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John Fisher

Posts: 2040

Miami Beach, Florida, US

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1cara2825fs.jpg
Cara Mia for Starwear Swimsuits at Southgate Towers

A good friend who I've worked with for a number of years gave me a call a couple of days ago and asked if I was interested in having one of my photo shoots filmed by E! Television. Now, he said there was no pay involved, but I might be interested in the exposure.........well, duh, yes!

Ted (Teddy Ray) had posted a casting call on Model Mayhem, but he wasn't happy with the response and he desperately needed a blonde. It was Sunday when he called, they wanted to shoot on Tuesday, and I was in Ocala visiting with my mom. Fortunately I had the number of a terrific blonde model (Mia Foley) and a super brunette (Catalina White). I contacted both on Monday evening while I was driving back to Miami, and fortunately both said they could be there Tuesday if I could live with some time issues. I had a makeup artist available on short notice (again, good luck), so Phoenix was booked for the 8 AM call.

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1Etelevision12.jpg
Mia Foley being interview for E! Television

Ted and the two models Ted had arranged to be here showed up at 8 AM (one, Cara Mia,  had to drive 150 miles from Vero Beach!) and were immediately in the makeup chair. The E TV folks arrived at 9 AM and started setting up to do the interviews around the pool here at Southgate Towers. Mia Foley arrived just behind them, and we did her shoot first as she had to leave before noon. We finished shooting at Southgate at 1 PM, and Catalina joined us as we headed for Virginia Key for the beach photography.

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1Etelevision7.jpg
Catalina chimping with me on Virginia Key

Everything went swimmingly, the whole thing finished with with E interviewing me, and if everything works out we'll see the finished video in early July. No promises of course, and with the exception of Phoenix no one got paid, but if it does run you can't buy that kind of exposure (well, you can, however it is beyond my pay grade!) The premise is a little cheesy (bikini models having fun on the beach), but hey, the rat I am, I'm no stranger to cheese. And I did get all the sponsor product placement I could muster (yes, you are going to see an Alien Bees ringlight, that big white Canon lens, I'm wearing someone's logo shirt on camera, and I managed to work the names of the two swimsuit companies that provide suits into the interview. I'm am the biggest whore in the business........and proud of it!)

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1Etelevision8.jpg
Note the Alien Bees ringlight, the big white lens and the logo shirt!

In closing, none of this happens without the efforts of Teddy Ray. A great guy, and someone who works tirelessly for his own clients like Starwear Swimsuits. And with any luck, the next time he posts a casting, maybe someone will pay a little more attention!

The shamelessly self promoting Fish
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John Fisher
910 West Avenue, Suite 306
Miami Beach, Florida  33139
305 534-9322
http://www.johnfisher.com

Apr 23 08 10:25 pm Link

Photographer

TRPn Pics

Posts: 10431

Andrews, North Carolina, US

John, you dirty cheese eating rat !!!!!!!   


    THANKS ! :-)~

Apr 24 08 11:24 pm Link

Photographer

Paul Brecht

Posts: 12232

Colton, California, US

congrat's guys...

Paul

Apr 24 08 11:26 pm Link

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-The Dave-

Posts: 8695

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

John Fisher wrote:
...Snip

And with any luck, the next time he posts a casting, maybe someone will pay a little more attention!

Snip...

I wonder how many models will see this thread and smack themselves in the forehead.

Apr 24 08 11:34 pm Link

Photographer

John Fisher

Posts: 2040

Miami Beach, Florida, US

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1catalina3030fs.jpg
Catalina White for Starwear Swimwear

Dave Proctor wrote:
I wonder how many models will see this thread and smack themselves in the forehead.

Yeah, I probably should have posted this in the general forum. This didn't get much action here, but no surprise, photographers really don't give a rat's ass what someone else is doing (Duh!)

I also forgot to credit Ted on all the background shots, he really did a lot of work putting this whole project together as well as shooting a lot of the Starwear swimwear for their catalog. Good man and a better friend. We were assisted by Michael Bays (Isadore Fashion Photo), another good friend who works as a photographer here in South Beach.

Fish
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John Fisher
910 West Avenue, Suite 306
Miami Beach, Florida  33139
305 534-9322
http://www.johnfisher.com

Apr 25 08 12:24 am Link

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Reedphoto

Posts: 557

St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

John Fisher wrote:
http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1catalina3030fs.jpg
Catalina White for Starwear Swimwear


Yeah, I probably should have posted this in the general forum. This didn't get much action here, but no surprise, photographers really don't give a rat's ass what someone else is doing (Duh!)

I also forgot to credit Ted on all the background shots, he really did a lot of work putting this whole project together as well as shooting a lot of the Starwear swimwear for their catalog. Good man and a better friend. We were assisted by Michael Bays (Isadore Fashion Photo), another good friend who works as a photographer here in South Beach.

