Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity Portraits’

“I think that life has plans and you only have to be awake and aware to follow them” – Alan Faena

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on South Beach and Lincoln road.

 

Hmmmm.  My kinda of portrait subject.  How can you not be inspired to photograph Alan Faena.  He’s an Argentine hotelier and real estate developer who is creating and building a billion dollar arts district called Faena district on Miami Beach, Fl.  That’s cool!  But what I enjoyed most about meeting photographing Alan, was talking to him about his spiritually and yoga practice.  I also practice yoga and it’s my brief that a mindfulness practice is very important for an artist or in my case a photographer who would like to grow his art.  It’s pretty simple.  When you shooting a portrait or setting up a shot it helps put you into the “zone” by being present, in the moment.  Clearing your mind of yesterdays ghosts or debris and of tomorrow’s dreams.  Observe and embrace the moment.  You won’t always have a subject as charismatic as Faena.  But by truly embracing the time you have with someone, you will perhaps be able to find out what’s makes a person special.

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

I enjoy using a tripod.  It slows me down and helps in fine tuning just the right angle or viewpoint.  This carbon fiber tripod is the TVC-24L from RRS or Really Right Stuff.  Its rugged, strong and light weight, well suited for double duty, I take it  with me on my landscape photography trips as well as my commercial and advertising photography commissions.  Between the tripod and camera, is my favorite bullhead.  The Arca-Swiss Monorail Z1 dp  has a quick release, very fluid and precise adjustments.

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

For the opening photo we shot underneath a stairway that had a skylight which provided a nice soft overhead light.  The curved shape of the winding stairway created some nice shadows creating a wonderful flowing depth.  Those shadows worked well on the background, but Alan’s face needed a bit of pop.  My photo assistant John Karp, handheld a B1 profoto with an 36″ Octabank fitted with a grid.  This gave a directional crisp soft light which brought out Faena cheekbones and added a bit of kick to his eyes.  For this portraiture I used a medium format digital camera called the  Phase One IQ260 XF Camera with a Schneider Kreuznach 55mm LS f/2.8 .  The 55mm lenses is equivalent or has about the same angle of view as a 35 mm wide angle lens in 35mm DSLR format.  I prefer to shoot at a low iso, in this case I at iso 100 and the tripod allowed me to use a slow shutter speed to get the right amount of ambient light balanced with the strobe.

In terms of directing Alan, it was more about building a connection.  I did a bit of pre-shoot research and found out about a retreat his family has in Argentina, and I knew that he was very much interest in yoga.  I asked him questions and talked to him about my yoga practice.

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

 

The second set-up was in the Faena theater.  We had pre positioned the lighting so all Alan needed to do was sit down and immediately get to work.  When my team receives a photography commission we try to figure out ways to get the most set-ups in the shortest time.  The subjects are more likely be willing to do more looks if you they don’t have to wait around for the lights to be moved from set-up to set-up.

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

The dramatic curtains provided an excellent backdrop!  No need to bring out the seamless.  A profoto beauty dish as a key light  provided just enough pop to sculpt Alan’s face, combined with a large 74′ Elinchrome octabank behind the camera to fill in any shadows.

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

An important part of my digital workflow includes photographing while tethered to a laptop.  This allows instantly review of the image and is done using a professional capture and digital raw processing software called, Capture One, with its solid image capturing I have never lost an image on set.

 

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

 

Alan always wears white and with his trademark hat.  With this image I wanted to portray his grace and balance spirit. I think the blue color grade added a coolness to the image, but the straw toned hat manages to float, giving the image a three dimension feel.  It’s useful to  carry a small roll of seamless paper or neutral tone fabric and do a simple clean photograph, to give the  photo editor, in this case, Ronnie Weil of  The Wall Street Journal a cover option with room for type treatment.

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

The penthouse house glass balcony doors let in a beautiful layer of soft light for the seamless set-up.  My first assistant, John Karp stands beside me, keeping a watchful eye open and ready to make any adjustments to the camera or set-up.  A silver fabric on the wooden floor bounces a bit of pop into Alan’s eyes and blocked some of the brown spill from the floor.

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on South Beach and Lincoln road.

This is how it ran in the The Wall Street Journal.  Thanks to Ronnie Weil, the most excellent photo editor for this assignment.

