Why are you vandalizing your own photography?? by Justin Gage

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Since I have started sharing pictures of my canvas work some people that knew me for my photography work have asked me why I would ruin my photography by splashing it with paint until it's virtually no longer recognizable.

For a long time I have kept both aspects completely separate in anticipation for these reactions. So what changed?

Art is an experience of senses and of emotions. As I invested my self in these aspects they became mixed and started blending into each other.

As I worked the paint and the texture, the canvas is usually laying flat parallel to the ground. However, when displayed it would be perpendicular to the ground this means that as I am working the texture and the colors I need to constantly think about the lighting... just like in my photography.
 

When I am painting over my photography portraits I try to blend the faces in but keep them visible. For this I have used a technique from the dark room printing called dodging and burning. (anyone using any kind of photo editing software will know these tools from the digital version)
By hiding an area and progressively expanding or reducing the masked (again anyone doing photo editing will know this term) area, I can transition from heavy textured paint to the photo printed on the canvas and have a cohesive surface of my canvas.

It's because I am a photographer I paint the way I do and because I paint I light, expose and compose my shots the way I do.

The photograph presents one facet of reality. I started painting to add a raw emotional aspect I felt was not always clearly expressed in the photograph.

The paint is my hydrophilic description of the story and the emotions involved around the photograph.

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Swimwear Models Wanted on French Riviera by Justin Gage

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Looking for swimwear Models for Half a day to a day long shoot early August 2018
Models will be provided with High rez digital files of the shoot and behind the scenes video Footage

Recherche Modele maillot de bain pour shooting TFP (time for photographs) d'une demi journée sur la côte d'azure.
Sceance photo en cotre-partie des Photos haute definitions et des videos des coulisses

 

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Fine art Photography/abstract paint Hybrid by Justin Gage

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Over the last month I have started releasing some of my art most people are not familiar with.

The reason this had stayed my dirty little secret for so long was partially because this was a very personal expression, But also, working in the commercial field I know all to well the importance of a coherent Branding.In my photography I always strive to simplify my image this was lesson #1 at NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY and would be repeated up until the submission of my final project. My professional photography is therefor known for looking very clean with attention to detail and styling but with a clear subject and minimal distraction.

 

The canvas pieces I had been secretly working on are anything BUT simple... in fact they were usually an expression of the chaos I felt when I was supposed to have it together and act like a strong confident professional regardless of what was going on in my life.

  Origami shot in 2015 printed and painted in 2017-2018 ©all rights reserved

Origami shot in 2015 printed and painted in 2017-2018 ©all rights reserved

 

Here is the thing... although these photos are splashed with paint, they are by far a better representation of my world.

One of the Main goals of adding the paint is the creation of an "organic" texture. I say organic because it is applied with various drip, or splash and projection methods. Most of the print eventually becomes covered in several layers of paints with the exception of the model's face that for the most part is preserved by hiding it with a stencil.

In the short time I have started showing these pieces the response has been phenomenal. So I thank my friends that pushed me, the models that work with me and my amazing team!

CASTING CHILDREN AGE 6-8 YEARS OLD AND THEIR REAL MOTHER/FATHER by Justin Gage

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CASTING CHILDREN AGE 6-8 YEARS OLD AND THEIR REAL MOTHER/FATHER
Dates: 19th June 2018 - rehearsal 20th June 2018 - stage presentation
Location:Cannes, France
Casting:Girls and Boys Age 6-8 with a mother or father
Job Description:
We are looking for 10 boys and girls with their REAL mother or father for a stage presentation on stage at CANNES LIONS. They will only be on stage for 15 minutes playing with toys.

 

If interested message photo of parent with child to justin@hypefashions.com by end of day Friday June 8th with age of child.

This is a paid assignment

Testing Ebay as a platform for auctionning our print by Justin Gage

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A few weeks ago one of those photography newsletter we somehow got on was saying ebay is a good place to get noticed by galleries and art buyers, We figured... Hey why not!

So here is our first attempt we don't expect to get this overnight but if something so simple can work... WHY NOT
Click here to check our auction
 

Models wanted for Cannes film Festival Fashion show by Justin Gage

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On Behalf of our clients putting on Fashion Shows in Cannes during the film Festival between May 12th and may 16th we are looking for models that will be present in Cannes for the runway shows.
If interested please fill out the form below.

