Saturday, 8 June 2019

Creating the Editorial Story - White Lights And Dark Knights

I'm glad I keep a selection of images from photoshoots I like from over the years in a, Fashion, Editorial, Modelling all-in-one general folder on my computer, so that every now and again; I come across images that I know have never been made public. I also like that I have blog posts that were made at or near the time I did some of those photoshoots as they often contain snippets of information about the work that I have long since forgotten. And yet these details were an important part of why a final picture ended up looking the way it does today. The White Lights and Dark Knights editorial is a perfect example of this. I shot three fashion stories and several portraits for issue 3 of Le Magazine. One story was a collage collaboration with a photo artist. Then there was a more straight forward studio shoot; which regardless of how good it looked I ended up spending a lot of time in post finessing to bring out it's more ethereal qualities. Then there was this story White Light.. which; after we had shot the pictures, changed direction almost entirely!!! Now this is something that never usually happens.
Russian Constructivist editorial studio fashion photography concept and photograph by Kent Johnson

We had worked quite intensively on all the shoot concepts and planning; the how, what, where, when. This one was initially conceived as a shoot that could use patterns either projected or dropped in using Photoshop. We decided Photoshopping the pattern in after would be the simplest approach but; for reasons I can no longer recall the pattern concept went right out the window. (Was it a Florence Broadhurst concept that ran into a rights issue?) Clearly there was something about what had been planned in the vintage aspect to the styling, that started me thinking about the Russian Constructivists. Their use of geometric shapes and primary colours as a possible alternative to the  type of pattern idea we had started with. So the concept that we ended up with started out with me proposing a series like the red square and oblique lines image that I prepared above. But this did not seem to hit the mark for the magazine so we moved on... continued below.
A Constructivist style fashion photoshoot - White Nights Black Knights - incorporating the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night, concept and photography by Kent Johnson

Whilst doing my research on the Constructivists I started falling in love with the period portraits of the artists that I was seeing (now there's a recurring theme in my photography..) Shots of the pavilions they had built for exhibitions and the posters they produced for their shows. By this time we had already shot the images with model Sammy Raine against a basic white background and, thinking Constructivistly I dug out some night shots of the super structure of the Sydney Harbour Bridge that I had taken years earlier with my trusty Canon Pro1 top of the line Point-and-Shoot.. back in 2006!

This concept was given the go ahead and then it was just down to me doing the most complex image compositing I had ever done. On the plus side, being inspired by Russian Constructivism collage works by El Lissitzky and ‎Alexander Rodchenko meant that the pictures should not be perfectly rendered into the background. The original opening page is above, below are the original images without magazine text along with some of the pictures as they were made before becoming part of the collage images.

Black dress and feather hat - A Constructivist style fashion photoshoot incorporating the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night, concept and photography by Kent Johnson
Mrs Press bra and pants set with stockings and lace garters - A Constructivist style fashion photoshoot incoprating the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night, concept and photography by Kent Johnson
Vintage Fox stole and black dress leggings - A Constructivist style fashion photoshoot incoprating the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night, concept and photography by Kent Johnson
Black tulle dress on white background with, Marilyn Monroe inspired poses. Studio fashion photography by Kent Johnson
Sammie and I having a Monroe Moment..

Black dress and feather hat on white background vintage inspired fashion shoot.. Studio fashion photography by Kent Johnson
Black tulle dress on white background with, Marilyn Monroe inspired pose. Studio fashion photography by Kent Johnson
Sammy Raine, tulle dress and face veil. Studio fashion photography by Kent Johnson.
Sydney Harbour Bridge superstructure photographed at night by Kent Johnson.
Opening silhouette for the Constructivist style fashion photoshoot - White Nights Black Knights - incorporating the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night, concept and photography by Kent Johnson
Out-take with feather hat, black dress from the Constructivist style fashion photoshoot - White Nights Black Knights - incorporating the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night, concept and photography by Kent Johnson
Outtake from original series.
Opening silhouette and working title for the Constructivist style fashion photoshoot - White Nights Black Knights - incorporating the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night, concept and photography by Kent Johnson
My concept and working title for the opening of the story.
The vintage inspired garments from Mrs Press combined with the slightly crazy Vivien Westwood shoes, the old stole from Coco Collectables. It all works perfectly against Sydney’s largest Art Deco structure the Sydney Harbour Bridge! After lifting model Sammy off the white background (so to speak) and dropping her over the night bridge scenes , post processing was mostly about blending B&W layers to deliver our Constructivist; now a little bit Film Noir feeling final images. I'd like to think that all the artists from whom I found my inspiration would be happy with the way the final images turned out. Even lovely Florence the unseen idea that got us started; was known to like women and design a little on the edge.

