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NayMarie

NayMarie of Adorned in Taji Cinematic Headshot Session

Dramatic Headshots are kind of my thing. I love nothing more than to tap into a dark and moody headshot. I prefer minimal lighting and just glints and hints of reflection off the edges of the subject. Sometimes catching a bit of catch light in the eyes. This was my primary aim for this shoot. In this particular instance, NayMarie wore her adornments to the shoot. Due to the adornments, I was able to get a great deal of reflectivity from the strobes used. This gave a little pop of highlight in just the right areas. The focus is primarily on the thought process more than anything. What is going on in her mind? Using hand gestures and varied posing I am able to convey a variety of thought processes all revolving around being pensive.

What were your intentions with these photos?

This was a very fun project. Outside of my normal use of colors, I chose to move towards more of a muted tone almost teetering on the edge of full monochromatic or dichromatic. Normally when considering subjects they will often have an employer or agent which they are under. This limits the amount of creativity which you can pour into some projects; however, when someone works for themselves it presents a whole new set of options. Because Nay works for herself, I was given free reign over how to approach. I wanted something mysterious and “cinematic”. I utilized side and overhead strip box lighting to nail down precise rim lights. Illuminating the background while rim lighting was necessary to create an almost silhouetted separation from subject to background. Everything came together just as intended.

For more direct samples, be sure to check out my: Headshots & Portraits

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Blue Lifestyle Photography – Goddess Behavior Jamie

Blue lifestyle photography shoot with Adorned in Taji Goddess Behavior model Jamie. A blue-themed lifestyle photoshoot covering newer product pieces from the Adorned in Taji jewelry line. View the photo reel here: Instagram

In this particular session we decided to deviate from the normal romantic colors. We implement a scheme that contrasts the normal reds, magentas, oranges, and yellows. Blue brings about a very conscience set of decision making. It substitutes as a representation of sadness or various medical practices. Contrarily, there are other instances where blue can represent life and peace. We brought these very things out of the image by presenting the color so as not to overwhelm the composition nor the subject. In lifestyle photography you want to ensure that all elements are believable with a natural or candid aspect to them. We combine looks directly focused on the camera and those looking away. This provides a feeling of catching the model in a moment.

Just like our previous shoots, flagging the light and focusing the strobe allowed us a look that swallows any spillage of light. This show we can maintain the quality of our blue lifestyle photography.

We used both strobe and constant led lighting. The trick is positioning and powering the strobe in such a way that it does not overpower your constant lighting. Images from these sets are based more on the mood that the photo exhibits based on colors, so any loss of such would be a huge detraction from the message being delivered. Using a set of gobos, some of the earlier images in the set were taken to give a window-blind effect. These also lends to the dramatic aspect that we were looking to capture in the images. Although light is important, balancing the lighting, color, and the proper amount of shadow is crucial.

Want to see more? Check out our previous shoot here: Lifestyle Photography – Goddess Behavior 3

Magenta Lifestyle Photography – Goddess Behavior Naomi

Magenta lifestyle photography shoot with Adorned in Taji Goddess Behavior model Naomi. A magenta-themed lifestyle photoshoot covering newer product pieces from the Adorned in Taji jewelry line. View the photo reel here: Instagram

In this third session we decided to color shift while maintaining a romantic color scheme. We utilize colors based around the range of magenta hues. Although not as intense as red, magenta allows for a similar romantic feel and magenta encompasses a regal nature. The team used shots with an extreme contrast. Our fog machine was turned on intermittently to add texture. Looks were more static and focused on hand positioning with facial expression as an after thought; this allowed for the theme and colors to speak to the message.

Similar to our previous shoot, there is a need to flag and block a certain amount of light from reaching the subject. This coupled with the beauty dish with a grid, we focused the beam of light to only hit certain segments of the model and isolate her from the rest of the scene. This created the vinette feel we were looking for. The only additional element was that of adding texture to the scene.

