Archive | October, 2008

New photos from plus model and stylist Reah Norman

26 Oct

I’ve worked with Reah Norman as a clothing stylists for many shoots for Plus Model Magazine.  For this shoot she got in front of the camera..  Reah  shot this for her modeling portfolio, shooting fall looks at a local park.  In most cases I strongly recommend working with a stylist.  What you may think looks good on you may not be the best clothing to get you work.  Things to consider are body type, what colors look best with you skin tone and hair and what looks are in fashion today but are not so trendy that your portfolio will look dated next season or year.

Looking for a stylist?  Reah is one of the best around specializing in plus models and product styling.  Check out her and Artemis’s links below.

Hair and makeup by Artemis

Styled and modeled by Reah Norman.


Los Angeles Photoshoot with Actor Hal Williams

22 Oct

I recently had the pleasure of shooting Mr. Hal Williams.  Check out my two favorite photos of our shoot.

Hal Williams (born December 14, 1938) is an American actor, best known for his recurring role as the black cop Officer Smith (“Smitty”) on Sanford and Son, and as the patriarch Lester Jenkins on 227.

Williams started out in show business in 1969. Since then, he has appeared in movies such as Hardcore, Private Benjamin, and The Rookie. In the early to mid-1990s, he starred in many of comic Sinbad‘s productions, including The Sinbad Show and The Cherokee Kid. Most recently, he played the grandfather in the Bernie Mac film Guess Who.

His other television credits include Moonlight, Moesha, Suddenly Susan, Minor Adjustments, L.A. Law, Night Court, Magnum, P.I., Hill Street Blues, Gimme a Break, The Jeffersons, The Dukes of Hazzard, T.J. Hooker, The Waltons, Knots Landing, The White Shadow, What’s Happening!!, Good Times, Quincy, M.E., Kung Fu, Gunsmoke and That Girl.

Williams is also the host of the annual Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation nationally-televised telethon.

On of my favorite Los Angeles makup artist / hair stylist – an article on Artemis from City Chick Magazine

18 Oct


October 2008

by Nick Christophers

Being creative and developing new concepts are the staples in the fashion and beauty industry. One such individual has harnessed these properties and capitalized on them. Artemis’ interest began in college after she taught herself character makeup for a production of The Crucible. She went on to play two characters, Harriet Putnam in Act I & Sara Goode in Act IV and also volunteered to learn how to create the character makeup.

“I fell in love with the creative process, as I believed that it was an extension of all the other creative things I had always involved myself in. I paint, write poetry, sing, and so forth.”

She soon graduated to working with up and commers and celebrities from overseas, like Charlotte Dawson, Annet Artani & Madelin Zero. Artemis derives her inspiration from nature itself. For example a flower, barbed wire, rain, a pattern or even something as simple as a smile.

“I have worked with Annet Artani. She is a singer-songwriter from New York, who is very well known in Greece, and will be releasing an American album shortly. She also happens to be my kid sister.”

When it comes to how women desire to express themselves Artemis believes that women today want to find what looks best on them. When someone asks for a makeup lesson from her they wish to learn how to look their best. There are always women who love to experiment with color and then there are those who are more timid and prefer more natural tones. According to Artemis makeup is an accessory and it is meant to enhance your features so that you look your beautiful best.

To view the of this article on Artemis go to

To see more of her amazing work go to her official website

Below are a few photos from shoots we have collaborated on.

Redefine Reality Fashion Show w/ Americas Next Top Model Winner Whitney Thompson – Los Angeles Fashion Week

14 Oct

I’ll be covering this event and just saw a posting today that they are casting Plus Models 10/16, the date is confusing but you can call!  Hopefully this posting will help someone out.

Casting PLUS SIZE Female Runways Models (sizes) 10-20
For LA Fashion Week w/LITM Jeans, Ed Hardy, & the new Christian Audigier line, Paco Chicano.
Star studded event on 10/16

Casting & Fitting: Wednesday, October 16th – 10:30am-1:30pm SHARP
@ Renaissance Marriott Hotel Information
1755 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 856.1200

Click the invitation to see the full version.

Investing in yourself – the cost of a photo shoot and why my shoots are NOT expensive

13 Oct

I’ve been going back and forth about if I should post this or not but after talking it over with a friend I think I should.  My blog should be a place to express myself and post things I can’t put on my website

I just raised my rates and speaking of rates in general – it’s my least favorite thing to talk about.  Why?  In a perfect world I could shoot anyone I thought interesting or beautiful.  I would spend all my time creating and trying to make others happy.  Okay, so you know where this is going…  We live in a world far from perfect.  People think because most photographers now shoot in digital that there are virtually no cost involved since there is no film to buy and develop.  NOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have over $10k in equipment, a studio to pay for every month, all the normal living expenses, cost to upgrade computer software and hardware, new equipment to buy, training classes to take, monthly fees for advertising and cost for having an assistant, shipping materials, gas, etc, etc…

Now with all that said, let me break down the cost of my most expensive package listed for a model portfolio shoot as of 10/13/08

$800 = 3 looks, makeup and hair, stylist, approx 150 photos with 6 retouches

So how does this $800 breakdown?