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By submitting this form I agree to have my information shared with the clients, designers and stylists, If selected I agree to the terms that will have been discussed *

Mail Call #2 by Justin Gage

https://www.saal-digital.fr/ Unboxing of our notebook ordered from SAAL Digital. Very Happy with the texture of the premium paper (just try and count how many times I talk about the texture in this video)

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Mail Call #1 by Justin Gage

Mail call is a concept we had been doing by live streaming the unboxing of our deliveries on Facebook. these videos ended up being very long and had an attention span of 48 hours so we have decided to keep the concept but edit it down. we also go through why we like printing on cavas In this episode we unbox 2 of our giant canvas prints both shot in the last couple of weeks and both can be seen in our behind the lens series In the age of digital photography people often tell us it's pointless to print anymore no one cares, but our business is very much built around printing a great print of a great image will always have more impact than the digital version To see what limited edition prints we currently have availlable go to https://www.justingagephotostudio.com... You can also check out our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/justagagepho...

Behind the Lens #4 - colorful lights Urbex model urban style photo shoot by Justin Gage

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This Video is about our colorful Urbex model urban style photo shoot.
Join us behind the lens as we shoot a very colorful Urbex, Bikini/lingerie fashion Shoot.
We wanted to use our studio in the middle of the remodel to get a very Urban style with bright colors and lights because these shots are often just done in Black and white. Often with a Sexy Naked model.
So we really wanted to go the complete opposite direction, still have a sexy Model but actually style her
Again instead of doing a tutorial, we are just inviting you behind the scenes and showing you haw we actually got the shot.

As per the previous video, the styling was the starting line in this concept.

We are not sponsored for the outfits we just do research and shop allot :P

We will be shooting with Cindy again in the near future it was our first time working with her but will not be the last

The Light set up was very basic 3 godox DE 300

Comical footage punctuation from The devil wears Prada borrowed from Fandango


To see the pictures and order prints go to :


To see more of our work visit our website
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Link to this photo on Fine art America
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As always let us know if you have any comments or question, don't forget to subscribe and we'll see you next time behind the lens.

Behind the Lens #1 is live by Justin Gage

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The First edition of Behind the lens is now live.
We are pretty happy with this first try, of course the fact the video was light with modeling lights isn't too visually appealing we will work on this for the upcoming episodes.

One thing we do want to make clear WE DO NOT INTEND TO HAVE A TUTORIAL Channel. The first goal is to have people see our creative process. Now if there are questions we are happy to answer them which is the point of the interactive aspect of YOUTUBE

We are fully aware we have  a long way to go to get this channel up and running efficiently but we hope your feedback will help us get there faster.

We would love  it if you could subscribe, comment and give a thumbs up on the videos... it really does help!
 

relaunching our YOUTUBE Channel by Justin Gage


Hey guys I have a youtube channel for... well ever, but people have recently convinced me to be more active so we are "relaunching our You tube channel and will be live streaming our shoot with Marie Pinto-Garrigos on February 21st. If you don't want to miss this opportunity to interact with us on set make sure you subscribe and click the little bell Icon so you know when we are Live We look forward to seeing you there

The story behind the shot #2 by Justin Gage

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This shoot is acctually a couple years old. I shot it with a Canon Rebel T3i and kit lens. The colored lights were 60W slave flash bulbs (the kinks you get in the 50$ first photography studio kit) with color plastic  as gels.
As much as today there is allot I would have changed technically, in allot of ways this is the genisis of me finding my esthetic.
Despite the entry level quality of the camera I used this photo shows printed 90 x60 cm next to some of my more recent work.

 Two main things were birthed back then that have stayed key in my photography #1 the emphasis on styling and preparing the shot. In my own projects i like to do this with recycled materiel #2 constant interaction and communication with the model

Two main things were birthed back then that have stayed key in my photography
#1 the emphasis on styling and preparing the shot. In my own projects i like to do this with recycled materiel
#2 constant interaction and communication with the model

The story Behind the shot #1 by Justin Gage

 Ok so trying something new, Last week end a friend of mine wanted to come over with a model and get some practice working with studio lights  Cristian  is a Nikon shooter. I have no issues with Nikon I just don't own any Nikon compatible gear... Or do I? E-TTL was off the table for this so what I did is put my lights on slave mode and had a cobra flash pointing straight up on low poser setting as the trigger.  Lighting set up was pretty simple a 185 para on the left and a 100 soft box on the right.  I did have a white seamless but we ended up using an old silver projection screen as the back drop. These screens reflect light so the background actually acted as a light source  The "brief' we gave ourselves was the  Aubade  campaigns very popular in France currently on all the Bus stops here.

