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. 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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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Monday, 14 January 2019

The Joys and Pain of Simple Photography

I received a phone call yesterday from a former colleague, who having spotted a typo on one of my blog posts. Had decided to do me a turn of kindness and let me know. Which I appreciated very much. I think it was also a good excuse to give me a call and chat about how the Industry is going. I was praised for my uncompromising commitment to photography; though I assured my friend I had compromised a lot in my time. As we discussed jobs from the past and diminishing fees, I was told about a former client of years of theirs, who had eventually asked them if they could; "just set up the lights" so they could do the shots themselves. We weren't using face-time but I'm sure my eyes rolling into the back of my head were clearly visible at the other end. Or maybe it was a groan I let slip, certainly not a gasp.. "I made it look too simple" my colleague continued. And indeed I think they had. There is a point in every good photographers life; when no matter what you are looking at; they have made what they did look simple, too simple. And people start to believe it really was. Sometimes, what they have done actually was simple - it's just it has taken years of experience to be able to see, feel, and deliver that simplicity. I like this shot below. It's a branding shot from the end of an eCommerce/Lookbook shoot. And it is simplicity itself. Just stand the model in the light (*details below). When did I learn how to pull off simplicity? To simply ask the model, any model to just slink back against the wall, and then for me to pull off the shot? It wasn't always that way! After all it's one of the most ridiculous things in the world, this wall leaning pose.. and in the wrong hands looks as unnatural as it really is.
Good model, check. Fabulous garments and styling - check. Team - check. Years of experience.. Check check check!
A branding fashion shot made in natural light from an eCommerce fashion shoot. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson for BUthelabel.
I like this shot. And it is really, truly, a natural shot. I know enough about what is happening with the light and the camera on a technical front, so it does not interfere with the subject and the mood of the model. I've got lovely garments that I have a feeling for along with the scene before my eyes. And I have a cooperative team, and a wonderful experienced and beautiful Danish model, whom if I remember correctly; I even asked If I could just toss her hair a little; to lift the shot (sometimes its easier to do it yourself).. So I like this shot - but even we ended up overthinking it; bringing in a large light to soften the shadow on the next look. But that was OK as it gave us a nice variation on the shadow theme which was/is a key feature of the branding shots over the plain white background lookbook pictures. I often say to people that simple is the most difficult of all - it certainly almost always involves a lot more than the eye sees and what is perceived. And that's good; because the power of simplicity is that it just looks beautiful when you see it, and when you see it, you don't have to think about anything else at all.

*Don't overexpose the highlights, sun on white linen, black silk top; don't let shadow fall on wrong part of face; is shadow too dark(?) keep the feeling carefree and natural. Which after 3 hours of continuous modelling, shooting and outfit changes is no small thing - here we are, come on everyone, it's nearly done and  it's almost time to go home.

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Teo - Studio Modelling Portfolio from Sydney to L.A.