$200 makeup and hair

$200 stylists

$100 assistant

what does that leave me?  $300

What do I do for $300?

come up or collaborate for the shoot concepts for each look

buy any materials I made need like a seamless background or new light bulb

shoot and be in studio for approx 5 hours

go home and do color corrections, convert to jpgs, post online gallery for about 3 hours

after you make your selections or I do it for you, retouch 6 photos for 3 to 5 hours

On average, I am spending a minimum of 11 hours on your shoot.  That breaks down to about $27 per hour before material expenses and taxes.  Yes I do have to pay federal income tax on the $300.

Some people think $800 is expensive for a model portfolio shoot.  I have to disagree.  I think it’s a deal.  If all involved do their job, you get photos that will potentially bring you lots of jobs which equal money and fame.  We all must invest in ourselves to make it, especially in the entertainment industry.  Nothing is free, especially not my time.

After seeing this breakdown I hope some of you that didn’t understand before now do see, I’m not getting rich off of a $800 shoot.  I’m barely getting enough.  I want a new camera and new lights.  These things help me make better photos.  My rates will go up soon so book now and save.

Photos done recently of Los Angeles DJ Phys Ed.

Editorial Headshots with Actor Gary Anthony Sturgis

13 Oct

Okay headshots are not my favorite thing to shoot but when the opportunity comes I will usually take it.  In this case I’m very happy I did.  My shoot with entertainer Gary Sturgis went better than I expected.  We did several looks but this series I have posted below is my favorite look.  I loved working with Gary and crew.  Everyone had great energy and no big egos to get in the way of the fun.  What did I enjoy about this shoot?  Gary did more than stand there.  He gave me something to work with.  As a photographer I strive for more than pretty lighting, good makeup and phat gear.  I want to show something real of the person I’m shooting.  Fun or serious it doesn’t really matter.  I want to see something of there soul.  I think we were able to capture some of that here.

Gary Anthony Sturgis Bio

Gary Anthony Sturgis is a New Orleans born

actor/writer/director best known for his portrayal of the

villain in two of Tyler Perry’s biggest hit films, “Diary of A

Mad Black Woman” (as Jamison Jackson) and “Daddy’s

Little Girls” (as Joseph Woods). He also co-starred

opposite Terrence Howard in “Pride”, as the charming yet

sinister pimp/drug dealer Franklin Washington. Recently,

he has broken the mold of bad guy to co-star in the

comedy “Chicago Pulaski Jones” with Kel Mitchell and

Cedric the Entertainer.

Also a professional voice artist, Sturgis has voiced

network promos for UPN, CBS, PBS and ABC, cartoons

and video games (Static Shock, Batman, Scooby Doo

and The Cyber Chase, Fairly Odd Parents, Spiderman)

and is heard on countless commercials for radio and

television. His raspy bass-baritone voice that the women

find hard to resist has even been heard on national movie

trailers and promotions for; BONES, TWO CAN PLAY


WOOD to name a select few. For another surprise, Gary

also produces and writes rap music and has a successful

recording under the moniker Illuminati called Fahrenheit,

which is still available on iTunes.

As a writer/producer, Gary is currently producing some of

his feature-length screenplays (he has written more than

ten), and has packaged his works into three and four picture deals and commenced to shopping them

around town for financing and distribution. We have only scratched the surface of this multi-faceted

creative soul.

Since Sturgis has been writing for years, the next natural progression was to direct. After directing LEND

A HAND, a 90-second short film for the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), Gary realized that directing

was yet another feather he could stick in his talented cap. “I see directing as a place of creativity far

different than creating a character as an actor. I am drawn to the amount of focus that goes into telling an

entire story visually, and how I have to balance creativity with efficiency and time when I direct” he says

of his directing experience.

Gary will be directing two of his own films, a comedy, THE INHERITANCE and an action drama, LE BON

TEMPS ROULER, in the near future as the first two films from his production company, GEMFilmworks.

The multi hyphenated talent is already respected as an actor and plans to make an even bigger mark in

the entertainment business while he perpetually broadens his horizons.

When asked what area of the business he likes best, Gary says simply, “It really doesn’t matter, as long

as it’s the business of entertainment”.

Shoot with actress Kim Coles for LOVE YOUR BODY DAY

10 Oct

This will be my 2nd year covering the Love Your Body Day event hosted by Chenese Lewis.  This years celebrity host will be actress Kim Coles.  The event will be held this Sunday Oct 12th in West Hollywood.  Check out this link for more details.