Ok so trying something new,
Last week end a friend of mine wanted to come over with a model and get some practice working with studio lights
Cristian is a Nikon shooter. I have no issues with Nikon I just don't own any Nikon compatible gear... Or do I? E-TTL was off the table for this so what I did is put my lights on slave mode and had a cobra flash pointing straight up on low poser setting as the trigger.

Lighting set up was pretty simple a 185 para on the left and a 100 soft box on the right.

I did have a white seamless but we ended up using an old silver projection screen as the back drop. These screens reflect light so the background actually acted as a light source

The "brief' we gave ourselves was the Aubade campaigns very popular in France currently on all the Bus stops here.

  Example of an Aubade Campaign Photo we love the soft transition in the skin tones

Example of an Aubade Campaign Photo we love the soft transition in the skin tones

The model Cristian brought was in great shape but had very little experience (a challenge to be addressed in another entry)

 

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So despite what the data says lights did go off  you will also notice the shutter speed was 1/800 .
Most of you know that your "normal sync speed" on a DSLR is 1/200 1/250.
Any faster you will start seeing that black band somewhere on the image. One solution is lights that use HSS (high speed sync) another is strobbing your flash at the right frequency, or shooting a Medium format like a Hasselblad. Because the shutters are actually little blades in the lens.  (referred to as leaf shutter)
I am normally not a technical shooter but this was one of those moments where because I was getting these results on the Nikon I was going to have to geek it out a little.
so it was a questing of stopping the lights down .


If any of this was unclear? or you want more detail just leave a comment and I can do my best to address that, or cover it next time.

Until then... Keep shooting!

Models Wanted by Justin Gage

In preparation for 2018 we are putting together a list of models for our various assignments on the french riviera. Some of the key events will include fashion shows in Cannes during the festival.

We can help you build your portfolio as well.

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By submitting this form I agree to be contacted for oppertunities regarding modeling according to the specifications listed above, I understand Justin Gage Photo Studio will Never require me to pay for this service (no membership fees, no obligation to shoot your portfolio with us...)

Mug Shot: Portrait expo by Justin Gage

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What is a mug shot but a portrait?
What is a portrait if it's not a mugshot?
A sliver of time frozen in an image documenting in a way that is completely unrealistic yet so raw and authentic.
The "mug shots" I will be presenting may not make you think of those NYPD or film noir iconic shots... but to me they are just that... mug shots, and if not of my models, they are the mugshots of my soul.

I look forward to seeing you there
Expo from the 2nd of November 2017 to the 15th of January 2018 at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Nice, France

For Press and galleries please contact via www.justingagephotostudio.com/contact

Coming soon: El saloon by Justin Gage

Séphora Makeup review by Justin Gage

 

This season, I was exploring the waterproof makeup market. The closest makeup store near me is Sephora and sometimes I am really pleased with their brand. So I bought a few things that intrigued me. The sephora waterproof eyeliner, mascara and Makeup Forever's aqua seal liquid.

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Run your social Media, don't let it run you! by Justin Gage

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Recently I have read many rants on Facebook and other social media from people in the Photography community finding it hard to convert their Social Media exposure into leads.

 

Business 101

Social media has made it easier than ever to let the world know you are there.
Basic business rules still apply to a business especially when you are starting out as a model/photographer makeup artist.

Lips, camera action

With a couple clicks virtually anyone can start a "professional page" but how do you turn that into leads, clients and assignments?
The first step goes back to the basics of any business ask yourselves the questions that you would ask any young entrepreneur starting out


1-Who/What is your target market?
2-How are you reaching your target market?
3-What are you reaching your target market with?
4-Who is your competition?
5-How are you setting yourself apart?

Once you start thinking about these questions start putting a specific portfolio together specifically targeting that niche. you may end up with several different portfolios.

