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Fresh Face: Sam Kieseker

 

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I always love working with new faces, especially when there isn’t an elaborate concept behind the shoot. I find that this really allows me to develop the expressions of the talent, and get them feeling more comfortable in front of the camera. Because there is no background or context, the model’s ability to emote and have something going on in their eyes is really important.

A few weeks ago, I had Sam come in to the studio for some new folio images. He had recently been signed with GTR, and was even off to Hong Kong the following week. Sam was a little nervous at first, but really enthusiastic and willing to try anything I threw at him. He took direction well, which I think is particularly important for new faces.

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As the shoot developed, Sam became more comfortable in front of the camera and relaxed a lot. This meant that I was able to capture a range of emotions, both light and serious, which added extra diversity to his book.

A quick venture outside the studio ended the shoot- I never tire of the textures and shades of the walls nearby the studio, but I think I’m going to have to come up with some new locations soon so that my folio doesn’t look too repetitive!

Thanks Sam for coming down to the studio, and best of luck in HK!

Sam is represented by Greg Tyshing.

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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

 

Headshots for Nithiya

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Working with up and coming actress Nithiya to capture some headshots for her acting CV. Nithiya was so easy to work with, and very funny. The serious expressions were trickier to achieve as she was constantly making me laugh.

Published In Beautivation Magazine (US)

I always get excited seeing my work in print, and last week issue 3 of Beautivation magazine featured a test shoot I did with Tom Harris from GTR.

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Some more shots that were not featured;

Testing With Darcy

Doing a lot of testing with males lately- its great because you don’t have to worry so much about hair and makeup. Darcy Ellis, who is represented by GTR, came in to the studio a few weeks ago, and we shot a range of looks for his book. I styled the shoot, using garments sourced from Myer (mostly Kenji), as well as a few of Darcy’s own garments.

I shoot really quickly, so the whole test was over in about an hour, but we got a lot of different images that I was happy with. Darcy was really easy to get along with, very friendly and funny.

If you would like to test with me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch :D

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