This shoot has no real “Name”. I had bought this dress when I was at costume shop that was going out of business and fell in love with it. Brandy did an amazing job with flawless makeup and styling the wig.  Micah takes direction so well… it was a perfect little team.

MUA: Brandy Doyle
Photography : Jami Guess / Photographs Humans
Model: Micah GreenBeck
Shoot Date: 3-28-15

 

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Gear:

Nikon D810

Lighting: Photek 60″  Umbrella (BUY @ OutdoorPhotoGear.com ) Photography Umbrella type Softbox 24″ x 36″ (BUY @ Amazon.com)

2,000 Freaking Petals… evil little petals that I am still finding in my home.

::Snarky Holiday Greeting Here::

 

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–Deadpool or as I like to call her “Bunnypool”-
Amazeballs Body Paint: Michelle Syfert Weis
Model: Rebecca Taylor Flint
Photography: Jami Guess / Photographs Humans
Shoot Date: April 4th, 2015

Fun Aside: These are the same ears made by Corey Elmore, used in the Alice in Wonderland shoot from 2010.

Fusion

What was once the titled the “New Years Shoot” or “Alien-But like the Jetsons” or ” The Futuristic Thing We are Doing!”, finally became FUSION, when Genna randomly said “I like the name FUSION. And so it was…

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Shoot Date: December 28th, 2014

Shoot Location: Louisville, KY

 

Photography By Photographs Humans /  Jami Guess

 

-Series Crew-

Genna Yussman Greene / Genna Yussman Costume & Fashion Design – Clothing Design and Construction, Wig Guru

Kali Schmuckie – Assistant in Garment Construction

Alexander Lane – Hat Design and Construction

Matt Goodlett  – Makeup Artist to Female Model(s)

Corey Elmore – Makeup Artist to David F.

-Series Models-

David Farsetti

Braxton 

Danielle Bartley

Caitlin Alexandra Clemons

 

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•Model Featured in this Image is : David Farsetti •

 

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•Model Featured in this Image is : Danielle Bartley •

 

Lighting – Photek 60″ or 46″ Softlighter II Umbrella  (Sometimes both)

Camera – Nikon d810 w/ 24-70 2.8

Location – My Living Room.

Editing – Lightroom and Photoshop

Lakota

Belonging to several photography and model groups on facebook can be entertaining, but it is always fun and even useful. I pull many of my Models from this group. Louisville has very active Photography & Model Groups. This shoot specifically can be attributed to the Louisville Models facebook group.

Lakota posted that she wanted to do a shoot with garbege bags and a tarp. From there I kind of went into designer mode. Thinking of different ways to shoot the two ideas. I knew the first one was going to be a much simpler idea and the tarp would take much longer. I loved how the makeup looked.

I did get alittle annoyed as to how normal it looked and put some color changes into the mix. I changed the sky and tarp to purple.

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Model: Lakota  Wolfe

Makeup: Matt Goodlett

Hair: Jessie  Alagna

Styling: Photograph’s Humans

Photography: Photographs Humans

Assistance/Lighting Guru: Eric

Location: Sunny Acres Farm

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Nikon d700 /  24-70 2.8

1 Nikon Speed light and one Newer Light

Simple

Awhile back I was wanting to go super simple and basic. I posted online that I wanted subjects to show up in black undergarments and white shirts. Some came with ideas, other showed up. It was perfect. I wanted to shoot quick. No more then 30 minutes shooting or 45 minutes in and out the door.

I have had to hold so many shoots for publication and well, now I can start sharing everything!

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Lady Of the Sea • LOUISVILLE BASED CONCEPT ART PHOTOGRAPHER

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-Team Credits of Awesomeness-

Costume Construction & Concept • Genna Yussman
Body Paint • Michelle Syfert Weis
Model • Ashley Vega
Photography • Photographs Humans – Jami Guess
Location • Sunny Acres Farm. Louisville, Kentucky

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 This shoot was a long time in planning. Genna had asked me awhile back to shoot her “Lady of the Sea” dress. You may recognize it, as it won a ribbon in a textile category in the Kentucky State Fair. 

Our scheduling had it’s own demons…. demons called weather. It seemed no matter how hard we tried, we always ended up rescheduling for the cold temperatures or down right ice and snow. I wanted the grounds to be mostly brown and dead to give it a dark feel. We originally wanted to do it late fall/early winter. I reaaaaallllly wanted the set/location to look dead to give the scene a dead sea/dark lagoon feel, so a bright springy day would not give me what I was seeing in my mind. 

In March we finally had our opportunity! It worked well enough, thanks to Kentucky’s weird weather I had enough lack of growth to pull off the look I wanted for the shoot.

