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in the swim of things….

Sunday’s scheduled shoot was threatened by the weather.  The 5 day out forecast originally called for 89 degrees and sun.  As the day grew closer it changed to partially sunny, then by Saturday clouds and possible thunder storms.  Cloudy is still ok.   I woke up to a mist in NJ.  Texts between us… are we still shooting.  I made up a plan B.  Since I had a MUA and 2 lovely models, lets shoot at the apt if need be.  10:00 meet-up time came and the sun broke through.  YAY – Crossed the Hudson to NJ

During shoot set up and make-up application, the sun was brightly shining and our hopes were high.  By the time Stacey and I entered the water, the clouds rolled in, then out, in and out.

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Stacey made me laugh underwater.

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turban – Modest Fashion Mall

Just as Lillian entered the water, the skies darkened, the wind picked up and the rain started to fall.  As we gathered our stuff and headed into the sunroom, we were pelted by a deluge.  Perfect time for a lunch break and check the weather radar.  The storm finally let up and the sun and blue sky came back.  Kim touched up their make-up and we shot for about 20 more minutes.IMG_1751-2IMG_1763

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Make up by Kim Gainer
Muses:  Stacey
              Lillian
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Use/reproduction with written consent only.

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H2O = life

I live for summer, days that I can immerse myself in underwater photography.  Its like entering into another realm, where a calmness surrounds and envelops you in its sanctuary.
I shot Haleigh again, she is fantastic to work with and yes, it is work, even though she makes it look effortless.  Haleigh is a performing artist/model who is aware of her body movement and poses.  Her scuba and free diving experience is a big plus because she is so comfortable underwater.  I rarely have to give direction, except to remind her in the beginning of the shoot to relax her mouth.  Her enthusiasm is matched with her innate desire to create. 
As a scuba diver, she has an underwater housing for her Sony a6000 and she let me shoot with her camera all day.  The a6000 I believe is a step up from the Sony NEX7 which I was interested in getting a few years ago.  Something to consider.
We played around for a few hours with a lunch break and a basking in the sun break after the third wardrobe change.  I had a lot of wonderful images so we called it a day.  I still have raw images to go through but I couldn’t wait to post a few of my favorites.  
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To change things up a little, I decided to go in for the close-ups.
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More to come, the summer has just begun.

 

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In the midst of chaos…

comes creativity.

Designer/stylist Helen set up a Face Book group so that she, Ara (MUA) and I can have 3-way text conversations.  I started the project with sending them style boards of where this shoot would be headed.  The designers were given free reign to create the hats/ headwear and the MUAs will create color palettes and make-up application techniques based off of them and my concept.  I initially set the tone, they took off running with it.  Helen shared photos of 4 of her finished creations with Ara and an internet dialog began.

Scouring the internet for swipe photos to give a visual of what collectively will be created.  Ideas and images whizzing across our screens.  A whirling blizzard.  Comments popped up as quickly as they were typed, volleyed back and forth in rapid fire succession.  We were brain-storming.  What do you think of this…. or that, how about….   My thumbs were not fast enough to get my 2 cents in before they were off on another flurry of images and ideas.  I laughed to myself.  If this were a 3 way phone conversation, I could have easily interjected.  I wanted to add some of the images I came across that mimicked my vision, but didn’t know how to attach them from my phone.  That’s when I learned that they were on their computers.  Duh…. I hadn’t realize I could use FB’s messenger via my computer.  I am so 20th century!  I switched to my MAC and could at least type faster using all 10 digits with fewer type-os.  But I still couldn’t keep up with the velocity and dexterity of these 20 somethings.  They were leaving me in the dust.  I was totally amused by their lightning speed.  And thrilled that Helen, Ara and I are tuned into each other.  For 3 strangers, we are of 1 mind.

And I friggin’ love it.  It’s a feeding frenzy, but in a good way.

 

A little sneak peek of 3 of Helen’s completed hats, I had purchase these materials before
I learned that we would be working together.
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A number of her designs will to be created directly on the model

To be continue…

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A mega production in the wings…

The photoshoot is scheduled and a talented team assembled, my excitement grows.  Along with my excitement comes this anticipation.   I often wonder if it is self doubt –  and if that’s indeed what it is, where does it stem from?  Pre-shoot jitters?  Or is this just part of me pushing the envelope, moving out of my comfort zone that creates these feelings?  I consider myself to be somewhat talented with a good eye for composition and a creative flair.  My fine art photography has sold when I was exhibiting, I’ve won international photographic competitions, I get a lot of accolades from peers, I understand my strengths  and I work to overcome my weaknesses by learning from mistakes.

