Thursday, May 3, 2012

101st Post! Steampunk Outtakes

I wanted to do something special for my 101st post so I'm doing a sneak peak of my steampunk images from my series "Steamed Vision". The first part of this series "The Cantina" will be unveiled at our Graduate Studies gallery show, "Cross Processed" on June 15th, 2012 here at NBCCD. These are selected outtakes from each shoot. I had three wonderful ladies help me on this shoot.

The first is a Fashion graduate of NBCCD, Kayleigh Smith, who provided the starting point for this project. We did close to 200 shots because at this point I had little direction on the project, just an idea. Kayleigh wore some clothing which fit the ecstatic of the genre which she said she had on hand in her closet on hand. It's a good thing she was familiar with the genre because she did a really good job with what she had. I either found or constructed the props you see in the photo and the smoke machine was a great purchase for this project. In the series Kayleigh is the first image in the line, here are the selected outtakes I really like.

My second model was Bronwen Robbins, by this point you might recognize both of the ladies names from other work I've done. Bronwen is also a Fashion student in the same Graduate Studies program as me. Bronwen's speciality is of course costume design, we used pieces of her existing costumes to dress her character. We didn't do as many shots for her, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted from her character. Thus I think we had about maybe 20 shots, none the less great. She plays the third character in the piece, here are my selected outtakes.

Last but certainly not least, was Stacy James. She's a good friend of mine from back when I went to college in 2005. Stacy is also a great artist, she knows fabric arts and surface design and she actually weaves with metal wire now too! In the future I'll be documenting she of her new work. When I told her about this project she researched the heck out of it and designed her own costume and make-up with the simple direction I gave her of "your a bartender". Since her character was to be the interacting point between the other two, we shot several different poses and ideas. Once again ending up with around 200 at the end, this was definitely the hardest to pick from. This was simply because she performed well in almost every shot, and the chosen image would define the tryptic. After much debate and several opinions I did settle on one, that being said here are selected outtakes.

I can honestly say I had a blast making these, and I can't wait to make more on a larger scale (hopefully) in the future. Not to mention, these images are in no way "bad", which is exactly why I want to show them off.  So bravo ladies and thank you for your help on this. That's all for now, hope I intrigued you to come see the final selected images at the opening on June 15th!

-Larry M. Holder 

*Edit* I just realized the opening is on the 15th not the 16th so I edited the date. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Creative Portrait - Marie-Lynne Leblanc

It's been a long time since I've had a portrait update. These are shots I did for Marie-Lynne Leblanc for her designer image on the big screen at the 2012 NBCCD fashion show. It felt really good to do one of these again in the studio, from this point on though you may be seeing more location based work in this manner.

Thank you Marie-Lynne!

-Larry M. Holder 

Patricia Maillet's 2012 Fashion Line "Silk Roses"

This is the last fashion post for a while until I do new shoots. At the same time I was making shots for Mandy Fraser; I also did some of Patricia Maillet's work from her line "Silk Roses" in the Fashion Show "Designed to the Nines". Patricia brings a sense of highly elegant design into her work which is quite a lovely sight to see. I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with all these great designers just coming in to the industry, I wish them all the best in the future.

Thanks to Patricia and everyone els for helping me in my photographic endeavours as well!

-Larry M. Holder 

Mandy Fraser's Mixed Feelings 2012 Line

Fashion! Yes continuing on the fashion wave as another post for you. This is a studio documentation of part of Mandy Fraser's Mixed Feelings line. She designed an emotion to each outfit, I guessed completely wrong the first time, and I'm not about to tell, rather I would like you to ask Mandy in person. The talent coming out of NBCCD this year is outstanding, and she is no exception, why not have her design a wardrobe for your emotion? Mandy doesn't have a website as of yet, but when she does I'll update a link on here. On the the photos!

I have one more fashion post after this one, but you can beat it won't be the last, I have a taste for it now, and it's quite fun!

-Larry M. Holder