Chicago Fitness Photographer – Behind the Scenes shooting on location In New York – What’s in my Bag

Whats in my bag

This assignment  required me to travel to New York  and this is what  what I brought and how I packed.

In my Pelican Case 1510(fits in overheads bin on airplanes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

It carried a Canon 5D Mark 111 body with battery grip, a Sigma 50mm 2.8, a Canon 85mm 1.2, a Canon 24-70mm 2.8, a Canon 70-200mm 2.8, a Sekonic light meter for Elinchrom, El-Skyport for Canon (it lets you adjust the power of the strobes from the camera) and a color checker Passport for grey card.

In my Pelican Case 1610(must be checked so get airport approved locks)

 

 

 

It contained 2 Elinchrom Qudra 400 ws power pack’s with pro heads, (2) diffuser’s, (2)  2″ reflector’s, (2) 4″ reflector’s, Qudra reflector adaptor, impact rid set(includes 10′,  20,  30′, 40′ grids), Elinchrom D-lite RX 4 head with 6″ reflector.

 

And last but not least my Samsonite travel backpack with laptop sleeve.

A Macbook pro, tether cords, a LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive, my cubs hat from game six of the 2016 NLCS verse the Dodgers in which the Cubs won 5-0 which allowed them to advance on to and win the World Series and my two note books for lighting and location notes. Luckily for me on this one the client had access to lighting stand’s and a 6′ Elichrom octabank light shaper so I didn’t have to travel with a stand bag.

 

Here are a few final edits from the shoot.

We even had enough time to hit Time Square and grab a few cool environmental  captures.

All the client select edits for the Giam Spring shoot in New York can be viewed shawnkinney.com

 

 

Chicago Fitness / Lifestyle Photographer : Commercial Photography / You’re more than just a photographer!

What does that mean exactly? If you have been or are looking to start shooting for commercial clients. Its important to understand the who, what, where and why of your clients expectations. They are going into the shoot relying on you for certain things. The most obvious is the final product but some of them also rely on you to direct them through the process to achieve the final product. At some point, you are called on to be an art director (how to arrive at your final goal), stylist (knowing what looks good together),  location scout, and even a talent scout. If you don’t have the support crew to complete certain tasks, it’s up to you. The following is a real life example of how this can happen:

It’s Monday morning and a potential client from New York emailed me to ask if I can put together a yoga shoot by Thursday and have selected edits emailed out Friday morning. In addition, they wanted me to secure a location and have eight models for the shoot. They were looking for eleven different looks, setup in a yoga studio, and one outdoor location. I took a couple of minutes to digest the email and determine if it was feasible to pull this off. I said we can definitely pull off the looks indoors, but I was not sure we had enough time to go to an outdoor location. After agreeing to scrap the outdoor location, he promptly booked his flight to Chicago. He was bringing all the necessary yoga apparel and gear with him on the plane as there was not enough time to ship it to Chicago. In the meantime, I spent the next two days confirming talent and support crew while reviewing the mood board sent by the clients art department to determine what looks are best for what part of the studio.

Wednesday night arrived and that’s when my client was supposed to fly into Chicago from New York. Something occurred while he was going through security at the airport. All of his luggage containing the yoga gear and apparel made it on to the plane, but he did not. He called me and asked if I could go to baggage claim and get the bags while he caught the next available flight, which happened to be at midnight. I agreed without hesitation. Once you agree to take a job, it is necessary to do what ever it takes to deliver the finished product! After securing the product, I dropped it off at the yoga studio and headed home for the night knowing tomorrow was going to be a long day. 

Thursday morning came and the client informed me that he will be at our location late morning and to start without him. This was not the ideal experience for the first time working with someone, but I had the skill to deal with this kind of situation. I still needed input on setups and final image approval, but no one was on site to do this. In order to get the shoot started and headed in the right direction, I added a viewing gallery to my website and uploaded low-res images so the client in New York could approve the images as we go. This wasn’t the ideal structure since we were on a time crunch, but it worked pretty well.  I received approval on images before heading to the next setup and in order to make the most of our time, I had the models dressed and set to go when their setup was ready.

