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Male Modeling photo test – Lake Mohegan CT

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Every now and then I get the itch to do something photographically simply for fun and to try out some new things. Recently I was going through old images I had taken of Male models that I started posting on Instagram, and it was not only fun to look through these old images, but made me recall how much I enjoyed shooting that sort of work. There were a few distinct ideas I wanted to try out, so went shopping for goodies and even built a small set/backdrop (you’ll see it below). I contacted my pal Tina at John Casablancas in Hartford to see if she had anyone available for a test, and Andrew and I started emailing trying to pick a date etc. So finally about 2 weeks ago everything came together, and we even had the perfect weather!

We started out at the Lake Mohegan Recreation Area in Fairfield CT, a place I had recalled from an engagement shoot a few years back. It was really close to the house and with just a few steps, you feel like you’re deep in the woods! I also wanted to do three very different looks for Andrew not only for fun, but so he could get the most out of the shoot.

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I had this sort of vague ‘clothing catalog/nature journalist in the woods’ concept for this.

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We were actually leaving when Andrew looked back and I was like, “Oh WAIT! Stop right there!!”

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Back at the house I wanted a more simple, almost cold look for the second outfit (the background was the wall/set I built – now and then I can be handy!)

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I was messing around a lot with the color of these as well as ‘film emulation’ presets, which is why they look so different from each other (part of the fun of doing a test for the hell of it!)

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I though the looked a little ‘James Bond’ in these!

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Finally, saving the best for last, we setup our ’50’s shot’ in my living room , which as you can see from the iPhone photo, there was a lot of lights and moving of furniture.

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What’s so cool, is not only how different he looks, but that these came out pretty much exactly as I had imagined. The other thing folks are surprised about is that the cigarette is fake (found it on Amazon.com, as real cigarettes gross me out) and the smoke is all done in Photoshop! Andrew was a great sport as the positioning and hot, direct lighting is not the easiest thing to endure.
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Pretty sure this one is hands down my favorite from the day!

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Thanks again to Andrew for spending the afternoon and being a great, patient sport!

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