Tuesday, December 29, 2009

More Judith Bedard

I thought I would post some more Judith Bedard shots from before she was famous. This was our fist shoot together for a catalog. Very commercial and on location, but I think it shows just what a beautiful woman Judith is...without all the crazy editorial looks in much of her career.




Here is also a link to my last post which has my second shot with her for Susana Monaco.

http://michaelcreagh.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/judith-bedard-just-reminds-me-of-christmas/


Merry Christmas

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Judith Bedard Just Reminds Me of Christmas

Looking through photos series for something that says Christmas is harder than you think. But seeing that red hair of the gorgeous Judith Bedard, just reminds me of Christmas.








Originally shot a couple years ago for the Fall 2007 Susana Monaco catalog, the graphic illustrations were created by the illustrious Vault49. Many of you are already familiar with Judith Bedard as she has been in campaigns for Guess, Loius Vuitton, H&M, Old Navy, Italian Vogue, as well as a humanitarian.


Merry Christmas


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snow Days - Amanda Brandao

With the holidays here I was trying to look through my archives and pick some Christmas stories. "Snow Days" was published in Aventura Magazine a couple years ago with the hot Brazilian model, Amanda Brandao (They have Christmas in Brazil). I will try to post some more "Holiday" stories in the next week. That is easier said than done when you shoot fashion.

These photos reflect the huge snow storm we were just hit with. The effect was accomplished "in camera" by using objects in the foreground to create blur while also blurring the background. Profoto lighting.





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Friday, December 18, 2009

Before the Preview - Le Pink Lingerie

I don't want to let too much out too soon because nothing has not been released yet. But we did shoot in Upstate New York recently the new Le Pink Lingerie Fall/Winter 2010 Campaign. Here is the post from Le Pink's blog. I hope you read Portuguese as it is a Brazilian based company.

http://www.lepinkmonde.com.br/blog/?p=158

I am really excited to post the shots when the campaign comes out. Sorry that you have to be patient. I am not even positive when the first release date is. I can say that we had a great location shoot upstate with the fall foliage. Below, you can see a shot of the whole crew as night falls.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Who is in the Most Vogue Editorials?

I thought this was really interesting about what model was most featured in Vogue editorials this year and who shoots them. I first read the article on Huffington Post (link to the article below) where they name Karlie Kloss the most booked model across all editions.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/15/karlie-kloss-books-most-e_n_392506.html


Even more interesting is the article they referenced from Live Journal. Here it lists the top booked models and photographers by each international edition.

http://community.livejournal.com/fashin/4623046.html


Here is the short list, but the link has a lot more info.

THE TOP 12
in general descending order, not all Vogue editions are accounted for
all you need to know is that KarKlo and Demarchelier basically slaughtered everyone else


MODELS PHOTOGRAPHERS
Karlie Kloss Patrick Demarchelier
Lara Stone Steven Meisel
Sasha Pivovarova Mario Testino
Constance Jablonski David Sims
Raquel Zimmermann Paolo Kudacki
Daria Werbowy Jacques Dequeker
Anna Jagodzinska Solve Sundsbo
Eniko Mihalik Terry Richardson
Jourdan Dunn Daniel Jackson
Lily Donaldson Mario Sorrenti
Natasha Poly Alisdair McLellan
Iris Strubegger Alexi Lubomirski


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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Photo of the Day

Here is a shot from my first portfolio here is New York. I always loved the energy of this shot with my friend Kate. I still remember being up on my roof in Brooklyn.


You can see the film I shot with, Kodak TXP black and white film. I think it was rated at ISO 320. I am not sure the F-stop and shutter speed anymore, but I believe it shot with an old Hasselblad 500c and an 80mm lens. The photo is not retouched.


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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Houda at Elite Models

I photographed Houda like 4 years ago when she was at New York Models. Very sexy Syrian model who arrived at my studio right when she came to New York. I don't think she uses any of these shots anymore. She is at Elite LA now.

The below shot is un-retouched and shot just with available room light. ISO 400 with a 50mm lens at F2.2 and 1/25 sec hand held.



This shot is definitely retouched. 50mm lens, ISO100 F22 1/80 sec.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Intro Magazine - Bulgaria

I got the PDF's yesterday from a story about my work in Intro Magazine from Bulgaria. They featured the Trapeze shoot I did with Susana Monaco. Unfortunately, not speaking Bulgarian (or any Slavic language), I have no idea what they said. Hint: If you speak Bulgarian let me know! I have one friend I am going to ask and maybe I will post a translation at some point. I think it will be hard to read the text here anyhow as the photo size I posted is not very big (but click to enlarge them just enough).


(not sure who photographed the cover)















The series was photographed in a H3D Hasselblad 39 megapixels with 80mm and 150mm lens. Exposures varied, but generally ISO 50 with approximately F8 at 1/1250 sec. The main light was a beauty dish with several fill and background lights. Here is a past post with some very cool behind the scenes photos from the shoot.

http://michaelcreagh.wordpress.com/behind-the-scenes-michael-creagh-and-susana-monaco/


Photographed for the Susana Monaco Spring 2008 Catalog

Model: Valya Muravleva, at MC2 Models

Makeup: Munemi, See Management

Hair: Seiji, The Wall Group

Prop Styling: Charlotte Guess

Photo Assistant: Katrina Eugenia

Photographed at Milk Studios, NYC


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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Model Profile – Angela Roukas at New York Models

I am trying a new feature of the blog to compliment the other additions like posting some shots from my natural light series. I want to add a few shots of the same model that are not necessarily related by theme or story. I have photographed hundreds of gorgeous models who just never made my main website because there was no overall story attached to it. but I want to share some of the images I enjoyed.


