The Context Lens
The Titular Image
Monday, May 14, 2012
PEEVES

It's always exciting when a photograph provokes debate in the national media, and TIME Magazine's controversial new cover, shot by legendary pro Martin Schoeller, is getting worldwide headlines this week.  It instantly forces conflicting feelings in the viewer:  breastfeeding is natural and healthy, but the woman (a 26-year old) is sveldt and attractive,  and her son, attached at the breast (literally) looks way older than 3 or 4.  Our reaction teeters between something naturally maternal and something sexually taboo.  Schoeller photographed 4 different mothers and their children of various ages and said he felt that the child standing really underscored the gravity ...

The Cover Shot
Saturday, May 12, 2012
PEEVES

The shot from the forthcoming issue of Streetscape Magazine features Miss Missouri USA Katie Kearney.  We've worked with Katie before and it was great to see her nail such flirty, dynamic energy right off the bat.  When I want a shot to be all about the talent's energy, I keep the set really simple.  A single soft box in front and a naked strobe just behind her to give a luminous bath to that gorgeous blonde hair.  Just the right amount of oomph in the hair & makeup from my partner Tamara Tungate and a killer form-fitting dress hand picked by our stylist Maria Copello and oila!  Cosmo lite. 

The Original Eye
Saturday, May 12, 2012
PEEVES

Taking a picture of a really cool thing is not the same thing as taking a really cool picture. I frequently see portfolios which display shots of things like a colorful wall of graffiti, a really unique building, or a very interesting looking person.  These are all great things to look at and capture, but unless the photographer has given us a unique perspective, they're just journalistic shots.  In headshot and model photography, we're starting with a talented and/or beautiful person; what makes the difference is how we perceive the subject, the styling, the lighting, the makeup, and most importantly--how we direct their energy and expression.  Photojournalism is an ...

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