Usually I go into a shoot with a vague idea of what I want the final images to look like. For Lady of the Sea  I had an exact outcome I wanted to achieve. I wanted a book cover. Yep, a book cover. Science fiction at sea. I wanted it to feel purple. Don’t ask me what purple feels like…moody maybe?

 I have had this spot on the farm that I wanted to use for years, the theme/feel of the shoot never was appropriate and well, the growth was to much. For our shoot, I kept thinking I can make this look like an edge of a cliff and put water in and make it look like a lookout over a sea, dark and creepy. I wasn’t even sure I could pull it off in post editing. I had hoped.

 Along the way we may have broken a few – Maaaybe.. “most” of the head height…- branches so that we didn’t have to worry about them getting caught up in Ashley’s hair, but it worked out perfect

Most of my clients know I am a bit all over the place during sessions -like this blog- and typically I am like that when we shoot.

There is a lot of this:

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Brandy styling Ashley’s hair.

 and this:

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Sitting, waiting, more sitting and chatting.

When we do finally get to the location, we had to walk through the fields, due to the ground being so wet that cars would have gotten stuck, there was  a bunch of time used getting the spot right and discussing where not to step.

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You can see me standing on the edge here. Eric took the photo. I was thinking “How close can I get her to the edge, keeping it safe, while not blocking her with dead growth?”

  

Then the actual magic happens. Lots of me looking confused and running back and forth. I like to use as little gear as possible. At most we had two speed-lights on stands as well as a  little…. natural light. Variety is key for on location, and lighter gear makes it easier to move about!

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This shot is actually full natural light with a massive amount of editing.
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This has one light over head slightly to the right of the subject. I used the Westcott Rapid Box for this image and it worked wonderfully.
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 Gear Used During this Shoot:

Camera: D700
Lens: 24-70 2.8 (Behind the Scenes) & 70-200 2.8 (All on location.)
Lighting : SB800 mounted in the Westcott Rapid Box Thingy & SB900 randomly. 

 

 

 

Forbidden to Touch! • LOUISVILLE BASED CONCEPT ART PHOTOGRAPHER

 

I am so bad with dates, I had to go back and figure out when I shot these. It was in early 2011! This originated with a friend who basically said, “Hey, You want to shoot where all the old Vegas signs are!?!”, and went from there. I had no clue how popular it was to shoot there.

We spend a good portion of the day having hair and makeup done by the amazing Sabrina Tannehill. She was a hoot and did a fabulous job! Her husband, Will,  was also an amazing assistant/helper. I think we all were mutually amused by his antics.

Kelsi, my model,  was a super trouper too. I had styled the outfit. I found the most amazing dress with a pink plaid skirt, but it was in a size 12. Kelsi… is/was no where near a 12. However I kept thinking it was to much plaid… Then it came to me. A corset over it! It would require no stitch work and would fit her no matter what. Kelsi was in Vegas, I was in Louisville, Kentucky, there was no way I could go and do a fitting before hand.

Vegas Tip: Check out how much a limo vs cab, would cost. In out instance it was much cheaper to use a limo, then it was to get two cab and have them wait for us.

Once we got there and realized we would have a “Keeper” with us, watching myself and another photographer shoot.

Imagine going to a location and being told you can not touch anything and had your own personal “Keeper” to follow you around. However, we made sure to rock it with out touching anything.

I got nervous. I had no intentions of doing anything inappropriate, but I hate being WATCHED! It is the whole, Why are you looking over my shoulder??!??!, thing.  It makes me super nervous, like I am on stage. I hate being in front of people on show. I felt like I was in a cage being watched at a zoo. However, Will managed to work out a simple way of telling me when our Keeper was near by, since the Keeper was watching over us both. It helped me relax.

We ended up with a bit over an hour to shoot. When scheduling we had gotten super lucky to be able to shoot at dusk.

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Zombie PinUp • Louisville Based Concept Art Photographer

 

 

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Three things drew me to this idea.

1. The fact that it was right up everyones creative alley. Zombie Pin-Up! I have been wanting to shoot some pin up style for awhile. However, there are many who are better then me and I wanted to do this in my style. AKA. A twist.

2. That they wanted to enter because it sounded fun, winning wasn’t a concern. I have known Rebecca for a bit over a year and Corey for yearsssss.

3. It wasn’t my idea. I always have people who say they want to work with me. The first thing I ask them is “What are your ideas!?”. If a model/subject and I can connect on an idea, the shoot is always 100% better. It means everyone is full on invested. Plus sometimes it puts me on the spot to discuss idea options…

 

 

I love working with Corey one themes that require SFX. The makeup was entirely his concept. He has worked with me on several concepts in the past. In front and behind the lens. You will see many more shoots with him involved!

