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COURT TIME

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model Carly Schneider absorbing the sun on handball court

When it comes to tests shoots with models, Carly Schneider kicks it up to the next level. In this session I wanted to judge whether the idea of a Handball Court session could be added into my docket of new talent $100 dollar booking sessions. Carly was epic and played to the judgement perfectly. Without a shadow of a doubt these will be added into the photo session booking schedule. Details to come in days!

 

testing with Brittany Burke

Model Brittany Burke posing for photographer J Singleton for a digital test shoot.
test shoot with model Brittany Burke in Detroit, Michigan at the Detroit City Apartment complex

This is first in the series of many test shoot blogs I will be introducing on my site from past and more recent shoots. Today I am starting with one of my favorite models I have worked with in the past. Her name is Brittany Burke. I will update this post with images from out test shoot at Detroit City Apartment complex in downtown Detroit. Please be patient and keep coming back for the updates.

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WOMEN WITH BIKES BOOKING NOW!

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WOMEN WITH BIKES – jsingletonphoto pin up series for women who own and ride motorcycles

Women! Get your motor running!

jsingletonphoto is now taking bookings for WOMEN WITH BIKES! These photo sessions are for those motorcycle enthusiast who want image of themselves with their pride and two wheel joy! The sessions are your own personal pin up images with you and your ride. If you are looking for a social media album to show your friends or large metal art prints to hang on your wall this is the place to put on your brakes.

The sessions will include consultation with me as to what your goals are for your individual session. It will also include make up and hairstylist suggestions as well as clothing styling to fit the look you want to achieve. Be it a hard leather look or something a bit more reveling the session is yours to discover a hot look for you and your motorcycle.

This blog announcement will be one of many to start up the WWB sessions. Now I must admit that the product name may change or be altered because I am in the beginning stages of putting together these sessions so please keep watching for blog updates.

WOMEN WITH BIKES –

  • WHEN – Booking starts today 5/10/2017 (Check for available dates)
  • CONTACT: email – jsp@jsingletonphoto.com or jsingletonphoto@gmail.com JSP J Singleton Photo on Facebook
  • WHERE – Sessions will be based upon consultations
  • WHO – All women who want to have some cool, sexy, fun and wild pin up fashion images with their motorcycles.
  • *PRICING – $$$ to $$$$$ – these will be stylized shoots so expect the cost to be reflective to the value of art. Customized pricing currently. Session setting *fee currently start at $200 and up

*(subject to change)

 

Thanks for stopping by and please book your session today!!!

 

J

 

 

model information helping new talent

Camera’s ready, prepare the model!

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Model Rachel Simone – Makeup Tayla Ashford – Hair Michael David – Photo J Singleton – jsingletonphoto©2015

I am reworking a few items on my menu for model shoots. I am putting more effort in developing my photographic style, retouching, and client delivery. And with that I am updating my Model portfolio image page. I plan on having the page to not only show the current hard work within testing light session to master light, but as well to show updated Adobe Photoshop skills that I am developing.

Plus it will act as a showcase to show the “team” who make the dream work. From makeup artist, hair stylist, clothing stylist, assistants, retouch artist and of course the models themselves. And not to forget the modeling agencies that supply the talent that makes everything come together in the end.

When I finish setting it up I hope to have a comprehensive listing of what primary things a model needs to bring to shoots. What the standards are for modeling agencies. Identify the differences between catalog, commercial, editorial and lifestyle modeling. Proper dress and grooming for a go-see. The reason you need a composite card as well as a constant updating for your digital Polaroid.

Just a few things that speak to the needs to work toward the business. I will also blog interviews with models and agents to share their experiences as well as tips that will help you or possibly your son or daughter get a better idea of what the modeling business is all about.

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Model Caroline Reason – photo by J Singleton – jsingletonphoto©2016

Photographing Real Estate Agent Jamie Nummer

I love what I do! And when I get to chance to work with new clients it always brings new challenges. Yet working with past clients tends to make things go extremely smooth. Keller William’s real estate agent Jamie Nummer’s head shot session was fun and a bit more challenging than expected for both of us. Yet on the “bright side” we accomplished the goal of capturing great images for his profile image.

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If you are looking to sell or buy a home be sure to contact Jamie Nummer of Keller Williams.

Contact: Mobile App Jamie Nummer

Detroit photographer and friends sending care packages to soldiers

Thinking outside the box, then inside the box!

I want to share a quick story with you about an overheard conversation at an event I was just covering for Wins for Warriors. Yet please bare with me as this will be an on going process that kicked off in my head Sunday evening and is starting to snowball. So I was photographing one of the members of New Classica during a meeting and greet after their concert at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial last Sunday for the families and personnel of the military branches. The event was sponsored by Wins for Warriors. During the session a soldier made the polite ask of sending those who may be out in the field a care package of baby wipes. As that there are times where having a shower may be days, weeks or months out. This got my mind and motivation into gear.

Right now I am putting together two care packages to send this Thursday afternoon. I know they won’t make it for Christmas yet I have a feeling they will be appreciated regardless. So right now I am finishing up the editing process of the photo session and then working on my care package ops.

Care Pack slowly coming together.
Care Pack slowly coming together.

This page will update daily until the project has been completed. Until then, comeback on occasion for post updates. I will send a link to my personal and business Facebook pages as well.

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The start of the care package process. What to put in the box?

