Christian of FYT recently landed a job with Helm working for Fiat. The idea of the shot was to showcase the apparel/product display located in Fiat dealerships nation wide to show how they should look as a finished product. In this final version the display shelf is lit to glow as the star of the show framed by the black seating area, the dark ceiling and the car hiding in the shadows. We didn't want the car to steal the show but we wanted it to have a presence. I loved the red ceiling but it meant that I had to keep control over my lights and not let them bounce to much red around the scene. Thanks to my friend #CerraStyles for the styling work!
The focus of this demonstration is to show how working your angles all the way around a building with a model can give you great results as long as you are conscience of the light as you change your location. This whole set was shot on my Canon 5D Mark iii with a 70-200 2.8 Canon zoom lens.
In May, I was asked by the editor, and close friend, of The Metropolitan d'Etroit to shoot an artist feature on Michelle Tanguay - currently one of Detroit's emerging artist's. Tony and I met with Michelle at her studio in the Bankle Building, and upon entering was surrounded by realistic paintings with vibrant textures in many different sizes.
"I was just going to cut up a painting!" Tanguay, said.
I grabbed my camera and started shooting as Michelle took an exacto blade and started to extract a skull she had painted in a previous piece that she decided would to be used in future work, which hasn't been created yet. Seeing potential from something that once was and putting it into something that could be is not only an interesting way to interpret art but it expands your mind - I admire Michelle's approach in that way.
After a long day of work, Michelle will separate herself from her paintings with nothing but a candy bracelet to indulge in while she reflects on the progress and the changes in her artwork.
Karen Buscemi has been one of the biggest supporters of Christian O'Grady, all the way through his career, starting at Styleline magazine in 2009. After Styleline closed in 2014 Karen created the Detroit Garment Group (DGG). Karen and her team are poised to provide education and opportunities for Detroit's fashion community. FYT is a new member of DGG and we are celebrating that with a tribute to some of Christian's favorite shoots from Styleline, including some behind the scenes shots by Victoria. As a new member of DGG we will be highlighted at an upcoming member event and we will have ample opportunities to connect with fashion insiders and newcomers of the metro Detroit area. We are excited to see what lies ahead for FYT and DGG. Let the networking begin!
Future fashion was one of the most in depth shoots Christian had the opportunity to create with Styleline magazine. We brought in a set including the walls, the light, the desk and chairs. We created tension with dynamic model posing and intense expressions inspired by the idea of a interrogation room set in the future.
Styleline was a fashion based magazine which gave us the opportunity to work with some famous designers and talent of the fashion industry. Among my favorites were Rag and Bone, Tim Gunn, and the super model Cindy Crawford!
Picture a desolate future where supplies come in short supply, it's dirty, it's dangerous. Enter the road warrior, our heroine keeping her eye on the horizon with her one friend close by. They are alone, searching for something unknown. One of my favorite assignments I've done is from 2008 when I created what I called the 'Road Warrior' series. With the recent viewing of Mad Max Fury Road I was reminded of what I loved about these photographs. They tell a story of isolation, desolation, the power of human enguiniety, and hope. Mad Max is a full throttle ride and fun to watch but the most amazing part of the film was the creativity in the costuming. When we created the Road Warrior series we didn't have the budget of the Hollywood blockbuster so we worked with the items we did have to create costumes, accessories, and weapons. Looking back at these images I think I should do another updated shoot.
Contact me if you are interested in collaborating on a new edition of this project.
Always looking over your shoulder is their way of life.
Special Thanks to Lauren Moser who did the hair/makeup/dirt application, Katie Payne for the great styling, and Shannon and Michelle for being great models!
Animation dancing is like the old school robot in a different time signature. Starting, stopping, slowing time and doing all that in beat with the music. Matt showed us his playground at Marshbank Park, in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. He has been practicing on this piece of spinning playground equipment for weeks and he is still improving. We are working with him to create a dance video. After one shooting session we captured a few angles and put together a rough edit.
FYT is a two man production with a four camera setup. Victoria setup a Canon 5D on a tripod for a stationary wide shot as she handled another 5D with a longer lens on a monopod. We positioned a GoPro close to the action to get that close super wide shot. Christian was doing steadicam type work with the Letus Helix with a 7D balanced. Matt even wore the GoPro on his head for one of the takes.
Matt has been practicing on this merry go round of the modern era and it shows. We both played on it for a while. It's difficult to even stand or walk! After showing Matt the video, FYT had a creative meeting with him we all agreed to do another shooting day. Stay tuned for more animation dancing.
Wild horses? What!? Wild horses! Awesome.
Our destination for our first road trip of 2015 was to Assateague Island, home of wild horses, off the coast of Maryland. More than 300 wild ponies wander the beaches, forest and marshes. The horses seem friendly at times but warning signs are posted all over the island assuring you that they will charge, bite and kick if they feel threatened. The first day we came to Assateague we only saw a couple horses from a quarter mile away in the fields eating. We wanted to get closer, so when we came back the second day we saw a few of them on the side of the park road so we stopped to photograph them. That's when Victoria captured this moment of the horse running alongside the road in a beautiful side light. Whenever we get a free moment for travel we always try to find a new place for Victoria and I to explore through pictures.
Staying in a vacation town in the off season feels like a ghost town. The empty beaches and parking lots were plenty and it was easy to get into any restaurant without a wait, not to mention we always had nice clean backgrounds for our photos. But the weather didn't stop us from drinking on the beach and eating the daily catch. Victoria took most of the photos on this trip as Christian spent his time shooting with the Letus Helix getting video footage.
