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The Project Strikes Back

A Star Wars Themed Photo Shoot
 the project management life of a photographer

 

It all started out with a concept: sporty Stormtroopers. No, I was not going the cosplay route, thats been done, and turns rather “over-done” . I had wanted to re-create a Stormtrooper look with off the shelf outfits, props and I have no skill at crafting anything out of abs or 3d printing.

What this concept became, in retrospect and upon reflection, was an execution of a full project and my own realization of truly being a project manager not a photographer…

From Wikipedia:  A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or staffing)…..

All of this is then tied into the Project management Triangle, which is a case of Zen balance. How do you balance all three items and ensure quality does not suffer.

…fairly straight forward but to execute a number of requirements needed to be met, especially with three storm troopers in the middle of winter.

Planning and Execution

Staffing/Models:

Stormtroopers – the models, I had put out a call for models. Two criteria were are available to shoot in December (see time / location below) and ensure that the “aren’t you a little too short to be a storm trooper” does not occur ensure that all of the storm troopers were the same height.

Our amazing Vancouver models were
Sylvie  , Janice and Candice

the Stormtrooper team!

Make up Artist – A makeup artist who would be able to do consistent makeup for 3 models within a 1-2 hour timeline (see below)

Photography Assistant – I had to ask around to see who I can rope in to help out. Candidate was found (unlisted and un-credited due to possible failure of marriage due to being around models? ok that is a project outside of MY scope) .

the team, mua, photographer and the models!

Shoot Location and Time: 

Time – Shoot needed to be executed before December release of the Last Jedi, also in a time when models can be available and have beauty sleep to ensure glowing skin (see MUA)

Location – We actually shot this in December in prep for Last Jedi release, therefore an indoor location was required.

Shooting outdoor in Vancouver was not an option as the available outfits (see Costumes below) did not allow for sufficient body heat retention. Although, Vancouver is not a very cold city compared to the rest of Canada its still cold. No we did not get snow in December, and temperatures were still around 0-5 Celsius (low 30s in Fahrenheit – thx Greg N).

The solution was an indoor space, I was able to locate an indoor green screen location in the city and ensure it could be booked after hours to allow for schedule of the models and makeup artist. Also it needed heaters, if you are shooting in any studio location in the winter MAKE SURE you have heaters going HOURS before the shoot to warm up the space and the air.

Costumes:

At first it seems quite simple shoot models dressed up as stormtroopers. The break down of this becomes a bit more complex, from looks and outfits to make up and gear. (for those who asked about the outfits details for cosplay this is a fairly detailed breakdown)

Outfits – Finding the props and styles was perhaps the trickiest with first looking for costumes online. Amazon was my first choice, however, the quality of the costumes was a bit too cheesy where as the prices for the more advanced costumes was quite high.

Costs -As this was an unfunded project (i.e. funded by me) I wanted to ensure the costs were not too crazy.

Breaking down the costume: Working with the black and white concept the solution came together, helmets and guns had to be ordered online and from Toys R US, the tops were sports/workout bra-tops from Sport Check. The bottoms and stockings Amazon had latex style leggings and shorts were from a local sports store. The boots were a courtesy of a local “fashion” store, and through negotiation I was able to rent them vs buying them as long as no outdoor shoots were done to scuff or dirty them.

Makeup:

Makeup was to be completed in about 1 hour for 3 models, to prepare I had to ensure the models and the MUA were in touch. This allowed them to communicate in advance of the shoot to check for any allergies, skin concerns so the makeup artist knew what to work with.

Also to ensure that a consistent makeup free or basic foundation was in place for all models when then came to the location. Yes I know way too much about this side of the business, but it helps to know and be aware..

The makeup artist was amazing and consistent and yes although storm troopers wear helmets! Great work by Andrea Kristina http://www.instagram.com/akristina 

behind the scenes at the stormtrooper shoot with Andrea Kristina the amazing MUA!

The Shoot:

Shooting, that’s easy, lighting, gear and the actual shoot, it was business as usual. Really this is the easiest part, yes I had to manage lighting, and help with poses, ensure the models knew how to hold blasters, but compared to all the prep this was a piece of cake for me.

Note – Well except for one thing, the green screen room kept casting a green hue due to color contamination on the white of the trooper outifts. This is covered here in a great petapixel article: https://petapixel.com/2018/02/28/problem-color-contamination-photography/

photoshoot lighting setup, model group shoot

The lighting setup and you can see the heaters to the right.

What Did I Learn:

….Thinking back on the project which I started planning around October 2017 and executed on December 12 2017 it was about two months of work. The results, costs were maintained within reason, and the models ended up with a sporty outfits to keep (along some got trooper helmets which could be re-purposed for another shoot).

See the photos below! Also! Before you do follow me on twitter / Instagram!

In closing, this is what went into this shoot, coordination, planning, execution, last minute changes and revisions, minor cost overruns. With some amazing results and lessons learned for the future. For you, all I can say is if YOU are planning a shoot, YOU ARE THE PROJECT MANAGER!

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PS.. and personal grumble, due to the Last Jedi, but that’s a different story.

Flying Angels Christmas Presents in Vancouver – Journalism – Photography

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This morning the Mission to Seafarers – Flying Angel Club ( http://www.flyingangel.ca/) and TYMAC Launch Services organized the annual presents to sailors delivery of holiday gifts and presents to crew and staff on vessels on anchor and in port throughout Vancouver. This annual event has been held in different forms by the Mission and Tymac since the 70s and this year was no exception. 
 