Model, Sammy Raine
Styling, Rhiannon Bulley
Hair & Make Up, Lisa Sciberras

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Male Modelling and Stressed Denim, Menswear Fashion Photography - Sydney Australia

Studio & location content creation and campaign shots for jeans label Gallivant. These shorts were made for the launch a new jeans label, to open doors and land distributors. We had UK model Mark from Viviens and he was absolutely fantastic and has an amazing attitude toward his modelling work. Thanks Mark, you rock! And thanks to Gallivant too; it was quite a wonderful shoot. Grooming was provided by Lisa Sciberras.

Mens jeans Black and White Branding fashion shot in the studio. Photography by Kent Johnson, Sydney Australia.
Mens jeans, a colour branding and marketing fashion shot in the studio. Photography by Kent Johnson, Sydney Australia.
An action headshot, menswear branding and marketing fashion shot in the studio. Photography by Kent Johnson, Sydney Australia.
Mens black jeans photographed in black and white - Branding fashion shot in the studio. Photography by Kent Johnson, Sydney Australia.
Men's bleached jeans photographed in black and white - Branding fashion shot in the studio. Photography by Kent Johnson, Sydney Australia.
Men's bleached jeans photographed in black and white - Branding fashion shot on location, basketball court with skateboard. Photography by Kent Johnson, Sydney Australia.
Men's bleached jeans photographed in black and white - Branding fashion shot on location. Photography by Kent Johnson, Sydney Australia.

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Sunday, 26 May 2019

How To Join Top Modelling Agencies with a Portfolio Photoshoot in Sydney

How do you become a model? How do you break into the Australian modelling industry? Great questions, lets find a few answers to getting you started. There are a few different approaches you can take to make it as a model, but we have found that regardless of anything else; a great professional modelling portfolio is going to give you the edge and the best chance to break into the fashion and modelling industry. Read on below 
Teo - Sydney Model Agency Portfolio Photoshoot And Comp Card - Photography by Kent Johnson

And here's the first reason. Model Agencies and Bookers are busy people. Yes that is 100% boring and 100% true! If you want to get their attention you need pictures that stand out too them - pictures that catch their attention in a business that is driven by pictures! That means the kind of picture they expect to see with something more - forget Instagram and the crazy creative stuff! - There will be plenty of time for that later - So why do you need straight-down-the-line pictures to get into a top model agency? Because they need clean, clear strong pictures to SEE you, YOU in capital letters with no guess work required. No one has time to guess what you look like. If they have to guess; they won't. It will just be,"next model" with good pictures that they can turn to. Your time will have already passed!!! Remember, even a Unicorn viewed from the wrong angle looks like a horses... You need to to look Unicorn-You from-the-front, at the very start, and exactly the right angle.
Sam's confidence building - Sydney Model Agency  Portfolio Photoshoot And Comp Card - Photography by Kent Johnson
The  good news is my team and I have been making great looking portfolio pictures that get you unicorn noticed; for years! The kind of picture you will love and modelling agencies love too. And that is a very good thing. It is what you need. My team and I have helped a lot of attractive young people who have done photo sessions with portrait studios who do "model portfolio" pictures that were rejected. The pictures by the way were fine as portraits.. but not as model portfolio shots; and the agents agree, they are not the right stuff. What do they say, "we can't use these pictures." Portraits are not model portfolio pictures.

