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A moment in time – 06/2011

by Administrator on Oct.30, 2011, under Glamour

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The way I see Photography is a way to capture a slice of your life. I’m a witness of your existence for a given time, at a given location, with a given mood. Come back tomorrow, and all might have changed. So, when the moment is right, I just grab it.

Even though you might desire a change in your life at some point, it is not always simple to confront your new life. Same with my photography in this post. Going through a photo session like this one is basically a life changing experience. You start to wonder why would you do such a thing. Then, you might start to think: why not? Our appearance is not fixed in time. You come back in 30 years and you look back at you when you were younger, or even your grown-up daughter looks back at the photographs, and a big slice of your life will just pop out the paper…  A photograph carries history with it, for ever.

So, me and the model discuss regularly a few weeks before to even take the camera in my hand. We discuss why I want to work with the model. It is so important for me as I want to explain to the model what do I see visually, unique to her, that could help transform her on photo paper. Why would she want to work closely with me? Why me, and not another photographer for instance? What the husband/partner thinks about the concept? I get a bit of the model’s history in life during those discussions, and she understands a bit more who I am. And because all my models are also “regular” people like you and me, their life is full of passion about their kids, work, husband, and family. They bring with them a whole lot of reasons why they desire such photographs about themselves.

After some “not too serious” conversations with the model, we start to look at what we want to do exactly. We look at books, magazines, the web. We do not really know how far we will go from clothes to ‘less clothes’ but we definitely put boundaries. We select clothes, color, location. And we chat again about life, basically. Gradually, the moment becomes … it. Trust and ease on each size is there, and we are both ready.

Still, when the big day comes, we both have an adrenaline rush the morning of the shoot. It takes time to bring it down a few notches. That’s where wine helps, I suppose. But after about an hour into it, we are just both of us, natural light and a camera. Marvel happens then. Photographs here below speak for themselves.

Then, when all is done and already packed since a few days, something happens to you, dear model. This experience gives you confidence and pleasure in who you are. You faced challenges that day of the shooting. That is for sure a challenge for anyone. But going over it, being proud of seeing yourself in a 20 x 30 format… That is a defining moment in your life that boosts your personality and maybe even helps you. And maybe you decided to do the photographs in the first place because… you needed that moral boost.

In all cases, I was privileged to be allowed in your life, the time of a few hours. Thank you for this trust. But nothing comes for free in life. I also had to show you everything I had during those hours. It is a bi-directional and temporary ‘relation’. I am part of that, as much as you are. It is a big challenge to me also. When the shoot is done, you know me better as my close friends do. To a point where after a shoot like that, I’m emotionally exhausted, but for the good cause.

My models have by definition a desire to stay anonymous. I’m already glad they allow me to share a few photographs with you. But I would venture to say that if they could talk right here, they would tell you that it was a good experience and it helped them in their own way.

I will let you look at a small selection here. The rest is not for us to see…

That’s it for now… Happy Halloween!

Blog post: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/10/30/a-moment-in-time-062011/

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She must be an actress? – 02/2011

by Administrator on Feb.27, 2011, under Glamour

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Well, once in a while, it just happens. It just clicks. I met Heather without knowing anything about her. I have to admit she did most of the work in this session. She is such a nice person, easy going and really cool to meet. She’s fun.

During the shoot, I had to wonder about her ease in front of the camera… And yes, at some point I thought outloud: “She must be an actress”. She overheard and simply said yes. Not surprised but so easy going and super friendly. I hope to work with her again one day.

Have a look and let me know.

Regards

Blog link:

http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/02/27/she-must-be-an-actress-022011/

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A little glamor in this cold winter… 01/2011

by Administrator on Jan.22, 2011, under Glamour


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Hello everyone,

Yes, it is cold nowadays. I know it too well… But at least, I had a go at a snowman a few days ago! After which, you come back home, get yourself a hot chocolate and stay cozy and warmy…

Speaking of warmth, a little ’softy cozy’ glamor moments would not hurt anyone, I hope.

Here are a couple of photographs I took with Bonnie Olson a few days ago. Beautiful eyes! Bonnie is currently finishing a scientific degree. And she said something in those lines during the shoot. “Even a nerd can be beautiful”. I happen to strongly, and strongly again, agree with this statement Bonnie :-) .