One of the best features of a coastal island are that you get sunrises and sunsets over water. We got up before the crack of dawn for this oceanside sunrise.
Esii Perez is a favorite model of FYT. Esii has no bounds, restrictions, or hesitations. She comes to the studio EARLY every time with a bright positive attitude. Christian and Esii have been shooting together since the beginning of this decade and that experience together leads to organic moments captured. Esii has a willingness to try different poses and expressions. This blog post of photos were all taken within one shooting session and all of these photos have little or no retouching. Forget Your Troubles... come shoot with FYT.
CRAINE&LOVE is a local clothing company we have had the pleasure of working with previously. The brand is centered towards producing basic and essential pieces for both men and women. Working alongside Carol Craine, the woman behind CRAINE&LOVE, you truly get to see the creative mind at work - the constant stream of ideas, inspiration, and willingness to take risks. When I was talking with Carol during our shoot, I mentioned to her that when I wear her pieces I am told I look "striking," or "simply sexy" and I agree with them confirming that these pieces are nothing but basic, they are empowering. Carol's idea for her pieces stemmed from her desire to find balance in her life. She writes, "I SEEK TO FIND THE BALANCE, THE BEAUTY, AND THE SIMPLICITY.... IN ALL I DO... IN ALL I SHARE... IN ALL I WEAR... " And just like that, Carol's beloved uniform was brought to fruition.
Our shoot consisted of working on Carol's web content shooting each of her pieces on white, hanging from unique metal hangers. After wrapping that up, we decided to mix it up a bit and execute one of Carol's idea's to have the clothing to be portrayed in a more relaxed, lifestyle fit. So, I jumped in and got to model some different styles.
Last week Christian and I got to collaborate on a shoot with the boys over at Triple Thread to show off their new spring/summer Motorcity apparel. On our initial meeting we quickly realized that these guys were all about having FUN. A grateful dead bear costume? You bet. During our shoot we decided to embrace their goofy attitude and make pictures with it. The first half of the shoot took place in downtown Pontiac where we scouted locations on the fly looking for nice light and interesting textures. Once the sun went down we headed back to our studio loft to setup our lights. We had a basic studio lighting setup with our camera on a tripod which made it easy for the models (as well as the dancing bear!) to jump into the frame and work with us. It made for great moments and A LOT of laughter. I put together a GIF of Marshall bustin' a move!
Victoria and I set out to take some fun environmental portraits of Cassandra and her 3 year old son Tre. We wanted Cassandra to look beautiful, which is easy to accomplish, and Tre to show the playful side of her.
Spring is here! Time to celebrate the best way we know how...with something SWEET. This warm weather calls for cold fizzy pop, sweet sherbet, and other sugary treats that bring out fun under the warm sun. The SUGARPOP! shoot was inspired by the personalities of beautiful girls and their silly personalities. The candy element was added to be both bold and vibrant, combined with the makeup enhanced the sweetness and colorfulness of the shoot.
Sarah has a beauty that runs deep. Christian and I have gotten to know all the quirky and unique things that make Sarah who she is, and it only makes her more desirable to those who know her. During my shoot with Sarah, I wanted to focus on her long (and strong!) red hair in certain ways. Being a red head is something that Sarah wears proudly, because it makes her different. I am looking forward to working with Sarah in the future to reveal more of her inner beauty.
I shot this with one main light overhead softbox right with my lovely partner Christian lending a helping hand to fan Sarah's hair when needed.
Putting three creative heads together we had the idea do start a series of monochromatic still lives of fruits and veggies. We started with the green foods because they are so plentiful. Madalyn crafted this large still life of green foods as Victoria took behind the scenes photos and closeups and Christian worked on the lighting and one overall shot of the still life. Check out the process and the results below.
New Orleans, Louisiana was a great departure from the cold Michigan weather we left behind during this trip. We stayed in the French Quarter on Bourbon street to photograph the city and slow it down for a few days, Nawlin's style. We enjoyed gumbo, hand grenades, beignets and the vibrance of this beautiful city.
Victoria and I are entering the world of moving pictures. This video is our first production. One and a half minutes of classy sexiness! Check it out, and contact us if you are interested in doing a video project of your own!
I, Victoria, have always wanted to photograph a ballerina. The way they carry themselves with such elegance has always been attractive to me. Upon meeting Madalyn, I knew of her history with ballet but what I didn't know was that she was still graceful as ever. Sometimes people change, whether it's due to their environment or just the mere fact that they've moved onto that next step. This was not the case, I knew I had to photograph Madalyn's soft and sweet nature. During our shoot together, Christian was flying the Helix around our studio getting behind the scenes footage to help tell the story.
Trevor and Bayley, model friends of ours #PowerCouple stayed with us in our loft this summer as they were making a transition in their modeling career. After spending a couple years in China they moved to Michigan in preparation for a move to the city of Chicago. We decided to do an old school CK inspired black and white shoot with them in studio. #FYT
FYT had the opportunity to work a beautiful wedding in the heart of Detroit on a cold February day. Victoria and I have worked events in the year we have been in business but this was our first wedding together. My high school friend was looking for a wedding photographer. When I offered to shoot her wedding she was ecstatic! Here is a selection of images from Rachel and Anthony's special day. Congratulations Sligers!
Victoria's first chance to work with me on a big job was during this 10 page fashion spread for the March issue of Styleline Magazine last year. She shot behind the scenes as I orchestrated the 10 different setups we shot for the magazine. Jumping around all day at Airtime trampoline park made for an extremely fun shooting day.