Posts Tagged ‘Miami Portraits’

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.

 


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…..now 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!