We used both strobe and constant led lighting for the magenta lifestyle photography, but the trick is positioning and powering the strobe in such a way that it does not overpower your constant lighting. Images from these sets are heavily based on texture. The reflection of fog, material of dress, and styling of hair builds the desired look.  Although light is important, balancing the lighting, color, and the proper amount of shadow is crucial. This becomes even more important when the lighting you choose matches either wardrobe or model.

Want to see more? Check out our previous shoot here: Lifestyle Photography – Goddess Behavior 2

Red Lifestyle Photography – Goddess Behavior Honey

Red lifestyle photography shoot with Adorned in Taji Goddess Behavior model Honey. A red-themed lifestyle photoshoot covering newer product pieces from the Adorned in Taji jewelry line. View the photo reel here: Instagram

In this initial indoor photoshoot we set out to evoke an emotion of romance. We utilize standard red hues coupled with gold. Although gold is a very similar color to the skintone of the model, it enhances highlights and reflects off the jewelry for a more heated and reflective look. The image essence was that of bronze statue. Our fog machine was turned on intermittently to add texture. Due to our model being a dancer, we focused more on gestures and emotion through movement.

In this styling of photography you must be cognizant of light direction and spillage. You want to keep focus on the subject without being overwhelming with the amount of light you use. My desire was not to showcase the full body by using shadows in a vignette manor. I own two large v-flats which I use to isolate the subject while flagging the lgiht and only using a beauty dish combined with leds to focus the color and exposure hitting her.

We used both strobe and constant led lighting for our red lifestyle photography, but the trick is positioning and powering the strobe in such a way that it does not overpower your constant lighting. Images from these sets are heavily based on posing. The specificity of the model’s head, hands, and torso were crucial in pulling off theses shots.  Although light is important, balancing the lighting, color, and the proper amount of shadow is vital. This becomes even more important when the model is in constant motion.

Want to see more? Check out our previous shoot here: Lifestyle Photography – Goddess Behavior 1

Rayven the Phoenix – Magazine Cover Shoot

Rayven the Phoenix Magazine Cover Shoot for Taji Mag. A fiery phoenix lifestyle shoot based heavily on color, movement, mood, and texture.

If most people can’t tell by now, which I’m hoping everyone does, I love a great deal of fog. This particular shoot aimed to provide a double sense of motion through the contrasting movement of the fog and the model Rayven. I rely on speaking with models first. This allows me to get an understanding of the type of person that they are. Rayven seemed very familiar to me and I soon found out that her astrological sign was the same as mine. This is something that was once rare, but is becoming more and more of a regular occurrence during shoots.

There were a few things that had to be taken into consideration for this shoot. Normally when combining light and led you have to worry about intensity of the led; however, when you find yourself in the realm of mixed colors, there is a certain sensitivity that matching light can either drown out or completely eliminate. You have to be absolutely perfect in understanding constant light and led mixtures.

Rayven the Phoenix Magazine Cover Shoot – How things turned out:

Rayven was an absolute blast to work with. In the shoot she really took matters into her own hands with posing and expressing herself through constant movement. A lot of her posing focused on the juxtaposition of hands and facial expressions. During the shoot we made sure to capture a lot of varying poses; however, the most important aspect was making sure to have multiple focal length poses to play with perspective. One particular shot had such a profound background element effect that we chose to leave the images of the led and strip boxes included for atmosphere. Overall the magazine cover shoot turned out amazing!

Want to see more? Check out our previous shoot featuring leds here: Red Lifestyle Photography – Goddess Behavior 2

On Location Lifestyle Shoot – Goddess Behavior H&N

On location lifestyle shoot with Adorned in Taji Goddess Behavior models Honey and Nay. A natured-themed lifestyle photoshoot covering newer product pieces from the Adorned in Taji jewelry line. View the photo reel here: Instagram

In this first session we juxtaposed the models with a beautiful open environment while using breathtaking landscapes and were able to showcase a more powerful shoot, one where everyone seems connected to the very earth they stand on and the sky above them. Shots were taken from a lower to upper perspective and incorporated exaggerated posing. This enhanced and strengthened the presence of each model. All images were enhanced with an octobox to contribute to the available sunlight and pull the models off of the background. Looks were completely focused on body positioning and facial expressions.

