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19 July 2011 @ 07:50 pm

I made to be a 'cover' image and I think it's outrageously successful. I love her eye-contact and the slightly unusual expression and hairstyle would make it stand out for me if it were amongst a crowd of covers. Once again hair in the face is proving to be a winning hair element.

Not only do I love her lips, eyebrows, hair and the background and how they make the picture really cohesive with their exact same shades of red but her blue eyes just shining through really seal the deal for me. And the fur jacket just completes the white/red colourscheme and makes everything look even more expensive

My only faults with this is that I could have done with a bit more depth in her irises and some of the redness in her hair is a bit patchy but other than that I'm so happy :D

Again the colourscheme is really working for me, I love the fabric in the background it makes such a clean texture. And the background is so pure and clean, I'm really enjoying the consistency of it.

I'm not crazy about the blurryness, I think in a studio shoot like this it's a bit more important that everything is clean and crisp. And the jump also makes her expression and pose a little tense (her elbow bending backwards disturbs me to no end). But I do really like the way the clothes look in motion

Her legs and jaw are fantastic and I wish that I'd called in a professional hairstylist because I'm not a fan of it's texture.

Definitely my favourite of the set - I love the pose (LOOK AT HER FEET AND BE AMAZED), I love her hair, I love the clothes, I love her curious expression. The colouring and lighting and such is spot on... I don't think I would do anything differently if I were to shoot this again.

I'm not massively in love with the posing here... She's just sitting and there's not a lot more to it... her face looks fantastic though.

I really really like the square brackets and how they "close off" the picture and I want to get into using more overlaying digital elements (i.e. text, textures etc) in my pictures.

While the other one is my favourite, this is undoubtedly the star of the set. Every time people browse through my portfolio this shot always gets a mention. And I think the key here is the abstract shape made by this predominantly white photo with a line through it - it's simple but it's strong. And the subtle retouching of her feet adds a nice aftershock.

Also her face is SO strong! I had a really hard time getting her to look natural because the makeup pretty much just made her look like plastic so I had to insert flaws in my retouching which was unusual :P but I think I hit the nail on the head with this one.

The posing here reminds me quite a bit of this shot, which I'm okay with because I like that style and I'm okay with the idea of that being a bit of a signature. Also I think cropping where I did makes her look really long and tall!

I really love the quality to her skin overall, it's so smooth and a tad shiny but not too much and it's all in the right places! I do think that her face looks a tad awkward though, I can see a few kinks where the light just isn't falling in the most flattering ways.

got a little bit of a René Magritte thing going on here, which I like and have every intention of doing more of. And her body is just AMAZING, so well proportioned... I'm also really digging the colour variation around her feet.

My main fault is that the orb looks a little patchy

set things

so basically with this set I wanted to make something that saddles the line of commercial and editorial that you're likely to see in something like Vogue and I think this is exactly that! I'm really thrilled with how this turned out! Looking through this now, compared to a lot of my recent sets, there's no doubt in my mind that's it's one of my best. Sure there are some not particularly strong individual shots but the overall idea is really powerful and the shots are varied and work individually but cohesively are tied together by the overall concepts.

ALSO it should be noted that this is the first shoot in which I had borrowed clothes from a store and what a difference it makes! It seems infinitely more professional when each shot has different clothes!

and yes this is the same girl from the last shoot. I've said this so many times before but I just LOVE how the same person can be interpreted in so many different ways!

If I were shoot this all again the main thing I would have done is left a bit more time to shoot. Once again we spent a bit too long in makeup (only to get it still not looking exactly how I wanted) which meant that we didn't have enough time for every shot to be fully fleshed out. I also would have brought in a professional hairstylist because I've managed to fake it quite well but it would be ideal not to have to fake it :P
jørgenvetica on July 19th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
When I saw it on my flist I thought it was a post at fakingfashion. I love seeing how you develop!

Definitely favorite. Everything about it is amazing.


