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Ichiko | 衣知子

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged this yet! Here are some shots I took of Ichiko in Tokyo last year. Ichiko is signed with Folio Management in Azabujuban, and she was great fun to work with! We shot in the streets surrounding the agency office, exploring the different textures that Tokyo’s suburban landscape has to offer.

お昨年、私は衣知子さんの写真を撮りました。衣知子さんはフォリオ マネジメントのモデルです。写真撮影とても楽しかったです。会社の近くところに撮りました。私たちは日本語だけが話しました。ちょっとチャレンジでしたけど良かった。どうもありがとう衣知子さん!!

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We conducted the whole shoot in Japanese, and Ichiko was really easy to photograph. She didn’t need any warming up and was able to give off a range of expressions with ease. She also moved so well, creating great shaped with her body. I have to say I was really jealous of her hair- why can’t my hair grow that long!

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We shot for about an hour before returning to the warmth of the Folio office. I love shooting in Tokyo and never tire of the landscape. I just feel very inspired by what is around me- probably because it isn’t the same as Melbourne. The light in Japan is also different; there is just something about it that excites me visually. On the day that Ichiko and I worked together, it was overcast and kind of dull, but that didn’t stop us.

Thank you so much Ichiko for being an amazing model <3

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Ichiko is represented by Folio Management Tokyo

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Snazzy Headshots

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I get really excited when new clients contact me, especially if they do so because they have seen my work somewhere! Last week I got an email from Tanisha, who is a dancer. She wrote me some really nice words about my photos (making me all gushy and smiley) and asked if I could take some portraits of her to take to castings.

Tanisha was SO lovely to work with. Being my usual daggy self, I pulled all the lame dad jokes and had her laughing about on set in no time. She warmed up realy quickly, and relaxed in front of the camera easily. I love to mix these types of shoots up and work both indoors and outdoors, so after a few outfit changes in studio, we took some outdoor shots too. Thank you Tanisha for coming in to the studio, and good luck with future castings!

PS: yes, I do portraits and headshots. Actors, models, dancers- if you need a folio update get in touch! :)

Mini Road Trip With Jeremy

I’m really enjoying doing a lot more testing lately, especially on location. Here are a few snaps from a last minute shoot with Jeremy Anderson from GTR. I initially wanted to drive down to Werribee for this, but we only got as far as Altona before I wanted to stop and shoot. Sometimes I just like to drive around and jump out when a spot catches my eye.170127-jeremy-anderson-207-r

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I took the Profoto kit out with me, but I actually just ended up using completely natural light. When shooting tests without an assistnat, I find it faster, and this keeps the pace of the session nice and snappy.

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This shot of Jeremy under the bridge was my favourite of the shoot. I love capturing interesting pockets of light and this one was a great find! Thanks Jeremy for being a great model, and MYER for the clothing.

 

Adventures in Shiba Park

After testing with some of the girls from Folio in Tokyo, I came back to the office to pack up and say goodbye. In the meantime, a young male model had dropped in and was chatting to the office staff. He explained that he was looking to do some testing, so I asked if he wanted to do a shoot the following day. He was thrilled, and so we organised to meet back at the office the next day.

Ty was such a friendly guy, and was in Tokyo to work. He usualy resides in Hawaii, so I had lots of questions to ask him about the differences in living in the two locations.

We decided to shoot in Shiba Park, which is near Tokyo Tower and not too far from the office. This time, it was just myself and Ty with no other staff. There were so many spots to shoot in- shrines, parks, streets- so we just walked around and every so often I asked Ty to stop in a patch of light, or lean against a random wall.

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Ty’s folio had a lot of smiling, youthful shots, so I wanted to capture some more serious faces and different expressions. He took direction really well, and was so easy to get along with. He was also very comfortable in front of the camera and moved well.

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We shot for only about an hour, but I got so many great shots, it was hard to choose which ones to retouch. Thanks Ty! Looking forward to shooting again next time I’m in Tokyo! :)

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And a couple of my shots made it onto Ty’s comp card…

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Ena in Tokyo

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In Tokyo a few months back I did a few test shoots with some faces from Folio Models in Azabujuban. One of those faces was Ena, who needed some new shots for her comp card. I photographed Sakura and Ena on the same day, and it was great working with their different personalities. Their agent came with us as we walked the streets nearby the office. I found this really intersting, as I’ve never had an agent come with me on a test shoot. But it didn’t phase me at all. Once I have a camera to my eye I am in a safe place and fear, nervousness, and any other emotion are totally evaporated. I can completely focus on what I am doing (pun not intended.)

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I shoot really quickly, no matter who my subject is. I find that this keeps the energy up, and helps the shoot flow. I’m not sure if my models were used to this fast paced type of shoot or not! We spoke both English and Japanese, which was really enjoyable from my perspective. I was surprised at how much I was able to direct Ena using only Japanese to convey what I wanted.

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Thank you Ena for being a gorgeus model and putting up with my broken 日本語!

Here’s a cute beind the scenes from before we hit the streets…

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Sakura giving Ena a brush down to remove dog hair. #foliooffice

 

Photographing The Rollercanes

I don’t usually get the opportunity to photograph musicians, but at the end of the year I had the boys from The Rollercanes in the studio, to shoot some promo images for their new album.

Without much of a plan for how they wanted the photos to look, I was given quite a lot of creative freedom with this shoot. The boys had a vague idea of including some random props in the frame, and perhaps being able to see some of the studio equipment too. In situations like this, setting up the frame is the hardest part. Trying to decide what to have in the shot is quite tricky, and its easy to go overboard and have too much ‘stuff.’ We tried putting things in and taking them out- swapping in objects and bits of gear to get the right balance.

Finally we were ready to shoot. They boys were a bit nervous at first, not sure how to stand or what to ‘do,’ but they soon got used to the lights and the long lens and settled in to the rhythm of the shoot.

Once they warmed up, the guys did a great job of interacting with each other. I didn’t give them too much direction, as they were a lot looser and more comfortable just doing their own thing and mucking around. I didn’t want the images to look staged, so I just let them poke, pester and heckle each other, and ‘play’ with the props in the set.

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Photo shoot inception. My attempt to make it onto the cover shot failed.

After the shoot, I sent through some proofs to the guys and they chose their favourites. After a few trials, we settled on a treatment that they liked. Here are a few of the  retouched images. The horizontal one made it onto the cover of the record!

Give the boys a listen or a like.

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Olivia Visits The Studio

I have been working with a few actors and actresses recently to capture natural, honest portraits of them for their CVs. The latest talent to enter my studio was Olivia, who was great fun to photograph. I really wanted to capture her friendly, cheerful nature, so there was a lot of smiling going on (some of it prompted by my terrible jokes.) All the best for the auditions Olivia!

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