Thanks for reading!  Any questions feel free to give me a shout.  I get most of my gear from the good folks at Capture Integration.


It’s always inspiring to photograph an artist, fashion designer or in this case world renown British jeweller  Stephen Webster for the Financial Times.  The London-based luxury Jewelry brand is internationally heralded for its exquisite and cutting edge designs.  Some call it Rock and roll chic.    The most creative people visit the Miami and Palm Beach area it’s great to talk to them about what inspires them and  what draws the artists to South Florida.  It’s added plus that I get to shoot some wonderful environmental portraits of them.

Stephen Webster likes to spend weekends with his family in Miami.  Especially the thriving arts district of  Wynwood  which used to be seedy factories but now has a cool mix of galleries, shops and cafes.  It was an easy choice to do the portrait shoot in Wynwood Walls that was started by Tony Goldman, who brought up buildings and got artists to paint them.  Webster is inspired by the street art and artists.

Miam Palm beach Florida advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed designer and artist Stephan Webster at the Wynwood Walls arts district

 

Miami Palm beach Florida advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed designer and artist Stephan Webster at the Wynwood Walls arts district

Portrait of British Jewelry Designer and artisan Stephen Webster at the Wynwood Walls in the Miami Arts District.

Miam Palm beach Florida advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed designer and artist Stephan Webster at the Wynwood Walls arts district

It was fun learning about what it takes to become a world renowned Jeweler. Webster talked about some of his latest designs using new materials such as ceramics in his latest line of jewelry.  We were able get private access to some of the most fascinating  street art to use as backdrops. He was so laid back it was not very difficult to get a great environmental portrait.

Miam Palm beach Florida advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed designer and artist Stephan Webster at the Wynwood Walls arts district

 

Photographer: Jeffery Salter

Camera: Phase One XF IQ260

Lighting: Profoto B-1


 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on South Beach and Lincoln road.

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on South Beach and Lincoln road.

Great to work with the Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine. We began the day photographing in his South Beach office where we had plenty of canine help from Earl the 1st bulldog of Miami Beach.  Afterwards onto to pedestrian and cafe filled Lincoln road to shoot at the unique architectural features and Art Deco style landscaping.


Keeping it real in Miami by photographer Jeffery Salter part 1.

I love photographing people. Good natured, modest, down to earth,  just like your next door neighbor who always has a cup of milk you can borrow. That’s why photography assignments to hang out and shoot portraits of reality television stars in Miami puts a smile on my face. Its always nice to see how “real” people live.

 

Sugar Divas | Laura Candeau + Iliana Lombardero | Miami Based photographer Jeffery Salter

 

I thought I knew what a diva was however, the icing on the cake was when Siempre Mujer magazine commissioned me to photograph Laura Candeau and Iliana Lombardero, a mother-daughter team who are cake makers to the stars. They are the “sugar divas.” They have made cakes for Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, Lil Wayne and Pit bull to name a few at their bakery called Divine Delicacies. Watch them on Las Divas del Azúcar airs on MTV Tr3s every Tuesday at 9 p.m.

 

 

Vanilla Ice | Bucky the Kangaroo | Miami based photographer Jeffery Salter

 

Speaking of icing on a cake….I had another slice when I received a call from the Tatler magazine in UK. The picture editor asked, “Would you like to photograph handyman and Rapper, Vanilla Ice, who has a reality show called “The Vanilla Ice project” with his kangaroo named “Bucky.”  I said, “What? Ice Ice with his Kanga?” I asked the editor if I could have the Kanga on a leash held by Mr. Ice looking all gangsta and flexing his tattoos standing in front of his West Palm Beach mansion like blooming royalty. She said, “Bucky wears a collar so that may work”

When I arrived to Mr. Ice’s estate. I told him my idea and he said, “You don’t get it”. You can’t photograph the Kanga in the in front. I replied, “Okay do you have a pool in the back? We can do a shot by the pool with you and the Kanga.” Then Mr. Ice says, to me “You don’t get it?”

So I pulled back a bit and followed Ice to the backyard, where I saw  Bucky in a Kangaroo mansion…. A very big pen. Mr. Ice explained  that if I wanted to photograph him and Bucky it would have to be in the cage. I said, “Cool.” It wasn’t going to be this regal statement, but I still was going to get the best shot of Ice and Bucky cage be damned.

