THANK YOU PETER YANG AND VICTORIA WILL!

I would just like to use this post to say thank you to both my mentors this past summer, Peter Yang and Victoria Will. Giving my appreciation is the least I can do for the experiences and knowledge I have gained from them. Both internships were more than I could have asked for and I had the opportunity to finally assist on shoots and observe, and even help, with the production of shoots. It was wonderful to see the process of Peter and Victoria's work come into fruition for each shoot they had accomplished and I had the pleasure to be a small part of. From start to finish, from brainstorming to mock-ups to prop shopping to shooting to retouching to the final published image. I just hope that I was helpful and made a good name for us interns!

Moreover, I would like to thank everyone that I met along the way and shared their wisdom and company including Alyssa Adams, Trisha Barkman, Ashley Rentas, Jimmy Kim, Ryan Dorsett, Arion Doerr, and many more.

I hope that I can successfully incorporate the skills that I have learned, from both Peter Yang and Victoria Will, into my own work. 

Peter Yang for The Atlantic Magazine

 Gloria modeled for Peter Yang

Gloria modeled for Peter Yang

Client: The Atlantic Magazine

 Me in a test-shot. No-where near as fabulous as Gloria

Me in a test-shot. No-where near as fabulous as Gloria

 This required a stunt-double and compositing work

This required a stunt-double and compositing work

 Published in The Atlantic 

Published in The Atlantic 

The Atlantic hired Peter Yang to illustrate a story about aging. Peter had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for the shots which included older men skateboarding, playing ping-pong, rocking out to music, and an older women being tattooed. This was shot in and outside of Fast Ashleys Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The models were cast as normal people. I did hear Gloria acted in a Sex and the City episode as well! She is beautiful as ever, as you can see in the top-left image.

Lighting varied greatly from shot to shot and it was always a pleasure working with the assistants and seeing how they problem-solve lighting issues. It's also fun to watch the digi tech do quick mock-ups to show Peter, such as head-swapping (and skin swapping) the stunt double for the skateboarding shot. 

Jenna Lyons for Jean Stories

Jean Stories Article on Jenna Lyons (click to view article)

 Fabulous natural light images by Victoria Will

Fabulous natural light images by Victoria Will

 Tight shot to show the details of Jenna's outfit by VW

Tight shot to show the details of Jenna's outfit by VW

 BTS picture I took of Victoria interacting with Jenna

BTS picture I took of Victoria interacting with Jenna

Client: Jean Stories

Talent: Jenna Lyons

Victoria Will was hired by Jean Stories to shoot Jenna Lyons, the creative director of J Crew. 

This shoot took place on the streets of Brooklyn, outside and around the future location of a J crew store. 

Victoria Will location scouted the area beforehand and definitely had a vision for each shot. Jean Stories ended up publishing many of Victoria's images for the article, both pulled back and very tight shots of Jenna Lyons. We brought lights to the shoot, but natural light ended up being the winner. A great photo opportunity for Victoria arrived when Lyons' son came for a visit along with his nanny. Jenna Lyons lit up at the sight of her son and it made for great candid photos!

Bowlmor Lanes - Bowling

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Selfie

 Peter and the assistant having some fun

Peter and the assistant having some fun

  Caught Peter's flash while shooting

Caught Peter's flash while shooting

 

Bowlmor Lanes is an up-scale bowling alley with several locations. The one located in Times Square is quite impressive with several floors, different themes for each room, and multiple bars. 

Peter Yang was hired by a business magazine, I cannot recall the name, to shoot the owner of Bowlmor Lanes. Lighting was quite difficult on this day trying to balance the wild available lighting with strobes. In the end Peter decided to use one softbox and also direct flash.

For this assignment, Peter wasn't given very specific instructions, except to photograph the owner in his favorite themed room, so he had more freedom to figure out various shots around the building. Peter tried several shots including the owner holding bowling balls on his shoulders, sitting, and action shots of the owner bowling.

 The owner of Bowlmor Lanes favorite room

The owner of Bowlmor Lanes favorite room

Psychology Today

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Jimmy, an assistant/digi tech, and I sitting-in. Don't I look happy?
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Published Psychology Today cover.

