Our yearly shoot with Alan Cumming was James bond inspired. This year is the 50th anniversary of 007. The clothes are fro a new collection by David Hart NYC. Style and production by Cynthia Altoriso.
Alan, once again was awesome to work with …. I was so glad he could took some time out from his busy schedule on “the Good Wife” and his one man Broadway show “Macbeth”
Great crew -great shoot!!
Amazing what comes out of my iphone - ” the best camera is the one you have in your hands….” I have been shooting phone pics since the 1 megapixle flip phones … even those had a great feel - and that was before the iphone and Apps - the Camera phone has created a new form of photography. it is spontaneous, raw and very human.. As our lives change and morph, technology grows even faster - helping capture our lives and generations.. young and old have access to the technology that captures our lives - the good the bad and the ugly….The camera phone is very much like Polaroid’s were, spontaneous and instant…
Some like this - others curse it…
I like it … it is a part of how i share my life with others and derive pleasure from capturing images where ever and when ever i see it….
MetroSource magazine has my shot on the cover of the Feb/March issue.
Alan, as always a gentleman and great to work with ..
We shot him again recently - more to come on that!!!! Stay tuned….
Article can be seen here: http://metrosource.com.s123317.gridserver.com/2013/01/04/renaissance-man/
Styling by Cynthia Altoriso
Clothes by Craig Robinson
Hair and Make up by Jerry Lopez
Production Stills for Abraham Lincoln Shoot with John Dugdale.
Today the Movie “Lincoln” by Spielberg comes out - hope you like mine as much as his!
Abraham Lincoln by David White www.davidwhitestudio.com
Today the Spielberg’s “Lincoln” opens - We have been all hearing about it and waiting for it’s release…
While we were waiting I photographed my own Lincoln. Working with a great crew and model John Dugdale, a well known Art photographer that has lost his eyesight but never his vision.
John has had a long obsession with Abraham Lincoln -He has a very clear and distinct visual as well as historical vision of Lincoln - He always wanted to be photographed as Lincoln. It did not take long to talk him into sitting for us.
Again working with Cynthia Altoriso Stylist and producer, Tom Watson (Hair and wig Designer), hair and make up Jerry Lopez, we wee able to transform John into the unmistakable President Abraham Lincoln!
Working with john and his enthusiasm for the subject and our shoot was simply a pleasure. Working with a subject who is blind has its challenges for both photographer and subject - We needed to connect on a different, deeper level. As you can see from the final image - I believe we did. John channeled Abe’s energy - visualizing all be know and loves about Lincoln. He knows by heart many of the images of Lincoln, many shot by Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner and was able to mimic them well.
Shooting John Dugdale as Abraham Lincoln wasn’t about making a perfect visual match to the president ,but a spiritual match and connection we all feel about a great man.
I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with John and to portray one our great presidents.. if you want to see more images from the Brady era that I have shot please go to www.davidwhitestudio.com
All production stills shot by ©Robert Lorenz 2012.
I recently shot a job that required me to research mannequins. The job was simple - white mannequin on white background, with dresses on it. Well as you all know, once you get something in your head as simple as a mannequin, you start to see it all over, and cant get away from it.
How many times a day do you see mannequins in an average day? Bet its lots more than you realize! Anyway, I got inspired and shot a series of images of mannequins. There is something wonderful and alive about them….
This is what resulted……….
It’s always fun shooting with Alan as well as rewarding. Always get great shots for him and for me. We shot two sets of clothes from Craig Robinson and a leather kilt from Douglas Ferguson @ Frock in NYC. The leather and chain outfit seemed to intrigue Alan the most… we only have about 5 mins before he had to leave for another appointment, and he turned it on with all that leather on him! Fun but he really knew how to move for the camera…..The serious and professional side of Alan Cumming got us the shots we were looking to achieve…. all and all, a great day - a fun day…. they should all be like this!
The out takes are as much fun as the final picks - Alan has no trouble entertaining himself and us while we tweak lighting and go thru wardrobe changes… I can only imagine him on the set of one of my favorite tv series - “The Good Wife” Those would be awesome out takes…. He has many faces - enjoy them!!
Today’s blog is going to be about the fun that happens on a set. I have shot Alan Cumming now for the third time. Each time we shoot the concepts are completely different - First time we shot him as the Scotsman he is… Plaids and kilts, second time we shot him as the 19th century photographer Mathew Brady. This last shoot was more clean cut and Mad Men like. -with suits from Craig Robinson - we still added a touch of his heritage with a slight plaid like pattern. Here we have some production stills from the shoot- and I think Alan is having the most fun! Alan is always a pleasure to work with. Always comes in with great stories and and awesome attitude.
CELEBRITY CHEF JEHANGIR MEHTA SHOOT
I was hired to shoot Chef Mehta in his restaurant on Duane Street in NYC. The shoot was for Scholastics Parent and Child Magazine.
Chef Mehta has started a series of hands-on classes for children 4 to 10, called Gastrokids. So working with kids was not that tough for him. As for me I have 3 kids ages 6, 6 and 7. So working with kids was just plain fun for me. The story was about kids and food and cooking. It was great fun since I love food, shooting food and kids. What could be better.
SMALL PEOPLE -SMALL SPACES
Shooting in restaurants always offer a challenge. Mehtaphor Restaurant 130 Duane Street
New York, NY 10013 - offered a special obstacle. It’s only about 9 - 10 ft wide and somewhat less with tables in place. We had to work quickly with young kids. Lighting was tough because there was only a few places to place lights, and gear. So we made do with what we had to work with. Not the same as working in my spacious studio. But I really enjoyed the challenge. It’s Great to go on location, deal with all kinds of unknowns and problem solve on the fly. Small Space - Small People - could be a recipe for disaster…But all the stars were aligned and we got many fun images..
When done with the kids we knocked out 4-5 food shots. A perfect day.