Today is Angela Roukas of New York Models. Completely sexy young woman with a super cool personality. We just shot at my place in Brooklyn for a couple hours. The first shot is probably my favorite from the series. It is just natural window light on my bed with a black cloth background behind.


This shot was done on the floor by my window with bright sunlight.


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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Editorial - Photos of the Day

I was interviewed by a young photo student today on editorial photography doing a project for the Hallmark Institute of Photography. And I just got an email from a second student from the same school so I guess projects are due this week!


Anyhow, it reminded me of one of my first published stories. These were the only 2 shots I could find from a big Cover story I had for 944 Magazine. The photo of the cover I actually had to track down on the model's Flickr page. The model is Natasha Komis and you have seen her in some pretty hot American Apparel Ads. She is now a pretty successful singer and you can hear her music on her MySpace page.


The photo was taken in Times Square with a Hasselblad 503CW camera and an 80mm lens. I believe I was using Fuji Provia Slide film rated at 400 speed. My exposure was something like 1/125sec at F4 with a flash into a small umbrella.


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Monday, December 7, 2009

Butt Makeup!!! Victoria Secret

I read this article the other day on Huffington post about 20 layers of butt makeup being put on the models at the Victoria Secret fashion show last week. It is funny because my friend, Martha Friedlander, is the makeup artist who does it for the VS Fashion Show. I think she would describe it as a little bit of body sculpting and contouring. But just great that her work made such an odd story.

What isn't mentioned in the article, is if you ask Martha about the VS girls, she will tell you straight out that the girls are absolutely stunning. Not that she doesn't think her body makeup work is useful, but even under closeup scrutiny of the most intimate parts of VS girls....she said the girls are just gorgeous in person.


Here is a link to the article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/02/victorias-secret-20-layer_n_376969.html


Here is a photo I posted a couple weeks ago that Martha was the regular makeup artist on. No butt makeup was used in the below photo!!!!

To see the entire shoot check out http://michaelcreagh.com or the earlier blog post, http://michaelcreagh.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/ballons-and-shadows-by-michael-creagh/


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Graphic illustration Project with Vault49

Last month I collaborated with Vault49 to photograph some cool 3D illustrations. Here is the series. I love the 3 Dimensional look. My part in the process was pretty small. It mainly consisted of controlling the feel of the shadows, managing the depth of field...and getting some super high resolution quality, so all that illustration detail would pop.


If you click on the first shot, then you will go to the series on their website.





You see all my beautiful gear. The Hasselblad H3D 39 Megapixel with 150mm lens, and one of my canon cameras (my other Canon probably took the shot!).




Me on a ladder.


Link to Vault49's blog:

http://www.vault49.com/blog/2009/11/03/iso-lion/

and the series on the website:

http://vault49.com/#/graphic:1233/iso-lion:1687


If you want to see more of my work with Vault49, click here for Mina Cvetkovic, or here for Taylor Warren.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One More New Photo from My Alina Vacariu Shoot

Here is one more shoot of the beautiful Alina Vacariu. This one is a little patriotic. I have a lot more photos from my shoots with Alina, from pretty to fashion to sexy. They can be seen "Almost Nude", "Fashion" , "Fashion 2" and "Wig".




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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Alina Vacariu Nude...Almost

Way back in June I told everyone that I had a new Alina Vacariu shoot and posted the 1 shot directly below. Many of you have written patiently waiting as I bragged it was hot! For the record, I was waiting as well. Alina and I selected our favorites, the agents got involved, we all traveled to different places, worked a lot....time flies. The good news is the agents didn't cut anything and we got some beautiful natural light shots of Alina.


Here is the shot I posted back in June. Alina and I have shot together a couples and you can see some more fashion and beauty photos here and here.




Here are 3 very similar shots of Alina Vacariu almost nude. Not that you need me to say it, but I was there. Alina is beautiful in person; sexy. We had a really had time choosing a favorite. Any thoughts on 1,2,or 3?

(click photos to make a little larger)






For those of you who are tech photography junkies like me, the lighting was just simple window light behind Alina and whatever light was bouncing around my studio. I shot with my Canon 1DS Mark III at ISO1600 (It wasn't as bright as it looked!) at 1/125 sec at F1.4 on the Canon 85mm 1.2 lens. This is part of my natural light series.


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

2 Shots from the Store!

I am excited to post some of my work in the actual environment it appears. I hope to get some more store shots in the next weeks as it is in loads of stores. There is a whole add campaign behind the photos. So far I have the 2 store shots, the catalog and the website.



Above you can see my photo behind the mannequins.



When I shot the photo, I never considered it would be wrapped around a circular beam!



You can see all the photos and some of the credits, etc. in the previous post.

http://michaelcreagh.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/mademoiselle-hk-campaign-photos/


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Mademoiselle HK Campaign Photos

Hi

I posted the lead shot from the Mademoiselle HK shoot back on the 5th, but I am finally able to post the entire series. I will also post some more shots in the upcoming weeks of the campaign itself. I just got in 2 snapshots of the photos all blown up in the stores. I will try to post them tomorrow.












Martha Hunt from Next Model Management.... which besides being a model I love (you saw her twice before in my Susana Monaco shoots; Black & White and Balloons and Shadows), it was also a really timely choice for the China and Hong Kong market. She was just on the cover of Chinese Vogue at the end of the summer, right before our campaign hit China.

Makeup by Yuko and hair by Wesley from the Wall group. The styling was by Marcell Rocha of Workgroup. We shot it in my Manhattan studio with Hasselblad H3D 39 Megapixels and Profoto lighting. I changed up the lighting a little bit, sometimes playing with more shadow versus sometimes using spotlight in the back.

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