Hey out there! This is a followup to my unboxing/ road test with the new Fujifilm SQ10 Square Instax camera. I took it to LA to shoot with 7 models and address a few of your questions from the previous video. Also, we see a side-by-side comparison of an image shot with the Fuji Neo Classic 90 and the SQ10. More practice, more experience, more love for this camera despite its many quirks.
LA artist Jamie Graden and myself have been slowly accumulating some really good collaborative efforts. This one with “Skin Wars” model Taj Mahal was photographed in August, but it took a few months for our schedules to clear up enough for Jamie to do the additional illustration, send it to me, and for me to scan it and reassemble the piece using my current tiny scanner.
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.
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.
I’ve added 10 new prints to my Etsy store, 7 of the 10 being from 2014 shoots (somewhat censored here but uncensored on the Etsy page). So far I haven’t been making editions of images, which keeps the cost down and makes the prints available to anyone who wants to buy them. Models are Lauren Ashley, Mosh, Ammalynn, Aurora O’Brien, and Victoria Lee.
Model Angel Lin with facepaint by Jamie Graden, two old friends of mine in LA. Jamie and I had discussed “extra features”, inspired by an illustrator, but when it came time to actually do the painting on the face, it became clear that Jamie’s style on a real-life face wouldn’t blend exactly like it did in the artist who was completely illustrating the image. We ended up with this interesting facial pose to emphasize Jamie’s contributions without mixing too much with actual eyes and lips.
An image very deliberately about graphic design, but it still has a human quality I like. The model was Brooke Eva, and she was feeling ill that day but still showed up and her modeling was superb. Another model “texted off sick” the moment I walked into the studio and I dunno, some opinions may be “don’t show up if you are sick,” but my opinion is, even if I don’t feel 100%, I still show up. There are no reschedules in freelance, and no sick days unfortunately; the snowball of studio rental/ hmua/ designers etc. is already rolling down a hill with no way of stopping it.
The “chess suit” by designer Marcel Dejure was made for an actual giant, and was really cool in it’s largeness on Brooke. Laura Buenrostro did the hair, Brittany Moody did the makeup and the facepaint was by Jamie Graden. The pattern around her was from my obsession with anime screentones. I desperately tried to find the real graphic film screentones, but I don’t think they manufacture them anymore; everything is all computer screentones these days.
There was something about the pattern flow on this shirt that made the image work best with no clutter behind it. Model Colette Stone, hair by Laura Buenrostro, makeup Brittany Moody, wardrobe Marcel Dejure, shot in LA around Thanksgiving.