The Burning / Match Made in Hell / Fire Thingy

This shoot had so many different names. We just couldn’t land on one. We have changed the title at least once a month if not way more often.

Both models were fantastic when it came to working with the actual flash cotton. The flames coming from their hands are real! I think Chase may have had a mini addiction to Flash Cotton by the end of the day. It was quite adorable.

Clothes and Leather work:
Genna Yussman Greene

SFX Appliances and Application:
Corey Elmore

Jenna East
Chase Vancelette

Brandy Doyle

Photography: Photographs Humans

Published in Imperial Magazine.




Fun Fact: The images overlaid in to the background with bones and skulls were taken by myself in the Paris Catacombs.


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.


Model: Lakota  Wolfe

Makeup: Matt Goodlett

Hair: Jessie  Alagna

Styling: Photograph’s Humans

Photography: Photographs Humans

Assistance/Lighting Guru: Eric

Location: Sunny Acres Farm




Nikon d700 /  24-70 2.8

1 Nikon Speed light and one Newer Light


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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LOGO2There are many ways to look at this. We can look at is as we as artist like to project what we want on the world. Project our ideas and thoughts in to our work. It is our view. Right now I am feeling very “Artsy Fartsy” and wish there was some super huge message in this series.


When really. I just wanted to take travel photos that I have shot and put them into my Creative Model work. That’s it. This style and concept has been done many many times, but I wanted to be able to tie this in further. Make it personal.


With the help of some pretty awesome people this finally came all together. Originally I wanted this to be a nudes series. It was super difficult to find willing models and well after much frustration I gave up. This series probably would have turned out much different had I gone that route. Almost a year later I had worked with Genna Yussman Greene, she is a very talented designer. I just adore everything about her. It took me a bit to get the courage up and ask her if she had a white outfit for me to shoot this. She ended up graciously providing me three outfits, pretty much no questions asked.


After I received the clothes I decided it would be awesome (That is todays word. AWESOME.) to separate them out into three different shoots. Three different looks. Three different models.


First was Kesley in the funky tasseled dress. She was really the true test subject. I had no clue what I was doing. I would actually bring up the image in photoshop on top of Kesley and photoshop white over her face to allow for more of the projectors light to make it way to her face. I had to find the balance between the projector and loosing her features and making her blend in.


Wardrobe – Construction and Design: Genna Yussman

Model: Kesley Moorefield

Hair & Makeup: Brandy Doyle & Lindsey Armstrong

Photography: Photographs Humans – Jami Guess


The images seen projected on to Kesley are: (Left to right)
Door with Metal Studs – Tallinn, Estonia
Tile Fountain – Convention Center Hopkinsville, KY
Destroyed Building – NOLA
Corn…Evil Corn – Wright Farms





Rebecca’s  shoot was scheduled next and we had a dress with a train. I love dresses with attachments and things to play with and …. we played. Rebecca always humors me and we have a blast. There were many times that I just looked confused. We found out that some dark images looked weird when projected. Also after the first I learned my camera would actually capture the color change as it happened. So I took multiple pictures of every pose to ensure I wouldn’t end up with a green face.


Wardrobe – Construction and Design: Genna Yussman

Model: Rebecca Denfip

Photography: Photographs Humans – Jami Guess


 The images seen projected on to Rebecca are: (Left to right) Wall with Ovals – Downtown Louisville, Kentucky Escalator- Convention Center in Atlanta During the Great Ice Storm (Tells you how bored I was... Look and escalator!) Clouds and Land Scape – Guess Farm Princeton, Kentucky Inner area of the Eiffel Tower – Paris, France.

The images seen projected on to Rebecca are: (Left to right)
Wall with Ovals – Downtown Louisville, Kentucky
Escalator- Convention Center in Atlanta During the Great Ice Storm (Tells you how bored I was… Look and escalator!)
Clouds and Land Scape – Guess Farm Princeton, Kentucky
Inner area of the Eiffel Tower – Paris, France.



During Seteena’s shoot we decided she has magic hair, it literally will do anything and she is just as awesome as her magic hair! I adore her. She was willing to do anything. This shoot really looks like it is easy, but in fact it is rough on the body. Having to hold positions while I worked in photoshop to lighten and edit areas of the images, while the model has to stand there. My ADD alone wouldn’t allow for that!



Wardrobe – Construction and Design: Genna Yussman

Model: Seteena Leigh

Hair & Makeup: Jessie Alagna

Photography: Photographs Humans – Jami Guess

The images seen projected on to Seteena are: (Left to right) River Landscape -Dinosaur National Park, Utah Lower portion of destroyed building. – NOLA River Landscape -Dinosaur National Park, Utah Random Window Vover- Tallinn, Estonia Docks – Honolulu, Hawaii

The images seen projected on to Seteena are: (Left to right)
River Landscape -Dinosaur National Park, Utah
Docks – Honolulu, Hawaii
Lower portion of destroyed building. – NOLA
Random Window Cover- Tallinn, Estonia




Lighting – Projector & on select images the Westcott Rapid Box

Camera – d700 w/ 24-70 2.8

Location – My Living Room, dodging cats and dogs…. (See cat below.)



-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


 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:


Brandy styling Ashley’s hair.

 and this:


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.


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!


This shot is actually full natural light with a massive amount of editing.
70-200 mm 2.8 @ 70mm


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.
70-200 mm 2.8 @ 86mm

 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. 






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.





Chase • Wax • Soy • Louisville Based Concept Art Photographer

Deciding to take the idea of the Wax a bit further. I wanted to see how it would do on a larger area.  For this shoot we used a lot of WAX! We used a Light-ish blue and an incredibly dark purple. The dark purple photographed black for the most part. I did have to layer it on. We cheated tremendously by using the soy again. It melted at a super low temp.


Smilie Wax.

We wanted a more moody feel.


Model: Chase Vancelette



I am still finding wax everywhere! It is not suggested to use black wax on white carpet. Good thing we are already planning to change our carpet in the fall. It really wasn’t to bad… I just tend to be clumsy, Husband is very tolerant.



Gear Used During this Shoot:
Camera: D700
Lens: 50 1.8
Lighting : SB800 mounted in the Westcott Apollo Kit.


When it gets consistently warmer be on the look out for a human chandelier shoot!

Wax • Soy • Louisville Based Concept Art Photographer

Moving on from the previous wax post I wanted to see how a wax would work in a more portrait like setting.I wanted to keep it simple with some implied work.

For this shoot I worked with Hair and Makeup Guru Jessie Alagna and she was fabulous! Normally I can be very descriptive with style ideas, for this shoot I just wanted something soft and pretty, but up styled. I was super thrilled with how it all turned out!


Zombie PinUp • Louisville Based Concept Art Photographer



ValentineDay-1-Edited-JBG_9529-ArtisticRenderingBFor this shoot. I basically cyber stalked a few friends and noticed they were chatting about an online contest. It was a Monday night and by Thursday we were shooting it.


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.




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,




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

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