In today's world it's also important to put yourself out there on social media, with Instagram being the platform of choice. It is very competitive and a tough crowd so you may want to set up a modelling-only profile; so you can keep your private life private. Even if you want your IG page to look like it's your real world. There's more info, so scroll down and read on.
Teen sports fitness and fun - Sydney Model Agency  Portfolio Photoshoot And Comp Card - Photography by Kent Johnson
Next; how can we help you land a top modelling agency. By helping you be yourself. As the saying goes, "be yourself everyone else is taken!" And as true as that is, it's also helpful to work with a team that can bring out your unique qualities that can get you seen by the Modelling Industry. This is one reason we don't try to photograph you in just one hour! It takes time to make great pictures, to get to know you, your look, what makes you, you. And it's something that cannot be rushed. My portfolio shoots are from two to four hours long, I don't like to be rushed and neither should you. This is part of the approach to creating beautiful strong model portfolio pictures that get you noticed.
Teen Fashion, Dance and Fitness - Sydney Model Agency  Portfolio Photoshoot And Comp Card - Photography by Kent Johnson

A teen model in hair and make up at the studio for her fashion, dance and fitness model portfolio photoshoot in Sydney. Photo by Kent Johnson.


Dan, started his international career with this, Sydney Model Agency  Portfolio Photoshoot And Comp Card - Photography by Kent Johnson
Male Teen Model - Sydney Model Agency  Portfolio Photoshoot And Comp Card - Photography by Kent Johnson
Of course - well maybe not of course if you don't already know. On of the biggest pictures you need for a modelling portfolio is the Headshot! The Headshot is the first hit; the hero or heroine of your comp card, your CV, your life as a model. And again, it is not a portrait! (I go into detail here)
Kayte Asian Model - Sydney Model Agency  Portfolio Photoshoot And Comp Card - Photography by Kent Johnson

My modelling industry ready, eye catching pictures can be the difference between getting the attention of agency bookers, talent reps and photographers looking to book models that you need. It  can be the difference between wanting to be a model and actually becoming one. I have four portfolio packages on offer and they can be customised to suit your needs. Check them out here along with a lot more shots from my modelling portfolio shoots here - www.kentjohnsonphotography.com.au/09Modelling/ModellingPortfolios.htm

Silver Fox Galina - Sydney Model Agency  Portfolio Photoshoot And Comp Card - Photography by Kent Johnson
Bianca - Sydney Model Agency Ready Portfolio Photoshoot And Comp Card - Photography by Kent Johnson

Want to know what our clients think of my modelling portfolio photoshoots - Click Here to read my article Top 10 Reasons To Shoot With Kent Johnson Photography Need some tips on Headshots - Click Here and in-depth about Headshots Here. Thinking about joining the Silver Fox modelling brigade - Click Here

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Theatre Publicity Stills - Art For Arts Sake - Sydney

Last year I was commissioned by playwright and actor Sage Godrei to produce the publicity stills for her theatre piece Art For Arts Sake. Although I missed the production as I was overseas at the time I enjoyed being present for this rehearsal and then lighting and directing these shots. I often think of fashion photography as a kind of theatre, I think the two forms may be more closely related than people realise.
Publicity stills with Sage Godrei for her theatre piece Art For Arts Sake - Photography by Kent Johnson
Publicity stills with Sage Godrei for the play Art For Arts Sake - Photography by Kent Johnson
Stepping out of the frame - Publicity stills with Sage Godrei for the play Art For Arts Sake - Photography by Kent Johnson
Male actors in golden shirts - Publicity stills for the play Art For Arts Sake - Photography by Kent Johnson
Magazine cover featuring publicity stills with Sage Godrei for her theatre piece Art For Arts Sake - Photography by Kent Johnson
Newsprint review featuring publicity stills with Sage Godrei for her theatre piece Art For Arts Sake - Photography by Kent Johnson

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

A Bird in the Bower - Fashion Photography In An Old Sydney Garden

Well it's our artfully tousled platinum haired model Natalie; looking every bit a bird of paradise in the bower of course. We set out for this exotic garden shoot at a grand Victorian residence in Annandale, Sydney with high spirits. The weather as it sometimes does had other ideas - it decided to rain. At first we hoped we would be able to shoot inside; I had my lighting kit at the ready. But this lovely large house, home to two retired creatives was filled to the brim. Shelves everywhere, archives, books, the furniture all a bit wrong for our looks, not the glamorous feel we were wanting, needed.. Or there were dominating artworks, stuff, stuff, more stuff. I loved it all, but it wasn't what we were after. I would have thought I would be able to shoot around a lot of this visual clutter to minimise the impact, or exploit it. But in most rooms the decor would dominate and distract, we had a problem! I could not see clear catalogue shots being made inside this house. The client had picked the location, and unfortunately I never been offered a chance to check it out. So I did a shot at the top of the internal stairway to get us started; and that was it for the interiors.  Next we were able to get some shots on an upstairs verandah, inside-outside.. And thankfully by then, the weather had started clearing and we were able to make our way out into the garden.
Heritage house location fashion photoshoot. Classic beauty, model with short platinum hair in black silk jacket with wide white ruffle collar. Photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.

