Wednesday post series #2: what inspires me at the moment

I’m currently in pre-production for a couple of advertisements for my local Credit Union (with Chai Media, obviously ;)) so I’ve been looking at their other ads for some inspiration. None of them are very inspiring, seeing as we want to take a different stance on this and do something completely out of the ordinary. Therefore I’ve been inspired by the following:

Sony Bravia TV ad (2006)

Monday post series #2: photoshoots I’ve loved

Here’s the second installment of my Monday post series: photoshoots I’ve loved.

This series is by Txema Yeste for Numero China April 2012 issue. This is amazing. The images are quite avant-garde and are dark and Gothic but are colourful and sensual at the same time. The images have quite an experimental feel to them, which is probably why I love them so much.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Thursday post series #1: personal updates

Here’s the first of my Thursday posts: updates on everything that’s happened to me in the last few weeks. At the moment, I’m in the process of registering a business name for my new venture: Chai Media (partnership with my friend [and model for my studio shoot today] Chesney). We’re in pre-production for a couple of advertisements for my local Credit Union so that’s keeping us busy. Between that and my current internship at The Picture Rooms photography studio on Fridays and Saturdays, I’m pretty much busy all day every day! It’s good being busy though, I feel like I need to be out doing things every day so this is fueling that nicely!

I had a studio shoot with Chesney today, like I said, for my portfolio for college for next year. It went so well, we played around with low-key lighting and silver glitter for the day! I’ll post up the edited images next week. For now though, it’s sleep time for me!

Wednesday post series #1: what inspires me at the moment

Following on from yesterday’s post about series and the like, here is the first of my Wednesday posts. I’m shooting my friends Chesney and Conor in studio tomorrow so therefore this post is about what I’ve been looking at for ideas. I’ve been thinking a lot about low-key lighting and about how dramatic it can look. I love low-key lighting, how getting the shadows and light just right can either make or break a portrait. The following are photos I’ve been looking at for inspiration.

I’m probably gonna go more along the route of the last photo and add some glitter into the image aswell, just to see how it goes. I’ll post up some photos when they’re done!

Monday post series #1: photoshoots I’ve loved

Here’s the first of my Monday post series: photo shoots I’ve loved. This one is “Disturbed Dream Captures” by Kevin Carrado. This shoot is absolutely amazing. I’m a little obsessed with the notion of vulnerability and isolation in photography so this was right up my alley! Using frames within photographs is also another fascination of mine so I absolutely love this series! The images use a muted colour palette and are slightly dystopian, with fragmented bodies climbing into and out of frames. They have a surrealist nature to them so they look almost like a Dali painting. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Test shoot / snapshots for Assests with Chesney Dowling (19-03-12)

My friend Chesney asked me to take a couple of snapshots of him two weeks ago for Assets Modelling Agency. I felt honoured that he asked me, to be honest. He’s a filmmaker from Clare, who spent two years in Australia. While there he did some runway modeling, so he wants to apply to Assets over here. We headed to the local beach, with our cameras and entourage (my boyfriend & our friends Greg & Conor). The shots came out awesomely, I’m really happy with them. Here are the best ones and I really hope they get him in!

Major upload to Flickr

Had a load of photographs just sitting on my hard-drive that I needed to upload to Flickr and I’m not back in work til Wednesday so I thought I might as well. They’re shoots from February and March of this year with my friend Sarah. Most turned out the way I wanted, so I’m happy with both of them. Had a photo-shoot with Conor & Tara a few weeks ago, which was great seeing as I hadn’t had a proper shoot in so long. Not since college, which is terrible, I know. So tomorrow, I’m gonna go to Harvard and take as many photos as I can. Just spend the day & take photos. Probably need to do that. I feel like I’m stuck in a creative rut at the moment. Bought a good scrapbook the other day. I’m going to start photo-journaling with the prints from the Lomography film I bought last week. It’s redscale! :D I need to start writing again too… I don’t know why I haven’t in so long… probably because of that horrible creative rut. Silly dry spots for creating… >.< Meanwhile, I’m learing a load in my gallery internship. Like, how to use archive tape instead of Pritt stick to stick photos down because archive tape is non-acidic & Pritt stick isn’t. I’ll be sad to go home. Missing my boyfriend terribly though… just three more weeks….

Bye bye DA, hello Flickr

I’ve decided to leave DeviantArt on the back of this blog post

http://mikeshawphotography.deviantart.com/journal/?offset=5

I find that totally unethical and seeing as I don’t know HOW to turn off EXIF data on my photographs, DA are infringing my intellectual property rights… therefore bye bye DA, hello Flickr or Shadowness or Redbubble… haven’t decided yet.

Also, had a photoshoot of the Malahide GAA team for the Malahide Gazette the other day. Sent them in last night, hopefully they’ll use them.

Off for two weeks today, hopefully that’ll mean photos, I’m hoping. Bought a green filter for my camera the other day, tis awesome :D

Photographs from the studio

I hate when people who don’t know what they’re talking about criticise for something that is totally logical and RIGHT. I’m a photographer and watermarking images is what I’m going to have to do when I’m actually doing this as my full time job, people wondering why the image is watermarked and doing it in such a way that it’s deemed a critique amazes me… I just don’t understand it. Criticism of my work cannot be avoided (and with the aforementioned person, probably won’t) but I’d much prefer if that criticism was CONSTRUCTIVE rather than just CRITISING to CRITICISE… I don’t get it.

Rant aside… here’s photographs from the studio shoot the other day.

 

Going to organise a photo-shoot for Saturday, I have so many ideas I want to try out, but haven’t had the time to. So I’m excited! Going to revisit my photography portfolio photo-shoot as well, to see how I’ve improved. Busy busy busy… :D