Monday, November 23, 2009

View Camera Magazine






As mentioned in an earlier post. View Camera Magazine recently published my Tintype work on there cover and 8 pages inside. Here is the magazine.

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Motion Photography Test.

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I shot this recently after a Tintype shoot of model Nicole just a motion photography test with Canon 5d MK 2.
I had it edited by Joseph Seif.
I love shooting motion and just recently got hired by a local agency to shoot some still & motion for heathcare company shot down in Birmingham, AL & Charlotte NC.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Miami Shoot

I just got back from a really cool shoot in Miami.I was down there shooting a women's fashion catalog for spring summer 2010.At the end of one of our long days I tested with one of our amazing models Kamimi Chin Loy making the most out of the day and getting work that I can use for myself. The rest of the catalog looks amazing but can not share until it's out.

More to come........

Monday, October 19, 2009

Latest Tintypes



Here is my most recent shoot. I have being changing a few things and liking what I see.
One of the things is how I am getting digital versions of these so I can do the original plates justice.The model is Anna Braun form City Models. The styling and hair and make up by Tietjen Fischer of Artist Untied.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Vote for me!




A few days after my last post I got an email from View Camera Magazine about wanting to feature my tintypes in there next issue. Really excited about this. They are considering one of my images for the cover and are having a vote for cover.So I ask please vote for me to be on the cover.Thanks.



Vote on the upcoming cover

send your vote to


amiles@viewcamera.com


Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Tintype Work




Last Monday I shot another tintype shoot. I wanted to change things up quite a bit from my previous tintype shoots.So I started with the camera I shot with a 5x7 camera giving me much larger plates from the 4x5 I was used too.I do not think I will ever switch back as I love the larger size.I shot these again at Rayko and Michael my Tintype technician informed me had changed his formula of developer resulting in cleaner looking plates.

I booked a wonderful model Ellen Hancock from Look Modeling Agency in San Francisco.
This time I really wanted to work with a stylist and got connected with Tietjen Fischer from Artist Untied she also does Hair and Make Up which makes things even easier.
She brought the most amazing wardrobe to the set and from the first plate on every image was a winner.
By now I have my lighting down when I am shooting these and I include my lighting diagram which I handed off to my assistant Brian Molyneaux we took off all but bare diffusion and got the shutter speed down to 1/8 second.
To see the rest of this shoot please check out the New Images section of my website.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Behind The Scenes Video.

Here is a behind the scenes video from a photoshoot for Monroe and Main catalog.
Here is the You Tube link as video blogger is the greatest.
I had posted some previous snaps here.
Its always a lot of fun putting these things together.
Hope you enjoy.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Introducing Andrew Hetherington


I am going to be introducing photographer Andrew Hetherington tonight in the Apple store in San Francisco.This is part of the APA image makers series. Andrew has an amazing blog that is very very popular in the Photo Industry and is one of my favorites to read. Please come by and check out the show.
The info is here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Travel Day.


I am in Chicago this week shooting for a women's fashion catalog.
It seems like it has been ages since I was on the road again but really only 2 months.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Tin Type Video

Some recent behind the scenes in the darkroom video of tintypes being processed.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Tintype Workshop.






So it has being about a year since I first started shooting Tintypes.
Every shoot has being in the studio with the darkroom close by because of the process.
Also every  shoot I had done I hired Tintype technician to make pour,process,develop,fix & wash my plates.
I recently took a workshop put on by Rayko which took this process outside as Michael the manager had built a mobile darkroom.
I hired a model & we shot in the Marin headlines.
I initial thought I would not be into at all the chemical side of things and pouring my own plates & developing them but it was part of the workshop. I loved it!
Now that I can shoot tintypes outside I look forward to creating many more masterpieces.
The plate that I show was my first every pour & if I do so myself I did a damn fine job of it.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Miami Behind The Scenes.


Just came back from a great shoot in Miami.
Shooting the fall catalog for a great client Monroe and Main.
Lots of work and lots of fun as well.We shot alot of great images and motion photography as well.
We stayed in the lovely Hotel ST Augustine right in South Beach which has  amazing steam showers that helped unwind the long days.
In the meantime here is a little behind the scenes grid.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

First Attempts at Motion Photography.

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After my TinType shoot the other day I shot a small Beauty Film Motion Photography whatever you want to call it.
 I used an Amazing Model Brittany Celeste & Hair & Make Up By Bara.
Loved the process and I look forward to shooting some Motion Photography in Miami next week for a client.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Power of Photography.


I have been meaning to write this post ever since I got back from my trip to Dublin last month anyway no more delay.
I was back in Dublin for a 2o year school reunion which was an absolute blast & good seeing everyone after such a long time.
I have been living in the States now for 15 years & its definitely my home.One of the things I had to do when I was back was go through a serious amount of boxes I had left in my attic 15 years ago thinking I would be back in about a year.
I came across this photo I had taken of my friend Julie Ryan the summer of 1990, I had only been into photography less than a year & used to have a darkroom off my bedroom. Julie was killed in an accident on Friday 12th of October 1990 a few weeks after I had taken this portrait of her.
I remember printing many copies of this image of her for her friends & family who like myself were just gutted that she was gone.I had feeling that I had something special that I could give to people & it was then that I realized the power of photography & how important photographs are.







Sunday, February 15, 2009

UGCX Conference.

I spent Monday & Tuesday of last week down in San Jose at a User Generated Content Conference it was put on by these people. Some of the Microstock companies were there like iStockphoto & Fotolia as well as some rights managed stock companies like Jupiter Images who represent me.

I have made a several thousands of $$$ in the past from my images being licensed & still continue to get royalty checks in the mail a few times a year.
It seems with the growth of microstock industry & the current economic climate the RM sales have slowed down.

As most assignment photographers including myself would never think of submitting images to microstock to sell for a $1 or less there are hundreds of thousands photographers around the world making a living form this industry.

Our whole world & industry is changing rapidly on a daily basis & rather than turn our backs on theses things its important to embrace change & see where we fit in and can profit from such things. 

Everything can have its place.


Monday, February 2, 2009

New Work for Marketing Book.




Even though I have been neglecting my blog I have being busy lately.
The images above I shot in December  of model Sarah Ellis who I have worked with before.
Simple idea just to shoot some lingerie style test shots, I kept things really simple using available light or just one Kino Flo light shooting everything wide open.
The images are going into a BLURB book that I am printing that is going to be used for marketing.I hope to get the book finished by the end of February and will sow the finished product on this blog.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Forgive me.

Dear Blog,
Forgive me for not posting to you earlier. I promise to get better at this.
In the meantime here is a video of the recreation of the below Helmut Newton image.
More to come.