Sneak Peek – Salton Sea Swimsuits

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I’ve got a moment to write a post while we are printing up a new portfolio, so I thought I would give you a sneak peek of my recent swimsuit editorial shoot.  I haven’t actually finished the retouching yet, but unfortunately I had to give it to the magazine as is since they were at their deadline.  Check back on my website in a few weeks to see how the final product looks.

The shoot was for a very nice, but small magazine that has no budget for photoshoots.  It’s always a challenge to do something nice with no money, but ultimately it’s worth it to get good tear sheets and support a publication that is supportive of me.  My first choice was to shoot in Death Valley, but the National Park Service requires a lot of lead time to get permits, and the costs are pretty high.  In certain parts of the Salton Sea area, no permits are required, especially for very small productions like ours, so it was an easy choice.

On low budget shoots I always try to keep things relaxed and casual, and take care of the crew as best as possible.  No sense in stressing people out over a shoot that no one is getting paid for.  On this shoot we stayed overnight at a casino resort outside of Palm Springs.  Since we were only about 40 minutes from the shoot location, I didn’t have to make the crew wake up too early for a long drive from L.A., and we could have a little fun hanging out at the pool and playing in the casino the day before.  I’m not much of a gambler, as I demonstrated by losing $100….. but my assistant won about the same so I guess it all worked out!

We met at 8AM for hair and make-up in the hotel, then moved to the location at about 11.  Shot all day until sunset, about 5:30PM and got in 12 good shots, which is a pretty good day for editorial.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics!

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Written by Christopher Kilkus

March 17th, 2009 at 9:51 am

Posted in Fashion,Photo Shoots

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  1. came out so sick


    17 Mar 09 at 6:31 pm

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