You can also play a part!

Soft Opening at The Conserva

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So I received a soft opening invite from my multi-talented photographer/artist friend Janna Coumoundouros to her and her husbands restaurant venture The Conserva! A new culinary experience in the midst of its start up in Ferndale, Michigan. It was such a wonderfully tasty adventure for me to try out their fares last Saturday October 29. From the non-alcoholic beverage to several of the gourmet meals put together by head chef Matthew Baldridge.

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Matt and Janna have been serving up their dinner club pop up experiences through out to Detroit area. To bring culinary delights to those who might not get a chance to have an opportunity to experience fine dining cuisine. Matt providing of course the delicious art and Janna providing the visual delicacies bring on a joyful experience to several senses.

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Starting out first with a Nick Silas special non-alcoholic cocktail which I felt was much better than a soft drink that I initially ordered. Nick put together a lemon and lime concoction that was effervescently refreshing. Very light without a sugary after taste which was indeed flavorful. Steve Baldridge, Matt’s brother, set up up with a great seat and view in front of large windows that allowed a view of the area surroundings and offered great light for photographing their dishes.

Onto my first menu choice of Roasted Avocado with soft egg yolk, shallots, gremolata, & croutons. This was so tasty that at the end I cleaned the plate as best I could. My next dish was the Smoked Pork Belly with rum, raisins, garlic, & toasted chic peas. It was so well done and the visual plating made it hard to photograph without starting to salivate. The last dish on this night was the Charred Octopus with garlic, cucumber, sesame oil, & lemon zest. It was so delicious I must admit I could have ordered a few more dishes of this meal all alone.

I do plan on revisiting The Conserva! in order to meet up with Janna to chat some about the art work she has on display. As well I have two other dishes to try out. The Tallegio with cranberries, shallots, balsamic, & focaccia and the Popcorn with duck fat & rosemary. These dishes and cocktails are very reasonably priced for the soft opening. As this event was not open to the general public as to work out the business and cooking side of the restaurant keep your eyes and ears open to hear updates. So if you know Matt or Janna you might want to ask about what they have cooking up in Ferndale soon!

I will update this blog with more information and images of the event soon!

Thanks for the invitation Janna and Matt!!

Photographing A Day Of Detroit Flower Week 2016

Detroit Flower Week held at the Jam Handy building in Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Flower Week held at the Jam Handy building in Detroit, Michigan

I love to photograph flowers, even though I might not have a total grasp of chromatography. Yet I am learning. And there was a budding educational experience being held at the Jam Handy Building and the Detroit Public Library. Presenters and participants from across the country and as far as London, England. The Detroit Flower Week that was held from October 11th and ending with a dinner  from 8- 11 p.m. October 15th.  The Detroit Flower Week was put together by Ann Arbor floral designer Lisa Waud of Pot and Box.

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Detroit Flower Week Organizer putting together wire and crate display for flowers. Photography by J Singleton©2016

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The days were divided into workshops for those wanting to learn more about flower arranging and lectures from various florist telling story of how they got their start. How sometimes miracles of business grow from out of the blue. One of those stories from Chicago florists Heidi Joynt and Molly Kobect of Field and Florist revealed in their search to expand their business they found a partner who just happened to have over 100 acres of land that they wanted to facilitate as a nursery. Now they have a lot of 30 acres they use in Southwest Michigan to help in their endeavors. Sometimes the luck does shine down to create a great pairing.

The festival ended on Saturday night with a dinner held in the historical treasured Adam Strom Hall on the third floor of the Detroit Public library featuring an installation designed by world renowned London designer Joseph Massie.  Joseph having even designed floral arrangements for the Queen was assisted by local volunteers across Southeast Michigan to help build his vision to suspend over those dining upon the five course meal and beverage pairing by Detroit’s finest chefs. If you missed The Detroit Flower Week this year, keep your eyes open for the next event on Lisa Waud’s web page.

Detroit Flower Week Info

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Retouching helps with your creative process

Model Rachel Simone, Makeup: Tayla Ashford
Before and After retouching

After I spend time on a shoot be it a personal project, stock images or client I work on toward a finished product with retouching the image. I find it much like being the chef at a restaurant. You don’t want to send out a meal with no seasoning or that is half cooked. It would ruin the meal and experience completely. That’s why I put in the necessary time to make sure the images have that look of perfection.

Model: Rachel Simone

Makeup: Tayla Ashford

 

Detroit based photographer samples food photography

Yesterday I was thinking yes its time for General Tso’s Chicken again so I walked down to the local take out place to pick some up. I knew I did want to not only eat this amazingly prepared food; I wanted to photograph it. Now I know that the owner would not put together a “photo ready” meal so I would just have to deal with what I got. So I placed my order and waited. I was less than seven minutes then I was on my way back.

Now I have done food photography in the past with Bob Conway in Battle Creek, Michigan back in the day as assistant photographer. I have always loved the look, yet have not really made an effort to pursue food photography as a supplement to my current photography. It seems if you don’t specialize then people don’t take you seriously as to your craft. However working with Bob who was literally a jack-of-all trades when it came to photography instilled the idea that if you have passion for the base of what you do then you can accomplish anything.

This is my start to pursuing a pinch of food photography. I plan on adding some video as well for behind the scenes too. Be on the look out for it.

General Tso's Chicken food shot
General Tso’s Chicken food shot