Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

Valentine’s Day Black Light Photoshoot

February 11th, 2011 No comments


Video created with the help of Animoto.

Model: Rachel
Makeup: Talysia Ayala
Styling: Vincent Lee
Photography: Lloyd K. Barnes

Thanks also to Tiffany May Photography who collaborated on this project, providing much inspiration, creativity and assistance!


For the background, we used “Super White” seamless paper, available from Savage or B&D. It glows blue under black light. We cut different sized hearts out of pink fluorescent bristol board and hung them from the studio’s ceiling with fishing line. We set up four 48 inch 40 watt fluorescent black light tubes – one on each side of Rachel,  one overhead and the fourth on the floor to surround the model with black light.

Here’s what the setup looked like (the fourth tube on the floor is not shown):

Skin tends to look very dark under black light, so to help make the model’s face more visible, we positioned a White Lightning X800 strobe with a grid in front of the model, and for some the shots we used a hand-held white LED flashlight to light the model’s face. We also used a white disk reflector, which gave off a blue glow, to help light the model.

Camera settings
Initially, I used ISO 100, f/1.4, 1/25th second exposure with a Sigma 30mm lens. I then wanted to get some shots with a longer focal length so I switched to my 50-200 mm using ISO 200 and 1/10 sec at f/2.8. I used a tripod and a cable release to minimized unwanted motion blur. I wanted to minimize noise by using the lowest ISO that I could get away with. Depending on your camera, you may be comfortable going to higher ISO and faster shutter speeds.

I used Lightroom 3.3 to adjust the colours, exposure, noise reduction, and some local brush adjustments. I completed the editing in Photoshop CS4 – mainly retouching and removing the visible fishing lines that the hearts were attached to.

Check out my previous posts about black light photography if you are interested in seeing more!

Model: Rachel.Makeup: Talysia Ayala.Photography by Lloyd K. BarnesStyling by: Vincent Lee (Lloyd Barnes)

Black Light Love

Valentine’s Day Black Light slideshow:

Black Light Love – Images by Lloyd Barnes

Bollywood – Indian Fashion Photography

January 16th, 2011 No comments
Bollywood Glamour

Bollywood Glamour - Amisha with makeup by Makeup Royale

Previously, Amisha and I did an Indian wedding photography session. The results were great, so we decided to go with a Bollywood fashion and glamour theme this time, with sarees and salwar kameez outfits.

Here’s a music video slideshow with the images from the session:

Model Amisha Sampat.
Hair & Makeup: Makeup Royale
Designer: Carma Collections
Photography by Lloyd K Barnes
To create this video, I used Animoto, which is a great way to put together photos and video clips to make a music video style of presentation.

You can also check out the photographs in my Bollywood online gallery.

The video is also on YouTube so you can watch it on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.

Winter Muertos – In the Darkness of Winter

December 20th, 2010 No comments


Model: Charity
Makeup: Jenny Ruth
Hair: Candice Styles and Dani Barnes
Styling: Dani Barnes
Soundtrack: “Gone With the Storm” by One Dice

I love the art of Sylvia Ji and was inspired by her Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) paintings. We had an amazing team for this shoot – everything came together to create some very cool images. The overall theme was “death” but I wanted to combine Winter – which is symbolically associated with death – with Day of the Dead, sugar skull inspired imagery. Jenny did a fantastic job with the makeup, and Dani and Candice were awesome with the hair styling. Dani’s styling was perfect and Charity was beautiful and inspired :)

I chose “Gone With the Storm” by One Dice as the music to accompany the video slideshow, which fits perfectly with haunting vocals and strings and cold, icy piano!

Click here to see the gallery of images from the shoot. I hope you enjoy them!

Here’s the video on YouTube for iPod, iPhone and iPad users:

A Holiday Affair – LaSalle College Graduation Fashion Show

December 17th, 2010 No comments

I had the pleasure to photograph the LaSalle College graduation fashion show, A Holiday Affair, that was held on December 15, 2010 in Vancouver. The show was a great success with many awesome designs.

