Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

With summer in full effect we braved the heat to do some swimsuit photography with Lisa Dillon a wonderful model who gave us some bulletproof looks in the 90 degree heat.

The lifestyle photography shoot was a great break from my advertising work and magazine editorials.  No guys in ties at this 20,000 gallon pool we rented for the production.  No animals were harmed in the making of this swimsuit feature!  Enjoy.

Miami lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter


The quality of the light outside in Miami during the summer months can be quite harsh, especially during the midday hours.  Lisa was flying in from a production in Los Angeles and was delayed in transit, so we got a bit of a late start.  It’s important to also factor in ample time for the glam team,  in this case Melissa Conner who provided excellent hair and make-up, with stylist Kristina Kitchen who pulled some amazing swimsuits and accessories.


Miami lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter


A good way of softening harsh light is to put up an Avenger  12 x 12 with white translucent fabric.  It was put on medium roller stands which allow you move it quickly as the sun moves across the sky.  The light walls of the studio bounced quite a bit of light back into the scene which worked out perfectly.


Miami lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter


I added a bit of color grading in Capture One, my favorite digital imaging software.  It handles many different raw digital files from most types of cameras.  In my case I use it for my Phase One XF IQ 260 digital images.


Miami portrait lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter


This is my workstation with all the essential items, coffee, dual Eizo monitors, wacom intuos pro tablet and an Apple wireless keyboard.  Not picture is an item every photographer who puts in long hours editing and retouching his images has……the Aeron Chair.  Without a doubt one of the best investments in your health and workspace.


Miami lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter


For this image we added a couple Profoto B-1 strobes for a bit of edge light to bring out her face and, hips and legs.  To give the image a more stylized look, Kristina provided a white apple, that she painted the night before.  A white fabric backdrop was draped in the background.



Its a wrap and the swan was richly rewarded with a kiss.


Photographer: Jeffery Salter

Stylist: Kristina Kitchen

Hair and Make-up: Melissa Conner




Dog Days of Summer

Hmmmm.  Working with kids and animals….love them.  Try working with Barney, Angelina, Clyde, Fox and Lassie –the cutest homeless dogs on the planet.  They didn’t quite get the set lingo.  Freeze! Hold it! Love it!  Beautiful baby! The light loves you!  Dogs wanting green jelly beans, diet Pepsi and  a doggy trailer with a star on it lathered with  mucho petting and lots of attention. It wasn’t the day for me to wear my black is the new black ensemble… sitting in a laundry bag covered with gold hair, black hair and brown hair.  The set was pure helter dog-skelter!   Lucky for us doggie treats went over smashingly well! (The all volunteer team, model Stacy Lyon from Wilhelmina, stylist Kristina Kitchens,  make-up/hair by Melissa Connor and dog lover Eva ate human treats…pizza!)   When Eva Wittels called from Project Fashion Tails, an initiative started to educate the public about the plight of homeless animals,  I knew it was going to be a fun shoot.  And hopefully these deserving  haute couture dogs will have been adopted by the time you see these photos from the shoot.


When the housing bubble collapsed many people who lost their homes were forced to surrender of abandon their animals.  According to Eva Wittels from Helping Homeless Animals, “this only added to Miami’s homeless animal population.”  She started the Miami-based Project Fashion Tails to put animals from rescues to pose with 40 world-renowned fashion photographers. Charest-Weinberg and Eva Danielle will be presenting the work at Charest-Weinberg Gallery in Miami on September 22, 2012, Saturday at 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

See you dog and cat lovers there!