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Music CD Cover for Dmitri Atapine & Adela H. Park

This week’s blog is featuring virtuoso world renowned musicians Dmitri Atapine and Adela H. Park. We photographed this duo for the cover of their new CD ‘Sonatas for Cello and Piano’ originally composed by Lowell Liebermann. We have been waiting to post about this until the release of their CD; you can find that link here. Digiman Studio went to the Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada Reno where we had complete access to the auditorium and theater area for these photographs. It was a great space to really capture the essence of these two accomplished musicians. It was so nice to work with such talented people and we are thankful that they chose Digiman Studio to photograph this project for them. Here are some of the completed images.

 

Dmitri & Adela

The cover image that was used for the CD

Dmitri & Adela

Background set up with Dmitri and Adela

Dmitri & Adela

It’s easy to look at images like these and think they are simple, but that is rarely the case. For all of these shots we had four different lights. We used a light with a grid spot on the chairs behind our subjects, two side lights, one for a back hair light and the other to capture the beauty of the piano in the background, and our final front light in the form of a soft box. We also used the large reflector to add more light to the shadowed side of our subjects.

Dmitri Atapine

Dmitri Atapine

Adela H. Park

Adela H. Park

Dmitri & Adela

 

Thank you again Dmitri and Adela for contacting and allowing us be apart of such a great achievement for the both of you. Congratulations and we hope to work with you again in the future.

Rise Night Club Photo Shoot

The world became a lot smaller while I was on vacation in Cabo San Lucus, Mexico when I got a text from Oliver X to book an assignment for Reno Tahoe Tonight‘s feature article about the newest nightclub opening in downtown Reno, Rise Nightclub. Oliver put me in touch with Dena Wiseman, Hollywood makeup stylist who recently relocated to Reno to help coordinate the opening and branding of Rise Nightclub. Rise will officially open July 6, 2012. Dena’s concept was to photograph models, fire spinners, and the downtown Reno sky line from the roof top of the nightclub to create a one of a kind image that Reno has never seen before. Working with Dena who is a consumate professional was truely a pleasure. She allowed us to take her ideas and let us run with them and really be apart of the creative experience. It took Dena and two assistants two hours to prep the girls’ foil wrapped bodies, my team of three including assistant and computer artist Halen Haxton and Amy Hunter, seven fire spinners and 6000 watts of power to light up the night on the rooftop set. Everything really came together and the results far surpassed our expectations.

Rise Night Club

This is the main piece for this production that was used. There was so much that had to be coordinated for this photograph, not only on set but also after in the editing process. The entire background had to be replaced from a different exposure to capture all of the city lights in their full glory. It was a lot of work but worth every minute of it.

Rise Night Club

Photographer Frank Haxton directing the models in the early evening test shots. We got set up on location earlier so that we wouldn’t be running around in the dark at the last minuet, but that also gave us more time to take pictures of the models.

Rise Night Club

Rise Night Club

For every photo shoot that we do, we tether the camera to our lap top in order to see the results instantly. This helps us to see exactly what we need to fix and it also allows our clients to view the work we are doing to make sure we are capturing what they want as well. You can see our lap top here on the top left.

Rise Night Club

 

Rise Night Club

This was one of the editorial images that was taken inside the nightclub. While the assistants were setting up outside, Frank went downstairs to take photographs in side. A lot of these shots are taken ‘on the fly’ as we like to call it, meaning you don’t have time to pre plan anything, you just go and work with whatever you have available to use, in this case, extremely beautiful models.

Rise Night Club

The talented fire spinners; we couldn’t have done it without them.

Frank & Halen Haxton

Halen Haxton and photographer Frank Haxton, prior to the set up.

Rise Night Club

Special thanks to Shannon Dobbs, owner of Rise night club, Dena Wiseman, models Candice, Brittany, and Kaitlyn, the team of fire spinners, and everyone else who helped out behind the scenes to make this photo shoot a complete success. Don’t forget to go downtown to the opening on July 6th!