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Beards and Ink – Portrait Photography Personal Project

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Beards and Ink – Portrait Photography Personal Project

Those of you that follow my daily struggles know that I mostly shoot fashion and advertising jobs. Those are usually high energy projects involving big teams, fast pace, noisy environment, loud music and large dose of adrenaline. And I absolutely love all of the above but sometimes you just need a break. No I don’t mean brake from photography. My life circulates around photography 24/7. When I don’t work I watch tutorials, interviews, behind the scenes, stare at other people’s work, experiment with new gear I even take pictures at romantic dates (huge credit to my fiancee for putting up with all of this 😉 ) So what I really mean is break in the pattern. Sometimes you just need to do something different to refuel your creativity. And so I did…

One day I packed my car full of gear and drove 3 hours from London to small, beautiful seaside town Bournemouth where life is slow, people happy and the air is fresh. Prior my trip I have made couple of phone calls and arranged a portrait photography session at the local barber shop. The place is amazing! It’s an ultimate man cave. Under the pretext of getting haircut you just get to hang out with your local buddies, the awesome guys that run the shop, hear a joke that would be absolutely inappropriate anywhere else and if you lucky enough you may even get a shot of bourbon from under the counter 😉 In short the place has some serious character. Kindly sitting in for me I had two barbers and two “regulars”. As they say a picture is worth thousand words I will just let you sink in to my story guided by images below. What a different day that was…

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Full of character, sophisticated portrait of a barber with beard.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Old school barber tools.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.


Fashion Editorial. Fashion Photography London

Editorial shot

fashion editorial, fashion photography London, men's fashion, winter collection, moody, intense

Today I would like to share with you nice fashion photography editorial I have shot recently.

I have to be honest with you, although I have real passion for photography like in any other job some days are better then others. This particular day has been great from start to finish.

For this editorial we had planed mostly studio setups with an option of shooting one quick shot outdoors. However as I was driving to my studio the beautiful, golden, low winter sun has presented itself and I knew that we will definitely have to take advantage of this rare occurrence here in London on the middle of winter.

I have managed to gather really great team for this shoot. Our model Ash is full of character, charisma and generally cool and good looking chap. I can’t stress enough the importance of good hair and makeup artist (yes, even for guys)!

While ago I have started cooperating with Gosia Peruzynska, not only is she very professional and does some black magic to people’s faces but also brings to the shoot tones of humour and positive energy. I also had a great assistant, fellow photographer Pawel Spolnicki.

Quick side note to anyone that is just starting out and willing to take their photography to next level. You will NEVER make it as “one man band”! Behind any successful photo shoot stands the whole TEAM of people. Yes it is a challenge and yes it takes time but once you’ll find the right people and build those relations your work will improve dramatically. So if you wonder what step to take next, make team building your New Year’s resolution and see where you stand at the end of the year.

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Back to our topic. As the weather was great and light beautiful we have shot a few outdoor setups. All with natural light and little help of a silver reflector. After couple of hours we have moved back to studio and finished it off with couple of moody photographs where Ash although cold and tired still gave me his 110%.

I’ll let you judge the results. Please leave your opinions in the comments below.

fashion editorial, fashion photography London, men's fashion, winter collection, moody, intense

fashion editorial, fashion photography London, men's fashion, winter collection, moody, intensefashion editorial, fashion photography London, men's fashion, winter collection, moody, intense

fashion editorial, fashion photography London, men's fashion, moody, intense, model portfolio

fashion editorial, fashion photography London, men's fashion, moody, intense, model portfolio

fashion editorial, fashion photography London, men's fashion, moody, intense

fashion editorial, fashion photography London, men's fashion, moody, intense


Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 London

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 London

Last year I had a pleasure to attend the Miss USSR UK 2012/2013 Grand Final at Logan Hall in London. I vas invited by one of the girls as a guest. She has managed to arrange a press pass, allowing me to take some photos. So I did. Quite few actually (check out my post from this event right here: Miss USSR UK 2012-2013). My photos spread out quickly and started circulating between girls/contestants, guest performers, also reaching press and organisers themselves. I guess they liked it because this year they have offered me an honour to be the Official Photographer for this year’s contest. We have scheduled six castings in various London’s trendy night clubs, semi final and Grand Finale.

The first casting took place in Libertine. Although the trendy design of the club and great, atmospheric lighting made a very pleasing background for beautiful contestants my job was anything but easy. Our live photo shoot was scheduled as one of the main attractions for all the guests and audience. Not very often I have couple of hundred people watching me shoot. Needles too say that the girls felt even more pressure since it is not something they do every day and definitely not in front of so many people. Good, loud music and some freebies from the bar kept the spirits high! We have managed to get through!

Few samples below. No photoshop! (for obvious reasons).

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

Miss USSR UK 2013-2014 exclusive London casting photos

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Celebrity portrait London – Mark Heyes

Celebrity portrait London – Mark Heyes

Celebrity portrait London - Mark Heyes. ITV presenter, author, fashion guru.

