Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Melanie Iglesias Flipbook is being featured everywhere!! 50,000 Hits

We are less than 2 days in and we are getting some amazing buzz. 50,000 hits in like 40 hours! I joked that we would get 50,000 total when we made it. It also has over 2000 likes and 700 comments.

First, here is the video again for anyone who is coming straight to this link. It is basically addictive with Melanie smiling her way through funky outfits. Putting them on and taking them off. We had a blast making this. It is all just 1 take of us playing with ideas we thought up at the spur of the moment.



We got a very nice endorsement from the Philip DeFranco show, entitled, "MELANIE IGLESIAS RAISES DEBT CEILING BY SELLING CHINESE CHILDREN ". The best line from it is when Philip says, "The Youtube has gotten a little sexier today."



I can't post all the sites or anything. It is lighting up the board on Tumblr with fans pausing the video and posting all the hot stills. Maybe a couple thousand notes already from all the sites. Here are a few of the dozens of sites spreading the word.

Here is link to Melanie’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter. Here is a link to my original post where I give some more info about the video.

Thanks!
Michael Creagh

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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Melanie Iglesias Flipbook Video - Super Hot!!

I am really excited to release the new video I just shot with the super hot Melanie Iglesias. You have seen Melanie Iglesias in 2011 Maxim’s Top 100 and World Poker Tour as a Royal Flush Girl. Now her is a little more of her!! Especially that great personality. She is such a sweetheart to work with.

We did the video on a whim and just hope everyone enjoys it. We shot around 2000 frames to make the stop motion video, and I would like to argue it is one of the sexiest stop motion videos of all time. It is Melanie dressing and then stripping off loads of outfits. No images have been retouched at all, and we shot it all in one take. And yes, the individual frames are super hot as well!!!





Music by Grand Staff, Video edited by @Ebis, Makeup by Oz Rodriguez. Here is link to Melanie's Facebook Fan Page and Twitter.

Some of the hot stills!!


For those photo nerds out there who are as much interested in what I did as Melanie. I shot on a Canon 5D MarkII on continuous shooting with the awesome Broncolor Scoro in fast mode. I used my trusty 85mm 1.2 lens and my souped up beauty dish. All the creative ideas and styling were just from me, Melanie and my assistant, Mary Austin.

Here are some photographs I took of Melanie posted last week. We took these at the same time as the video shoot. I am still planning to release more in the near future. So check back sometimes.

http://michaelcreagh.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/mid-shoot-with-melanie-iglesias/


Thanks!
Michael Creagh

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Friday, July 15, 2011

More Kelsey Karrasch!

This is what happens when a model locks me in a studio and makes me shoot for hours!







Here is the link to my first post with Kelsey. You can follow Kelsey on Tumblr and Twitter
http://michaelcreagh.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/kelsey-karrasch/



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Michael Creagh
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kelsey Karrasch

Kelsey doesn't describe herself as rude. She prefers crass. This is from our shoot today for LIM (100% un-retouched).


You can follow Kelsey on Tumblr and Twitter

Thanks!
Michael Creagh

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mid Shoot with Melanie Iglesias!!!

Melanie and I are halfway through our shoot and we are stopping for lunch. But I wanted to post the last series we just did. I think she lacks personality : ) We will post more later!!!!


You have seen Melanie Iglesias in 2011 Maxim's Top 100 and World Poker Tour as a Royal Flush Girl. Here is link to her Facebook Fan Page and Twitter. Makeup by Oz Rodriguez.


Thanks!
Michael Creagh

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http://highartweddingphotography.com

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Photographers

Have you ever gone to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and read about your job? Makes you think.


Here is the link to Photographers. But here are some B of L's key statements:

"Photographers held about 152,000 jobs in 2008. More than half were self-employed, a much higher proportion than for most occupations."

"Employment of photographers is expected to grow 12 percent over the 2008-18 period, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for portrait photographers should increase as the population grows."

"Job growth, however, will be constrained somewhat by the widespread use of digital photography and the falling price of digital equipment. Improvements in digital technology reduce barriers of entry into this profession and allow more individual consumers and businesses to produce, store, and access photographic images on their own. News and commercial photographers may be the most adversely affected by this increase in amateur photographers and non-copyrighted photos."

"Photographers can expect keen competition for job openings because the work is attractive to many people. The number of individuals interested in positions as commercial and news photographers is usually much greater than the number of openings. Salaried jobs in particular may be difficult to find as more companies contract with freelancers rather than hire their own photographers."

"Median annual wages of salaried photographers were $29,440 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $20,620 and $43,530. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $16,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,430. Median annual wages in the photographic services industry, which employed the largest numbers of salaried photographers, were $26,160."

"Those who succeed in landing a salaried job or attracting enough work to earn a living by freelancing are likely to be adept at operating a business and to be among the most creative. "

"Photographers who operate their own business, or freelance, need business skills as well as talent."

I really agree with a lot of their analysis. Of course all these are nationwide statistics. I think it must be hard to equate a small town portrait studio with advertising and fashion photographers in New York. But lots of the points are very valid. I remember, but cannot find a link to Photo District News article a few years back about incomes. It was very different for New York photographers. I think the median income for a New York advertising photographer was $115,00o. Different markets, different methods for calculating income. Very interesting!!

Thanks!
Michael Creagh

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http://highartweddingphotography.com

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kooba Bags - First Taste of Fall 2011


I have been waiting a while since Kooba released those couple behind the scenes shots, so that I could show the campaign. This is just a page from the catalog for the style Zoey. I will try to post more in the next day or do. The model is the gorgeous Monica Mendes. Art Direction by OneSourceVMS. Style by Jersey and Makeup by Yuko Takahashi. Camera Hasselblad H3D 39 Megapixel and lighting by Broncolor Scoro and Calumet Travelite with spotlight.


Here is a link to see the lookbook online and from there you can directly shop!

http://shop.kooba.com/lookbook_fall/index.html


Here is also a link to Kooba's Facebook Page.


Thanks!
Michael Creagh

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Kerstin Lechner @LA Models

I am in the studio right now with Kerstin Lechner @LA Models. We are in the middle of shooting, but I thought I would post a screen shot from Adobe Bridge while Oz is messing with the hair. You can see Kerstin on the upcoming season of Project Runway starting July 28th. You may also remember her as one of the hot trophy presenters from last years Oscars or from my sexy blog post back in Sept 2009.

http://michaelcreagh.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/natural-light-beauty-by-michael-creagh/.


She can give a clinic on moving!

Shot on Canon 5D MarkII with an 85mm 1.2lens with the brillant Broncolor Scoro to stop the motion with 1/8000sec flash duration. Makeup and Hair by Oz Rodriguez.


Thanks!
Michael Creagh

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