Peter Yang was hired by Psychology Today to shoot their cover. This was a fun shoot at Fast Ashelys studio in Brooklyn, NY. The theme of the image was based off that saying 'an elephant in the room.' The set was built to look like a living room and the elephant was shot by a photographer who specialized in shooting elephants. Numerous sandbags were used in place of the elephant to give that illusion of a heavy object on the couch and to also help pose the models. I think the published cover looks great, and the composite work looks pretty convincing.

Prop Shopping

Victoria Will has had a long-term intern, Ashley Rentas, who attends the School of Visual Arts for photography. Throughout my internship, Ashley showed me the ropes of the inner workings of how Victoria does things such as creating invoices and how to organize the equipment. 

One task that Victoria gave us was to prop shop for one of her shoots. The shoot was for Miller High Life, a beer that has been around for a while, but trying to re-brand themselves towards a younger clientele. Thank goodness Ashley was with me because she knows her way around NYC much better than I, and even showed me a great place for pasta! It was hectic because the shoot was the same day, but we managed to find a bunch of props Victoria had in mind such as a world globe, chalk, and sunglasses.

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Ashley Rentas being photographed by Victoria Will. Victoria used a view camera and her famous tin type process.
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The finished tin-type of Ashely!
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Two final images by Victoria Will published by Miller High Life!

7 day Advertising Job

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Peter was hired to shoot an Advertising job for some pharmaceutical company that spanned the length of 7 long days. It included shooting in the studio and on-location. The talent casted were normal people.

Top-left: Peter shooting simple portraits.

Top-right: Set built in the studio modeled after a doctor's examining room.

Middle-left: On-location

Bottom-left: Me standing in for a shot!

Lighting included complex, lighting entire studio sets, to simple, using a skrim outdoors. I learned a lot from the assistants and digital tech that Peter uses regularly, Jimmy, Ryan, and Arion. I helped move lights, but what I was really interested in was the digi teching side of the production. I was put in charge of backing up files using Chronosync for Peter as well as the multiple client hard drives.

Peeing on a Golf Course

Client: Golf Digest

Talent: Normal People

Peter shot an editorial for Golf Digest magazine. It was about how pro golfers have peed on the golf course because there simply is nowhere else nearby. I think the end product was successful and humorous.

The location was actually a golf course quite close to where I reside in Westchester, NY. It was raining that day, but Peter managed to make that go away in the final images. We literally were holding umbrellas over the models in between shots. Peter mixed natural and artificial light for his shots. The assistants wrapped plastic bags to protect the lights. In the end, the images looked natural and open.

DuJour Magazine

Talent: Chrissy Teigen                                      

Client: Dujour Magazine

 My cell phone picture

My cell phone picture

I had the opportunity to assist on an editorial shoot for DuJour Magazine featuring, model, Chrissy Teigen. DuJour Magazine is for the elite and it only caters to luxury consumers. It features articles about travel, fashion, and food. 

 Inside making pizza with the owner.

Inside making pizza with the owner.

 Final published image by Victoria Will. Chrissy Teigen's puppy Pippa also modeled!

Final published image by Victoria Will. Chrissy Teigen's puppy Pippa also modeled!

The magazine chose to shoot in a famous pizza parlor in Brooklyn. Rumor has it, Beyonce loves the pizza. Shots included Chrissy Teigen making pizza with the owner, eating the delicious pizza, and in the garden located behind the restaurant. 

The natural lighting was beautiful outside (pictured above) with the help of reflectors and a giant skrim. Inside Victoria used merely a beauty dish (bottom left).

 Eating pizza.

Eating pizza.

Victoria and her French Bulldogs

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Mr. Harrison and Eleanor

Victoria loves her little Frenchies! I have played with them a few times when she brought them to the studio! They will absolutely lift your spirits if you're ever in a hump. As you can see Mr Harrison is having an existential crisis over there. (Actually that's him trying to open the door for me when I was locked out).

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Peter's Studio in Brooklyn

Here I am in the boss' seat in Peter's studio. Peter is traveling which means I have the special honor to use two big and pretty monitors today! Behind the monitors sits the studio manager, Trisha. She has been great teaching me about her job. She handles everything from communicating with clients, hiring assistants, handling travel accommodations, budgeting, to brainstorming ideas with Peter.