Even so, this beautiful inner west suburban garden while huge by inner city standards, was still not really that large. So time evaporated as I worked my way around still wet areas and tight spaces. To create clean and clear pictures that highlighted the fashion, within the environment in the best possible light. I had to choose our positions very carefully, to keep the illusion grand. It was a challenge that I faced for every shot, all of the day. We did well of course and got the shots we needed, even if it took a little more time than we had allowed for. I recently re-edited a personal selection of these pictures, as I have always liked them but felt there was more in them than had been developed at the time. Not big differences; but some subtle ones that make me a lot happier, and some of the shots with a mood different to the clients original selection. So here they are, the garden shoot revisited.. Model Natalie, H&MU by Kaori, Client: Sarissa.
Full length shot of a fashion model before a stained glass window in a Victorian house. Photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
Black and white photograph, full length fashion shot of a model on a  veranda with cast iron Sydney lace wearing a balc jacket and dress with ruffled collar. Photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
Model portrait, for fashion campaign, purple silk dress, on location. Photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
 Dramatic black and white photograph of model in black dress looking like a dancer from a bygone age.  Fashion photography by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
Fashion model wearing a blue silk jacket in a grove of bamboo. Photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
Dramatic light, black and white photograph of a fashion model in a bamboo grove. Photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
Fashion campaign eCommerce photoshoot in a grand Victorian garden, Annandale Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
Classic headshot of a high fashion model wearing a black mesh veil, photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
Fashion campaign shot in an old overgrown suburban garden. Photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
Model sitting on overgrown fountain in an old suburban garden. Fashion photographed by Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio in 2019

Everyone loves a top 10 but you can't just make stuff up! What I've done is taken quotes from reviews that my clients have left me over on my Facebook page; featuring key points, of what they loved about creating their portfolio and photoshoot with me. I don't even mention that the top reason is because you want to become a model - because, as great as that is there is so much more to it than that! So here we go, the Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio in 2019 - illustrated with pictures from their respective photoshoot. Thank you to my wonderful clients - love to you all, love you Sydney!

A Career Starting Studio Portfolio - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
A Career Starting Studio Portfolio - Sandra
'Kent was fabulous! I took my daughter for her first fashion photoshoot and Kent made her feel confident and glamorous. He also held my hand throughout the process of picking the best photos, because we had so many great shots, it was hard to choose!. The photos were just amazing. This was a great experience for both of us. The stylist and hair and make-up ladies that Kent brought, Vivianne and Cynthia, were also great. Thanks, Kent!' ( Teo won iPOP model of the year in L.A. 2018 with this very portfolio - her first)

Unique shots Male Model Portfolio - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
Unique shots - Male Model Portfolio - Jimmy 
'I recently did a shoot with Kent and the results were outstanding. Kent has the ability to spot and create shots that a less experienced photographer simply would not be able to pull off. Kent is also very easy to work with and has a good sense of humour. We had a few laughs throughout the shoot which is always helpful as far as getting loose and creating cool shots. Overall highly recommended!'

A 30th birthday photoshoot - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
A 30th birthday photoshoot - Aline
'I had a photo shoot with Kent for my 30th birthday and was an awesome day, really good experience. Kent is an excellent professional made me feel comfortable through the shoot and the 5 hrs went like a flash!'

A very comfortable person to shoot with - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
A very comfortable person to shoot with - On Location with Sean
'I had a great time shooting with Kent! He is a very comfortable person to shoot with; which was important for me especially considering I have never really done any serious modelling before. The photos turned out great and even better I had a great time getting those shots with Kent.'