So, when is the summer back did you say!??

See you soon.

Armand

Blog link: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/01/22/a-little-glamor-in-this-cold-winter-012011/

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Lisa Joshi – 01/2011

by Administrator on Jan.13, 2011, under Glamour

With Lisa, I have reunited with my first love in photography. Taking photographs of the female soul. Simple curves, simple lines but a lot of warmth and “bien etre”…

We had the photo session going along very well. Other photographers were with me that day. I worked with a single light, as I was looking for ‘dramatic’ images.

You see, Lisa has this look, this face, those lines. A lot of emotions was coming out of her, even out of  her skin, during the photo shoot. She is a normal person, normal easy going girl. Yet, there she was standing with that ‘aura’ around her. Unbelievable, emotional, pure, intense… I have a hard time to find words to describe the moments I shared with her behind the lens… Still, sometimes, Lisa showed more assertive poses, maybe revealing another side of her personality. Who knows?

She worked hard that day. Long hours in front of many lenses, and she worked with excellence. I tried to be there to capture her soul. Did I even come close to it? Well, please, let me know…

I have created a few photographs I wanted to share with you. To me, they are to be cared as you would with jewels. They are that pure…

Blog link: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/01/13/lisa-joshi-012011/

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Pregnancy – 11/2010

by Administrator on Dec.31, 2010, under Expecting, Glamour, Intimacy

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Finir l’annee en toute beaute…

So came November 2010… I met a person who wanted to take the time to fix moments of her pregnancy onto a photographic paper…

I got an e-mail several weeks ago asking if I was available for a pregnancy photo session before she was too close from the due date. I happened to travel then, and I had to push out the session. I got to meet the mother (third time mother by now) an evening and I think it is safe to say we understood each other pretty quickly. She saw my previous work on my web and while we were going through my previous photographs together, I immediately realized I would do the thing I love the most in photography: work with a person who is genuinely interested in the art of photography and in herself. Indeed, I believe the time was right in her life to be proud of her soul and her body, to a point where she would be ready to look at her photographs and agree with herself she was simply beautiful. It takes some guts and a lot of wisdom to reach that point :-) .

We decided we would create pregnancy photographs with a twist of glamour, or “Charme”, I should say. Where I am from,”Charme” is not Glamour or Boudoir. “Charme Photography” is intimate but not too revealing. “Charme Photography” is appealing but never over the border. “Charme Photography” is soft and tender, much more Aubade than Victoria Secret.

The morning of the photo session was her morning. Her husband was kind enough to take care of the kids, and we worked just the two of us for about 4 hours. We had breaks, fun. We talked, we worked. I marveled at some of the photographs I was capturing, but I would not let her look at them :-) . Well, a great moment in my life. I was blessed enough that this person allowed me in her private universe. Thank you, deeply.

Bottom line, these types of session are like a spa experience for a woman: It is all about her, that day. Me, I’m just a witness of what she’s willing to give me. And all the rest is pure literature…

Before to conclude, let me wish you a happy and healthy year 2011 and many other good years!

So without further due, here are the photographs she kindly allowed me to share with you. Thank you.

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Amanda Gail – 11/2010

by Administrator on Nov.26, 2010, under Glamour

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Hi,

It has been a few weeks since I posted my work. I have been extremely busy. A few shooting sessions, and still going strong. Last week, I worked with Amanda and a crew of other photographers. The idea was to get some fashion type photographs. Not sure I hit the target but I definitely got good vibes going that day! The day was beautiful, as well as was the light. It was glamorous day, and I just discovered this new location to shoot.

So, fashion or not? Let me know…

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Ryan Leigh 09/2010

by Administrator on Nov.06, 2010, under Glamour

Recently, I was lucky enough to work with a super sweet model called Ryan Leigh. For those who knows me, you will know I rarely work with professional models. Many reasons for that, and, yes, cost is part of it too. The good news is when you share, it becomes reasonable. But fundamentally, I found in the past that I could not produce intimate enough photographs with real emotions popping out of them as models are usually  so pro’ that they know before me what pose I would want. Kind of disturbing to me. It breaks a bit my dream, if I may say so.

