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Off The Record: Donnadele

Getting Modern Welcome back for another addition to the Off The Record Project.  We’ve been doing a bunch of older album covers lately.  This is probably due to the fact that the 80s produced so many iconic cover images.  For this one, however, we decided to get a little more modern, with an homage to Adele’s classic “21” album cover.  Let’s take a look at how things unfolded…   The Original Adele’s “21” cover is a great one for the project because it is very recognizable and it is a wonderful, old-school portrait.  A classic black and white study, with the retro beauty of a George Hurrell photograph.  It is a pretty simple design, with dramatic light and not too many other elements.  The shadows provide plenty of wonderful passive space, which draws the viewer’s eyes right to the subject’s face.  This one is definitely a study in precision and control. Our Take My good friend- and fellow photographer- Donna GoodHale came up with this suggestion.  We were at a photography meeting in Atlanta and created this image in her hotel room the morning before the meeting.  We didn’t have much equipment at our disposal.  In fact, she is just
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Off The Record: Mommy Crue

The Age of Glam Metal The 80s were know for a lot of things, but “heavy metal bands with big hair” would certainly be high on the list.  For this addition to the Off The Record Project, we decided to explore the work of one of the biggest hair bands of the 80s – Motley Crue. Released in 1983, the band’s second album “Shout at the Devil” made it all the way to #17 on the Billboard charts. The album cover, however, was even MORE memorable. When someone proposed the cover for my project, I knew it was one that had to be done! The Original The original Motley Crue cover featured very dramatic portraits of the band members.  They used a lot of smoke, gelled lights and a very contrasty overall look. The biggest part, of course, was getting the models to look right.  For those of you who weren’t born in the 80s, trust me – rock bands REALLY dressed like this in the 80s.  I can’t explain why.  Just trust me on this one. The New Crue Four brave moms volunteered to take the challenge and put together their best rocker outfits.   My project partner, Julie
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Off The Record: Control

Janet’s Control For the next installment of the Off The Record project, we are staying in the 80s for another memorable album cover- Janet Jackson’s “Control”.  The album went to #1 in 1986 and sported a very memorable red cover.  It even ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazines “Top 100 Albums of the 80s”. We decided it would be a great addition to the project and enlisted Suyin to help us out. The Original The cover features Janet in a black outfit – complete with 80s shoulder pads.  Her hair is piled up high and swept to the side.  I loved the clean red background and the gold squiggly lines add a nice graphic element.  It was a fun cover to try and reproduce because it has such a unique style.  The only issue was finding the right model and getting the right hair. Control 2014 The model was one of my son’s classmates.  I’ve known her since she was little and thought she would make a great Janet.  She had the perfect look for this image. Once again, hair guru Julie Spero managed to get that big, 80s hair- but still make it look nice.  From there, the image
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Off The Record: 2014

Off The Record We are entering the last few months of the Off The Record Project. If you are new to the project, you can read about it here. Back To The 80s The latest addition to the series is one of the most-recognized album covers from the 80s – Van Halen’s iconic 1984.  The album went to #2 on the Billboard charts and remained there for five weeks!  Any guesses which album held the #1 spot? The famous smoking Cherub was created by artist Margo Nahas.  Anyone who grew up in the 80s will instantly recognize this image.  It was not without controversy – in fact, it was censored in the UK with a sticker covering the cigarette.   The Model I’ve been wanting to do this album cover since the beginning of the project.  When I saw Christopher with his curly blonde locks, I knew he was the perfect model.  The only remaining obstacle was to get him into such an unusual pose- and keep him from eating the candy cigarette. After a little trial and error, we finally got the shot. The Process Once the photographic images was arranged and composited, the next task was to get
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Off The Record: Rock and Soul

Its time for another installment in my Off The Record Project and this time – its personal!  If you are new to the project, you can read more about it in the original Off The Record Post. Band Of Brothers I’ve always been a big fan of Hall and Oates.   They’ve had so many great albums, but my favorite will always be Rock and Soul Part 1.  I think I owned this album in LP, cassette and eventually DVD format – so I’m very familiar with the striking, graphical cover art.  These songs have always been on heavy rotation in the Lourcey cars, so it is not surprising that my boys both like the songs very much.  Darryl Hall and John Oates have had this band going since 1970 and you have to pretty good friends to stick together for that long.  That’s why I knew it was a perfect cover when Heather suggested it for Dean and Beau’s contribution to the series. The Album The photography portion of this one was pretty easy.  I just had to get the boys in a pose that somewhat followed the original. The difficult part was the post-production-specifically, how to get that drawing-type
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Print Competition DVD Now Available