Fish
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John Fisher
910 West Avenue, Suite 306
Miami Beach, Florida  33139
305 534-9322
http://www.johnfisher.com

this image above is blurry and what is the point of this story?

Apr 25 08 01:12 am Link

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Caspers Creations

Posts: 11409

Kansas City, Missouri, US

Congratulations!

Thanks for sharing.

Apr 25 08 01:49 am Link

Photographer

Caspers Creations

Posts: 11409

Kansas City, Missouri, US

Shane Reed  wrote:

this image above is blurry and what is the point of this story?

I think he was just seeing who would act like a complete jackass and leave an unsolicited critique.

Apr 25 08 01:52 am Link

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Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Caspers Creations wrote:
I think he was just seeing who would act like a complete jackass and leave an unsolicited critique.

?

The op left the door open.

Apr 25 08 01:57 am Link

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Anthony Stubbs

Posts: 5399

Nice story..great ad! But ya' gotta put somethin' under that photographers left foot. smile

Apr 25 08 02:07 am Link

Photographer

John Fisher

Posts: 2040

Miami Beach, Florida, US

Shane Reed  wrote:
this image above is blurry and what is the point of this story?

Ahhh, the point of the story! Yes, well it works like this. It's not that I've been shot for a nationally broadcast TV program, or that I got to feature a lot of my sponsors' gear for free on the broadcast (I'm sure a lot of others have that happen all the time). The point would be that I got this opportunity because of a member of Model Mayhem, worked with models who are members of Model Mayhem, was assisted by a member of Model Mayhem, and I wanted to acknowledge that here as a way of expressing my thanks to them and the staff at Model Mayhem. (Note the number of links to MM pages in the story!)

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1Etelevision1s.jpg

As for the picture of Catalina, well I thought I was illustrating one of the story lines in the post, but on reviewing I realize I had left the original self agrandizing photo out of the first post (hard to imagine). So lucky you, above is the shot of me shooting Catalina jumping with the TV camera pointed at me (and my sponsors', light, lens, camera and logo shirt) and not at Catalina. (TV people love action shots, it makes for better video if not great catalog!)

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1Etelevision5.jpg

So there you go, hopefully this will allow you to go back to drinking your Molson and watching Hockey Night in Canada or what ever guys with cameras do in the great white north!

Happy Fish
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John Fisher
910 West Avenue, Suite 306
Miami Beach, Florida  33139
305 534-9322
http://www.johnfisher.com

Apr 25 08 11:05 am Link

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IHB Photography

Posts: 502

Queen Creek, Arizona, US

ownage...

Looks like you had fun

Apr 25 08 11:12 am Link

Photographer

Trisha Bowyer

Posts: 1311

Martinsburg, West Virginia, US

wow...I think that's awesome.

totally jealous of that ring flash too.

Apr 25 08 11:32 am Link

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Photocyco2000

Posts: 1074

Sussex, New Jersey, US

Congrat's and great job. I like the rat and cheese line,made me chuckle out loud.

Apr 25 08 11:39 am Link

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GSphotography

Posts: 667

Cromwell, Connecticut, US

First of all congrats... I wish more people would post backstage pic of their shoot .. i love seeing how other people work .. and seeing something like this is really inspiring 
much more useful then reading about who flaked on whom and how

Apr 25 08 11:46 am Link

Clothing Designer

Starwear us Swimwear

Posts: 3

Vero Beach, Florida, US

Hey.... we have not met....and I appreciate your amazing talent..can't wait to get pics from you from the shoot.... and just so you know it's Starwear.us   that is our legal name...

so in the future please ad the .us 

Thanks in advance...

Mary*

Mary*Angel, Inc / Starwear.us / Vero Beach Bikini Company

www.starwear.us

Apr 25 08 01:15 pm Link

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abcde111111

Posts: 10

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hockey and Molson a beautiful history!

Apr 26 08 03:14 pm Link

Photographer

Blue Cube Imaging

Posts: 11508

Ashland, Oregon, US

Congrats on the shoot.

Looks like you had a fun day.

Apr 26 08 03:21 pm Link

Photographer

Jamie-JAYCE-Charles

Posts: 2207

Hollywood, Florida, US

John Fisher wrote:

Ahhh, the point of the story! Yes, well it works like this. It's not that I've been shot for a nationally broadcast TV program, or that I got to feature a lot of my sponsors' gear for free on the broadcast (I'm sure a lot of others have that happen all the time). The point would be that I got this opportunity because of a member of Model Mayhem, worked with models who are members of Model Mayhem, was assisted by a member of Model Mayhem, and I wanted to acknowledge that here as a way of expressing my thanks to them and the staff at Model Mayhem. (Note the number of links to MM pages in the story!)

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1Etelevision1s.jpg

As for the picture of Catalina, well I thought I was illustrating one of the story lines in the post, but on reviewing I realize I had left the original self agrandizing photo out of the first post (hard to imagine). So lucky you, above is the shot of me shooting Catalina jumping with the TV camera pointed at me (and my sponsors', light, lens, camera and logo shirt) and not at Catalina. (TV people love action shots, it makes for better video if not great catalog!)