Capturing the on location lifestyle shoot:

During this shoot, we had to fight against the wind as well as the brightness of the sun. This particular location has a trifecta of adversity and considerations. We are fighting against the winds generated by the nearby parkway, the water of the ocean, and the airport which is less than 3 miles away. We found a way to make use of these to further strengthen the shoot. Look closely and you can see how the wind plays to our advantage in the loose fabric and clothing worn by the models. This added to the very organic and flowing feel of the images. Luckily for us, the weather was beautiful.

We used only an accompanying octobox for this on location lifestyle shoot in order to to enhance each image. The plane on which the sky and earth met allowed us to separate foreground and background. The neutral color of the pathway contrasted perfectly to the strong golds of the models’ skin and jewelry.  This perfect marriage between the grass, path, and sky allowed for a very intriguing set of images and memorable shoot.

Want to see more? Check out the next shoot here: Lifestyle Photography – Goddess Behavior 2

Taji Mag Volume 29 – Water

Taji Mag Volume 29 – Water

One of the most amazing displays of colors play I was able to produce in a single session. The theme basis is water, if that weren’t already painfully obvious; but what may not be obvious is the fact that this elemental shoot contains 3 very distinct looks. Usually Taji Mag makes sure to have a specific theme per quarterly publication. I was contacted to create a cover concept that would coincide with the theme. To say I was overly excited would be an understatement. Using an initial comment given to me by the CD of Taji Mag, I took images inside an inflatable pool. As you can see in 2 of the images, the model is laying on her back semi submerged in water. To support her, we would prop her head up using a set of towels for the shot.

Colors Colors and More Colors!

The initial look was good, but we wanted a bit more. I started to create various lighting scenarios based on different colors. The initial blue color was just to explicitly represent water. This was ok but initially the images were a bit flat, resulting in my use of gobos. Pushing forward I combined the gobos with leds to create a vibrant and crisp purple window look. The final set of images pushed on a sea creature vibe. This was a unique turn of colors due to the combined gobo beam and dual led colors pushed from both sides of the model’s face. As a result, the images turned into a color theory dream in live iridescent form. The streak across the eyes shows were the light hit and then shifted due to the led mixing that was present. It was an amazing experience.

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4 Esta Coes Mag

4 Esta Coes Mag

Brazilian Mag 4 Esta Coes contacted me to create a shoot, tasking me to capture Ieda Favo. Ieda is a Brazilian Ambassador, social worker, and model as well as providing creative direction for a 2 part editorial shoot with several looks. This shoot took place over the course of 2 different session days. One day was a full on studio shoot while the other was a session shot completely on location in 4 different areas.

Day 1 – In Studio

So often I find myself shooting a variety of cultures; however, this time was quite a bit different. Ieda had only just come to the country and not too long prior and was just getting the hang of English. Her managing partner Marcio who was with her, didn’t speak English at all. This caused a slight language barrier that made me commit to making sure we both felt at ease and respected. After being briefed on the details of what they were looking for in the mag, I was given free creative control, to which I reached out to my team to jump in and get involved. NayMarie of Adorned in Taji for adorments and jewelry, Debra Harebey for Hair and Coco for Makeup. Wardrobe, styling, and location were all up to my discretion and so I handled this on my own.

Soon after, we had a call and I chose a beautifully sunlit and plant-filled studio in order to capture our first set of shots. I also made a decision to utilize 2 outfits and twists for the hair style of the model Ieda. I requested custom pieces from Adorned in Taji and very simple makeup to complement outfits and skintones from Coco. Each was a great marriage of effort on our ends as can be seen by the final product, but we needed more for our second shoot day. I used my desire to capture Ieda against every element possible…. windows, table, plants, and muti colored backdrop piping.