Check out the gallery for more photos from the show

Here’s the video on YouTube if you are unable to see the version above.

Five Portrait and Fashion Photography Masters of the 20th Century

December 3rd, 2010 No comments

I recently took a photographic art history course that covered photography from the beginning to 1979. Here are five of my favourite 20th century portrait and fashion photographers. I love surrealism, quirky subjects, striking graphic design, and amazing technical skill. I have picked these photographers because they have created iconic images that continue to delight viewers and inspire us all!

Man Ray  (1890-1976)

Man Ray was an American avant-garde photographer who worked in Paris during the 1920s and 30s. He experimented with techniques such as solarization and photograms and was influenced by, and part of, the surrealist art movement. His work in turn has influenced future generations of photographers.

Le Violin d'Ingres - Man Ray (1924)

Tears - Man Ray (1930-32)

Martin Munkácsi (1896 – 1963)

Martin Munkácsi was one of the first photographers to use movement and action in fashion photography. He photographed many different subjects including photojournalism and sports, and excelled in getting a sense of motion on his photographs. His motto was “Think While You Shoot”!

Lucile Brokaw on the Long Island Beach - Martin Mukasci (1933)

Peignoir in a soft breeze - Martin Munkácsi (1936)

Gallery of Martin Munkácsi images.

Philippe Halsman (1906 – 1979)

Philippe Halsman was a celebrity portrait and fashion photographer. He photographed Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy and many others. His also worked with Salvador Dali and produced the book “Dali’s Moustache” in 1954. His technical skill and creative work are amazing!

Philippe Halsman Photos

Vintage Philippe Halsman

Irving Penn (1917 – 2009)

Irving Penn photographed for Vogue magazine in the 1940s and continued doing fashion, portrait and still life for over six decades. His work is visually stunning with a great eye for detail and composition.

Vogue Cover - Irving Penn (1950)

Vogue Cover - Irving Penn (1950)

Irving Penn, A Career in Photography

NY Times slide show

Richard Avedon (1923 – 2004)

Richard Avedon photographed for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and many other magazines, and his portraits were often shot against a plain background with full attention on the subject. His ability to capture mood and emotion through expression and movement was one of his many photographic talents.

Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France - Richard Avedon (1955)

Natassja Kinski - Richard Avedon (1988)

Fraenkel Gallery

Richard Avedon in the Sixties

There are many more amazing fashion and portrait photographers who I have not mentioned in this post. Who are your favourites? Write a comment!

Peacock Motif Collection by Monica Fraser

November 16th, 2010 4 comments
Peacock Dress

Dress with Vintage Peacock Print Train

Monica Fraser is a graduate of the Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Fashion Arts program. She was one of the designers at the VCC graduate fashion show that I wrote about in an earlier post. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph her designs in the studio. In this session I photographed three beautiful outfits, each designed around the motif of the peacock.

I was fortunate to be able to work with an awesome model, Charr, and talented makeup artist Tessa Mitz as well.

The first outfit featured a 2.5 meter train made from a vintage print from Vienna over a natural linen dress with a gold silk bolero jacket with pearls and feathers and a golden belt.


Linen Dress by Monica Fraser

The next dress has a handmade bird motif print by Monica Fraser. The fabric is white cotton dipped into caustic soda, waxed, then repeatedly dipped into indigo dye. The dress was finished with feathers, Swarovski crystals and a whimsical bird nest!

Charr with Indigo Dress

Indigo Batik Dress

The third outfit was a beautiful vivid blue silk dress made using four different types of silks with shredded silk on the top to look like feathers. It also has a long tail with Swarovski crystals hanging from it. To go with the dress, is a long black hand embroidered coat with a beautiful peacock design made from silk threads in Vietnam.

