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April 8, 2014#

Hollywood w Sue Bryce & Felix Kunze

I am so addicted to these shoots. I am begging Felix to do a workshop with me. The styling alone was enough to get me screaming like a 13 year old at a Justin Beiber concert. Ahhhhh Hollywood Glamour. So here’s how we did it.

We ordered our lights from Adorama rentals (amazing service) 3x Arri M18 Kit (1.8K HMI) with diffusion and 1x Profoto 8A Air 2400 pack with Profoto Pro Head mounted into a 5×4 soft box.

We used my favourite Oliphant Backdrop okay they are all my fav’s but the gold is definitely my NOW fav and a roll of dark grey and white seamless paper.

Styling was so easy finding matching outfits online came together beautifully.  Surprisingly not many of the original icons were wearing that much makeup.  It was all about the eyebrows and the lips.  But of course the Hair is the real giveaway to this classic era.  I think my two funniest moments were Susan hates breakfast at Tiffany’s and thats the look I wanted her to play and Brooke does not wear makeup and Marlene was the most made up oh and of course the you will not eat/you will sit/you will not breath in the corset I had to wear to be Liz ha

Play shoots invigorate and I learned something so cool this day.

Re creating Hollywood lights

Re creating Hollywood lights

Tamara Lackey as Veronica: 2x Arri in the same configuration as Sue 1x Arri from behind pointing at her stomach for the highlight on her dress

The divine Ms Tamara Lackey

The divine Ms Tamara Lackey

Lara and Felix as Bogey and Bacall: 2x Arri’s – two set up on camera right in the same way as for Liz shoot but with a white backdrop

The Beautifuls Felix Kunze & Lara Jade

The Beautifuls Felix Kunze & Lara Jade

Susan as Audrey: Same equipment as Liz shoot but with white backdrop

The classic beauty of Susan Stripling

The classic beauty of Susan Stripling

Brooke as Marlene: Profoto flash with soft box mounted almost directly overheard.

This sweet beauty is Brooke Shaden

This sweet beauty is Brooke Shaden

Sue Bryce as Liz: 2x Arri close to each other and pointing at Sue

We do you believe it that is actually me

Well do you believe it – that is actually me

Behind the scenes footage & stills Nikki Closser Hair and Makeup Katie McMullen

Behind the scenes footage & stills Nikki Closser Hair and Makeup Katie McMullen

I have to shout out to Adorama I haven't used them before and they were incredible.

I have to shout out to Adorama I haven’t used them before and they were incredible.

 

See previous blog post for the great little Animoto feature we created for Behind the scenes action.

April 8, 2014#

Hollywood Icons and a video on Animoto

Argh check out this fabulous video we made on Animoto.  This sort of behind the scenes is so easy to create and everyone LOVEs them.   In January I was in New York and I spent the whole day playing with these fabulous photographers.  Myself Felix Kunze bought our Hollywood GLAM together and he showed me how to create or rather recreate these iconic hollywood images with 3 Arri lights and a 5×4 Softbox.  Watching him work the light with diffusers and reflectors amazed me and seeing these shots come to life was just incredible. Stills, lighting details and more information are on the next blog

Hollywood Shoot with Sue Bryce & Felix Kunze from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

Are you using Animoto yet and promoting your studio the biggest social media platforms on the planet Facebook Youtube Vimeo Pinterest. It’s so easy and so affordable here’s a discount code

Promo code is NYCshoot and it gives $50 off until April 30th – Thats unlimited highres slideshows you can embed and share

Thank you Adorama you guys were great to work with. Katie McMullen Hair and Makeup fantastic work, Nikki Closser shot all these behind the scenes and the beautiful people Susan Stripling Tamara Lackey Brooke Shaden Felix Kunze Lara Jade Play shoots do not get better than this. A big thank you to Sally Sargood for making me be Liz I wouldn’t have done it and now I love the image so much I’m putting it on my wall. Thank you Animoto for the code I love watching Shot videos like these I know the power they have on media and I love your service too.

March 26, 2014#

50 & Fabulous Movement

The question is “Are Women over 50 invisible in our media?” They are part of the largest shopping demographic and the biggest internet users, yet they are the most unmarketed to demographic in the world. We live in this fountain of youth society and as we get older, we are more and more ignored. This makes me annoyed and I want it to change.  So I am starting a movement.  Join me in starting a 50 & Fabulous movement #50andfabulous. Let’s show the world the true beauty of these magnificent women.  As a photographer these have always been my favourite shoots.  I remember looking at my Mother thinking that she was the most beautiful woman in the world and I still do. Woman over 50 are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughter, friends and wives. They are the matriarch of families. I love to photograph these women. They are magnificent, beautiful, and confident.

