot and putting on a beautiful dress with matching high heels, and having marks around your ankles from your socks and having bra strap marks when the dress is strapless, everyone has the ability to leave indentation markings when they wear tight clothing and especially during the winter months when everyone's skin is just a little dryer. If you think of movies and TV shows that portray models before a shoot most of the time they are wearing sweats that are rolled up at the ankles and the waist, that's not to show off their stomachs but rather to avoid marking up their bodies. One last thought on marking every once in a while I get a model that comes to the studio, just the way I asked and come to the photo shoot bra less but when I put them in that strapless dress, oops there are those nasty bra marks that's because, some models sleep with their bra on, so if you do that please do not sleep with your bra on the night before the photo shoot.
Step Four: Wear your makeup normally.
(Some MUA prefer that you have foundation on.) Pretend that you have no blemishes at all and put on your makeup as if you have perfect skin¦ because any blemishes that you do have, I'll remove in Photoshop, but I can't fix caked on makeup and make it look like perfect skin. And always bring super high gloss lipstick even if you don't normally wear lipstick.
Step Five: Bring clothing with loud vibrant colors.
Girls that are wall flowers wear dark, muddy patterns that allow them to be shy and hide in the corner and blend into the background. That's not what a model is about, or look like. They have the confidence to wear bright bold colors and they're not afraid to be noticed or for that matter to be the center of attention. So to show your self confidence, you need to act like a model and wear bright loud outrageous clothing not the standard uniform that corporate America wants you to wear IE: jeans, tee shirt and sneakers (when the big chains sell that cool tee-shirt to you for $9.99 well it only cost them $0.04 to $0.08 to make and $0.10 to ship here from the Orient. It's about making as much money as possible and putting out as little money and effort as possible Wall Street has designed a system for you to stay that shy wall flower and to keep buying clothing that doesn't make you look your best.
Step six: come to a shoot prepaired with the right tools.
Never come to a shoot with chipped nail polish!!! That means toes too. A clean French nail will not clash with any clothing that the designer will throw at you. Always have a set of nude color undergarments, and preferrably a lace bra that fits well. Never wear a hard edge bra, it will show that edge line in solid color silk blouses and dresses.
So let's go out there and show them that we are confident, attractive and smart people and not willing to play along in their dog and pony show to make them filthy rich.
And for those of you who think there is no difference between 35mm digital and medium format digital... this is a comparison between my Canon 5D MK II and the Leica S2
The Leica eye is larger because of the heigher res of 37.5 mega pixil comparred to the Canon 21 meg sensor.
This Bottom image really shows off the 16 bit color depth that the Leica can produce. Take note of the eye color and the lip color… they are spot on. I used two soft boxes on either side of Ania face equidistant apart, at a 45 degree angle, to create an even lighting. Both soft boxes were about 4 feet away… this soft box arrangement had always posed a problem in the past with my Canon 5D MK II as you can see in the Canon image of her face where the one side of her face is at least a ¼ stop darker… also note the lack of color saturation in the eyes, and the slight brown cast of the overall color cast of the image. When I first showed the images that I took of Ania to my wife… her first question was “why did you change the lighting in all the images that I took with your Canon?” I told her that the lighting saw the same throughout… and her mouth just dropped open.
This may have been a more even test if I had uses my 50mm f/1.2 agents the Leica 70mm f/2.5. But I don’t think it would have made a significant enough difference. The only Canon glass that produces more visible saturation in the images is the Canon 200mm f/2.0… In March I’ll try to do a similar comparison with the Hasselblad H4D 60. And If I can borrow a Nikon D3X I’ll go for a 3 way shoot out.
I also specialize in excessively high resolution, high detail images... the image below is (1000 px by 8560px) a crop of a full size image... if you scroll down you'll see I'm not splitting hairs ... there are more images below this one... and of course the rest of the page including "how to get ready for a shoot"
I'm a Photographer/3D Artist/retoucher, in Huntingdon Valley, PA. I mostly do beauty images. The best way to contact me is through email (email@example.com) or by texting me at 215-801-8221. My new studio is finished, it is a 16 feet wide by 37+ feet long and 9+ feet high. This will continue to enable me to create the fantasy images you can find on my site here at Model Mayhem.
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People have been asking me what equipment I am using to produce my images. This brings to mind an old story:
A photographer and a writer get together to discuss their work. The writer looks at the photographers portfolio and exclaims: Such wonderful work you got here, you must have one hell of a camera. After which, the photographer reads the writer's manuscript, and states: Great work you got here, you must have one hell of a typewriter.
The moral of the story is that it's not the steadiness of the hand, but rather the passion in the heart, that makes for wonderful images. Although you do need the right tool for the right job. My tools are:
Hasselblad H4D-60 Camera
Hasselblad HC 24mm f/4.8 lens
Hasselblad HC 50mm II f/3.5 lens
Hasselblad HC 80mm II f/2.8 lens
Hasselblad HC 120mm II f/4.0 lens
Hasselblad HC 300mm f/4.5 lens
Hasselblad HC 50-110mm f/3.5-4.5 lens
Hasselblad HTS 1.5 tilt/shift
Canon EOS 5D SR camera
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L lens
Canon 100mm f/2.8 L lens
Canon 16-35mm II f/2.8 L lens
Canon 70-200mm II f/2.8 L lens
Canon 24-105mm f/4 L lens
Canon 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6 L lens
Broncolor Verso A4 RFS 2400 Watt/Second Power Pack
Broncolor Verso Battery Dock for Verso Power Pack
Broncolor Mobil Move 1200L Watt/Second Power Pack
Broncolor Mobil A2L 1200 Watt/Second Power Pack
Broncolor Ringflash C
Broncolor 3 Honeycomb Grids for Ringflash C
Broncolor Para 88 FB Reflector Umbrella
Broncolor Para 220 FB Reflector Umbrella
Broncolor Ringflash P adapter
Broncolor Lightbar 120 - 6400 Watt/Second Bi-Tube Lamphead
Broncolor 2 Leaf Barndoor Set for Broncolor Lightbar 120
Broncolor Unilite 3200 W/S Flash Heads
Broncolor Pulsoflex EM Softboxes 14"x48"
Broncolor Softlight Beauty Dish Reflector - 20.4" silver
Honeycomb Grid for Softlight Reflector
Broncolor Diffuser for Broncolor Softlight Reflector
California-Sunbounce Pro Sun-Swatter with Translucent 2/3 Screen Kit (4 x 6'
5 Quantum Flashes (X5DR, T5D-R's and Trio) and battery packs for portability:
Softboxes, beautydishes, and other modifiers by: Chimera, Mola, Photoflex, etc...
And of course a Metz 54mz-4 for the Hassey and a 580EXII for the Canon with a few Pocket Wizards when I can’t use the Quantum Pilot or Tri with a bunch of Quantum flashes with modifiers...