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1Etelevision5.jpg

So there you go, hopefully this will allow you to go back to drinking your Molson and watching Hockey Night in Canada or what ever guys with cameras do in the great white north!

Happy Fish
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John Fisher
910 West Avenue, Suite 306
Miami Beach, Florida  33139
305 534-9322
http://www.johnfisher.com

dude first off congrats and good job im sure the blurry image wont be used
(:

secondly did you expect open arms its mm =/

kinda sad isn't it
anywho congrats and thanks for letting us know that not all of mm is like that and that you mainly did it to thank teddy

JAYCE -_+

Apr 26 08 03:24 pm Link

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Henri3

Posts: 7392

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Looks like a fun day was had by all...and thanx for sharing.

Wearing black in midday sun would never work for me, but everyone including you look great.

You deserve a sponsorship for wielding that huge AB rig ..... a standard profoto ringlight is more than I  care to handhold.

Apr 27 08 11:49 am Link

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JC Pics

Posts: 905

Alexandria, Virginia, US

awesome man...  very cool for you and everyone involved.    Congrats..

I second the envy on the ringflash.. man I gotta get me one of those...

Apr 27 08 11:56 am Link

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Christopher Hartman

Posts: 54153

Buena Park, California, US

Great story.  But...uh...you need to dress like you're at the beach man!!

Might I recommend...

http://www.pbase.com/digitalcmh/image/83191973

Shoes and pants at the beach?  Come on!!  Let loose and show the ladies your feet and legs man!! wink

Apr 27 08 12:10 pm Link

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John Fisher

Posts: 2040

Miami Beach, Florida, US

http://www.johnfisher.com/images/1Etelevision6.jpg

Christopher Hartman wrote:
Great story.  But...uh...you need to dress like you're at the beach man!!
Shoes and pants at the beach?  Come on!!  Let loose and show the ladies your feet and legs man!! wink

Ahhh, well I did go sunbathing here in South Beach once in my legendary pink thong, but it quickly got very ugly. The people from Greenpeace came along and tried to roll me back into the water! You may have seen the clips on CNN.

Since that day, I have worn slacks and dress shoes, makes it easier to fight off the eco-terrorists. Oh, and I carry a big ring flash!
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John Fisher
910 West Avenue, Suite 306
Miami Beach, Florida  33139
305 534-9322
http://www.johnfisher.com

Apr 27 08 02:36 pm Link

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DDBD Photography

Posts: 597

Houston, Texas, US

cool! congrats!!

Apr 27 08 03:44 pm Link

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Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Anthony Stubbs wrote:
Nice story..great ad! But ya' gotta put somethin' under that photographers left foot. smile

You need to buy one of my monitor leveling devices.

wink

Apr 27 08 04:06 pm Link

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TRPn Pics

Posts: 10431

Andrews, North Carolina, US

Well, we placed 9th on the list out of 12 in "12 Sexiest Wet 'n Wild Jobs".

It wasn't from the lack of talent that's for sure. Nevertheless, I want to thank everyone that pitched in and made it happen.

Jul 04 08 11:58 pm Link

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Sir Montag

Posts: 1158

Dallas, Texas, US

Very nice! Always appreciate behind the scenes type shots, and congrats on the opportunity big_smile

Jul 05 08 12:30 am Link

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TRPn Pics

Posts: 10431

Andrews, North Carolina, US

Old news and I'm not looking to get brigged over digging up this thread, but this story just wouldn't be complete without the video. So, now that I have the link for our portion of the show, I can share it with everyone. Yeah I'm still excited about it if you can't tell.

http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?swf=ht … amp=&hl=en

  Enjoy !

Oct 26 08 11:11 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12117

Tampa, Florida, US

Christopher Hartman wrote:
Great story.  But...uh...you need to dress like you're at the beach man!!

Might I recommend...

http://www.pbase.com/digitalcmh/image/83191973

Shoes and pants at the beach?  Come on!!  Let loose and show the ladies your feet and legs man!! wink

What's the line from Superbad? "Nobody has gotten laid in cargo shorts since 'Nam." smile

Oct 26 08 11:15 pm Link

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John Edward

Posts: 2462

Dallas, Texas, US

Way to go John!

Oct 27 08 12:06 am Link

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Theo from Curacao

Posts: 623

Willemstad, Curaçao, Curaçao

Congrats, always nice to see and hear a story behind the shots.

Oct 27 08 12:13 am Link

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Year of the Dragon

Posts: 3418

San Francisco, California, US

Good job John!   I like you sponsor support attitude, on a related note if you were a brooks institute of photography alumni you get $30 dollars every time you get Brooks name published with your shots, i know some guys who have been working that for years,  every little bit of cheese helps

Oct 27 08 12:21 am Link