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This setup actually worked out really well and only minimally slowed down the shooting pace. I was able to continue throughout the day. My client checked in on set around eleven and he was extremely happy with the results thus far so he only stayed for a couple of hours and then headed back to New York. In the end, the shoot was a huge success and they turned out to be a very happy repeat client. As you can see, as a commercial photographer, a lot rides on your ability to delegate responsibilities and preform multiple tasks. You have to do more than just take the photograph. You have to make sure everything gets accomplished and the final product gets delivered as agreed upon.

Here are some of the edits from the shoot.

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The day went so well I was able to complete the request for an outdoor location. This goes back to my favorite saying. “Under promise and over deliver!”

 

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How did I really complete such a daunting request from a potential client? I know what I don’t know! And that comes with years of experience. I knew that completing eleven plus looks and setups in one day is very difficult. I learned a lot from this experience. When my phone isn’t ringing from potential clients, I am working on my craft. I have shot at the yoga studio so much I knew every angle of every room.  I also would some time put time restraints on some of my shoots to see if I could still complete quality work under a time crunch. All of these previous shoots prepared my for this day.

Know your equipment and know your surroundings. With that you can accomplish any task  your client requests of you.

My full portfolio can be viewed here Chicago Fitness Photographer.

Chicago Fitness Photographer – Behind the Scenes shooting on location

Hello there  I am Shawn Kinney a Chicago based Fitness/Lifestyle photographer and this was a shoot with Chicago based model Willow Star   for the fitness clothing line Avia. My home studio location is Tribalance Yoga Center. 

The first setup I wanted to do a fierce Black and white portrait to set the tone for shoot.

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Camera settings f/1.8 @1/200 ISO 100

With a slight change in camera angle you can see how the mood changes in your photograph. That is why I almost always shoot without a tripod. This gives my the freedom to explore the different qualities of light created simply be changing where you stand.

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Below is the behind the scenes photo illustrating the lighting set up.

Main/Key light was a Elinchrom Portalite 22″ Octa with translucent deflector. Rim light which was to camera right was a 40′ grid with a 1/4 stop cto warming gel and the fill was a golden bounce reflector.

 

Second setup

For this setup I took advantage of the available sun light(in this image it created the back light and both rim lights on the subject). When combining available light and artificial strobe lighting it is key to 1st meter the source you cant control. In this case it would be the sunlight. I then add one strobe at a time to get the results I am looking for. The 2 Elinchrom ELB 400 packs and heads were use for a controlled fill light on both front sides of the subject face and legs.

 

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Camera settings F/1.8 @ 1/250 & iso 200

For a slightly different look a separated the model from the bike and Changed the lighting setup slightly. Main/Key light was a 35″ Dynalite grand soft box with internal diffusion, fill light was a golden bounce reflector and the strobe head had a 1/4 stop cto warming gel directed towards the the stationary bike.

 

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Camera Settings F/1.8 @ 1/200 & ISO 100

 

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For the last setup we moved into the yoga room where we created these. We were under a time restraint so no BTS photos for this setup. But I used two Elinchrom ELB 400 power packs with pro heads. Camera left had a 1/4 stop cto warming gel on it to add some warmth.

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Camera settings F/1.8 @ 1/80 & ISO 100
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Camera settings F1/8 @ 1/80 & ISO 100

With the proper game plan and the right crew you can get 4 different looks with only 4 hours of shooting time. I am a Chicago Based Fitness photographer and My complete portfolio can be viewed here shawnkinney.com.

Chicago Photographer / Are you a Small Business looking for personal Branding?

Don’t waste you time and money on stock images. I can’t emphasis enough the importance of separating yourself from your competitors. These days everyone wants to shop and meet via the internet. So why not take advantage of it. Show everyone what your brand really is all about with custom imagery.
This is a marketing campaign for a message therapist, showing off some of her advanced massage techniques.

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Massaging techniques to sooth a headache and neck pain

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Working out the calf tightness
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Working on the lower back
and below is a advance technique called cupping. It works by creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissues.

