An Announcement

For this year’s World Photography Day on the 20th of August, I shared this photo of my good friend Toni McLennon. It’s one of the few unreleased photos from my shoot with her last year because it was originally a test image. Her face isn’t retouched (shout-out to the amazing makeup by Dominique Mitchell aka @ladybugmua!) as I’ve yet to figure out how to do that on a phone, but that makes me love the image even more. I came across it while perusing my Lightroom CC catalogue. Did the black and and white conversion there, and a bit of tweaking in Snapseed. Also have to shout out @jikreuben and @kidbazzle for being my technicians that day.

I’d also like to take the time to ‘announce’ that I’m no longer in Jamaica (and won’t be for quite a while) so the content of my page might shift a bit. I’m currently living and working in Japan, and I’ll be doing a bit of exploration of my craft while I’m here. You may see more landscapes, more architectural work. Whatever comes next, I’d like to thank you all for supporting me and my work. Thanks to all the clients I’ve gained, the friends I’ve met. And hey, if you’re in Southern Japan and you’d like to work with me, feel free to give me a shout!

Toni McLennon

Bridal Beauty

It’s always great when a plan comes together! A few weeks ago I did a lovely shoot with makeup-artist Tamara Melville (who is becoming a frequent collaborator of mine) to capture some clean, subtle bridal makeup looks. 

Working once more with model Sue-Dionne Lewis (represented by State Management), Bianca Cisneros-Wynter and Olivia Grace. Everyone was on point throughout the shoot, and it was a good time all around. We also had some beautiful dresses provided by White Lotus Bridal. Tamara did a great job with each model, and they all had marvellous energy on the set. We ended up with two looks for Bianca and Olivia, and one look for Sue-Dionne, all clean, simple and graceful. 

I don’t have much to say this time around, but I’ll let the images speak for themselves!

Tropical Memories: Fashion and Beauty Editorial

Guess who’s back with some new images! Make-up artist Tamara Melville reached out to me recently to do a collaboration to shoot some beautiful spring looks, and knowing the quality of her work I was happy to be on board. We had worked together before with great results, so I knew I was in for a treat. 

Sue-Dionne Lewis, repped by State Management, was the model selected for the shoot, and she did exceptionally well. Working with Sue is a breeze because she instinctively knows the poses and faces to pull based on just a mood board or minimal direction. With that type of synergy, there was no way we wouldn’t get great images. The accessories provided by Vintage Chic Jewellery were wonderful and fit the mood of the shoot perfectly, ranging from rustic to earthy to vibrant. It’s evident that each piece was made lovingly and with great care. The dresses, provided by FHL Designs, embodied the spirit of spring and tropical feelings incredibly well with their flowing designs. 

 For assistance on this shoot, I contacted my colleague Kid Bazzle to assist me as a lighting and digital technician. He also created that lovely green backdrop! With myself, Tamara and Bazzle on set, we had a lovely time shooting each look, with Tamara styling each look effortlessly. As always, I shot tethered so that the images could be seen on a monitor almost instantly instead of on the back of the camera. I find this workflow to be very productive because what the human eye might not see, the camera picks it up! We had a great day, and some amazing images to show for it!

Light and Shadow: A Fashion Editorial

In my last blog post, I mentioned I had some more work in store for you. I’m happy to share that my latest editorial has been published in Sheeba Magazine!

The series, titled Light and Shadow, was inspired by the way shadows add a sense of dimension to an image. I don’t shy away from using shadows in my work, but in this instance, I wanted to make it as stark as possible, which led me to shoot a number of the images in black and white. Another source of inspiration was the work of fashion and commercial photographer Lindsay Adler. After examining her black and white work, and watching one of her Creative Live classes in which she used hard light, I felt compelled to try it for myself. I compiled a mood board and then reached out to model and designer Anna-Lisa Guthrie, who I felt had the perfect look to pull off a shoot like this. I also contacted the super talented Dominique Mitchell to do make-up, and fellow photographer Jik-Reuben Pringle to be my lighting and digital technician. 

 The outfits provided by Anna-Lisa were an almost exact match with the idea I had in mind, and the shoot went swimmingly (as can be expected when working with a great team). I have to give a big thank you to Sheeba Magazine for publishing our work! In addition to this, one image in particular is also currently on display at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in the 2018 Faculty Exhibition. The work is on display in the CAG[e] Gallery at the college, and runs from the 6th of March to the 20th of March, so feel free to go have a have a look!

You can view the tear sheets from the magazine and a few extra images below; a full gallery can be found here. Enjoy!

Fete Fashion with Anna

I recently got together with my friend and fellow creative Anna-Lisa Guthrie to create some work for her fashion line Aura by Annaixe. Anna is not just a model and photographer, but also a designer, and I was thrilled to work with her to create new content for her portfolio; the tops and the earrings were made by her. Her designs are meticulously detailed and gorgeous, and she modeled them well. While it was a subsection of a larger project that we were working on (which will be detailed in another blog post), I still approached it as I would any project.

I was incredibly happy to have makeup artist Dominique Mitchell working with me on this project, as her skill and style is impeccable and immediately identifiable. Also present was my colleague Jik-Reuben Pringle, who filled the role of lighting and digital technician. As I always try to do for studio shoots, I shot tethered with my base edits dialed in, so that we could have an idea of what the final product would be. All in all, we had an amazing time on the shoot, and I can’t wait to show the rest. In the meantime, enjoy these!

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