Lifestyle

Tons of Shoots in Thailand

Thailand proved to be our most productive location yet.  We had at least 10 stock shoots, shot two-dozen Airbnbs, and even had some editorial work.  I was amazed at how much media is created there, from TV, to print ads, to commercials.  This means that placed like Bangkok are filled with tremendous talent for photo shoots.  There we worked with top-notch international models, makeup artists and hair stylists.  Had we stayed longer we would have utilized the vast network of sets and studios.  I have nothing bad to say about the people, food, or transportation in Bangkok, we loved it all.  Our return to Thailand can't come soon enough! 

I really should have broken this up into multiple posts, but this will have to do.

Shooting for Stocksy: Europe Edition

In both France and Italy I had several production lifestyle shoots for Stocksy.  Justin has become a savvy producer and he's been a tremendous asset and has helped in the creation of lots of new work.  Here are just a few of the shoots we have worked on in the past months...

If anyone has the illusion that we're on an extended vacation, the sheer volume of work we've created should demonstrate that we are hustling out here (and loving every minute of it!). 

Girls Wine Weekend Lifestyle Shoot

While I was up on the Central Coast shooting for some magazines I produced and shot a "girls wine weekend" concept for Stocksy.  My models were my longtime friend Becca and some of her girlfriends-- Mindy, Stacie, Caitlin, and Stephanie.  We bopped around a few Central Coast wineries and got to drink some fantastic wine.  What's more fun than a beautiful, sunny day, drinking wine with fun girls and making some photos?

Deanna at Griffith Park

I've been on the road a lot this month, but in a brief moment at home in LA I was able to snag the fabulous dancer/model Deanna Reeves for a shoot in Griffith Park.  We had a great time in the park and I definitely put her to work!  She was powering over boulders, balancing on logs, and running up and down steep hills. Oh the glamorous lives of models.  

Production Shoot for Stocksy: Female Friends at the Beach

As a photographer you are always creating work a season or two ahead of when the images will be used.  Thus Christmas shoots in July and romantic Valentine's themed shoots are scheduled for November.  Famously Sports Illustrated models often have to brave frigid temperatures in bikinis to get that summertime look in the off season.  Luckily for this shoot, my models Brittany, Bia, and Amy and I had the great fortune to "endure" a 72 degree February day at the beach. It's rough.

The girls and I along with my trusty assistant Justin went out to Santa Monica for a fun "girls day at the beach" themed shoot.  The models were great and we had a lot of fun running around an almost empty So Cal beach.  You can see more images at my Stocksy page and even license them if you'd like.  Thanks so much to Amy, Bia and Brittany for having so much energy and making the shoot a blast!  

New Work with Domenique

I had the good fortune to be in Paso Robles on assignment when Domenique contacted me wanting to do a shoot.  Domenique and I had previously worked together to shoot an athletic/sportswear inspired shoot in Paso Robles and she is a rock star, so of course we made it happen.  We tried out a couple of different concepts and played around with wardrobe and scenery.  The light was spectacular, and Domenique's skin was luminescent. Here's some of my favorites from that day.      

 

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Chinatown Lifestyle Shoot

I shoot a lot of different things in my life as a freelancer. I shoot food, travel, products, lifestyle, portraits, both in the commercial and editorial worlds.  People always ask me, "If you could only shoot one thing" or "which do you love the most" and it's so hard to choose because each type of work makes my heart flutter in a different way.  If my feet were held to the coals and I HAD to choose only one thing, I would choose the production lifestyle work like the images shown here.  

It's so nice to take a concept, think about wardrobe, location, styling, mood and bring professionals into the picture who can take an idea and transform it into a reality.  On this shoot I worked with models Xiaolynn and John in iconic Chinatown, Los Angeles.   We shot at sunset (my favorite time to photograph) on a quiet mid-week evening.  They were flirty and joyful and I love the palette that the lanterns of Chinatown give to the images.  

