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When the retired Lt. Colonel Allen B. West roared up to the studio and drove his Honda VTX 1800R retro cruiser inside, my team didn’t know if they should salute or run for cover.

Miami celebrity and portrait  photographer Jeffery Salter

Allan West “Guardian of the People” book cover by Jeffery Salter | Miami Florida

When I mentioned to Rep. Allen that I personally preferred BMW motorcycles, it could have been a constitutional crisis, but we managed to get past that by having both grown up as Army Brats, West’s father was a War World II veteran and so was mine. When West was in the military he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas which sits next door to an old Sante Fe railroad depot town named Killeen, Tx. which was named after Frank P. Killeen, a manager of the railroad. And that’s where I grew up, throwing newspapers, working at Taco Bell and shooting photos for Ellison High School year book. Go Eagles. Anyway I digress.

I was commissioned by Random House to photograph the take no prisoners, former paratrooper, master Scuba instructor and former member of the United States House of Representatives Allen West.
We chose a very direct approach to the visual style of the photograph. Hard light, minimal shadows and crisp focus to match the personality and the tone of this straight shooting book which is filled with prescriptive politics…basically giving his views on how to overhaul government.

This is an outtake which I toned differently. It’s funny how with time we feel an image differently.

Miami celebrity and portrait photographer Jeffery Salter

Allan West “Guardian of the People” book cover by Jeffery Salter | Miami Florida

Photographer: Jeffery Salter
Art Director: Michael Nagin
Stylist: Melissa Kitchen
Groomer: Olivia Senghor


Zumba keeps Jeffery moving! No sweat, just high energy celebrity Zumba instructors. The great folks at the Fitness and lifestyle company commissioned me to do several spreads for their cool magazine Z-Life.

Miami Photographer Jeffery Salter photographs for Zumba in Miami Florida

Kass Martin, sports fitness model photographed on Miami Beach for Zumba’s Z-Life magazine. Miami photographer Jeffery Salter photographs for Zumba in South Florida

Kass Martin is a superstar Zumba instructor and when she moves, it’s all high energy. She flew in from Utah for her photo shoot on South Beach at Miami. The crew call time was very early, it’s great to shoot on a beach and the art director wanted Kass’s beautiful black hair to be backlighted. That seemed simple enough. But it took a moment for Kass’s vibrant blue eyes to adjust to the contrastly sun baked almost white sand, it guess to be straight, kinda of biege sand on Miami Beach. My team built a light box with scrims to soften the sun light and put a black fabric scrim behind me to help Kass’s eyes adjust. It was a contrasty day, with no clouds to soften the light and the raising morning sun was gleaming off the Atlantic ocean. I wanted to have a soft background, with tones that seem like they were lifted from a Rothko painting or Sugimoto photograph.

Here’s a brief behind the scenes video.

We also did a version of Kass sitting on the sand.

Miami photographer photographs on Miami Beach. Kass Martin portrait for Zumba by people photographer Jeffery Salter in Florida

After getting a tan on my permanent tan we went to SplashLight studios. Zumba Fitness has a line of fashion for the gym and for any other time of the day. Valeska from Elite was the model.

Zumba fashion story for Z-Life magazine. Miami Photographer Jeffery Salter photographs for Zumba in Miami Florida

Zumba fashion story for Z-Life magazine. Miami Photographer Jeffery Salter photographs for Zumba in Miami Florida

Zumba fashion story for Z-Life magazine. Miami Photographer Jeffery Salter photographs for Zumba in Miami Florida

Zumba fashion story for Z-Life magazine. Miami Photographer Jeffery Salter photographs for Zumba in Miami Florida


Photographed by Jeffery Salter for Sports Illustrated Magazine

Photographed by Jeffery Salter for Sports Illustrated Magazine

It was a hot day in Miami.  We set up at 7 am. in a pool at the St. Regis.   My four photo assistants donned swimming shorts.   You won’t believe how hard it is to keep a 3/4 inch Plexiglass table from floating away with one of the world’s top soccer players on it.  Light was harsh, harsh and harsher.  The pressure was on.  Sports Illustrated’s Director of Photography, Brad Smith wanted an Iconic photograph.  Here’s my try.

Mario was cool.  A bit jetlagged from just arriving in Miami from Milan the day before.  He wanted to do the photo shoot and  go to the Mall.  He’s a great athlete, who plays classical piano and met with the Pope, but still only 23.

In the deep in end…photo by Brad Smith/SI

Here are a few shoot details,  a plexiglass table needs plenty of sandbags on the legs otherwise it will definitely try to float away…..  This photo was taken with a Phase One IQ260 digital back (which is wi-fi enabled on a Phase One DF+ camera body) and Profoto lighting – all available from Capture Integration.  The wifi enabled Brad to review images on an iPad as I shot.   As I mentioned earlier we started setting up at 7 a.m. when the light was just amazingly beautiful…however as these things go…we didn’t start shooting until close to noon. The light was extremely contrasty.  However, I was able to capture detail by having a digital camera back which has a dynamic range of 13 stops and  flash syncs at an incredible 1/1600 sec.  The Phase One camera fitted with a 80 mm Schneider-Kreuznach Leaf shutter Lens that allows you to sync your strobes up to 1/1600, with that I toned down the back ground a bit and lit Mario with a Profoto 5ft giant silver umbrella fitted with a Profoto flash head powered by a 7B battery.   Not rocket science, but their was no way in heck that I was going to put anything that needed to be plugged near the pool. Just saying…..