Day 2 – On Location

In this second 4 Esta Coes Mag Editorial Shoot things were a bit longer. So long in fact, that my strobe ran out of power during the 3rd section of the shoot. This presented no problem, seeing as the entire day, overcast skies graced our presence. The request was to capture our main shots to showcase NYC, to which we decided on a subway platform. We would have utilized a subway car at first but the timing and location would have made this difficult. School would have been getting out around that time.

Our second location was under the platform in the street to give a nice trailing depth of field using lines. Our third location was a pathway between buildings and our final was a large state park with beautiful greenery. We used a combination of outfits which I selected from Brazilian Closet in order to pull each of these looks together. All in all everyone was extremely happy.

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Taji Mag Vol. 29

Volume #29 of TajiMag is the first instance of my Photography gracing it’s cover and inside pages. The theme and concept for this volume was the element “water”. Employing the model Honey, I was able to utilize various lighting techniques and water refraction to create interesting color combinations on the skin.

Elemental: Wind

The theme for this was wind. This was both our smoothest and seemingly most powerful shoot. The location was absolutely expansive while also being eerily quiet. You could hear the wind as it gently passed through the area.

We loved doing this shoot and our only fear was the unknown. We were in the field without truly being able to see what was at our feet, luckily we were all clothed and there is nothing dangerous that is native to the area.

Instagram and websites below
Photography: Will Focus @theonewillfocus3
www.theonewillfocus.com

Adornments/Crown: Adorned in Taji @adornedintaji
www.adornedintaji.com

Creative Dir/Modeling: Queen Reinvented @queen_reinvented

Outfit: EveRRythingRRouge @everrythingrrouge
www.everrythingrrouge.com

Elemental: Water

The theme for this was water. The intention of this was to show extreme calm and fluidity. This shoot was all about the flow and being immersed.

This shoot was also both fun and the most difficult. Our difficulties proved to be onlookers as well as balancing on stones below the water and carrying a dress to different locations that has become heavier due to absorbing the water she found herself sitting in for our shots.

Instagram and websites below
Photography: Will Focus @theonewillfocus3
www.theonewillfocus.com

Adornments/Crown: Adorned in Taji @adornedintaji
www.adornedintaji.com

Creative Dir/Modeling: Queen Reinvented @queen_reinvented

Outfit: EveRRythingRRouge @everrythingrrouge
www.everrythingrrouge.com

Elemental: Earth

The theme for this was earth. The goal was to show a synchronicity between the subject and nature. Imagery that showed peace but at the same time uniformity and elevation.

This shoot was great; however, the insects were definitely having a field day on our skin. We were able to get the shots we needed swiftly, and get out right before a large rainstorm hit.

Instagram and websites below
Photography: Will Focus @theonewillfocus3
www.theonewillfocus.com

Adornments/Crown: Adorned in Taji @adornedintaji
www.adornedintaji.com

Creative Dir/Modeling: Queen Reinvented @queen_reinvented

Outfit: EveRRythingRRouge @everrythingrrouge
www.everrythingrrouge.com

Elemental: Fire

Elemental is a series of shoots concepted and created by @__brushqueen of instagram in collaboration with @iamnaymarie of @tajimagazine

The shoot here was created as a representation of the “Fire” element. Using various candles, flammable garments, and a very desolate location I was able to capture the following images representing the beauty and spirit of fire.

Yaz

A shoot that keeps you on your toes

The Yaz lifestyle product shoot was meant to be a bit unconventional due to the lifestyle nature. A shoot that would highlight both products and style required a headshot and portrait session rolled into one. Yaz is a wonderful model. She embodies the products given to her. Though this was a very smooth shoot, the original location was closed on that day. This resulted in us searching for an impromptu location before the sun set. Lucky for us a location away from most foot traffic is just a short stop away. Due to the colder weather, we didn’t have many people notice us outside of my softbox on my stand. The only visibility came from those traveling by on the bus.