Once the noseam paper is in place, the lighting tested, adjustments made and I pick up the camera and focus on my model, those nagging thoughts fall to the wayside.  I think I equate it to waiting for the curtain to rise, but we’ve had no auditions, no rehearsal.  Just a group of strangers with a common goal, coming together to create.

The first thing I do even before reaching out to the players is develop mood/style boards of swipe images.  This project is haute couture Vogue style hats and head pieces.

I met with my 2 designers and gave each some materials that I had or purchased and gave them free reign to create.  Their designs will drive the direction of the shoot including the type of faces the MUA will create.

It is my job to orchestrate the shoot.  I set the tone, I give direction to models, most I will meet the day of the shoot…  I reviewed their portfolios, their level of experience varies but it’s their willingness to be a part of my creative process that seems to make things gel.  I am trying to establish a rapport, to build an ensemble, a team.

Working with me is a collaboration, a labor of love, with no money exchanging hands in hopes of building portfolios and having the work you’ve done appreciated so much that the next photographer / client will pay for your services.

Ara, is  Metro NY/NJ based MUA having trained at Media Makeup Academy, New York.  She worked with a photographer friend of my husband and came highly recommended when I was looking for a make-up artist.  She’s worked with me a number of times and I have come to rely on her to understand the look I’m trying to achieve and she delivers – flawlessly.

Helen, is a world traveling designer/stylist who saw my casting call and reached out to me. Not only is she creating hats/ head pieces, she is also playing the role of stylist on set.  I wish she would put her roots down in New York, but then she would probably be so busy with paid work, that I’ve never get to work with her again.  She has given me a sneak peek at some of her creations and fueled my enthusiasm to new heights.

Fatima, is a metro NY/NJ designer.  Her portfolio is more ethnically based, with vivid colors that caught my attention.  but this is a chance for her to create freely.  Some of her head wrap designs will be created directly on the model, and will give me a glimpse of a couple creations on Friday.

If only artists were given grants, sponsors or stipends to live on so that they may wile away their hours creating.  They could work at fulfilling their dreams.

A lot of time goes into a photoshoot,  so much more then the nano second it takes to turn a magazine page.

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream until your dreams come true… (Aerosmith)

 

Mary Durante Youtt

 

 

 

 

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Life – interrupted by hurricane Sandy

Hoboken’s open studio and art tour was postponed due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  The original date was November 4th.   Hoboken like many places along the beaches and rivers had tides rushing into basements and first floor homes and businesses and the clean-up will going on for a long, long time.  Sandy’s wrath left a lot to be desired and getting a city back to normal is something each town is working on as best as they can.  Come out and support the people who make city living more about communities then corporations.  Stroll through Hoboken, stopping into various galleries and studios and see how art humanizes the concrete and steel.  To me art has always been about expression, it speaks volumes sometimes without words, it connects the viewer and the artist and touches each individual differently because we all view the world through different eyes.

Jene and I will be exhibiting our photography at the Monroe Center – 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken. NJ  (free parking in the rear of the building) this Sunday November 18th – noon – 6 pm.  Come join us and celebrate Hoboken, it’s art and community while the city rebuilds itself again.    Mingle with NJ/NY Metro artists and art lovers. 

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Art Galleries – Opening Receptions & Events

NY photographer Jene Youtt and I, Mary Durante Wehrhahn are doing the summer’s over gallery circuit. Most NY galleries are in slo-mo during the summer and openings pickup like wildfire in September. Both Jene and I are love meeting other artists, looking at their work and being inspired to greater heights. A few of our prints will be exhibited this month at CCCP Gallery in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn for the month of Sept.

Tuesday – Sept 1,2009 SohoPhoto Gallery 6 – 8 pm

15 White Street, NYC

We are looking forward to meeting photographer Gary Auerbach and seeing work from his “We Walk in Beauty” Series

Friday – Sept. 4th, 2009 CCCP Gallery] 7 – 9 pm

38 Marcy Ave, corner of Hope St,

Williamsburg section, Brooklyn

Both my and Jene’s photography is part of this ecclectric exhibit.

Thursday September 10: Black & White Gallery – Chelsea 6-8pm

638 West 28th St, NYC

Features Jonas Pihl’s Chaosmosis body of work.

Emmanuel Fremin Gallery – is hosting artist Aneta Bartos

333 Park Avenue South Suite 2A from 6 – 9pm

This should be an interesting event. Emmanuel is an international model that I photographed in July. He was a wonderful subject and those images have added to my Inner Sanctum series in a collection called “Cause & Effect” Plenty of the Beautiful People are sure to be there. Aneta’s work is wonderful we are looking forward to meeting her.

As other galleries pique our interest, either Jene or I are sure to blog about them. So check out his Fuzzypicture’s weblog.

And remember support the arts, it’s what makes us humans different from the rest of the animal world.

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