Rebecca is always a hoot. We got to bond at Cobb’s Haunt this year. Both being at the exit, we spent many hours together. She takes direction amazing well and her input is always well thought out. (Without that whole dictator taking over the world evil villain feel. )

Corey and Rebecca showed up promptly at 1pm for their shoot ready to get started! (A photographer loves when everyone is on time!) We discussed clothing and some editing styles I was thinking of using. Corey then started his magic! Most of the time I try to be completely set up and ready to go at call time. I like being nosey and watching hair makeup, plus I find that this makes the model more comfortable. However I wanted to talk to Corey and Rebecca about a few things before setting up. With the contest in mind we decided it would be best to go with as much of a traditional background and style as possible.

TRADITIONAL… Once we got to posing and directing of Rebecca. I brain farted. I usually go with moody poses with a classic posing element. However this was supposed to be pin-up style. So we pulled out my example sheet and went off of that quite a bit.

The make up and prosthetic made it difficult to get a lot of expression through. I think Rebecca did awesome!  She was fun and humored me very much!

Fun Fact #1 : The mold for the foam  facial appliance was a males face and was cut/adjusted to fit Rebecca. 

Corey posted this picture after he has finished pre-painting it.

Corey posted this picture to his Facebook after he has finished pre-painting it.

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SFX Artist: Corey Elmore

Model: Rebecca Denfip

Gear Used During this Shoot:
Camera: D700
Lens: 24-70
Lighting : SB800 directly to left of model pointed at the background. SB900 directly to Right of model pointed at the background. Both are non modified. Another SB800 non modified to actually light the model/zombie. I wanted a more harsh light, knowing that I was going to go with a more illustrated edit.

The goal wasn’t necessarily to blow out the background completely, but to get the area directly behind her blown out so that I could manually white it out. This is the one major downside to doing highkey white on a material background. Wrinkles throw shadows. Shadows suck.

 

With all that being said,

 

HAPPY VALENTINES!

 

EDIT: This morning we found out that one of the images from this shoot won! How awesome! Check out www.ZombiePinups.com for other awesome entries!

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Wax • Candles in a Cellar • Louisville Based Concept Art Photographer Photographs Humans

Sooooooo, in order to share some of my newer sessions, I need to share a shoot from last fall. I saw this fantastic image online with a male model with candles on his back. Not something new, but something awesome I wanted to try myself. I am big on making the location play into the shoot. I wanted something creepy and dark. I had a location in mind instantly!

A cellar!

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The space we shot in was about 15×15 and was very limited. If I had shot it in a studio setting with more room, I would have probably lit it a bit different.

My main goal was to duplicate the image my way. Since it is pretty hard to talk someone into letting you place lit candles one their back and leave them there for minutes at a time… I was just going to be happy getting that one shot! However, J let me try a few other things on his hands.

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I had preset and pre-melted most of the candles, since I didn’t want J to wait the full 2.5 hours it would take to melt them down. He is a super strong man, but a human can only take so much! They were truly lit on his person. I felt bad every time he moved just a bit. It would separate from his body…you can actually see it lifting off in many of the pictures.

Fun Fact: I learned that I should always have guys shave the area I am laying down wax, unless they want it un-professionally waxed for them. OPPS!

During the actual shoot I ended up picking a wall that I knew I would get a little light reflexion from, since I was limited as to what lighting I could fit down there! My main and only light was my  SB-800 and soft box. We did a few images “clothed” and moved to the one key shot I wanted and then went back to clothing.

I am still overjoyed with how these images turned out. In fact it has led me to continuing the wax theme and trying more things out.

Fun Fact # 2: We had a visitor many time while shooting. His name is Bones and he is a bright orange demon cat, who happened (Past tense, because he isn’t any more.) to be afraid of the cellar. He would run down, look around franticly and leave.

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During concept/art shoots I always try to lead into every shoot concept and not just abruptly jump in. (Sometimes this is just not an option. Bummer!) With Jake we lead in. This was a testing shot.

One of my bigger concerns was, whether or not it would leave a red mark for a long time. The candles were super hot. I had tried the wax on myself first to check, but I am always a little paranoid when it comes to these kinds of shoots.  Most of the markings left by the wax were light pink or gone before he even left.

 

Gear Used During this Shoot:
Camera: D700
Lens: 24-70
Lighting : SB800 mounted in the Westcott Apollo Kit. (I pretty much use this for all my shoots. Mine looks a bit sad now, but still lights perfectly! I dont bring a lot of gear to a shoot, but this always travels with me no matter what!) + candle light.

Fun Fact #3: I learned way back in 2000 that one could accidentally melt a camera’s body. Yep. I was taking photos of a eye ball candle ( I have always been weird.) with my first camera and… it melted the camera body and did weird things to the lens. 

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Jami Pr0-Fun Fact #1: 15  years ago I got my first point and shoot digital camera.

Be on the look out for more to come!