CONNECTIONS BLOG

CONNECTIONS
Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

Masterchef in the Orchard Kitchen

I worked with a couple of my favourite chefs from Masterchef last week, Julie Goodwin and Alvin Quah.  Lisa and I were shooting for Blanco Kitchen Appliances. We had a lot of fun with Alvin and Julie, a few moves were busted, and the music was pumping. They are both great, and I'm sure will make wonderful ambassadors and be a good fit for Blanco. We were shooting with our giant 7' ProFoto reflector, and a bit of hollywood lighting created with light below. Nice and bright, even lighting for our stars!

Here's a shot of us with the Brad Pitt look-alikes from Rampage (clockwise from right: Peter, Julie, Alvin, Charles, me and hair and makeup artist, Desiree). Photo by Lisa Musico.

... and some behind the scene shots of everyone in action.

Behind the scenes

 

I wanted to portray Lynda in a way that connected with her artworks, so we chose to shoot at the edge of the water and in a natural way. I used my Phase One camera and IQ180 80Mp back, the Schneider Kreuznach 120 TS lens, a medium California sun bounce and a large door-sized reflector.

I chose to use the Phase One for its dynamic range as I was shooting into the sun to create flare. I didn't want to use flash as I wanted to keep the softness and naturalness in the feel of the light, so I relied on reflectors.

Thank you to my trusty assistant,  Sussie Mellstedt and hair and make artist, Desiree Wise.  Great work ladies!

For the love of flare

[slideshow] On her recent visit to Australia, I was lucky to be able to shoot these promo shots on Balmoral Beach for the beautifully talented artist and my very close friend, Lynda Howitt. Lynda paints sublime abstract oil paintings with a classical romantic light and a soaring spirit that reflect her love of the ocean.  I wanted to portray Lynda in a way that connected with her artworks, so we chose to shoot at the edge of the water and in a natural way.