Few days ago I had a pleasure to photograph ITV’s presenter, author, fashion guru and face of several clothing lines Mark Heyes. As you would expect from any celebrity it took us ages, several cancelations, adjustments etc to work out when he could possibly find an hour for this session. We have managed to squeeze it in between New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week. Uffff.

The brief was quite simple we needed couple of different headshots of different moods and expressions and if time allows some three quarters promo shots that could be used online and in printed publications.

I work with actors and presenters quite often but it always amazes me that those people that spend half of their life in front of the camera get really stiff and very self conscious when it comes to still photography.

Mark is really cool guy so he did not mind me bossing him around a bit and motivating to maximum effort in this short time we had. I had everything set up and ready for the headshots so we have managed to get them done in no time and could move on to wider promo shots.

Those took little longer since we had couple of different sets and lighting setups to go through. We have actually run over scheduled time by 10 minutes or so but Mark, pleased with results, really got into it at the end and did not mind that at all.

Probably the least happy person was his driver that would call us every two minutes panicking that he is not going to make it in time for recording in ITV’s studios. I didn’t have any angry phone calls from ITV so I guess they made it.

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That’s it for today. As usual feel free to post comments and ask questions.
Will talk to you soon…

Celebrity portrait London - Mark Heyes. ITV presenter, author, fashion guru.

 

Celebrity portrait London - Mark Heyes. ITV presenter, author, fashion guru.

 

Celebrity portrait London - Mark Heyes. ITV presenter, author, fashion guru.

 

Celebrity portrait London - Mark Heyes. ITV presenter, author, fashion guru.

 

Celebrity portrait London - Mark Heyes. ITV presenter, author, fashion guru.

 

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Acting headshots London. Best tip you will ever get.

Acting headshots London

As some of you may already know quite a few of last ten years I have lived in “great country” of United States. While there is many things that are arguably better then here in UK there is also few that they actually do get right.

Today I’d like to talk about one in particular – acting headshots. So when I moved to London I just couldn’t get my head around the ancient concept of black and white headshots in vertical orientation. It seems like time has stopped here 100 years ago.

Hasn’t anyone noticed that nobody makes black and white movies any more?

So why on earth would you like your headshot to be B&W?

It disregards such critical and individual features like eyes colour, hair colour, skin complexion. Why as an actor would you like to look just like anybody else in a pile of headshot photos on casting directors desk?

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Now lets talk about the orientation of the image. The only way you as an actor will ever be seen is landscape – horizontal orientation. Think about it, TV screen, cinema, theatre. It is not coincidence, it’s just natural. That’s how we see the world, that’s what our brains are accustom to.

Have you noticed how weird it feels to watch a vertical video that every now and than one of your friends posts on facebook? So now let me ask you again why would you do it to one of the most important tools you have in hand, your casting photo?

The answer I often hear is “This is industry standard”. So I argue even further. What is the worst thing that can actually happen if you submit the Hollywood style headshot? All of the sudden you are one in a thousand instead one of a thousand.

Could that possibly be a bad thing? Has your acting career been extremely successful? No? Maybe is time to try something new… before everyone else will start doing it.

 

Acting headshots London

Acting headshots London

Acting headshots London

Acting headshots London

Acting headshots London

Acting headshots London


Cold and windy. Model’s portfolio shoot.

A few days ago I photographed rather cool lifestyle model Janu. For those of you from UK I don’t need to explain how nasty English weather at this time of the year could be… and so it was. 70-90 km/h wind has forced me to change my game plan drastically.

My only assistant on set was Maggie, our make up artist (she’s about size 0 😉 so making her hold onto even small size softbox would only make things worse cause not only would I have to worry about my equipment but also about health and safety of my lovely assistant. So instead we have settled for three Canon 580 EX II Speedlights triggered by Pocket Wizards Flex TT5 and Mini TT1, mounted on TriFlash bracket and my old trusty Manfrotto monopod.

That way Maggie had only one piece of equipment to worry about and it was rather light and wind resistant.

So we were ready to go! Since the freezing rain was coming off and on we had to move fast. We started off in the building right opposite our studio were we found this old and dirty loading bay.

As ugly as it was, it was full of texture and had moody feel to it (see first three shots). Next we headed for the street. I know the area pretty well so we took advantage of a few tried and tested locations. Janu was brave enough to take his thick jacket off and pose for a couple of shots only in T-shirt, showing off his awesome tattoos. We were cold, the batteries were dying so it was time to go back to the studio. A few cookies and hot cup of tea put us back on our feet and we were ready for set of head-shots, which came out great.

So here it is, another lesson learned! Even though it seemed like we fighting against all the odds (believe you me, I was so close to call the whole thing off) we did not give up and came back with shots far better then I could possibly wish for. My model has suffered (just a touch 😉 ) but Janu’s model’s portfolio went right through the roof!

Great outcome from miserable day!

 

Special thanks to my assistant Maggie, that was so bravely fighting the elements.

 

Spread the word, share on facebook, tweeter etc. and stay tuned for the future posts!

 

Jarek