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DeAngelo...athlete and fashion model...

We met with DeAngelo Scales for the first time back in August. He was between trips to NYC as a model and had approached PHILIP D studio to refresh his portfolio and have some images created that could show off different aspects of his personality and impressively lean physique. We hit it off immediately and began scheming how best to deliver on his goal.

The shoot took the better part of five hours. An experienced pro, DeAngelo jumped right in and got to work.  

 

I like to shoot tethered when I'm working in the studio because I can ensure my lighting is the way I want it and that everything I want in focus actually is...unlike when you rely on the camera's LCD. 

Check out the final images from his awesome shoot below and be sure to view his full size images in our portfolios! 

 

 

Cinderella...before & after

I photographed the model for this image at a compositing pre-session workshop during Photoshop World in Orlando. The session instructors, Matt Kloskowski and Glyn Dewis--two of my favorite digital artists--encouraged participants in the workshop to return home and create their own vision for the final image. Not content to generate a basic composite, I set out to create something a bit more dramatic. You can see that my stock background was anything but!

After creating my initial composite, it seemed like something was missing; the image was reasonably realistic, but a tad boring, so after setting it aside for a while, I realized there had to be a reason for Cinderella's expression...and I thought, "Fairy godmother!" and with her otherworldly introduction, the whole image seemed to come together.

Out-of-camera model shot...

Out-of-camera model shot...

Garden-variety castle door... 

Garden-variety castle door... 

Final composite image... 

Final composite image... 

Building the studio...

From the point where we started scouting locations to when we signed for our keys, the whole process took almost nine months.

Designing and building our full-service commercial studio turned out to be every bit as fun, exhausting, challenging, and rewarding as building a dream house and having a baby--at the same time. Okay, maybe not quite as fun as the baby part...

Two fun facts:

FACT #1: the guys wheeling what looks like an appliance down the street are actually moving a small bank safe that weighs about 400 lbs--on a hand cart rated for less than half that load. So, as you can imagine, they didn't quite make it the half-dozen blocks from our attorney's office where the safe had been collecting dust to our studio. One small bump in the road and the weld joints on the hand cart popped and a wheel snapped off. At that moment, it decided to snow.

FACT #2: The construction foreman coordinating the installation of our Manfrotto motorized background system--which is mounted to a support beam 16 feet off the ground--has only one hand. I have two comments about this gentleman: First, I don't think I took a breath the entire time he was facilitating his end of the install (lifting his end of each 9' roll of seamless paper, climbing up the ladder, installing the roller). And second, this man is so impressively capable, most people working around him rarely notice the fact his right hand is missing. Well done, and thanks for everything, Marvin.