I want to tell Women to GET IN PHOTOGRAPHS.  To celebrate their beauty and most important of all to exist in Photos for your children. One day they will be priceless.  Like you are to the people who love you.

50 & Fabulous from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

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I photographed  Kathleen Clemons as part of my 50 & Fabulous campaign. She has a beautiful story and I wanted to tell it.

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57 is Fabulous from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

February 20, 2014#

It used to be about the before and after now its about the story

I have stayed alive in this industry for 25 years because I believe you Evolve or Die.! I have watched so many shifts in the industry and they bring great change and fear ( always hand in hand) But this change I really love.  It’s no longer about the Sell its about the experience it’s no longer about the Photographer it’s about the product service and the connection, it’s all about the story you tell. The story you tell with your images.  It used to be about the before and the after that was enough it said look take an ordinary girl and make her look extraordinary with hair and makeup.  We told that story for a long time and it worked.  Now we see behind the scenes videos the pubic know what photoshop is we are evolving into a this is who we are business this is what we do watch us online learn about us meet us know us.  I meet clients now and they greet me like an old friend they watch my videos they know who I am.

Are you shooting the before shot still don’t stop are you shooting behind the scenes don’t stop are you blogging don’t stop now more than ever the connection and the archive you are creating on your blog will long survive the fast moving and shifting algorithm of the facebook newsfeed that most people are not getting.  Share new shoots old shoots behind the scenes, videos and images what do you find interesting what makes you stop and watch?

Im going to Las Vegas March 3rd 4th and 5th and I’m going to show live the campaign marketing and stories I’ve been working on that all photographers can share and start doing.  I have been educating photographers for a few years now I think it’s time I started educating the public on why they need to be photographed professionally. I am also doing a whole segment on mentoring AND posing.  You can watch this class free and live enrol here.

http://www.creativelive.com/courses/modern-womens-portraiture?utm_source=creativeLIVE&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ModernWomenEnroll

 

Sue Bryce Story telling Sue Bryce Story telling 1

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February 18, 2014#

I found a box of Negatives circa 2000

14 years doesn’t it just go bye in a heart beat.

I found a box of medium format negatives and took them to get scanned.  These images are between 1999 and 2002 I have had so much fun looking through them but what I have enjoyed the most is the feeling.   I actually recall quite vividly how incredibly overjoyed I was developing myself and my craft.  I was taking the best photos of the 12 years I had been shooting, I was poor, made no money from photography and I didn’t really care, I was 30 and felt so grown up.  I was just so desperate for validation and seemed to always attract negativity like harsh criticism that I held on to and further dramatised ha lucky I sorted that one out gosh that is the hardest lesson.   Oh the inspiration I feel the joy the hunger to learn be better I remember with each of these shots the elation I felt of mastering a pose or a connection or a composition.  Crossing boundaries of fashion and portrait such a grey area not fitting in anywhere.  Trying to be a fashion photographer hating it trying to be a portrait photographer and progress and develop.  Slowly watching the digital movement sneak up and threaten the very foundation of Professional Photography as we had known it was frightening. The Unknown.

But I was so hungry starving in fact, to learn, to be better, to strive to push to live and breathe and feel and win.  That is what passion is to suffer for your craft.  Of course I also learned thats just the dramatic suffering artist that dwells inside of me and you don’t need to suffer to support your self and own a business with great service and clients.  But I can’t make apologies for my true self I cry when the sun comes up, would throw down and come up swinging for the people I love, I have always believed that the blue collar worker children had to work harder fight harder run faster, but then my parents always said the world is your oyster and you can have anything you want.

So when I look back I see all the huge lessons the brick walls and the mountains I climbed that were really mole hills and I ask myself today the same question: What do YOU want from this career?

All of these Images shot on Kodak 120 medium format film on the Hasselblad all natural light.

Sue Bryce Negs scan

 

 

Fact: Charlotte, Nicola, Hayley, Nick and Marie their names werent on the files I remember their names  and I remember their stories.  What an honour to make pictures of peoples lives.

February 17, 2014#

25th year Shooting – Phase One of this girls career.

The Hasselblad was my first camera.  I never owned it until this year, you see I had a job as a Portrait Photographer for the first 12 years.  I earned $137 a week when I started and I was 20 and I got to use $12,000 worth of camera equipment every day in 1992 that was a big deal.  When I left the studio to start my business I had to buy my first camera and the world had gone digital, all I had was $800 so I bought a Canon 10D and it didn’t even shoot RAW.  I’m not taking anything away from any of my Canon’s I built a hugely successful business on that 10D then 20D then 5D mark i mark ii and mark iii which I still have 2 of.  So why did I go back to Medium format?