Setting off at 9 from the foot of Main Street at the Tymac tug terminal and  am led by Anglican Rev Peter Smyth (Port Chaplain for the Mission to Seafarers), Deacon Dileep  Athaide (Roman Catholic Church – Chaplains) and Stephen David (TYMAC) the teams on two boats made their way to the cargo vessels on anchor in English Bay. Moving from ship to ship and dropping off packages for the crew at each vessel they delivered over 400 presents to the nearly two dozen vessels in the harbor. 

 
For each boat, some of whom were expecting presents and some who were quite surprised the gantry was lowered and the team embarked with bags of presents. Wrapped and encased in waterproof bags these were hand delivered to the ship crew whose smiles were beaming at the surprise. The crew on these ships bring us 90% of everything we own and work for generally 9 months straight with no real time off, something that is felt even more during the holiday season. 
Contacts for the mission is: 
Mission to Seafarers
Vancouver and Roberts Bank

fax 604-253-0874
http://www.flyingangel.ca/

Family Day and Bubbles – Vancouver

A non work, or photo or business post, this is all about fun in the sun. I must admit, I haven’t seen that many people with smiles on their faces for a long time!

As my godson in the video said, ” real friends not virtual are the best, and as for chasing bubbles, it’s way more fun than playing xbox at home. ”

Family day has been designated a few years ago as a new statutory holiday in British Columbia, falling on the second Monday in February.  Today Family Day decided to happen on a lovely sunny day with just a little bit of breeze.

Local “Bubble magicians” – as that is the term that best applies – were en force sending small and giant bubbles into the smiling faces of adults and to the delights of the kids who were running to pop them!

I had posted some photos on Instagram but here is the rest of them, a very quick blog entry but it was awesome.

A video and photos below.

Some photos too..

 

Panama Jungles in HDR

Having gone on a long overdue vacation to the jungles of central america, I had brought a fairly light kit with me including my 11-16 DX Tokina.

I am not a huge HDR fan but for some of the jungle shots I had tried to get the 3 exposure shots and here are the results. Enjoy these while I work on the Faces of Central America collection … coming soon!

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Panama River in Boquete – HDR shot

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Whats better than 1 4×4 from USSR — 2 4×4 in HDR – cars in panama

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Boquete mountains open up towards the city in the south. HDR

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Taken this one on the street with a lot of street traffic, thus people look like ghosts. Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

 

Ballet Magic

Magic of Ballet captured through the lens. I had the pleasure of shooting two beautiful ballerinas from Mexico they have been performing in Vancouver for about six months. I was able to have them do their magic in the studio last weekend and here are the amazing photos. .

For the techies the shots were made with a 6 foot impact umbrella and a 7 foot parabolic umbrella shooting with a d610 and d5100 using a 24-70 lens. For the flash I used an sb900 commander with sb700 and sb600 slaves. For the seven foot umbrella I used two flashes firing simultaneously into it to provide enough output.

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Shooting through Glass – Vancouver Aquarium shots

This Saturday was a chance to do some non human photography while exploring the Vancouver aquarium. Most of the below shots I took while hand holding my DSLR and all manual everything (105 and 50 mm lenses) . Worked good for slow moving creatures such as star fish or jelly fish, but manual focus is truly a pain in the butt for birds (even if they are just being carried around by a human.)

Check out some pictures below, from the Vancouver Aquarium

 

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Low Key – with Led Lighting

Last weekend I had a pleasure of working with the beautiful Ann Narky who stroke up some amazing poses and Konstantin who joined her in a few pictures for a couples’ sensual photography shot and then stayed for a couple of candid and head shots).

Their amazing couples shots will be published soon but now for the star of the shoot..Ann

Ann was the star of the shoot – with our goal really focusing on the body and shape and form – a couple of the pictures are attached here. Shooting in the studio was a bit chilly but the camera and the talented model kept going until we ended up with some fantastic pictures.

The setup was a softbox at -2 stops, iso 125, a fill umbrella and a use of my cell phone LED light to add touches of highlights to the body. All shots taken using the Nikon FX with a 24-70 setup.

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low key nude – using led light to add detail

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low key nude – using led light to add detail

Red Ivy – Stays Hot in the Fall

A quick upload of pictures from a shoot with a wonderful model, Michelle (  http://www.modelmayhem.com/3526143 ) who can turn from sexy to sultry, to innocent for the camera in a blink of an eye.

Loved doing the test shoot and was able to capitalize on the fantastic fall colors.

For the techies, the setup was fairly simple one… two SB700s shooting into a 72″ umbrella with either the on camera flash of the D610 as a commander  or using the SB910 in commander mode for the brigher outdoor area where there was too much ambient light.

Diagram of the setup for the shot against the wall with the Ivy.


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Here are some shots! Enjoy! and make sure to like my FB page 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/Photography-of-Shawn-Sviridov-gallerysscom-1638882483054438/

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San Francisco and Beyond

This summer I had gone down to Silicon Valley (silicone or silicon?) and had a fantastic time including a trip down through SF and the ocean front areas. On the way back we had stopped in at the Windfarms just east of SF and took some shots.  From fishing in the ocean, to pelicans, and horses to massive wind farms here are some of the photos from that trip.

 

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Shooting for a Fundraiser in Rockabilly Style

A fantastic and positive event at Rocky Point Taphouse in Port Moody and I was invited to capture and photograph the event.

Event Page: ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1687564171462822/ )

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Here are some shots and see more on my facebook page and make sure to like it too  🙂

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"Fun"draiser for 6year old Seanny 3x Cancer Survivor. Mister Nickel will be hosting the Event with Pennie Bell starting off the Evening. Jay & The Cadillac Bones will be Belting Out the Best Rockabilly in the Lower Mainland!!

Dixie Delight will be hosing an Auction mid-way through the night with some "Very Cool Things"..

Audrey Marx and Ann Narkey will then be showing off their Sultry Burlesque moves to be followed by Jay & the Cadillac Bones.