Tuesday was a marathon seventeen hour day! We did a photoshoot for Holiday/Resort 2009, and Spring 2010. We got great photographs, which made it a great day, worth all those hours.
The credit for the success of the day goes to having a great group of people involved.
Let’s start with our fantastic models, Tim Ryan and Nathan Kamp.
Not only do these guys look great, they make us look great. They are so easy to work with. Professionals in every sense of the word.
They get in front of the camera, and immediately we get great shots, so we can move right on to the next product.
They are intelligent, they are fun to work with, nice to talk to, aren’t moody, and they eat the food we provide without complaint!
Just a real pleasure to work with.
Most of the time, in fashion work we want a serious, moody, or dramatic look, as illustrated in the first two photos. But it’s hard to keep that up all day, and there are many lighter moments during the shoot (lower image at left).
Tim and Nathan don’t spend all their time modeling. They both run marathons, for example.
Tim ran the New York City Marathon last year, about which he says “I successfully crossed all the bridges and ran through all five boroughs!”, adding “26.2 miles, with 4 blisters, 2 black toes and one sore body!” And while doing that, he was raising money for charity. He plans on running the NYCM again this year, both to beat last year’s 3:48, but also to raise money for the Max Cure Fund at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The fund is dedicated to researching rare pediatric cancers, improving treatments and finding cures that will save children’s lives, a cause Tim became involved in through one of his wife’s friends. In preparation, Tim has been running in races and training all summer. For more information, and to help support this cause, please see Fred’s Team.
Tim is also an actor (he recently recently worked on The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon, and Sex and the City 2). And just to keep himself busy, he also coaches his son’s soccer team.
Nathan, when not modeling or running marathons or playing basketball (which he loves to do), cooks! But this is not the celebrity-chef-at-the-stove-with-the-fast-knife kind of cooking, this is about the relationships among food, friends, and family, and how these elements get woven into an upbeat, positive lifestyle. You can get the full story at his Live To Eat website.
It’s interesting to note that Nathan writes his own scripts for the videos, shoots them, and does all the editing, with just a friend helping out. So in his videos, you are really seeing into his world through his eyes and hands.
A good photographer makes a photoshoot easy. So please meet Gerardo Somoza, our master of lenses and lighting. He not only snaps the pictures, but he also directs the models for poses and looks. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to use the helicopter during our shoot! This photo is from a shot Gerardo did for a client who manufactures helicopters.
A major challenge in photography is the equipment. There is a lot of it, and it gets used hard. When it breaks, everything comes to a halt. And break it will. So it’s helpful that Gerardo brings enough equipment that quick substitutions and repairs keep the day going smoothly.
And a good camera, a steady hand, and a good eye are all important.
Here’s a detail from the above picture of Nathan and Tim (it’s the temple from Tim’s glasses). This is a blowup from a hand-held camera shot. As you can see, Gerardo has a steady hand on the camera and shutter.
Finally, I’ll just mention that a photoshoot takes a lot of people. The models and the photographer are the “stars” of the show, but a photoshoot doesn’t happen without a photographer’s assistant (several, in our case), stylists, people to select outfits, somebody to run out for food and drinks, run the computers, do makeup—well, it’s a room full of people.
Special thanks go to Jason Wehlage and David Duralde of Kenmark Optical, who were at the photoshoot all day, and were a pleasure to work with. People who are on top of their game, don’t fuss, stay focused, and know how to laugh make the day go along smoothly and pleasantly, and help make sure we get great photos. Thanks, guys!
P. S. As you would expect, Tim and Nathan appear widely in Jhane’s Online Store. Once you get to know them, it’s easy to spot them there, even though we don’t show their faces.