Sunday, January 23, 2011

Model World Calgary - January 23rd, 2011

Kayleigh Lockhart....she's a great gal with a fantastic look. She's got plenty of modeling experience with mode models in Calgary, but was dropped because of her height. She's 5'6 (or there abouts)....why drop the "look"??? Obviously, they don't know what they had. With this, and in talking to her and seeing her passion for modelling again, I introduced her to Model World Calgary, today. She got to meet Tim Rollans (, and Cassie. We were expecting others, but due to unfortunate circumstances, they were unable to attend.
When we got there, I gave Kayleigh the "grand tour" of the space and explained the opportunities that the studio has to offer, and "our" outlook on what we want it to be. I say "our" because Tim's concept behind Model World Calgary, is helping serious models, serious photographers, serious make up artists, and serious designers, succeed as one. Everyone working together, promoting each other, and everyone succeeding in this business. This is a very, very, rare outlook on this business and one that I've taken to heart very quickly. Not only because of that concept, but because of the entire team's attitudes and outlooks. The willingness to help each other progress, and succeed. To work as a team, and succeed as a team. I know I've said this before, and I can guarantee I'll keep on saying it - this TEAM is going to succeed in ways that many probably never realized before, or even realize now.
Well, onto todays shoots. This week, from Tim's posts on twitter and facebook, the plan was a military "themed" shoot, and a rose petal shoot, along with the standard headshots of the models. We were expecting another photographer but he didn't make it (later in the afternoon,I found out he got the wrong door), and Monika was working (and sick) so she couldn't make it either. That left Tim and I as the photographers. Normally, we have 3-5 models show up on a Saturday, but again, due to family responsibilities and such, we had Kayleigh, who I introduced to Model World Calgary, today, and Cassie who I got to do headshots with, last weekend.
I started with headshots of Kayleigh, a couple of full body shots, then a few headshots with Cassie. I'm starting to get used to these now, but still not 100% sure of the lighting. The results of those were good, and I'm definitely happy with them. Tim was busy with some new visitors to the studio so I got to do all of the first headshots. We tried a couple of different things too, such as a blue background and such. Figured since I was the primary photographer at the time, I'd try some different things. After all, experimentation is where great (and poor) things come from.
We then moved over to the white background...Kayleigh was wearing this bright red dress with black shoes which just yelled SEXY!!! I started shooting, and Tim joined in too. Luckily with the "pocket wizard" remote units, you can have as many photographers shooting as long as they don't press the shutter at the same time. We're starting to get the timing down over the last couple of weeks. We shot Kayleigh in her red dress for what seemed about 45 minutes, then Cassie stepped up to the plate. Cassie was wearing black high heels, simple black jeans, a great black leather jacket and a simple white t-shirt. She asked if she should take off her jacket, and then I could see it...I asked her to grab the collar with both hands.....we got some great sexy shots! Some of her poses were fantastic, and she made my job very easy. Again, this was the first time I had worked with Cassie other than headshots, and she definitely knows how to "work it" in front of the lens, on the podium. A fantastic set with both models....then we set up for the "rose petal shoot".
Being close to Valentine's day, this is very appropriate, plus I've ALWAYS wanted to do a shoot like this - with TONS of petals and beautiful women. Kayleigh was first in black....great contrast against the red petals. Tim and I took TONS of pics of her. different poses, different lighting. It was fantastic!!! Then it was Cassie's turn. She looked amazing!!! I won't go into detail, but WOW! That's all that's really required. LOL! I took lots of shots of Cassie...I was captivated by the way the lighting was, right from the start when we were shooting Kayleigh. I'm just LOVING the studio atmosphere and lighting!!! Tried a couple of different angles and such with Cassie. As the picture at the top of this, shows...different low angles seem to work really well. I'm really liking the low angles.
After that shoot, Tim pretty much put his camera away, so I was primary and decided to try a slightly different lighting and such. then Tim gave me a few pointers, added one more strobe from the single one I was using, just to see the difference. I used the 2 strobe setup from then on. Just to make sure I had the light on both sides of the models. My friend Tim Ayotte lent me some military stuff he had from when he was in the Canadian Army. These turned out to be a great thing!!! Jackets, beret, knife, machete, it was really cool!
Kayleigh was up first, again, some great poses, great catchlights in the eyes. She wore one of my mate's jackets first, with the beret, then we included the belt with the machete...all came together really well, although wardrobe was limited.
Cassie was up next, and I wasn't expecting this. She wore a mesh shirt with a black bra underneath. She's stunning as it is, but she has a very fit body (this is strictly complimentary before you get any ideas LOL), so these shots were going to be HOT and SEXY, and they are!!! WOW!!! Cassie again just moved like I had seen earlier that day!! I swear....if the army boys saw a calendar with these two ladies in it, they'd sell out for sure!!!!
The studio was HOT HOT HOT and SEXY SEXY SEXY today!!! I was pleased to be able to try a bit of different stuff with the lighting, and am looking forward to more sessions and trying more different things. I really can't wait for my first private shoot so that I can try some totally different lighting effects that I haven't tried yet.
Hope you like the pictures!!! They're on my flickr site ( and on facebook (
Thanks for following my photo adventures!!!

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