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. 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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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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