Thursday, September 8, 2011

Son of a BEACH! - August 27th, 2011

Sorry for my late update, but I've been busy shooting :)

August 27th, a week after the initial Sports Illustrated style swimsuit shoot in a stream, in Fish Creek park, I decided to do a beach type shoot at Sikome Lake. Little did I know that you need a "permit" to shoot in a park. The guy at the gate said I needed a permit to shoot as a business. I told him it wasn't a business today, as the models weren't paying me, and I wasn't paying them. So, I got in. :)

What amazes me, is the amount of photographers that are against Time For...whatever - baiscally, taking photos of models, for free. How else are you going to get the photos? In Calgary, you're not going to get paid by a top model, because oh're in Calgary, NOT in LA, New York, London, Paris, what's wrong with a trade of service?? NOTHING!  I get the photos I want, they get the photos they want. Now if you go into professional Fitness, or bodybuilding personalities, they're willing to pay for photos, which is great, but you'll get very few Alberta models that are just starting out, paying you to take their photos. Of course, it'd be great if we all got paid to shoot, and to be shot, but that's not going to happen in Calgary. Yes, there are circumstances where you will get paid, but in general, when dealing with models that aren't getting paid by an agency/company, it's going to be a trade of service.

Now back to the shoot....

Sikome lake...nice little beach area and a great lake. It wasn't too busy when we got there so we set up towards the south side where it was quiet. Joining me that day were Shaii and Samantha from the week before, and a newcomer Jessica who was great to work with - they all are. :)

Shooting and shooting is what I did...about 700 photos of all 3 models. Not bad for a few hours worth of shooting. I had my new stand for my reflector which really gave the photos that extra "kick" of light, which was really nice. I'll be using that for all of my future shoots too, as I loved the extra light.

Towards the end of the shoot, we had quite the crowd gathering near us...I guess people aren't used to seeing a guy with a camera in the lake, carrying a large reflector and stand around LOL!

Well, it was another great day, and this coming weekend (September 10th and 11th), I'll be doing some more shoots with some more gorgeous women (and a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air) so early next week I'll update this blog again with my latest adventures. :)

Shots from August 27th can be seen on my Flickr photostream and on Facebook.




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