I had my assistants set-up a couple of profoto strobes with magnum reflectors for a bit of edge light, and I put a profoto ring light on my IQ260 digital back and Phase one DF+ camera.

Then Mr. Ice gave me the ground rules, this is not a trained kangaroo:

When you go into the cage avoid eye contact.

Never stand up, or be taller then Bucky the kangaroo (who at 13 year old was five feet tall), otherwise he will box you. I have been on my hands and knees before, but never out of fear of getting punched out by a kangaroo. I crawled in. Mr. Ice came in carrying a bunch of bananas. Bucky the kangaroo hopped towards the bananas. Vanilla started to feed Bucky and I made a few nice frames. Then I asked Ice to give me a serious rapper pose, flex his muscles, display his tattoos and give me a “Straight out of Compton”  kinda look. He replied, “If I stop feeding Bucky bananas you might not make it out of the cage” Noticing that he only had two bananas left, I dispatched my assistant to go to a store and bring back another bunch of bananas.

 

 

Bucky the Kangaroo | Miami based photographer Jeffery Salter

 

After all the drama….Ice didn’t make the final cut….it was all about the “Bucky’.  Reality Note to self. Never be taller than a kangaroo, avoid eye contact and they love bananas.

Luckily my next assignment didn’t involved kangaroo boxing.

 

Phase One IQ260 | RRS TVC- 24L tripod | Fish Tank Kings

When I was little we had a few gold fish in a simple round glass tank. They were always jumping out. No worries, “Squeaky” my pet Chihuahua was always around to “rescue’’ any “Free Willy” minded gold fish. This most definitely isn’t the case with fish who live in the luxurious aquariums made by the “The Fish Tank Kings” a Nat Geo WILD’s reality TV series . Fish don’t ever want to escape these elaborate sized aquariums, some are large enough to drive a car or two into. The first part of the assignment was to shoot an opening portrait of the Living Color Aquariums President & COO, Mat Roy. On the show he does the big reveal to clients whose custom aquariums have been finished. The second part of the assignment was environmental portraits and reportage photographs of the designers and craftsmen at the factory.

 

Reef makers | Fish Tank Kings | photographed by Jeffery Salter

 

Although the picture editor wanted me to concentrate on the cast or on air talent of the show. What really touched my heart were these two beautiful ladies who labor away off camera making the most colorful, vibrant and super saturated reefs. They are the true stars.

 

 

Fish Tank King | Mat Roy | Photographed by Jeffery Salter Miami based photographer

 

The portrait of Mat Roy was a bit of a challenge. The editor wanted him to be inside a living aquarium. Luckily they had designed and installed an cylindrical aquarium at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in which you could step inside a hole in the middle. This shot took for ever, in order to light it without reflections I had to put the camera on a tripod and do multiple frames each with the strobe at different angles then layer the images together in photoshop.
Real Housewives of Miami star, Joanna Krupa | Miami based photographer Jeffery Salter

 

After doing a star turn working with fish tanks. I was ready for the big league. Next up Real house wives of Miami star Joanna Krupa who has appeared on over 100 covers world-wide including Cosmo and Shape has been named the sexiest swimsuit model in the world by magazines GQ, Maxim, who listed her as part of their “Hot 100” ranking of the world’s hottest women several  years in a row and Playboy.

The location was a beautiful Miami Beach home that had a wonderful wooden dock with views of Miami’s city in the background. We had a full production team, hair, make-up, stylist, two photo assistants and one digital tech. The magazine needed five set-ups with different outfit on Joanna at each spot. In order to accomplish this in the four hour time allotted for the shoot, my team set up lights at all five of the scenes. Working with a super model like Joanna was great. She relaxed very quickly and knew how to work the light.


I mainly photograph people so it was pretty strange when Road and Track magazine contacted me. I thought for sure they had dialed the wrong number. The photo editor, David quickly explained that it was a celebrity portrait shoot and the subjects were stars in the 80s hit television show “Miami Vice”. There names were Spyder, Countach and Testarossa. Crockett and Tubbs couldn’t make it.

