This is Xehavir Sallaku. He is an up and coming model in the US. Met him through his girlfriend which is actually the girl in my other winning portrait. So glad that these two pictures won. Can't wait to tell them. They are a lovely couple and I can't wait to work with both of them again soon. Just like her once you meet them you feel you have known them a long time. Love it when clients are like that. Thank you I am truly humbled and delighted to have won and specially portraits of two of my favorite people. Thanks again!
My body of work is a study of human form and the intersections of identity that gives personality, sexuality, sensuality, spirituality the bond between native and human form is entwined into the rhythm of balance both in body and place. The work is to arouse human instinct to prompt and enquire to seek and break boundaries of social prejudice and religious overtones to enable the skin to connect and articulate and break social taboos.
This shoot was inspired by the women in both The 100 and the TV show Vikings! I took pieces of fabric and tore them up to create a cape and draped them in torn up bits of fur from used fur coats from a thrift store. Vanessa was the perfect mode for this shoot as she portrayed both beauty and strength in all of her images!
Model: Vanessa McKerlie
MUA & Hair: Danielle Konjolka
It is very different to photograph people you love, as opposed to strangers you’ve never met. Is it easier or harder? I’d say both. It’s easier because communication is simpler and because you know every corner of their face; but it’s harder because they expect perfection from you and they criticise you more openly.
It is also harder because you love their face, so every angle is beautiful in your lens - but they don’t see it that way and voice it in every step.
But in the end, when THEY too love the image as much as you do, then you know you’ve done right! This is my daughter and it was the first time I photographed her myself. It was a labour of love and I probably was more nervous to photographer her than a client, and I absolutely LOVE this image, its spirit, its relaxed nature and the abandon in trust it projects.
I am a dedicated amateur photographer with a very expensive habit. I am originally from Leeds, England and after an interesting life with a number of destinations along the way, I find myself currently based in Atlanta, GA. Currently...
Model: Milana Berg
Camera: Sony A7RII
Lens : Zeiss Batis 85mm
This image was taken in March of this year. It has been my most viewed image of 2016. It has a classic beauty, thanks to both the model, Milana and the pose. I believe it has been as popular as it has due to that fact that it has some characteristics that stand out and evoke images by such notables as Herb Ritts from the world of fashion photography. For my it again relies on that momentary level or connected engagement with the model where it is less about the lighting and the technology used, but more about the connection that is recorded in the pixels. For me, this is what photography is all about.
This is Jordan; I had seen him a few times and was struck by his serene beauty and understated handsomeness.
I was testing out a new portrait lens (the Olympus 45mm f1.8) on my Olympus OM-D and it seemed like a perfect confluence.
Being 6' 6", Jordan is a commanding physical presence, but his demeanour is one of dignity and placidity - I wanted to capture these seemingly contradictory attributes in a single image and was very pleased with the outcome of the session.
I used two fluorescent striplights , placing the lights slightly behind on each side to emphasise his bone-structure and allowing the spill to bounce back and filled with two 8x4 polyboards.