ZAAZ photos (round two) are up!

Following on the success of the first round of fashion-y photos of my ZAAZ London colleagues, we went for round 2 with the new folks. This time I shot seven people instead of the original 18, which really gave me some time to get it RIGHT. I feel like I learned a lot the first time around, and actually I wrote some posts about how I shot some of those portraits, too. There will be more of those posts to come! You can enjoy the full portfolio here – it’s worth it! Here are some selects to tempt you…

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Gabe ought to be in pictures

Gabe is pretty much a member of my family at this point. He’s spent numerous holidays with us and even did a reading at Aaron and Ashley’s wedding. He’s also on my mom’s weekly update email…and you know that’s serious. So one of my SF adventures was, of course, a ridiculous photo outing with Gabe. We were hoping for lots of fog in the forest but we wound up at the beach in the end. And I instructed him to bring some ridiculous wardrobe choices. Which he did. There are more of these in the Gabe is an underwear model[…]

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A great day with Emily at the coast

Emily is one of my very best friends, AND she’s the person who got me started in photography a couple of years ago. We haven’t seen each other since I moved to London, but as soon as we did…it was like we were just doing this yesterday. We drove down Skyline, over to Santa Cruz, and up to Davenport – my favorite secret beach. We didn’t even go down to the beach – just hung out on and around the old train tracks taking photos. The sun was starting to go down, and the fog was rolling in. We drove[…]

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How I shot it: ZAAZ London colleague, Duminda

Duminda probably wouldn’t say this about himself, but I think he’s mysterious. He’s totally brilliant, and pretty quiet at first…but is also really friendly, interested in all kinds of stuff, and has such a big, easy smile that he’d be impossible not to like. We went through a few ideas of how to shoot him, but finally decided on a high-stakes croupier. I ordered props – visor, chips, cards – and got soooo excited about this one. Location Like a lot of other shots in this series, this was done in a conference room! Lighting This was fun. I made[…]

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How I shot it: London colleague, Sam

I shot Sam and Catalina together. Sam, to put it frankly, kicks ass. We call him “Sam the man” and so the concept for his shoot was a bit of a superhero thing. I didn’t want to go all the way to a costume – more like Superman in his office clothes. Location The most important thing for the shot of Sam was a dramatic sky. There were two problems with this: In London it’s more than a little bit difficult to see much of the sky at once. Timing and weather were critical. We scheduled end-of-the-day shoots for a[…]

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How I shot it: London colleague, Catalina

Catalina is awesome, but before I started this series I didn’t know exactly *how* awesome. Then I found out she secretly kickboxes! Well, that made the concept easy – of COURSE we had to do hers with her kickboxing gear. Location I wanted this to be outside, at night/twilight. Basically just wanted it to evoke a “I wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley” feeling. Lighting This will come up again and again: I have one Speedlite, and a Lastolite umbrella. In this case, Sam held these while I shot Catalina, and Catalina held them while I shot[…]

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How I shot it: London colleague, Rob

I promised “how I did it” posts, so let’s kick it off! Rob is adorable and is also very into fashion. So, when brainstorming about how to shoot everyone, “fashion magazine” was the obvious pick for him. The only choice was: formal or casual? In the end, we shot both, but my final pick for him was a casual shot. Location This was easily the simplest of all the shots in the whole series. A group of us were walking to lunch and I had my camera with me. This wall with the diagonal ridges is right in front of[…]

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My newest photo portfolio: all of my colleagues in London

Over the last couple of months, I’ve undertaken a photo project: shooting cinematic or fashion-forward portraits of each of my coworkers. I work at a digital agency in London, where we focus on analytics, web optimization, and search; it may not sound creative but it is surprisingly so. There are 18 of us, and everyone had their own concept, location, wardrobe (of course), etc. I wanted to create a unique portrait for each person – something that would highlight an aspect of their personality and/or life, and would frankly just make everyone look as cool as they are. I shot[…]

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Tibetan yak leather saddle bags

I finished a pair of these, and attendant acoutrements, just before Christmas–one for me, and one for John. So far I can’t take it out of the house without getting comments, and I hear he’s had the same experience–so it worked… While walking through Kanze in Kham (Tibet) with John and our friend Sandy, I spied what looked like some sweet leather work in a shop window. We went inside and it was quickly clear that it was some REALLY sweet leather work, and there was plenty more of it; we were in a leatherworking shop, and the owner/craftsman was[…]

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Fashion shoot: first looks

Last night a group of us assembled at my place for a fashion shoot in the lobby of my apartment building. We worked late getting the mood just right…and I could not be happier with where we wound up. As I keep saying with everything, I want to spend a little Photoshop time with them, but I suppose not having access to it is forcing me to be fastidious about lighting, etc. At any rate, there will be more of these in the future. For now, I can’t resist a sneak peek:

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