My favorite make up artist Genevieve was in the studio today and we brought some friends in to play around with the fantastic MAC makeups she always brings with her. Gen is from the Boston, MA area and available for brides and bridesmaids for their important wedding days. A few shots from the MAC session that show off her work fantastically.
Not one to miss out on a great marketing or photography article, I ran across this delicious piece of photography history and future all wrapped up in one shoot. Lindsay Lohan is well known for her antics in Hollywood, and will now be known for redoing the famous last photo shoot of Marylin Monroe. This shoot serves as a great example of how a simple portrait can be elegant and span the test of time. As semi pro photographers and professionals alike, we can all learn valuable lessons from this remake of a classic portrait session.
New York magazine has a great article and segments on how Lindsay Lohan redid Marilyn Monroe's "The Last Sitting". If you have no idea who Marilyn Monroe is then you should go educate yourself as she is quite important to photography. She quite possibly could be considered the mother of pin up photography and gave birth to a whole genre of photographers. Both Monroe and Lohan have an undeniable pull that draws in the audience, whether it be on film or in person.The photographer that originally shot Monroe's "The Last Sitting", Bert Stern apparently decided to redo his famous shoot of Monroe utilizing a contemporary counterpart in Lohan. His final session with Monroe before her death in 1962 produced some of the most well known, and to some the best, shots Marilyn ever took. Obviously Monroe had the looks for pin up photography, but what made her shots stand out was her ability to strike facial expressions that truly enraptured entire generations of men and women alike.
So what does this mean for you, the aspiring home photographer? It means keep at it. We may not be constantly working with the likes of a Lohan or Monroe, but we can certainly strive to produce delicious works like Bert Stern. If you take a look at the shots of Monroe, or Lohan for that matter, there is nothing overly lavish about the set ups or backdrops. Nothing outrageous or ostentatious that detracts from the subject itself, only things that enhance the original beauty of the women themselves.
Too often I find that contemporary photographers are trying to out do the last photographer and introduce too many visual stimuli into a photograph. The simple approach is sometimes the best and usually has the most long lasting effect on an audience. Appreciate your subject as they are and accentuate the obvious. Something as simple as an elegant pair of shoes or a glamor outfit can make a photograph pop just as much as having an incredibly sophisticated background and props.
So go take a look at Bert Stern's website, and the revisited photographs of Lindsay Lohan in "The Last Sitting", then go shoot some simple but elegant portraits for yourself. Never let a day go by without shooting something you find interesting. Simple portraits like the ones of Lohan and Monroe can make your client just as happy as any air brushed over the top photo shoot.