Monday, June 25, 2018

Constant Contrast. Fashion Editorial by Brian James, published by Stell Magazine.

Constant Contrast.

I started my photography career shooting black & white film, developing negatives and prints in a darkroom. Since those days, I have always had a strong love for minimally edited photos. Like the days of film, I always strive to get the photos right, right now... as opposed to relying on post-processing (ex: photoshop). That's just how I work. I always have. Sure, I do some light skin retouching (everyone appreciates that), but that's about the extent of my editing. No swapping backgrounds, no composites, and no cats with laser beams! I like real. Simple.

The idea for this shoot was just that, a simple one: Contrast. When shooting black and white film, contrast can make or break the photo. Too much and you have no detail, not enough and you have a flat, grey, boring image. The contrast idea for this shoot was not in the sense of lighting, but in wardrobe. All of the outfits would be black, white, or black & white... shot in color on a neutral background with natural lighting. The result:









Photography: Brian James @brianjamesphoto

Hair/Makeup: Monique McLaughlin @moemakeup

Model: Nikki Todd - KLA Management @nikkitodd @klamanagement

Magazine: Stell Magazine @stellmagazine

Editorial also available online at Stell Magazine

Till next time.



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Why I’m bad at communication... but you don’t have to be...

Photograph by Brian James
We’ve all been to that event and met someone cool that had an interesting brand, business, or even just a good beard. We got along, we had some laughs, and we exchanged business cards. We got home and we never followed up. One hit wonder.
I have done this way too often and I’m changing this today. In the past I could say I just got “caught up” in client assignments/editing/shooting and I'd say I’ll do it later... right after I finish this... then after that... Then the card gets lost in the land of paper. You know, the daily shuffle of paper that moves through our lives in its many forms from spam to birthday cards. Next thing you know... it’s also lost in the mind. No follow up happens.
No excuses anymore. Building a business starts with building relationships... you can’t build relationships without communication. Follow up with at least one person today. Do it. Even if you’ve had that card on your desk for three months. Do it. Now.
Brian James

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Self Portraits seem to be my audience's favorite photos...

Notice I said "Self Portrait" and not "Selfie". There's a big difference.

Below are two photos... same background... almost identical lighting and subject placement. Me vs MTV Siesta Key reality star Kelsey Owens:

Self Portrait:



Kelsey (and camera man):


These were both pulled from my Instagram feed and somehow I beat out the beautiful Kelsey in the "likes" department... Convincingly.

What I take from this is that my audience seems to follow me for "me" first and my work second... that means a lot.

Thank you all... I appreciate each and every one of you.

Till next time,
Brian James
www.BrianJamesGallery.com