I’ve got to thank my “A” team, Alexander Larson, Redmund Flores, Ray Wadia, Olivia Senghor (groomer),  Kristina Kitchen (prop stylist and plexiglass table wrangler) and Leonard Watson for all their hard work. I hope they enjoyed swimming in a swanky pool with Super Mario!

 

 


Photographer: Jeffery Salter | Picture Editor: Marguerite Schropp | Art Director: Chris Hercik

I wish I could say we spent hours analyzing slam dunks but all I can say is 48 hours before this photo was taken I was just leaving the Museum of Modern Art in NYC after trying to see the Bill Brandt photography exhibition when Marguerite called and asked. “Where are you?”.   My next call was to Delta Airlines to book a 6:30 am flight back to Miami.  My second call was to Capture Integration in Atlanta….that’s where my camera was at.

The shoot location was the Grand ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel.  It took about six hours to unload the production truck, navigate basement labyrinth under the hotel to make it into the ballroom and set up.  My team built a set for a head to toe photograph intending to show LeBron James casually leaning back against a flat nonchalantly holding the 2013  NBA Championship trophy.  When LeBron arrived for my scheduled seven minute shoot he was dressed extremely casually….so it was close-up time.

Here is a short BTS of my seven minutes with the King.

LeBron James cover shoot for Sports Illustrated by Jeffery Salter

My hats off to the Capture Integration in Atlanta who flew down to provide digital capture for the shoot.  It was amazing when Dave Gallagher brought along two brand new Phase One IQ260 digital backs with DF+ cameras.  The LeBron shoot was taken with the “King” of Medium Format Digital cameras and is the first editorial cover shoot done with the camera.

 

 


Alberto “Beto” Perez

It’s always great to get the call from an editor with those words, ” Your shooting for the cover”.   Your image will be on representing the magazine on newstands and Kiosks all over the country.  It  puts a smile on my face when I’m hurrying to catch a flight and see one of my images on a newstand in the airport.  Anyway.  Most people when they think of a Business magazine cover…its always a guy/girl in a tie. Armed crossed.  Captain of the Universe low angle shot.  Not on this one.

CEO Alberto “Beto” Perez  gave me over  fifty high jumps without the aid of a trampoline until we both were happy. I actually used my ears more then my eyes for this session.  Beto would stomp his right foot harder on the ground as he propelled himself into the air.  I have shot ballet before which has its own challenges, but the dance is very choreographed.

 His zumba leaps were very free form and each shot yield a different shape. Sometimes the action was great but the expression was off.  Or he would jump completely out of the frame!  It was air dancing.  We shot on three backdrops, white, black and a eye popping yellow.  The editor, Travis Ruse wanted an image which leaped off the page.  INC got its cover and I got a few Zumba lessons from the man who invented it!

Here are a few technical details.  Camera: Phase one DF camera with P40+ back and outfitted with a V-Grip which allowed me to shoot a air dance freezing speed of  1/1250 with a Schnieder 150mm LS lens.  Lighting: Profoto bi-tube and Profoto 7 packs.

 


Steve Harvey is a multi-talented entertainer, who is successful in radio, comedy, acting and as a host on television with the “Family Feud” show

“June 4th shoot Hey man, are you available on the 4th (next week) for a shoot in Atlanta?”  Yes.  “Stay loose, I’m trying to make this work.  Be in touch on it soon.”  That’s it.  Thats how this assignment came to be.  In this case it’s a portrait of Steve Harvey, a multi-talented entertainer.  Dudley Brooks, the picture editor gave me the gig and told me the story was for EBONY’s Black wealth issue.  He said to me you are photographing a media mogul.  The first image which popped into my head was of a Russian Oligarch sitting in a gold throne between two Siberian tigers (the gold ones or rather ones who would allow themselves to spray painted gold) with four nubile Russian beauties wearing nothing but gold spray paint…..The editor would only okay the “Gold throne”.   I managed to get in a shot during the two hour shoot Steve with a gold frame as well.

I’m not an etch a sketch master….a quick reference drawing.

A doodle can move the visual process along.  I like the challenge of creating a meaningful image from a few  words, sometimes descriptive, sometimes not.  Some of my visual tools includes implying  meaning through subject expression, lighting, subtle tones and prop choices.

"Larger then life, echoes of Citizen Kane"

This is my slightly surreal take on Steve Harvey. A larger then life gold frame, floating in a sea of red velvet.

 

Lighting diagrams are a big help. I try to previsualize the assignment as often as possible. It helps when work with a team. Puts everyone on the same page.