 

1971 Ferrari Daytona spyder, a a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa and a 1988 Lamborghini Countach, modern super cars which were in the hit 80s television show Miami Vice.  The cars were photographed by Miami Advertising and Magazine photographer Jeffery Salter

 

Each one these beautiful objects of desire was photographed at a location in Miami or Miami Beach where they were often portrayed on the show.  Miami Vice was partially inspired by the Florida police policy of using confiscated evidence to finance law enforcement operations. Edna Buchanan, a crime reporter for The Miami Herald was interviewed by Road and Track for the story. She told John Krewson who wrote the article that “The criminals often went from poverty to incredible wealth on one deal. The cops ripped off the criminals, and everyone had too much money. Once they got it, their first stop was the jewelry store. The second was the car dealership.”

No high speed chases on this shoot, just shear joy of getting behind the wheel of a few modern super cars. My 2004 Toyota Sequoia SUV will never be the same. Here are a few BTS and outtakes from the shoot.

 

Stick shift |  1988 Lamborghini Countach.  Miami Vice cars for Road And Track Magazine. Photographer by Miami Advertising and magazine photographer Jeffery Salter

This is the stick shift of a 1988 Lamborghini Countach.

 

1971 Ferrari Daytona spyder, a a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa and a 1988 Lamborghini Countach, modern super cars which were in the hit 80s television show Miami Vice.  The cars were photographed by Miami Advertising and Magazine photographer Jeffery Salter

Many scenes from Miami Vice were shot at Crandon Beach on Key Biscayne, Fl. We took over the boardwalk to catch some beautiful morning light. And the line up is a 1971 Ferrari Daytona spyder,a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa and a 1988 Lamborghini Countach. Not exactly beach buggies, but they can tear up the asphalt.

 

No drone needed, just a six foot ladder to get an overhead view of the seven-figure 1971 Ferrari Daytona spider

Top down view of a 1971 Ferrari Daytona spider.

 

Miami Vice cars for Road And Track Magazine.

 1971 Ferrari Daytona spider

 1986 Ferrari Testarossa which starred in the Hit television series "Miami Vice" Photographed by Jeffery Salter, a miami based advertising and editorial photographer.

 1986 Ferrari Testarossa  |  Miami Vice Star car

 

 


Miami Photographer Jeffery Salter  photographs Enrique Iglesias  photographed by Miami advertising and editorial sports photographer Jeffery Salter who also does high end portraits of celebrities.

Miami is a Mecca for Latin music stars.  I was commissioned by David Baratz picture of USA Today Weekend to shoot a portrait of Enrique Iglesias who was about to drop a new album for the cover.  Glad to share a few workflow tips and BTS photographs.

Latin music star Enrique Iglesias, photographed by Miami photographer Jeffery Salter.

 

For cover shoots I normally use my Phase One IQ260 medium format digital back on a DF+ camera body. The capture size is 60 megapixels. Looking beyond that huge file that when opened up in photoshop is 256 megabytes you will see great tonal range and detail. Skin looks great. Ninety five percent of the photography I do are portraits so that is very important. The tripod used is made in California by Really Right Stuff it’s  a RRS TVC-24L is made of carbon fiber, light as a feather and stiff as a board and a joy to use.  Definitely slows down the shoot in regards to setting it up and such, but the quality gain in having a steady base for the camera is worth it.  I never was a big user of tripods before and frankly my old one was made of steel, heavy and a pain in the backside, I can’t count the number times it pinched my fingers….   It’s definitely a different mindset when you switch to tripod mode from handholding, meaning you need to  really pre-visualize and know the angle you want rather then finding a nice angle on the fly.  A great ballhead for fluid adjustments is the Arca-Swiss Z1. My camera has a quick release plate which allows me to quickly go between handholding and tripod use.

Behind me is a Elinchrom 74″ Octa bank it’s not a “Key” light but an provides a nice fill for shadows, think of it as a huge window with soft light adding just a touch of life to the shadows. My photo assistants hold shiny reflector boards and black flags to shape the light a bit more. I call that putting a bit of english on the light. Anyone can purchase a soft box or umbrella or any of the tons of light modifiers sold, but it’s important that a photographer takes control of his tools which will lead to developing personal style. I call this “layering or building light”.