Ryan Leigh is a very natural talent. She sounds like she could be your friend. She looks to be a very simple person, down to earth. She’s happy to be how she is and what she is. You can sense good vibes coming out of her, and that did show in this session. I do not like complicated photographic material, you all know that by now. And Ryan was the perfect fit for me: a natural person. I found also that Ryan was really working with me. She was listening to what I wanted. I have to say that Ryan really knows how to pose for a photographer. She effectively anticipated my moves but without impeding them. Bravo. It is always a collaboration between me and the person being photographed, even though in this particular setup we had tight timing deadline not allowing us to diverge/talk too much. She had many moves in mind that helps when you are under time constraint. And, yes, that is what happens when you share a model with other photographers. I can only imagine the type of photography we could produce if it was just me and her.

So considering we had to make each set short in time, and considering also it was the first time I worked with Ryan, I think I remain frustrated a bit. A one on one session with Ryan would have allowed us talk, work, breaks, fun and talk, work, breaks again, and most importantly a better interaction to construct an emotional image, even though I think we have some emotions in the current set of photographs posted here. And that is what I hope to do with her one day, as her ‘natural’ goes hand in hand with my type of photography.

Well, I will leave you judge of our collaboration…

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Protected: Glamour 09/2010

by Administrator on Sep.21, 2010, under Glamour, Intimacy

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Testing Cheetahstand gears… 09/2010

by Administrator on Sep.16, 2010, under Glamour, News

Hello there,

I have recently acquired new light gear from Cheetahstand. I tested them on a lovely model recently.

I have used the Speed Pro bracket attached to a beauty dish and a QB24. Amazing result from both of them. The QB24 is a very portable 24″ double baffled soft box.  It looks very durable. It provides a very soft light but not as broad as an umbrella. Exactly what I needed for a soft feminine portrait. The beauty dish is fantastic; the light pattern is configurable: you can have different light spread depending how you place the internal reflector and the flash head. And it seems to have the right diameter (16″)  for my type of work. Armed with a collapsible reflector, it is a beauty to work with for portrait.

I hanged the QB24 and the beauty dish on a Cheetah boom. This boom is solid. It does not slip and stays easily configurable while on the job. It has a white base when opened, it will hardly fall off when equipped with sand bag. Thanks to the Speed  Pro bracket, it is so easy to change from a Beauty Dish to a QB24 in merely a few seconds.

For my flashes, I used the TD381 battery packs sold by Cheetahstand. Equipped with the Powergenix 1.6V batteries, it provides me light equipment with fast recycle time for my 580EX.

The background was illuminated by a Cheetahstand reflector + barn door set with different color filters, mounted on a Cheetahstand C12 stand. I had the grid fitted on the reflector to focus the light a bit. The barn door seems robust.

I like the Cheetahstand equipment. And the price is very competitive for the quality I have seen so far! Notwithstanding the quality, the support is excellent! I have AB that I am about to dump, so I can shoot on location in a much lighter way with still power and a lot of flexibility. Next thing to try will be the strip box and fitting my AB octabox on the Speed pro bracket.

Anyway, here are the pictures:

Beauty Dish

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Glamour session – 07/2010

by Administrator on Aug.16, 2010, under Glamour

Hello,

While we are getting literally cooked in Texas right now outside, I decided to stay cooler but still cozy for a on-location glamor photo session.

So, we prepared this photo session a few days before by going through the different rooms of the house where the shooting would occur. Looking at the light falling into the room, the background, furniture, etc. The model and myself went through the type of pictures we wanted to do, and we picked up together the clothing. We were shooting for natural and simple setups. Nothing too fancy, as  I wanted the photographs to look natural.

The model was not a professional model at all, even though she probably should be. I had the chance to work with her on a more regular portrait session a few years ago. Years after years, trust has build up and we decided to do more intimate pictures this time. The time was right for both of us and the result shows.  I will post soon those photographs as a follow-up to this photo shoot on the blog, where you will need the usual password to access the ‘Intimacy’ area. Please feel free to ask if you lost it. But remember the area is protected to respect my (non- professional) customer’s privacy.

So, let’s dive in, shall we?

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