 

Remember that quality is better than quantity you may have 5000+ likes on facebook, but if your network is full of people that do TFP (time for Print... AKA free work) the only people you are reaching are people who will probably never spend a dime on your product.

 

Now that doesn't mean TFP is always bad, this is your opportunity to build your portfolio,
 

What does that practically look like?

When Alana (my wife and Resident MUA) and I moved to the French Riviera right off the bat we decided to target the English speakers and specifically the entrepreneurs.
Most photographers, models and MUAs pages are full of nude and lingerie shots. Those are great to collect likes on social media, but let's talk business,

WHO IS GOING TO HIRE AND PAY YOU TO DO THAT KIND OF SHOT?

We have actually worked for Lingerie Brands despite our self imposed ban of not posting and sharing those kinds of images. So how did we pull that off?
We took the virtual part out of the "social network" REAL LIFE INTERPERSONAL NETWORKING

Printing our portfolios, Driving 6 hours sometime To go meet the CMO of a brand to show our work around a table

 

Surround yourself with successful people

As creative people we crave attention, but sometimes inviting others into the spotlight is the boost our career needs. As a commercial photographer I get to work for company owners. Many started from scratch and LOVE to tell the story of how they got where they are. This has been part of my on going apprenticeship in running a business.

“If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”


Confucius

 

Pass it on!

Once we started getting noticed, we want those around us to benefit from the success too. Our hairstylists, our models, our gallerie curators, our stylists, and of course.... OUR CLIENTS.
This contributes to people considering you to be the one stop shop for the industry. You may spend extra time referring other people, with no contracts for yourself... But we are part of that great service industry, and in the age of DATA, your DATABASE is a gold mine that will keep people coming to you. And let's not forget the more people you get coming to you asking if you can refer a Hair stylist, a studio, a model.... the more effective your SEO will be and the Higher chances you get of getting hits off Google.

 

 

Help Our model Marie by Justin Gage

 Our model Marie is in the running to be the face for  Brizillian Bikini Shop  http://www.brazilianbikinishop.com/fr/

Our model Marie is in the running to be the face for Brizillian Bikini Shop http://www.brazilianbikinishop.com/fr/

 To help us support Marie, please click on this link and vote http://miss.brazilianbikinishop.com/fr/model?models_id=90

remember you can do this once a day.

As a thank you for supporting Marie has agreed to sign a print for the top supporter,
Message us a screen shot every time you vote and in July the biggest supporter (that send the most screen caps) Will be contacted for info to have a personalized autographed mailed to you wherever you are in the world.

 

In the Catalog for the Palm Beach Art Show by Justin Gage

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We have not yet revealed to the public the image we will be showing at the art show during the Cannes film festival at the Palm Beach

 a big thank you to our model Sandra To see her work or book her contact her visit http://www.sandra-nurit.book.fr/      

a big thank you to our model Sandra To see her work or book her contact her visit http://www.sandra-nurit.book.fr/

 

 

 Rachel put the fantastic hair styles together. Rachel is our go to hair stylist on the French riviera. Will will be posting a whole profile and booking page for her on the site shortly, For now https://www.facebook.com/rachelsrivierahair/    

Rachel put the fantastic hair styles together. Rachel is our go to hair stylist on the French riviera.
Will will be posting a whole profile and booking page for her on the site shortly, For now https://www.facebook.com/rachelsrivierahair/


 

 Alana, my wife and makeup artist yet again puts her work front and center of the piece we will be showing https://www.facebook.com/beauxvisagesbyalana/      

Alana, my wife and makeup artist yet again puts her work front and center of the piece we will be showing https://www.facebook.com/beauxvisagesbyalana/

 

 

 http://www.rivieraclassiccarhire.com/ A big thank you to Anne-Marie and Nick for the Location and the coolest prop we could ask for. Riviera Classic car rentals has everything you need as far as vehicles, cars, boats, bikes, their inventory has been used for tv shows even in Vogue.   

http://www.rivieraclassiccarhire.com/ A big thank you to Anne-Marie and Nick for the Location and the coolest prop we could ask for. Riviera Classic car rentals has everything you need as far as vehicles, cars, boats, bikes, their inventory has been used for tv shows even in Vogue.