Professional with very personal touch - Studio Portfolio Headshot & Comp Card - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
Professional with very personal touch - Studio Portfolio & Comp Card - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
Professional with a very personal touch - Studio Portfolio & Comp Card - Ali 
'Following a recommendation from a contact made through the Billy Blue Design College, my 19 year old daughter and I were recently recommended to check out Kent Johnson Photography to get some photos together to help kick off a career in modelling. The whole experience from start to finish was extremely professional and but at the same time with a very personal touch. Kent spent a lot of time with us discussing the options and getting to know a bit about her so that he could get a good story going through the photos. We decided on the 4 hour studio photo shoot and were not disappointed! We spent an amazing and really enjoyable few hours at the Studio working through different looks and outfits with Kent and Emily, the hair and makeup artist, and came out of it with some stunning photos and a great comp card!! Many thanks again.'

A great eye for the detail - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
He's only satisfied when the light is perfect - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
A great eye for the detail - Denis
'I recently had my portfolio shot by Kent Johnson. He's a passionate Photographer with a great eye for the detail and he's only satisfied when the light is perfect. I really think that Kent and his Crew is worth the money. It's not only that the pictures are very qualitative, but also did I have a lot of fun while shooting them! I've rarely seen somebody so enthusiastic about his job, if you're interested in having shot a few professional pictures then you really should give it a go with him.'

Styling and posing are not a problem - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
Styling and posing are not a problem -  Tay
'I recently had a photo shoot with Kent to go towards my portfolio, the location was beautiful, he is very professional, helped with styling and posing and it was a very comfortable environment :)'

Age is part of the beauty of life - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
Age is part of the beauty of life - Wendy 
'Photo shoot at Neilson Park with Kent was great fun. The location was very nostalgic for me - I learned to swim there as a child and have continued to go back over the years. Having photos taken there brought back lovely memories for me and I felt at home right away. Kent's style is relaxed and engaging and he a fantastic and dedicated photographer so I knew I was going to get an excellent portfolio. I'm really happy with the photos - they are beautifully shot in soft light, very flattering for a 60 something aspiring model.'

His sense of artistic creativity - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
His sense of artistic creativity - Bridget
'I think Kent's clear skill at photography and his sense of artistic creativity make him a perfect choice as a photographer, be it for the fashion industry or for personal portrait photography. Besides being a world class photographer with a deep knowledge of art and fashion, Kent has a lovely personality and is definitely a fun and friendly guy to work with. I really enjoyed my shoot with Kent and would recommend him to anyone in need of a great photographer!'

A Christmas present for both of us,  feeling like supermodels - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
A Christmas present for both of us, left us feeling like supermodels - Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
A Christmas present for both of us,  feeling like supermodels - Galina 
'Wow, finally I have had my long wished for photo shoot. I am happy that I did it with the best photographer in Sydney Kent Johnson and with my beautiful niece Anastasia from Holland. My husband Chris had arranged it as surprise Christmas present for both of us. We absolutely loved it. It was great fun, showing our outfits and really enjoyed feeling like supermodels. It was also good to have a professional make up artist. I have now selected the best shots from all the proofs. Actually, all photos looks absolutely fabulous. Kent, you have done a great job. Thank you very much! I would highly recommended you to anyone. My best regards, Galina V.'

A Calming, Friendly and Patient Manner- Top 10 Reasons to Book Me for your Modelling Portfolio with Kent Johnson Photography
Calming, Friendly and Patient Manner - Marisa 
'Had the great pleasure of meeting with Kent to photograph my teenage daughter for her first Portfolio Photo Shoot. My daughter walked in a little scared and nervous and walked out Confident and Excited about what her future might be. Kent was so great with his Calming, Friendly and Patient Manner that Samantha Transformed in front of our eyes. Kent is an Absolute First Class Professional whose Expertise I Genuinely Appreciated. Thank You Kent.' Marisa Robertson


Well that's it that is 10, actually 11 reasons to consider me, Kent Johnson to photograph your modelling portfolio or fashion portrait. Of course I think one of the best reasons, perhaps after great pictures and mentioned quite often; is we really do have fun on on these portfolio photoshoots, and I think that's very important. After all, enjoying yourself and feeling good about who you are should always be part of the experience.

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