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By creating your own custom images you will show your potential clients you in action. So lets work together and get you message out to the masses. Contact me @ shawn@shawnkinney.com or cell 702-232-0882
 

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Latest work with fitness model Chyna Bardarson
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Camera setting  F-4.0, 1/500 and iso 100

 

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My full portfolio can be viewed @ www.shawnkinney.com

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My latest work for a model portfolio development for Ashely Bates a model @ www.ohlssonagency.com on location @ www.Tribalance.com

 

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The rest of my portfolio can be viewed here www.shawnkinney.com 

 

Chicago Fitness Photographer / Shooting on Location for Designer Protein

Latest work for Designer Protein 
  This shoot was for Designer Protein Ambassador campaign and was shot on location at a local gym in Chicago Il. The Dynalite XP-800 power inverter gives me the ability to bring my studio lighting to any location. Which allows me to properly expose for the background (Chicago Skyline) and then light the subject appropriately.
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Chicago Fitness Photographer / Highlighting Tribalance a Schaumburg full fitness/wellness center

Tribalance  is located on the Northwest corner of S. Roselle & Wise Road in Schaumburg. To maintain their Yoga persona the interior build out was constructed of 60% of recycled material. They provide both in group and private sessions and offer Meditation, Yoga, Yoga Teacher training, Barre classes, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Condition, Kickboxing, Tri-fit (bootcamp style training), Thai Bodywork and Acupuncture.

 

Welcoming desk

 

Hall Way leading to their 4 separate class rooms 

 

Inspiration Board

 

Mindful inspirations throughout 

 

Studio “Mind”

 

Studio “Spirt”

 

Studio “Body” lower space has padded kickboxing ring

 

Studio “Body”  upper level for Cross-Fit and body shaping classes

Below are Yoga class in the main studio “Soul”

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Below is Tribalance Owner & Lululemon Ambassador Shawnda Falvo

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Lululemon ambassador and teacher Melina Milcarek

 

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my full portfolio can be view @ www.shawnkinney.com 

Chicago Fitness Photographer “The evolution of a fitness Photographer”

I truly believe in order us to grow we need to know and understand were we can from. The journey in my opinion is just as important as our final destination. The evolution of my photography started with the desire to capture breath taking landscapes and grew from there. After the purchase of my first DSLR in 2008 and many hours learning the ins and outs from any book I could get my hands on. I was able to capture theses images while out on a hike in Death Valley California

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These were honestly the first two images I ever intentionally set out to captured. My photography desire quickly change from landscape to fashion due to the influence of my first instructor at the Art Institute of Las Vegas. After understanding the ability to control the mode and feel of the images with studio lighting I wanted nothing more to do with landscapes for now. Upon relocating to Wa in 2011 I set out to develop my fashion portfolio and thats when I first met and became good friends with Bri Seeley. Here are a couple of Images from her 2011 look book.

 

 

Later that year I met and became good friends with commercial photographer Dean Zulich He also started his photography career with a desire for landscape photography and quickly became known for his unbelievable ability to create conceptual images. The next step in my evolution I truly owe to him as he showed me how to blend my two loves. The initial love for landscape photography with my new love of fashion photography and this was born. Another collaboration with fashion designer Bri Seeley.
 
 

 

Then I wanted to bring my conceptual work into the studio. This was also captured 2012

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From here I went on to develop my dynamic studio portrait shooting style. Images below were shoot in 2013.
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Above is my first fitness composite. Model shoot in studio and then added to trail landscape shoot in 2013
Next was fitness/athletics on location and a 5 am location call created the images below.
 
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Then I hit the beach to create this
 
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mixed in a little a running

 

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and that brings us to 2015
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and my latest adventure below. Multiple exposures.

 

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and thats a wrap on my quick breakdown of the evolution of my photography journey. The most important thing I have learned along the way, is that the greatest piece of equipment is your own personal version and the ability to apply to your clients needs. I am look forward to the growth I will experience in 2016.

