Thursday, April 30, 2009

Marcy Maloy shoots body painted bathing suit story for San Francisco Chronicle and

Marcy Maloy is known for her beatiful lifestyle photography. Sometimes her commercial jobs require her to photograph models on far-off locations sporting swanky designer swim suits. This particular swim suit assignment, however, required something far different from an exotic location and a designer suit. It required an almost nude, painted model at the MAC cosmetics training center in Emeryville California-sans surf and palm trees.

The story that Maloy shot these images for was centered around MAC cosmetics professional body painters. The concept for this assignment — a nine-hour task — was a steamy summer’s day on the beach with a beautiful, bronzed model in a tropical-fern-print bathing suit. The artists started painting at 7a.m. And finished at 4pm. Marcy and her crew got there at 2pm but didn't start to shoot until 5pm. The shoot wrapped at 7pm.

According to Marcy and her assistants, shooting this scantily clad model wasn't easy. "We had to move fast since we only had two hours and the location didn't have great light," says Maloy. "The shoot took place in a conference room at the MAC training center. The room had relatively low ceilings and very little natural light. The situation called for a manufactured lighting solution. We were a bit worried that with the hot lights the body paint would melt.

The model was shivering a little when we arrived so we turned the HMI (tungsten) lights on her and clamped a location jacket around her knees. People forgot she was standing around in her birthday suit all day! She was thankful for the heat.

Towards the end, the paint on her hips had melted a little and was bleeding onto the inside of her arms as they hung down. When the shoot was over and the makeup artists started rubbing the paint off the models backside it occured to me that we had been shooting a naked woman. The power of illusion is strange indeed!"
To read the entire story go to San Francisco Chronicle and

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Molly Hurd, Prop Stylist is Added to the Sally Reps Roster

Molly Hurd, knon for her stunning styling has recently been added to my roster. Molly brings a great perspective and a breadth of styling experience to the table. More work from Molly can be seen online at Photo by John Granen.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Still Life Photographer David Clugston Shoots the Human Brain for Wired Magazine

In my seven years of representing commercial photographers I have seen some interesting projects, but never any quite like David Clugston's recent human brain shoot for Wired Magazine. Today I was able to get the full scoop from David on what that experience was like for him. Here's a recap:

Q. Did you enjoy shooting a real human brain?

A. I did enjoy it. It was amazing to be up close to the human computer, the center of consciousness. I found it beautiful, humbling, and inspiring all at the same time.

Q. Did you find some unique challenges with this project?

A. Up until an hour before the shoot, it was unclear whether or not we would be able to photograph a fresh whole brain at all. For obvious reasons it is hard to predict when a fresh donor brain will be available. The brain arrived at the perfect moment, packed in a box of dry ice. We had to work very fast in order to document the brain before the valuable RNA that the lab was trying to preserve was lost. I had to light and shoot it in a fraction of the time that I would take to shoot a similar still life.

Q. What's an RNA?

A. It's sort of like DNA. Look it up on Wikipedia.

Q. What was cool about this shoot?

A. One of the cool things about shooting the brain was its apparent effect on the electronics of my camera. As I began to photograph the brain my shutter speed started to randomly jump from setting to setting. I wasn't totally convinced that it was not the brain that was messing with my camera. It has not happened before or since. Weird. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to see a human brain up close, an experience that very few ever have.

Q. Naturally, I have to ask. Did you find the whole project kind of gross?

A. Gross is not a word I would use. I think it was more interesting than anything else.

Q. What were your parting thoughts when you wrapped the shoot?

A. This shoot left me feeling both very fragile and very inspired by the complexity that is encased in what looks a lot like a lump of ground beef.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Marcy Maloy Interviews 55 Three and Four-Year Old Kids for Upcoming Downy Photoshoot

Marcy Maloy, lifestyle and children's photographer,known for her spontaneous and playful photographs recently did a three and a half hour casting in LA with 55 three and four-year old children for an upcoming Downy packaging shoot. "Kids inspire me!," she says, "I love their vulnerability and emotional transparency. Most children at that age are incapable of hiding their true feelings which is so refreshing. I feel the best when I am able to make a connection with them and witness on their faces exactly what they are feeling."

Marcy did report that the kids in LA seemed to be trained professionals compared to some other cities where she has cast talent in the past. "One little girl, a 'little miss sunshine' type pranced in without her mother and announced confidently. 'My name is Ashley Marie and I'm 4 years old and I'm from Los Angeles, California! My family washes all our clothes with Downy Fabric Softener!' When her audition was done I led her to the door and then she put out her little hand and said 'Thank you Miss Marcy for this audition!'"

Marcy and her assistant Nicole were a little exhausted at the end of the day but ispired nonetheless. "I think the client will be super happy," says Maloy. "they have a lot to choose from."

To see more from Marcy please go to: http://http//