How’s your week going?
Today I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at a recent photo shoot with Magician Michael Otton. Regular readers may recognise the name as I photographed Michael last year for his D.J. promotional material too:
This particular shoot was for Michael’s new promotional material and one that we’d be planning for some time. Having always enjoyed magic as a kid I was really looking forward to seeing some of the props and maybe, just maybe being shown a few tricks during the day too.
As is common practice for me, in the time leading up to the shoot I’d asked Michael to send over or Pin (using Pinterest) any pictures he saw across the internet that he liked the feeling of; not so we could copy but just to give me an idea for what he liked when it came to poses and ‘feel’. It was also a good way to see what he didn’t like as this is sometimes easier to say as opposed to defining a specific look…if you know what I mean.
Anyway, here’s some of the images I got through from Michael arranged in one of my favourite iPad Apps: Moodboard
As for the photo shoot we worked on four specific sets / looks namely: 3/4 length portrait, levitation, escapologist and card throwing and with a brief to produce one image from each.
Aiming for one shot from each set is something I find helps me to focus and so produce a much better result. Instead of ending up with lots of average photos I prefer to spend time getting one exactly how we both want it and once we have the ‘one’ we can go for more but not too many as the priority then is to move onto the next set.
Here’s a screen grab from my Lightroom Catalog to give you an idea of some of the out of camera shots we came up with; of course now it’s time for the retouching so I’ll be sure to post a few of the finished images once they’re ready.
Have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.