Maggie + Cactus

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As the heat is shrinking slightly around Phoenix, Maggie and I are getting out more and taking more photos.  I look forward to the kinds of emotions she gives me in our shoots, they are always a surprise.  If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

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Shots From the Road: Kelly Eden pt. 3

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More work with model Kelly Eden, who has a lot of great wardrobe and facial expressions.  I decided to run this image through the “threshold” function in Photoshop a few times to make something that was more poster-like.  Sometime in the next couple months I’ll do a print run of these and some other graphic design-y photos as actual posters and see how they are received.  Originally shot with my Fujifilm X-E1 and a single umbrella flash.  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

Shots from the Road: Kelly Eden pt. 2

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I mentioned working with model and cosplayer Kelly Eden in a previous post and these are two of the Lego-themed images we made.  Basically I was thinking of booking Kelly, wondering what would be an interesting theme, and my children were watching the Lego Movie in the other room… really not much more to it than that!  Originally I was making more complicated Lego “clothes” for the model to wear, until it was clear that it was beyond my skill to make fully wearable wardrobe accessories with my limited resources.

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At the last minute I made this Lego toothbrush which turned out to be the “shot of the day.”  All images shot in LA at Pillar Box Studios with Fujifilm X-E1, 35mm Fujinon lens, and beauty dish.  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

Shots from the road: Kelly Eden #1

david miller kelly eden web size_10My first shoot in LA last month was with model/ cosplayer Kelly Eden.  Because she had a lot of videos and interviews online, as well as creating her own visual artwork, and years worth of previous photoshoots online, it was pretty easy for me to come up with ideas of what we could do.  I’ll post some of the more “conceptual” images later in October, in the meantime, here’s Kelly up close and personal!  Shot with a Fuji X-E1 and 2 Einsteins, one with softbox and one with a beauty dish.

 

Getting Creative With Fujifilm Instax

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model Kelly Eden in Los Angeles shot on instax mini

I still have my Polaroids from my youth.  They seem to mean more than the actual prints from negatives.  So as much as I’m a devotee of shooting digital in RAW and taking the time to craft a final image, printing it big and framing it, nothing feels quite like a sweet slice of analogue.  

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model Brooke Eva double exposure

Many photographers who shoot digital with models are also doing instax wide and instax mini images with the models and selling them as collector items.  It’s certainly helped me offset some of the costs of doing these shoots.  Others work solely in the instant film format and have built their careers around it.  I’m making a concentrated effort to have these instant images still feel like quality art and not completely cast off, “unimportant” (as I once described them) images.

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model Brooke Eva double exposure

Some strategies to express in instax the surreal feel I like in my photos is through double exposure and filtration through prism and star filters.  These two images were both done with model Brooke Eva in her home in LA, actually in a parking lot behind a house.  The only Fuji Instax camera capable of the double-exposure is the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, and even though it costs a bit more than the typical Instax Mini camera, it’s worth it for both its specialized controls and it’s beautiful style.

Photos from the Road #1: Verronica’s Prom

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I just wrapped up 4 days of shooting around Vancouver, British Colombia, and Portland.  This was a “model shoot only” art making trip and it was a complete blast, and lots of great images got shot because I was 100% focused and got new ideas from each shoot which I could utilize in the following shoot.  This happy photo was with model Verronica Kirei and hmua Jodi Vaughn in Portland, a model I absolutely highly recommend to anyone.  Helpful that that sparkly background was a “designated selfie” area in the basement studio we shot in!

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Satyr Comma + Cat

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Model Zuri w/ cat

I photographed this model with an Egyptian Cat in my backyard two weeks ago. The cat and the jewelry belonged to designer Satyr Comma. Of course it’s ridiculously hot to shoot outside in the Arizona summertime but we had the fortune of being able to run inside and cool down between takes. Shot with my Fuji X-E1 and two umbrella monolights.

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