Colorful Yaz lifestyle product shoot!

Once we figured location out, it was simply a matter of composition. My desire here is to shoot near foliage that contains several colors. To both contrast the coat and match the earth tones of the jewelry being she will wear, the foliage is a perfect choice. The sun was quickly setting and though it would normally have not been a problem, it was setting in the area to our rear which had several tall trees. This meant that our available light would only be there for the next 10 minutes or so. Knowing this, moving wasn’t much of an option. We went into express mode but were able to pull off several angles and compositions that would work towards and against the light. Luckily for us, I did also have my strobe, which would take a great deal of pressure off of needing all natural light.

For more direct samples, be sure to check out my: Headshots & Portraits

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Sesa

A portion of a headshot series taken for client Sesa.

Rasmus

Rasmus Headshots

Having reached out to me for the purpose of creating a series of headshots for modeling, Rasmus and I had a very good session. The session was created to focus on modeling. There was not a ton to go off of because this started out as a whim of sorts. Rasmus being new to New York was advised by a friend to pursue a career in modeling. Not being too familiar with how the industry operates as a whole, we spoke about various necessities that all models must have within their portfolio. Our first point of interest was the tried and true headshot.

How did things go?

During our session we worked with 2 separate outfits, plain shirts, one black and one white to allow a varying contrast against his skin tone. As we got more and more familiar with one another I slowly was able to tap into his comfort. Production became a breeze after this. I then decided that we would work on various angles, positioning focusing on shoulder placement and head tilt, as well as varying eye intensity.

Kevin

Acting and Modeling headshots for Kevin.

Group Session #1

Group session for a variety of corporate headshots. Showcasing a small subset of 120 images.

Group Session #2

Group session for a variety of corporate headshots. Showcasing a small subset of 120 images.

Uniquely Wired M

A scenic maternity shoot staged in Nevada. This shoot was a multi layered shoot showcasing the following works:

Photography: Will Focus @TheOneWillFocus www.TheOneWillFocus.com

Cowry Adornments: Adorned in Taji @adornedintaji www.AdornedInTaji.com

Copper Jewelry/Model: Uniquely Wired M @uniquelywiredm www.UniquelyWiredM.com

Second Model: JB @jaymisonbeverly www.LegacyRecords.com

Wardrobe (patterned outfit): Houiea @houiea www.Houiea.com

Cyberpunk 2021

Cyberpunk 2021 was a multi pronged approach to capturing a cyberpunk look via the lens of a single personality. Each change of face represents a varying personality of the individual who has been shaped as a result of their societal stimuli.

Photographer: Will Focus @TheOneWillFocus www.TheOneWillFocus.com

Model: BDubzz @bdubzcommunity on Instagram www.depop.com/badubzz

MzLadyLox

A simple beauty shoot to capture the imagery of Loctician MzLadyLox

Surprise

Surprise Proposal shoot in client back yard. Client’s brother reached out to have the surprise captured as the soon to be fiancé entered the back yard.

Meta

Meta event focusing on small business.

Mastry

An investor networking event for MASTRY

LocFest

A Brooklyn-based celebration which focuses on the many stylings and expressions of loc’d hairstyles.

Set It Off

Set it Off is a comedic series which took place at Bedford Manner in Brooklyn NY. The event was specifically designed to provide comedians a location to regain their spark following a long pandemic isolation that didn’t allow them to exercise their talents in person.

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KMA FanBoy Chaser Collective

KMA FanBoy Chaser Collective

The Chaser Collective was a spin off of the KMA logo “Chase”. Each image is a variation of the logo in fully rendered and minimally rendered format. Developed for DTG print on clothing, Apparel is available for purchase via KMA Store.
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