My favorite part of the room is the skylight on the ceiling. He also has a magnetic wall where he has other peoples' prints and his own. The only strange thing you might notice are the large cardboard cutouts scattered around the room. Those are actually cutouts of celebrities. Why you may ask? Because Peter used them as props for a shoot.

Downstairs is where he keeps prints, promos, magazines, files, backup hard drives, light box, paper cutter, and printers of course. Similar to Victoria, Peter uses the Epson Stylus Pro series for his printing.

 Panorama of the studio. 

Panorama of the studio. 

First Day with Victoria Will

Here is a look at Victoria's Studio/Office in lower Manhattan. It was a mellow first day learning the production side of things. As you can see in the center panorama (sorry, I was shaky) it is organized chaos. One monitor for her, and one that I have the pleasure to work on. She uses MAC computers. The two portraits in the upper left are inspiration images Victoria has hung up. Not sure of the photographers. In the upper right is a mini statuette of a French Bulldog with a crown. Affectionately named Prince Harry, after one of her dogs. Lower left you can see a Drobo Backup drive, she has two. I recognized this drive because I visited the booth during NYC's Photo Plus. They are amazingly reliable, contain four or five separate drives within it and uses a complicated algorithm to make sure files are never lost if one drive fails. 

There are no pictures, but there is another room with her equipment and printers. She uses the same type of printers I use at school, Epson Stylus Pro series!

Lastly, the most exciting part of the day was handling Victoria's famous Tintypes. Victoria shoots tintypes using a view camera, aluminum plates, and chemistry. She shot the majority of her tintypes at the past Sundance Music Festival. I was quite nervous handling them with my bare hands because I could leave a permanent finger print. I had to scan them onto the computer for editing and as a backup. They hold incredible detail and offer a deep mood in them. Sometimes, the chemical process isn't perfect resulting in random chemical stains that adds character and make them even more unique!

 (Upper right) Inspiration Portraits, (Upper left) Statue of French Bulldog, (Center) Panorama of desk, (Lower left) Drobo Backup, (Lower right) Tintypes.   

(Upper right) Inspiration Portraits, (Upper left) Statue of French Bulldog, (Center) Panorama of desk, (Lower left) Drobo Backup, (Lower right) Tintypes.

 

First Day with Peter Yang

Client: Men's Fitness

Talent: Michael Strahan 

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First day and already on set! The shoot was at Industria Superstudio in the West Village. I thought I had come to merely watch, but the assistants put me right to work. Let me tell you, I was not wearing the right shoes for the job (hint: do not wear flats). One mistake I made was asking the client where I could get coffee. I learned that I should not talk to the client unless they approach me first.

Peter used the large cyc wall as the background. He shot Michael Strahan, a football player and co-host on the show 'Kelly and Michael.' It was for the cover of Men's Fitness. He had experience shooting these covers and the lighting stays pretty consistent. It was to be in grayscale, showing the talent's muscle definition with harsh light and dark shadows.

Internships x 2

I am honored to be working with two photographers this Summer in New York City! I couldn't have done it without the help of my previous mentor, Alyssa Adams!

Alyssa Adams

I interned for Alyssa Adams, the deputy photo editor, at TV Guide Magazine in NYC last summer. Alyssa has been a photo editor for TV Guide for quite some time. She also owns Bathhouse Studios and manages the Eddie Adams Workshop. With her help, I was able to land two internships this summer!

Peter Yang

Peter is a portrait photographer from Texas. He began his career shooting for newspapers despite never having studied photography. Later, he moved to New York City and now resides in Brooklyn. His clients now include GQ, Esquire, Rolling Stone and has shot campaigns for Pepsi, Bank of America, and Comedy Central. You can see his sense of humor in his photographs, especially his recent Jimmy Kimmel portraits where Jimmy has a romantic relationship with a robot. 

Furthermore, Peter has never had an intern so I hope I make a good name for us interns!

Victoria Will

Victoria is also from Texas and a grad from Princeton. She has a photojournalistic background shooting for The New York Post. Currently, she focuses on commercial and editorial photography. Her clients include Vogue, Associated Press, W Magazine, and the New York Times. Recently, she taught herself the process of creating Tintypes (a wet plate process) with a 4x5 camera. Her celebrity tintypes from 2013 Sundance Film Festival have become very popular! She loves the unpredictability of this process where chemical stains add to the image.