This photo isn’t a surprised look what Santa got me photo actually it was I cannot believe I actually bought this and here it is this is real moment.  Lets get real really fast NO Phase One aren’t sponsoring me I saved for this and paid for it because I believe in this quality. Also for my big brother I know you have been lecturing me for 10 years to save for a house and I still am but Andy this is an investment in my future.  Phase have an incredible set up I have been dealing with Lance Schad from Digital Transitions the whole time he has been so great the support you receive is as outstanding as the service.  For those of you considering the big shift to Medium Format yes I highly recommend Phase One and they also offer a very comprehensive finance plan.

In December I was approached by a very big company a company with a beautiful message.  They have asked me to represent their company throughout the next year with an international Beauty Campaign this will include a large advertising and print campaign I have said yes I will proudly create more beautiful stories like Jill’s and promote as much self love and self acceptance as I can for all woman all ages.  (more details on that soon) I have 5 Photographer friends all shooting on the Phase One and when I trialled one 2 years ago it simply didn’t shoot high enough ISO for my natural light self now the new IQ250 has 50 megapixel resolution for image quality, sensitivity ranging from 100 -6400 and a 14 f stop dynamic range, continuos capture and fluid live view.  It is time to return to my roots just the digital 2014 version.  I am so glad I started my career here and watched the incredible transition we made to digital photography to come a full circle back to this platform I feel like a 20 year old again ; ) except Im 42 and its mine.

It was like Christmas

It was like Christmas
I think this big smile says it all

I think this big smile says it all

This is the camera I shot on for the first 12 years of my career. Film Hasselblad

This is the camera I shot on for the first 12 years of my career. Film Hasselblad

This is my new Camera

This is my new Camera

My first trial shot of the Phase One ISO 400 Natural Light 1/125s f/2.8 55mm Oliphant Studio backdrop

My first trial shot of the Phase One ISO 400 Natural Light 1/125s f/2.8 55mm Oliphant Studio backdrop

My first trial shot of the Phase One ISO 400 Natural Light 1/125s f/2.8 55mm on my new Oliphant Studio backdrop

My first trial shot of the Phase One ISO 400 Natural Light 1/125s f/2.8 55mm on my new Oliphant Studio backdrop

 

January 31, 2014#

Designing Refreshing Updating my website, brand, passion.

How long does it take before you start saying “I hate my website” I hear it all the time from others too “Don’t look at my website I haven’t updated it in a year.”  Then you start to redesign and the hours turn into late nights, days and then weeks.  Such a labour and so necessary.  The one thing I have noticed as I work my way through new gallery images letting go of old favourites and introducing new work is how much I fall back in love with what I do.    Sometimes the pressure the hustle the grind the competition the social media the marketing it gets you down it knocks you back.  I return to service of others always but there is also this spark that ignites and that is the love of creating a beautiful image of someone.  Sometimes I work on an image before bed and I email to myself and save it on my ipad.  I put it by my bed and stare at it.  I think about how lucky I am to be able to make pretty pictures for people.  For the people I work with every day and the clients I meet.  Then I’m not jaded anymore.

Put a new refresh of your website on your todo list this year.  Be proud of your online folio.  Fall back in love with what you enjoy.

Main Menu

 

January 27, 2014#

My job is a gift. To me

My job is a gift. To me. Every person I photograph gives me something incredible. I am so very luck to have this career and I don’t know when it actually shifted because I struggled for a long time. As you know I am a big campaigner for advertising to the 50 plus market and this year in March (don’t worry full details coming soon I promise) I will do a mentoring session and campaign marketing to show you all the amazing shoots I have done these last four months. This is Mary Beth she is one of my ’50 is Fabulous’ ladies and one of my favourite shoots for 2013 I got to spend the day photographing her and her two best girlfriends from college a life long friendship that spans years and I filmed it also cannot wait to share that.

Anyway after Christmas break I came back to the studio to find a large box had been delivered. In it is this fabulous Wedding Dress and a note from Mary Beth “this is my wedding dress from the 80s and I want you to have it because I know you will do something beautiful with it.” Firstly thank you Mary Beth for giving me this beautiful fairy princess gown I will do something fabulous with it. Secondly thank you for allowing me to capture you and the girls I admire friendship, sisterhood and women that live to empower each other. Im off today to remodel a gown and Glam the Dress.

She bought this dress in Paris

She bought this dress in Paris

and when she talks about the Paris

and when she talks about the Paris

She simply comes alive with joy

She simply comes alive with joy

I didn't need to make her dance I couldn't have stopped her

I didn’t need to make her dance I couldn’t have stopped her

I have already seen how I can remodel this gown. I am so excited to give it new life

I have already seen how I can remodel this gown. I am so excited to give it new life

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