It's curious how often I am booked for portfolios for (soon to be) models who are in Sydney yet planning on starting their modelling career overseas. They are often from overseas already - I will simply put it down to my work looking less trend driven and more of a classic, international fashion and model photography style. And I think its fair to say when you look at my model portfolio shots, you really SEE the model. You don't look at these shots and wonder what this model looks like - you KNOW what this model looks like. This is essential when you are starting out in fashion; potential clients want to know what you look like; it's how you get the call up, the go-see, the call back - because they like the way you look, and can see what you can do for their project. In fashion, image is everything.
Teodora Tissue modelling portfolio for iPop Los Angeles  photographed in Sydney, Australia by Kent Johnson.
Teo was scouted a few years back at a shopping centre back in the States. Her parents who are both from the USA, working here in Sydney Australia decided to give Teo and iPOP a shot. Which is where I came in, with a fairly specific portfolio brief to shoot. Those requirements were quite simply the classic requirements that are the basis of all my 'getting started' portfolio shoots. A great headshot. Full length for legs and body, how you look shots, you know, how tall do you look! Fitness shots, casual and classic. And for this shoot we needed a comp card too; that's a part of my studio package already so all good! We also got some fab personality shots full of Teo's great energy, and ended up with what I call the good problem - too many terrific shots, more pictures than we could use. So some of them are appearing here for the first time along with the comp card and shots from Teo's final selection. I hope you enjoy them, and of course, if you need a portfolio, follow the links for details and hit me up!
 Headshot in black hat - out-take - Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
 Studio fun, a Zoolander moment. Modelling portfolio photoshoot - Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
 A classic smiling headshot for Teo's modelling portfolio. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
A positive energy filled activewear body shoot for a modelling portfolio.  Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Black and white triptych, model in daylight studio.  Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
 Casual black and white photograph of the model in the studio, daylight, black background - studio as location. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Seated full length black and white photograph of the model in the studio, daylight, black background. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Seated mid shot portrait, black and white photograph of the model in the studio, daylight, black background. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Beautiful tight headshot in pastel colours for a modelling comp card. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Back of model comp card with four photographs from the one portfolio photoshoot. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Beautiful midshot in pastel colours for a modelling portfolio. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Colour shot, model in tube top and blue jeans, white background in the studio. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Casual modelling portfolio lifestyle shot. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Full length body shot in streetwear for a modelling portfolio. Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson
Studio model headshot photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson.
From Teo's mum 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, Vivienne and Cynthia, were also great. Thanks, Kent!"
Black and white photograph of Teo seated in activewear - from the first look, first frames of her first photoshoot.  Photographed in Sydney by Kent Johnson

Drum roll please - Congratulations Teo on winning 2018 Model of the Year at iPOP L.A.!
www.kentjohnsonphotography.com.au/09Modelling/ModellingPortfolios.htm

Photographer - Kent Johnson
Model - Teo
Hair and Make-Up - Maria Cynthia
Stylist - Vivenne Shui - vivalaviv.com/
Read more reviews on my Kent Johnson Photography Facebook Page HERE.

Telling Stories in Pictures all over the world..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Shooting on Location - Duomo, Milan - White Caviar Life

I'm back in Europe on assignment shooting for White Caviar Life, this time including an Instagram collaboration with Sydney designer by Freer. I'm a little embarrassed to say this is my first time in Italy and of course Milano. It's a fabulous city and of course arguably the fashion capital of the world - so very exciting! We have already put two shots from this shoot out there, you can check them out (slightly different version) on the White Caviar Life I.G. here. Stay tuned for more.. and even check out my 'down time' shots on Street Fashion Sydney - Italy Edition - here.
Viv manning the fashion barricades, Duomo, Milan for byfreer, whitecaviarlife first Italian collaboration. Photography by Kent Johnson.


Telling Stories in Pictures all over the world..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Monday, 25 June 2018

Before You Press The Button

Before you press the button you should know what the subject should look like. And at the very least or perhaps in companion to before you press.. when you hit the editing desk you really really should know what you want the picture to look like.

I'm not even thinking about old school Ansel Adams visualisation of the subject. I'm talking - look at what you are looking at, what do you see, is it how you think it should look?

This may be at the heart of problem with people using the digital TV screen on the back of the phone/camera. What problem? The device shows what's there right. Well, er yes and well kind of no; and yes but.. Even though the screen shows what and more importantly how the scene will be rendered(ish) in 2D. The photographer - the person using the camera needs to have an understanding of what they are looking at and how the elements work together - on that front, even with digital, nothing has changed.

In that video in the link above Adams talks about that moment when he realised how he could take a picture the way he saw it, not just how it looked, how he could create a picture to tell the story of his vision (visualisation) of how it looked.
This is very important.

That is a landscape picture; but if you look at the contemporary landscape of fashion photography. You can see we are being swamped by pictures of a dress. But no understanding of how a dress looks at its best, no story, no vision. And while people may like the pictures with a, Thumbs Up or little Hearts. It doesn't mean they really love it. People love stories, they love something, with a photographers vision. If your pictures haven't got that, they have very little at all.