Latin music star Enrique Iglesias, photographed by Miami photographer Jeffery Salter.

 

I use Capture One  for consistent and reliable tethering on location or in the studio.  In this shoot I was capturing to a 15 inch Apple MacBook Pro.  Those bright blue bands on the digital back and lens hood are bumpers, a low cost way to keep your gear looking crisp, available at any sporting goods store usually near the cashier.

Enrique Iglesias is photographed by Miami portrait and advertising Photographer Jeffery Salter

Latin music star Enrique Eglesias photographed by Miami celebrity, portrait and advertising photographer Jeffery Salter

 

For the second set-up I went in close for a tight headshot.  When you only have a limited amount of time for a shoot it works well to have several sets built and pre-lit.  My goal for this shoot was to shoot against a crimson seamless, then  on a black backdrop and finally finish with a wooden plywood set.  Each set had it’s own lighting design.  On the black I used a single profoto magnum reflector inches from Enrique’s face with a two reflectors for fill.

Miami People and portrait photographer Jeffery Salter photographs Latin music star Enrique Iglesias in Miami, Fl.

 

For the final set-up I used a 36 inch Profoto Octa bank as my key light with a 1 stop net bring down the tones on the plywood background above Enrique’s head. A 4 x 8 white foam core bounced in a bit of light for fill.   On the floor I have a small Profoto strip bank to kick a little fill into Enrique’s eyes.  You may notice a red table on a 20″ c-stand, its a simply beautiful and function laptop tray made of 1/4 aluminum.  I got it from Backstage equipment , they are an equipment company in Hollywood, Ca.

 

If you have any questions about the shoot feel free to drop me a comment.  Thank you for reading.

 

 

 


This is called hooking the big one…when you get a call to photograph “The Iron chef”. Miami is rapidly becoming known not only as city with great beaches, but a destination with many fine restaurants. Chef Masaharu Morimoto aka “The Iron Chef” is opening a new south beach restaurant at the Shelbourne Hotel.

Miami photographer Jeffery Salter photographed Iron Chef Morimoto for Ocean drive magazine.

Photographer: Jeffery Salter
Picture Editor: Jennifer Pagan


I finally found a moment to watch the Diana Nyad Ted talk about her amazing over 100 mile swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Fl.    She is incredible and a wonderful source of inspiration.   Even after four previous attempts to make the  53 hour swim, where she encountered sharks, venomous jellyfish, rough currents and exhaustion to point of near death,  Nyad found drive and determination to do it again.   Some of the greatest swimmers in the world have tried since 1950.  Diana was the first to do it.   When she got to the shore of Key West, her first words were,  “Never, ever give up”.

I wanted to share a few of my photos taken of Diana Nyad when she was training for her fourth attempt in 2011. Enjoy.

Diana Nyad preparing for her fourth attempt at swimming 100 miles across the Florida Keys. By Miami photographer Jeffery Salter

Diana Nyad prepares for a training session in Key West, Florida. This was from her fourth attempt to cross the 100 mile channel.


 
Her second words were, “You can chase your dreams at any age; you’re never too old”

 

Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage, willing her way to a Key West beach just before 2 p.m. ET, nearly 53 hours after jumping into the ocean in Havana for her fifth try in 35 years.

Nyad is the only person to have swam from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage. The swim took nearly 53 hours.


 
The third thing she said on the beach was,  “It looks like the most solitary endeavor in the world, and in many ways, of course it is, and in other ways, it’s a team, and if you think I’m badass, you want to meet Bonnie.  Bonnie is Nyad’s long time coach.
 

Bonnies hands over a feeding tube Nyad while she was training for her fourth attempt.  During the swim Nyad could not touch the boat or the swim would be ruled invalid.

Bonnies hands over a feeding tube Nyad while she was training for her fourth attempt. During the swim Nyad could not touch the boat or the swim would be ruled invalid.

 

Diana Nyad portrait taken for Readers Digest magazine.

Diana Nyad portrait taken for Readers Digest magazine.

 
She never gave up. Let’s all take a page from Diana’s book. A new year is here and a new chance to get one step or stroke closer to achieving your goal.

Here is a video me and Chuck Fadely shot for The Reader’s digest in 2011 when Diana was preparing for her fourth attempt.

 

 

 


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