The day we shot this, we actually shot two cosplayers, doing two different characters. However for this post you shall only see Princess Leia, because today is… the DAY! The day Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens sees the world for the first time. There will be a bunch of talk about it… I will be hiding away from my computer so that I will not see any big spoilers. In fact this is being written a head of time. I am writing you from the past!

I love working with JediManda, she always comes prepared and ready to go. It is a delight to work with such a professional. Plus, she is just so much fun!

 

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Cosplayer, Full Costume Construction, and Makeup Application – JediManda (Facebook)

Inspiration/Designer: Star Wars?

Photography: Me / Photographs Humans (Facebook)

Assistant: BubblesGal0re (Another Cosplay Superstar!)

Shoot Date: August 29, 2015 @ 8 AM…again…. I am sooooo not a morning person, but the light is soooo pretty.

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Gear Used (Are you noticing a trend…this rarely changes.)

Camera and Lens: Nikon D810, 2.8 24-70MM

Lighting: Cybersync Receivers and cordless transmitters. I kept this super simple with flashes on sticks, as Eric calls it. (Speed-lights mounted to light stands.)

 

If  you don’t already know…DEADPOOL is awesome. While often confused with, the not as cool, Spiderman…he is not Spidey. DEADPOOL is awesome.

Via Wikipedia: Deadpool is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor. He is known as the “Merc with a Mouth” because of his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to humorous effect.

 

This fangirl is totally excited about the movie and if you are not… I will be personally offended … (Just kidding… maybe…) When I messaged Michelle about possibly working with me on this shoot – which I may have done while on a cappuccino buzz and bouncing like a toddler with to many gummi bears- I was freaking excited. Michelle was all for it.

Michelle is who brought on Rebecca as our model. Let me tell you, this girl, she is amazing. They both humored me as I ranted about DEADPOOL and made then watch clips release from the movie…coming out next year. It just made me <3 them even more.

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Body Painting: Michelle Syfert Weis
Model: Rebecca Taylor Flint
Photography: Me / Photographs Humans Shoot
Date: April 4th, 2015  

Deadpool-113 This is Rebecca’s face… it will be the only one in this post you see. We were meanies and made her wear the DEADPOOL mask the entire shoot.

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Michelle at work doing the base to Rebecca’s Deadpool attire.

 

 

Deadpool-224 Fun Facts: Body Paint took 6+ hours, of which Rebecca had to stand or lean the whole time.

Gear Used

Camera and Lens: Nikon D810, 24-70MM

Lighting: Photek 60″  Umbrella (BUY @ OutdoorPhotoGear.com ) Photography Umbrella type Softbox 24″ x 36″ (This thing is perfect for a flat light to separate the subject from the background…its simple CHEAP and effective. BUY @ Amazon.com)

 

::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.

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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.

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Wardrobe – Construction and Design: Genna Yussman

Model: Kesley Moorefield

Hair & Makeup: Brandy Doyle & Lindsey Armstrong

Photography: Photographs Humans – Jami Guess

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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.

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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!

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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.)

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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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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.

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Smilie Wax.

We wanted a more moody feel.

 

Model: Chase Vancelette

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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!

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.

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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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Super Girl • Concept Art Photography

A few weeks ago a local came over and we talked about her shooting a test shoot/application shoot for the Suicide Girls. They are a super alternative site with beautiful sexy women. Some of the images on the site are waaaaay out there. Further, then I would ever go. However we started talking about an on location shoot and then it melded into something theme-ish and fun.

I kept looking at her blue hair and awesome glasses and we came up with Super Girl. It was meant to be a hint of theme, just enough to be obvious and not scream SUPERMAN. Some images…especially with the undies are obvious….

Fun Fact #1 : They were boys undies, it is quite difficult to find cute Superman girl undies!

I decided to go with a newspaper background. I love texture and adore when it breaks the light. It took Husband and I about an hour to get the newspaper on the wall. We did our best to not have to many large text headlines or bold graphics right behind her head.  At first the side panels were more of a stage curtain and it was driving me nuts. I hated how it was effecting the light. So I moved it back and taped the edges to the existing newspaper on the wall. This made the wall bend forward, allowing for the contrast and shadowing with out making it have sharp vertical line shadows.

Fun Fact #2: The stool that shows up in a few images, has actually set outside at a farm for years. I didn’t want anything extremely shiny to reflect and take your eyes off the model. 

While shooting I went with dramatic lighting it was rare that I actually placed the light right in front of her. We also had to watch for the glasses leaving shadows and blocking the eyes.

I used a 24-70 2.8 to photograph this session. I rarely use anything else, unless I want the extreme shallow depth of field. For this is was a perfect lens. I also used the warping while zooming to make her 5foot frame look taller. I love her natural curves and tattoos, so we totally used these in our favor!

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Model: A.Z.

Makeup & Hair Done by Becca Sturgeon

Set Styling: Photographs Humans

This is what the setup looked like. I blocked out my windows, so that I wouldn’t add light to the background. Also note the space heater! A warm client/model is a happy client/model.SuperGirl-BTS-CameraSetup

Superman is trademarked and owned by their respective people. I have nothing to do with the brand/trademark.