Hello fellow photographers!
Just wanted to let you know that the "Film Noir" photo shoot of October 29th and the warm up to it on October 28th that I did in the fire escape of Veith Street Gallery have finally been posted on my Portraits By Chris section. It didn't turn out the way I anticipated and I learned a lot about being prepared for anything as the story below will relate.
It all started out to be a Gangster film noir shoot, then as delays and time went on, I kept adding more themes to the shoot to give more variety to the models. Unfortunately, I did not anticipate the absence of two main players who were to provide the guns needed for the Gangster portion of the shoot and so I had to abandon most of my planned shots and substitute knives for guns in some scenes that called for it. This was my first theme shoot and I was floored and unprepared to deal with the change in plan, but I managed to find inspiration in some books I had brought over the previous day to substitute for some of the scenes I had to abandon. I had assistance by CSE (Creative Spirit East) members Aura-Lee Mahoney (modelling as Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Katherine Hepburn & Grace Kelly) and Dean Morton (model and lighting assistant) as well as the curator of the Gallery until a representative (and friend of mine) of Vegas Entertainment took over from him in assisting with the models and aiding with the lighting.
Among the things I learned from the two shoots is to never schedule more than one person at a time to be at a shoot, always schedule your models into separate time slots, or you will feel pressure regarding the time given to each if you don't schedule them separately. Also, make sure you have access (or buy) props that are relevant to your shoot and pick out and note the order of each shot for each model. I intend to follow these guidelines from now on!
However, after all was said and done, (and I relaxed a bit) I did manage to get some nice portraits of the models who came, which include: Fallen "Kittie" Matthews, Amanda Plowman, accompanied by Sophie Lavery Grant (taking separate shots) and my friend " Mr. Vegas " representing Vegas Entertainment, who modelled as Alan Ladd and Humphrey Bogart in some shots with Aura-Lee Mahoney as Ingrid Bergman and Veronica Lake).