“Your ability to thrive in any environment and any situation rests not primarily on what you do, but who you are as a person, an individual; a human being”

My full portfolio can be view @ www.shawnkinney.com
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IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS…NEVER QUIT DREAMING The Story of Anthony Baumann by Chicago Portrait Photographer Shawn Kinney

Say hello to Anthony C Baumann (facebook) as he opens up about his life journey to play music. He showed up by his favorite mode of transportation, on his 2015 Ultra Harley Davidson. Here are the two bands he is currently playing in St. Stephen’s Whiskey and Phat Kiss


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Don’t give up on your dream. Its never to late to take the 1st step”

So this is where you grow up, how old were you when you left? I was 9 when I left. I moved to Florida with my mother and 2 bothers. She just wanted a better life away from the city for us kids. I lasted 2-3 years and I had to come back, I truly missed the city. Eventually all the kids gravitated back to the city and my mother ended staying in Florida.

 

As a kid what did you dream about becoming when you grew up? A Musician. All my life from day one! I guess it started from the effluence of the cartoons. I grew up in 70’s and all the cartoons had bands in them, they were all rock stars. Thats the first thing we did as kids, my dad bought us all instruments. One brother played electric guitar, the other played bass and I played drums.

 

Did your parents encourage you to be creative? Oh ya. I guess our grandparents were also musicians. They passed away when I was young, so I guess it was just in our blood. Our dad was like go for it and bought us all instruments. My brothers and I joined every band in school and still to this day my brother and I play in a band together. Nothing better then rocking out with your brother.

At this point in your life, are you happy where you are at? Yes. Music has taken me everywhere. I have been all over the world. I have played Carnage Hall, Chicago Theater, Ground Zero memorial (911 site in NY) and on several cd’s. I have meet so many amazing people and without music no of it would have ever happened.

 


If there is one significant thing in your life right now you could change, what would it be? I would love be in a professional touring band and I will never give that dream up. I am still hoping that I’ll find the right spot for myself in a band that can take it to the next level.

 

Can you share one of your most vivid childhood memories? The house was always haunted. We were defiantly afraid of this place. We lived here with our grandparents and they passed away when I was 7. Not sure if it was just a kids imagination but we would hear people walking up and down the stairs all the time. There was a secret room in the basement. It was a small storage area were my grandfather would keep all his stuff and I was defiantly afraid to go back there.

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of? That I was able to touch some many different people through my music.

Who are your Music Idols/First concert? Bonham, Moon, Neil Purt and of course Dave Grohl(hew just knocked out of the park). I saw Iron Maiden in 1982 at Navy Pier when they played ChicagoFest and they played it for free. I found out thy were playing from a couple kids talking in school. I didn’t really know anyone so I went by myself.

 

What has been the biggest obstacle in pursuing music? I would have to say finding the right people in life. Finding people with similar likes and similar goals. Thats why it is so hard to keep bands together. Everyone is their own artist and they have their own goals in mind.

 

Do you have any advice for those people struggling with the dreaded 9 to 5? Don’t give up on your dream. You got to make yourself happy first. If your not happy then move on. You don’t have to be stuck, go out and find something you like to do. I know its a scaring thing and the first step is the hardest thing to do. But you have to do it! Its never to late to take the first step.

 

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self? Practice, practice and more practice. I took a hiatus when I was a kid. I bounced around lot in between different things of interest when I was younger. There was a period of about 20 years of when I didn’t pick up the sticks. I was a semi professional hockey player for a while. I actually didn’t get real job until I was 30. After high school I got a part time job and started skating again, that landed me a job teaching at Addison park district teaching the kids how to play hockey. From there I got a tryout with a semipro team and eventually got signed by LA and went to minor leagues. After the season I came and continued coaching the kids. That lasted about 10 years and man did I love it. So I would say to my younger self practice, practice and focus more on music. If you have that one dream don’t let the distraction of life derail you.

 

Thanks for sharing Anthony and I hope this shows everyone that its never to late to live the life you deserve. More of my work can be view  at www.shawnkinney.com