Images available at Stocksy United---www.stocksy.com

Brittany in Santa Monica

I've been shooting a ton of food and restaurants lately.  I love this, I really do, but it was so nice to take a day off from that and be out in the fresh air, romping around the Santa Monica Pier with model Brittany Cerra. The weather was perfect and we had a lot of fun.  Although we got shooed away from taking pictures in the arcade, we made some lively images at the amusement park and around the pier itself. 

All images available for licensing at Stocsky

Couples in Buenos Aires

I shot a mini-project while I was living briefly in Buenos Aires, Argentina featuring ex-pat couples (like me and my boyfriend) who were also living abroad in South America.  I shot Sonia and Adam and Gustavo and Sophie who were from Spain, the US, and New Zealand.  Like us they were enjoying the cheap pesos, good wine, and beauty that Buenos Aires had to offer.  All of these images and more are available for licensing at Stocksy United

You can view my entire Stocksy catalogue here http://www.stocksy.com/JaymeBurrows

Lovely Domenique in Paso Robles

In the midst of packing for the move down south and finishing up client work, I wanted to take a moment to do a quick shoot with an awesome local model, Domenique Terry.  One of the professional creeds of photography that I try to abide by is ABS: always be shooting.  It's nice to do some personal work and keep focused on the bigger picture of growing as an artist and not just getting caught up in creating client prescribed imagery.    

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The sun was fading fast so we just shot for 30 minutes or so.  I love the autumnal light and how luminous her skin looks as the sun dipped below the horizon.  I'm leaving California soon, but when I return I know I'll be calling on Domenique to do another shoot together! 

Stocksy and Me

I am super-duper excited to be a part of the new photo co-operative, Stocksy!  Stocksy is a new concept in stock photography that gives contributing photographers 50% of all normal licenses and 100% of all extended licenses.  Started by iStock founder, Bruce Livingston, Stocksy seeks to create a stock business model wherein its contributors can make a sustainable living from photography, and not sell their images for pennies on the dollar.  

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Stocksy has quickly become my go-to place to get inspired and see creative, beautiful imagery.  They have a very stringent acceptance policy and only accept work that transcends typical stock photography.  Some seriously talented photographers from all over the world have joined Stocksy, including a couple of my favorites, Kevin Russ and Darren Muir

I have a tiny portfolio with Stocksy thus far, you can see it here, however I'm looking forward to uploading more of my work when I get some time.  I'm thrilled to be part of such a cool community and I'm looking forward to getting more involved in the upcoming months.  I noticed that their imagery of Buenos Aires is quite slim, so hopefully I can fill in some gaps for them with my upcoming trip!

An Evening in the Vineyard

The lovely Esther Flink and I enjoyed bopping around several Central Coast vineyards last week during our sunset shoot.  Esther is a Toronto transplant to the area and she brought to the shoot the professionalism and charm of a seasoned model.  We had a great time racing around the country-side looking to capture the last bits of light.  Here's a small sampling of images from our shoot. 

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Test Shoot: Darrell

Darrell Snedeger and I shot earlier this week at the football stadium at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo.  We were fortunate that some workers were doing maintenance to the bleachers in the stadium, so we were able to sneak in.  Unfortunately when it came time to leave the workers had locked the exit so we had to scale a fence to get out.  Nothing like minor breaking and entering for the cause of a great location for a shoot.  

Darrell was very sweet and game for anything.  I put him to work during our shoot and he kindly accommodated.  He is moving to LA in a few weeks, so I'm glad we got a chance to work together before he heads down south to pursue a career in modeling and acting.  

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Good luck in LA Darrell!  Thanks for helping me over the fence! 

Test Shoot: Shelby

I finally got a moment to photograph my lovely friend Shelby Garland.  I was honored to be the first photographer to do a shoot with her.  I knew she would be a natural and I'm sure she has a bright future ahead of her if she chooses to pursue modeling.  We went down to the beach in Ventura, California and shot at the pier, Surfer's Point, and Marina Park.  The cloudy sky made for one large soft-box which is great for portraiture.  Shelby looks beautiful and I'm sure we will work together again soon!