Vivid Blue Silk Dress

Vivid Blue Silk Dress

Feathered Silk

Feathered Silk Detail

Hand Embroidered Silk Jacket

Hand Embroidered Silk Jacket


Charr Wearing Coat by Monica Fraser

Congratulations to Monica for a fantastic collection! Thanks also to Charr for modeling the outfits and to Tessa for the beautiful makeup and hair styling.

Women in Leadership 3rd Annual SuperWomen & Friends Gala Dinner

November 9th, 2010 No comments

The Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL) held its 3rd annual gala dinner on November 6, advice see 2010 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver. The SuperWomen & Friends: Sea of Possibilities event featured silent and live auctions in support of the mentorship program, unhealthy illness 3 course dinner, keynote speech by entrepreneur Joyce Groote, a fashion show, and a mini-makeover bar with professional makeup artists and hairstylists.

WIL Founder Maya Kanigan

Keynote Speaker Joyce Groote

The fashion show featured beautiful designs from Wear Else, Invito Couture and the Jacqueline Conair Collection with great work by the models, makeup artists and stylists.

The event was a great success and a lot of fun too!

Click here to see more photos from the event.

Preview: Fashion Shoot with Model Joleen and Makeup Artist Elizabeth McLeod

October 25th, 2010 No comments

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Here are a couple of photos from a recent fashion shoot with model Joleen and makeup artist/hair stylist Elizabeth McLeod. The makeup was inspired by Audrey Hepburn photos from the early fifties and the hairstyle has a vintage forties look.

More details and photos from this shoot will be posted soon!

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Futuristic Fashion

October 6th, 2010 5 comments

This is the second part of the shoot that I did with Charity, Jennifer Ruth and Celina Prado. In Part 1 we did 2 pop fashion looks.  In Part 2, here’s a futuristic fashion theme with black lights, smoke and neon colours!

We used two outfits for this shoot. The first was a black dress with neon pink stripes on the sides (H&M, $39.95), Red Dollhouse boots (Winners, $18) and a rainbow purse (Value Village, $5.99). The second outfit was a white top (H&M, $14.95), Orange knee-high socks (Winners, $2), Harajuku Lovers purse (Winners, $88) and blue Dollhouse heels (Winners, $16). Proof that you can be fashionable on a budget!  Here are some of the photos from the shoot.

It was a lot of fun and as a photographer, I really enjoy using unusual lighting like the black lights and effects like the fog machine!

Futuristic Fashion - Look 1

Futuristic Fashion - Look 1

Futuristic Fashion

Futuristic Fashion - Look 1 - Black Light

Charity - Futuristic Fashion Look 2

Futuristic Fashion - Look 2

Here’s the video for iPad, iPhone and iPod:

Pop Art Fashion

October 1st, 2010 No comments

Metallic dress - H&M, $39.95, Necklace - Smartset, $12, Bangle - Aldo, $4.95, Dollhouse heels - Winners, $16

Celina Prado is a fashion design student at LaSalle College who worked with me on a fashion shoot, along with makeup artist Jennifer Ruth and model Charity. We did two pop fashion and two futuristic fashion looks. Here are the pop fashion photos.

The first look featured a satin metallic dress with turquoise accessories and blue heels. Click here to see more photos of this look.

For the second look, Charity wore bright pop art colours – a coral tank top and blue tights, with a Jessica Simpson Havana tote.

It was awesome working with this team! I have worked with Jennifer Ruth for several shoots and her work is superb. I have also worked with Charity previously and hope to do so again in the future. This was my first shoot with Celina, but hopefully we will also team up again soon.

My next post will be about the two futuristic fashion looks that we shot the same day. Here’s the link for the futuristic fashion sets.

Music: Restart the System – Ejay Ivan Lac

Pop Fashion

Coral Tank Top - H&M $29.95, Blue Capri Tights - Winners $5.99, Bangle - Aldo $2.95, Jessica Simpson Tote - Winners, $160, Apple Bottoms Sneakers - Winners, $49.95

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