My only concern is the hair. It works quite well in the first picture, but it bothers me in the other ones. I also would like a picture of her mouth closed, it seems the same in every picture.
Joshblueymcphluey on July 19th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
haha thankyou! It's my intent to be shooting the kind of thing that would be showed at those comms so I'm really glad to hear that! And I've still got a bit of growth left in me - this was actually shot last October :P

Yeah no I'm definitely with you on the hair, it works in a few of them but overall from discussing these sets I'm realizing that I need a proper hairstylist in my life.
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Joshblueymcphluey on July 19th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
:D thankyou so much!

wait, where you do you live that you're just waking up? I know this is roughly the time Americans are sleeping and it's only early evening for me :P
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Joshblueymcphluey on July 19th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
waking time high five!! I've got a few days off work and I'm currently enjoying going semi-nocturnal for a few days :P
fourouxfouroux on July 19th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
yay for living in the same timezone :D
fourouxfouroux on July 19th, 2011 10:15 am (UTC)
I'd never have thought this was the same girl from the last set. HOLY COW, guess that proves you did a fabulous job :D while I'd not count this in my personal top 3 (which is subjective, ofc) of shoots, it is definitely one of your best, without a doubt! the red/white mix is perfect. it looks like cream and strawberries. and for once I'm not bothered about the blurriness here and there, it adds to the ~~creamy~~ feel it has for me.

that girl is really amazing. look at her collarbone. wow

my least favourite picture here would me #3. even though her feet look amazing here, I think there is too much white going on in comparison to all the other pictures. #4 I was was bigger, so I could get a better look on her face and hands (: and #1 and #6 share place 1 for me. overall, I think you did an especially great job on the studio set-up and capturing just the right poses. there are some amazing ideas in this set (#2 and #5) and I definitely think you achieved your goal by trying to go for a vogue-ish look (:
Joshblueymcphluey on July 19th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC)
haha it just shows the difference the photographer can make :P a few select changes in location and styling and you've got a whole other character!

Yeah, I was running out of different ways to add the same tonality of red without destroying the intent of the picture but I was just thinking I could have added a red frame to #3 and that would have helped maybe?

#4 you can either save the image or copy the link into a new tab to see the full-size. This applies to all of them - they're actually pretty decently sized, I just use code to squish them into my layout :P
fourouxfouroux on July 19th, 2011 10:39 am (UTC)
a frame might have worked or you could have placed the red curtain on the ground and let her stand on it? I bet that'd have looked nice with her bare feet (:

I just use code to squish them into my layout :P
LOL my fault. thanks for pointing that out!
Joshblueymcphluey on July 19th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
oh man that is an AWESOME idea, I can't believe I didn't put the fabric on the ground now!! I was so excited by the idea of it ~hanging~ I didn't even think of it XD

ugh and there could have been a shot where she was nude behind it or maybe worn it or something like the fabric here! UGH why am I only now thinking of these things... TIME FOR A RE-SHOOT METHINKS
fourouxfouroux on July 19th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
hee! :D
how do you plan your shoots anyway? do you think about possible ideas, shots and angles beforehand already?

RESHOOT. if that's possible, I'd love to see what you come up with / how you'd improve!
Joshblueymcphluey on July 19th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
well step 1 is always the concept. Usually "what am I lacking in my portfolio?" or "what new technique or element do I want to put to use?" or "they want headshots? then let them have headshots!"

then I assess my model(s) and determine their strengths and weaknesses and what kinds of shots I haven't seen from them before (in this case I knew I'd done really natural shots from her so I wanted to do something really made-up and I knew her lips often came out looking thin so the whole makeup concept is based around boosting her lips)

So then I've got a base concept and a direction I know I'm taking it, I start compiling inspiration pictures for each other element (lighting, cropping, props, posing, PS effects) I just try and have as many exciting elements pre-planned as possible

I then draw sketches but I only ever shoot the sketch ideas about 10% of the time because what works in theory isn't necessarily the best in practice :P

haha I can't reshoot, I've moved cities XD and I don't have access to a studio any more. But I am going back to Adelaide for Christmas and planning on doing a reshoot of this set because I thought it was an awesome concept and I want the set to be bigger
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Joshblueymcphluey on July 19th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
yeah it wasn't supposed to be a sexy open-mouth look but more of an unusual and abstract thing? Something that would make it a bit memorable and editorial. I had a few with her mouth even wider and they looked REALLY silly so I thought this was a pretty even middle-ground :P I'll admit I forgot how much of a hatred fashion people have for open mouths though

ooh yes, you're totally right! If the reflections of the balloon had been symmetrical and she was symmetrical it would have just been on a whole other level! Thankyou for that suggestion!
Loitering in the corner looking fab!blindbeats on July 19th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
wow I didnt know you were a photographer :D
Joshblueymcphluey on July 19th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
yeah yeah, I've spent the past two years doing a course and now I'm out in the wild :P I'm still in a stage where I'm posting work from during the course but I'm determined to get it all properly and chronologically out of my system!
but yes!xmaidelx on July 20th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)