Telling Stories in Pictures all over the world..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Friday, 22 June 2018

Photographing Men's Fashion On-Location in New York at Night

I loved shooting this capsule range in New York for local NY label Mario & Lee. We started the shoot on a penthouse terrace at The Roger Hotel (thank you White Caviar Life). Then headed over to the Empire State Building making shots at locations I had scouted over the previous days, informed by the behaviour of people I had noted too. I wanted that classic New York by night mood; but with a little more edge than the safer NYC of today.. Huge thanks to Mario&Lee our model Lionel Nichols and assistant Vivienne Shui.
Menswear photoshoot at at The Roger Hotel NYC in black and white for fashion label Mario&Lee. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Terrace balcony Manhattan - Menswear photoshoot at at The Roger Hotel NYC in black and white for fashion label Mario&Lee. Photography by Kent Johnson.
On dusk, penthouse terrace Manhattan, Empire State building in the background - Menswear photoshoot at at The Roger Hotel NYC for fashion label Mario&Lee. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Leaving the hotel, Mens fashion night photoshoot, chevron coat, photo in black and white. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Mens fashion night photoshoot, man's chevron coat with contrasting NY streetscape. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Night shot, man's chevron coat on the stree, mid shot. Image paired with amber ice on road. Menswear photographed in New York City by Kent Johnson.
Men's fashion photoshoot at night - Asymmetrical turtle neck, black leather overnight bag, photographed in a wash of red neon light at Empire State. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Asymmetrical turtle neck in red neon light at Empire State - image paired with a fashion parade crowd also in red light. Menswear photographed in New York City by Kent Johnson." alt="Asymmetrical turtle neck in red neon light at Empire State - image paired with a fashion parade crowd also in red light. Menswear photographed in New York City by Kent Johnson.
Mid shot - Men's fashion photoshoot at night - Asymmetrical turtle neck, black leather overnight bag, photographed in a wash of red neon light at Empire State NYC. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Longsleeve tee from the versed capsule collection, street scene with road steam and neon signs. Image paired with NY fire stairs and Korean signage. Menswear photographed in New York City by Kent Johnson.

Longsleeve tee from the versed capsule collection, street scene with road steam and neon signs, NYC Yellow Cab. Menswear photographed in New York City by Kent Johnson.

Photographed on location in New York City
Photography and Art Direction by Kent Johnson
Model Lionel Nichols
Label Mario&Lee
Photography assistant Vivienne Shui

Special thanks to White Caviar Life.

Telling Stories in Pictures all over the world..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Have you ever wondered what a Photographer brings to a Photoshoot?

Have you have ever wondered what a photographer brings to the shoot (it's not just their camera).. The internet has great ways to see how different people/photographers approach their subjects - lets take one famous location - Pont Alexandre III, Paris - on Google Maps you can see hundreds of pictures of what everyone thought was a good shot of the spot. Then with an Image Search you can compare FASHION photographers ideas and techniques at the same location too! And I seem to have a few pictures in the results.. Nice!
Have you ever wondered what a Photographer brings to a Photoshoot? Day, fashion shoot on Pont Alexandre III, Paris by Kent Johnson

We did two shoots at Pont Alexandre III for White Caviar Life last June, a day shoot and an evening photoshoot. During the day, Vivienne said the bridge was the busiest she had ever seen it (more about that another time).

The process of seeing what different photographers do is easy - just click the two links below and scroll through the photos. Easy, informative and great fun too! Of course now you know how it's done, check out your own special places and compare.
Have you ever wondered what a Photographer brings to a Photoshoot? Night, fashion shoot on Pont Alexandre III, Paris by Kent Johnson
See the whole Envy Green photoshoot here.

Google Maps pictures for - Pont Alexandre III

Google Images Search - Pont Alexandre III Fashion shoots

Special thanks to luxury travel and lifestyle website White Caviar Life!

Telling Stories in Pictures all over the world..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863