Ready To Up Your Game? There is no question that photographic competitions are one of the best ways to improve your photography. The bad part is, there can be a bit of a learning curve. I’ve seen both sides of the process, both as someone who enters competitions and as someone who judges competitions. After several years of judging, I’ve noticed that new photographers tend to make the same mistakes over and over again. I put this video together to help you get a good start.  Basically, it is all the stuff that I wish I knew when I was starting out.  Trust me, if you watch these videos – and follow my advice- it will save you a LOT of frustration! Check it out and let me know what you think!   Print Competition 101 DVD on Square Market
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Off The Record: Adude Insane

Bowie Time The time has come to release another addition to my Off The Record project.  This time, we decided to take a crack at David Bowie’s iconic “Aladdin Sane” album cover from way back in 1973.  Brian Duffy’s original creation featured a startling portrait of makeup-clad Bowie in a version of his Ziggy Stardust persona. Seemed like a good one to work on! The Plan When I first started planning this series with my project partner Julie Spero, she told me she had the perfect person for a Bowie album cover.  Jeff is a friend of hers – and a musician to boot.  This guy jumped head-first into the project by dying his hair red for a more authentic look.  Julie then worked her makeup magic to transform Jeff into Aladdin Sane.  It was quite a transformation. The Portrait Since the original portrait has a very flat, almost clinical feel to it, I decided to go with the cool, flat light of my trusty ringlight.  It definitely provided an excellent, even light that showed off the makeup and styling.  From there, it was into Photoshop to take the image to the next level.  I tweaked the colors a bit
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Off The Record: Les Adorables

The Next Album As we work our way through the Off The Record Project, I thought it was time to mix in a fairly modern album – a movie soundtrack actually.  While the Les Miserables soundtrack isn’t necessarily an “iconic” album, it is definitely a very recognizable cover.  On top of that, it is actually a pretty cool portrait. The setup was pretty easy- light the model and hit her with some air to make the hair fly around.  Turns out it took a little more air than I had thought.  By the time things were finished, we had her mom using a blow dryer from the side and my assistant using a leaf blower from the front!  Through it all, she managed to keep her eyes open and focus on the camera.  Quite the trooper!  There was hair flying all over the place- I’m not sure how she survived. The Title The only part that I was unsure about was how to handle the title.  Luckily my model had already figured that one out.  We changed “Miserables” to “Adorables” – which worked perfectly.  If you’ve ever been in front of my camera, you know I love to use that
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Time To Smile

It is that time of year! This year, our studio is once again participating in Celebration of Smiles- a promotion to raise money and awareness for Operation Smile.  The Professional Photographers of America have participated in this for the past several years and this will be our third Celebration. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.  $240 can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. This surgery can change a child’s life forever and can take as few as 45 minutes. Contributions in excess of surgical costs are invested into our sustainability programs, which empower our partner countries to treat more children on their own. The surgeries cost $240 to perform, so I’m trying to raise enough money to pay for 30 of these surgeries this year. Its a lofty goal, but definitely a worthy cause. How YOU Can Help You can help out by passing this link along to as many of your friends as possible!  A few tweets or Facebook updates can make a huge difference. We’ve setup a site to collect the money and you can find it at:  http://www.donationto.com/Smiles2014 If you live in
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Meet The Beatles Fans

With The Beatles When I first started this Off The Record Project, I knew one of the albums I needed to include was the iconic cover of the Beatles first US album, “Meet The Beatles”.  It is a very distinctive look that most rock and roll fans recognize instantly.  I thought it would be fun to recreate the cover using photographer friends who were big Beatles fans. The Original Album The setup was pretty easy, just a simple split-light portrait in a very low-key setting. I didn’t even have to have them all here at once- which was nice, since these guys all have crazy schedules. From there it was just a matter of working out the layout and the album graphics.  I think the simplicity of the cover is what made it such a cool album to recreate. The Remake When I say these guys are big Beatles fans, I mean they are REALLY big Beatles fans.  In fact, one of them actually brought a copy of the original LP album with them as a reference.  I was shocked to see that the image had a slight blue tint to it.  From the many images I had seen online,
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