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Promo Time

I do my best to keep up with marketing and promo materials.  I try (with varying degrees of success) to send out some type of promo piece to my clients and people I want to work with about once a quarter. Typically this is in the form of an email promo with embedded images, but from time to time it involves printed mailers too.  It's nice to show clients what I've been working on and remind them that I'm here and able to shoot. Also, it's nice for me to step back and assess where I've been and where I want to be going.  Plus it's so nice to see printed materials!  With everything being online now I kinda miss the tactile presence of a printed piece.  Here are my newest promo pieces that will be going out tomorrow.  I taylor which promo I send to the specific client based on their needs.  

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Lauren and Kylee

I had a fun day shooting Lauren and Kylee Klay last week. They are both really goofy and natural in front of the camera.  We shot several different set-ups involving a modern, technology filled morning.  Apparently we were having so much fun that Basil (the chicken) decided to escape and join us.  After her daring escape we let her model for a few photos.

Thanks to the awesome Krystal Davis for doing makeup for the shoot. You can find more information about Krystal's work here...

http://makeupbykrystal.wix.com/home

The girls looked fresh and lovely.  Don't all women look like that when they get out of bed in the morning?

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Thanks ladies, I look forward to working with you again soon!

Christmas in California

The Avila Valley Barn is one of the most awesome places I know.  It's kind of like an old-timey East Coast farm stand that has the benefit of being in California, where they can grow produce and flowers year-round.  There is a huge variety of animals from dozens of chickens running around to alpacas, and emu.  The models especially bonded with the goats, who were eating dried leaves right out of their hands.  

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Both of the models were fantastic.  It was my first time working with Kylee and Eric, but they dove right in and got into the spirit of the shoot.  Only in California can you enjoy ice cream in the wintertime!  

Elegant Country Dinner and Tomato Tasting at Windrose Farm

On Saturday, September 15th, two lovely events were held at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles, California.  First in the afternoon there was a tomato tasting featuring over 20 varieties of tomatoes.  In the evening there was a farm to table feast paired with local wines from Tablas Creek Winery.  It was a hot summer night, but spirits were high on the farm.  Here are some images from the event and around the pastoral grounds of Windrose Farm. 

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One of my favorite parts of the day was simply wandering around the expansive apple orchards.  There are dozens of free-roaming chickens that made themselves at home in the shade beneath the trees.  Windrose is in a unique location in that they can successfully grow both apples (which typically require a cool climate) and tomatoes (which love the heat) due to their warm days and cool nights.  

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Windrose also raises sheep on thier property.  They have tons of room to roam about, and lead happy lives hanging out with the dogs in the pasture.  

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Barbara and Bill Spencer are the owners of Windrose.  Barbara is seen here talking to the diners about the practices on the farm and what the menu is for the evening.  

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Neil Collins (seen at right), the winemaker at Tablas Creek Winery in Paso Robles, paired each course with his wines.  Tablas Creek is known for being a leader in Rhone varietals, which proved to be a great pairing with the menu.  Almost all of the ingredients were sourced from Windrose, and were prepared by chef Clark Staub of Flatbread Full of Life based out of Los Alamos.  You can find out more about Tablas Creek and Flatbread here...

http://www.tablascreek.com 

http://fulloflifefoods.com/

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Windrose Farm owners Barbara and Bill Spencer in front of their sheep. 

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Flatbread brought out their wood burning oven from which they prepared pizza during the day and used to cook the dinner in the evening.  Chef Julie Simon of Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles came to assist with the dinner as well as Kat from Flatbread. 

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The day was a great success and I am lucky to have been a part of the festivities.  The Central Coast food and wine community is a very tight-knit group and it is nice to see people who are passionate about the things they create and who value artisinal traditions and quality ingredients. 

http://windrosefarm.org/