Skip to main content

Shooting a BIRTHDAY PARTY?!

20100919_0045iIt’s not might often that I get requests to shoot birthday parties, nor do I actively market these. When these do come along, most of the time people aren’t aware of the cost of professional photography, or they want to pay you in cake or something along those lines. Then, on the odd occasion you get a client who phones you with a really cool proposition and you have to listen. D* (for the sake privacy at private funtions I don’t use names) she wanted to do something different for her censored’th birthday. Instead of getting pics of the event, which everybody does on their BlackBerries and iphones anyways, she booked me for a fashion/beauty/fun shoot as part of the event. She booked 3 make-up artists that would get the ladies ready and then we would spend an hour shooting these images.
The venue she chose for the day’s activities is breathtaking. Go see for yourself here: http://www.mwanzoleo.co.za/ We were hampered slightly by rain, but nonetheless we found a spot that we could shoot from and give that elegant background and view a bit of coverage.
 20100919_0001.jpg Here Philip acts as model (obviously the perfect stand-in) at our first location, which we then had to re-establish a bit further under cover, to avoid electrocution by rain and Profoto.
The brief? Well, the ladies needed to just be ridiculous, act out, have fun, pout, laugh, pose and be completely silly, if need be. The friends and models were allowed to chirp and jeer at me, or the unfortunate victim in front of the camera. So, generally, don’t take anything serious, but come away with pics that they could smile at when they look back, and also some that the husbands and boyfriends could keep in their wallet!
We did fun group shots, and then D came forward with a surprise for all the ladies. Wigs! Suddenly all the stylish ladies took on a slightly more “pretty woman” look, if you know what I mean. For the sake of their fun I’m not posting any of the photos that ensued! They might kill me.
Afterwards, the girls continued the rest of their activities, including lunch, cocktails and all sorts of pampering. By this time it should also be evident that this was a girl’s party. Myself, Philip, the waiter and the barman were just about tolerated.
20100919_0017 comp   20100919_0023

Click here to view the rest of the images (for guests only - restricted access, password protected.)
To the photogs:
Light set-up included Profoto 7B’s (I do rent out the pack and 2 heads if you’re interested) and Speedlite 580 EX II’s. The key light is a silver beauty dish I made from a recycled Teflon frying pan! It works absolute magic and creates a great spread.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Dangerous Photography Jobs

http://www.onlinecertificateprograms.org/blog/2010/10-dangerous-photography-jobs/This is taken from the above article, with permission:Photography can be a case of life or death. It may sound absurd, but professional photographers often go to great lengths and compromise their safety in order to get the perfect picture. Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph Mount Everest or a mission to cover the Iraq war, many photographers risk their lives just to do their job. Here are 10 dangerous photography jobs: Extreme Weather Photography
Extreme weather photographers aren’t storm chasers, but they do have an eye for photographing hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms and other severe weather in their most vulnerable state. As you can imagine, this job is nothing short of extreme. Extreme weather photographers have to get close to the storm when everyone else is running from it, which puts them at risk for injuries and often death. BASE Jumping & Skydiving Photography
See…

Bronx Shoes Billboard Shoot

If you're passing Gugulethu Taxi Rank's way, or JHB Taxi Rank, you will notice a 6x9m billboard with a Bronx ad on it. Above is the Gugs one  and the Jozi one.Now, if you've wondered what goes into shooting something like this, well here goes.Client: Bronx ShoesAgency: Traffic Integrated Marketing - www.trafficintegrated.co.zaPhotography: Danie Nel Photography - www.danienel.co.zaPost and Design: Bianca at Traffic Integrated MarketingModel: Bobby Roache - Base Models - www.basemodelagency.comThe concept was of a guy sitting perched somewhere, so one can see a Afro-entric urban landscape in the background, dramatically lit. The product shots of shoes (I shot those later in studio) would then be dropped onto the image along with copy, logo's and catchline. Also, a JHB skyline, shot by another photographer, would be dropped into one of the shots for the JHB billboard.SO:First you quote and get approval and get that out of the way. Then you go for a recce mission to get a …

Ford Mustang GT shoot for Jack Daniels

A Mustang is a smoking hot guitar. Seriously, it’s even cooler up close, and way cooler once you start the engine. I’m not a petrol-head by a long shot, but I can appreciate a well-built and appealing car. And this car is appealing. And I shot it. I can add it to the Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, Aston Martin DBs, Jag XFR’s and a host more seriously sick cars I’ve had the privilege to shoot. The images are for Jack Daniels who is currently running a competition where you can win this desirable vehicle. So, I needed to make it look every bit as hot as it is. Also, the car will be presented in a very special way to the public, but I’m not sure if I’m at liberty to discuss that, so I’ll let you see the press for details. It helps a lot when you’re shooting these type of things in a proper studio, fitted with a revolve, huge curve and proper lighting. BTW – the lighting was a mix of HMI and red-heads, Kinoflow and a DIY kino-vibe things, standing around in the studio. Normally I work with flash, …