He is a descendant of rockstar royalty and a budding musician in his own right. Click Model, Ian Mellencamp has landed on his feet here in NYC booking his first campaign as one of the faces of Calvin Klein’s new CK One brand. And, last evening, I had the pleasure of snapping some quick portraits of Ian. I was glad to see that he is as funny, sexy and open in person as he is on the CK diary. He is a must TV . . . yes, I do mean trannie. Thanks Carmelo for sending Ian my way. And, cheers to you Ian. We will shoot again soon.
It is a Friday night. And, I am still figuring out my new ring flash. Now, before anyone gets excited, it is a Rayflash ring flash. Competent but not quite a Profoto ringflash, mind you. So, Marcel of Colby Models obliged to be my stand-in this past Friday. Finally, it seems that I have a handle on it. I know I know, it is not that difficult for those photographers reading this post and sighing to themselves. But, blonde moments have been abound of late. I digress. Thanks Ryan for sending Marcel my way. And, thanks Marcel for a-MUSE-ing me and my Rayflash.
Happy Monday Trannies.
It is rare that I get the opportunity to shoot a person multiple times. But, on those rare occasions, it is always interesting to note the physical changes. About a week ago marked my 4th time shooting Tony Thornburg of Fusion models. He has shaved his head; grown a mullet; grown a goatee; put on mass and, then, lost weight again. But, Tony is no slouch in front of the camera. He is genuinely entertaining and a pretty good cook too. Check him out.
Sam Dumas. I love that name. It sounds so literary and important. Sexy and French. Sam albeit sexy isn’t French. But, he is quite the literary genius. Finishing up his final year of college, Sam has been pursuing modeling less than a year. Actually, I met Sam during a casting for Coitus magazine. So, it would only be fitting that I experiment my ring flash skills on Sam with the long distance help of my friend Pantelis (editor/founder of Coitus magazine). Long story short, I needed a ring flash with a quickness. And, Pantelis advised me on a quick and affordable purchase. And, Sam was my beautiful face to snap. Thanks Sam. And, thanks Alejandro (Major) for setting this little portrait session up.
Wasn’t too bad for my first time out. And, if you are wondering what I used: 580X Canon Speedlite and a Ray Flash. I think that with a little more finesse that I might have it balanced a bit better. But, I love the halo effect.
Yesterday, the skies cleared to deliver a wonderful sunny day for a great shoot in Brooklyn. Here, I catch Marc Massa of Fusion in full stride.
And, again, flanked by make-up artist extraordinaire, Myles Ristaino, and editor/publisher of The Fashionisto, Carl Barnett. Check out my upcoming editorial in the next issue coming in June.