Kirk Ellert

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Photography of Kirk Ellert

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Photography of the Saffron & Blue Gown

This shoot was impossible to not smile while shooting! We arrived on location in the hills behind the windmills near the bay area 580. Upon leaving the car we were greeted by an overwhelming, and constant wall of wind that was pushing us over, the dress barely able to take the stress. We jump back in the car, a giggling mess at our misfortune, and find another space lower on the hill, hoping the wind will be deflected.

To our luck, the hill did a great job and only a moderate breeze was with us. Still a giggling mess, we proceeded with the shoot

Below are the photos submitted to the REVE Dream Away International Fashion Show to be displayed at the event

The Shoot:
when I was taking these photos, the sun was about to set behind the hills. It was golden hour, which as we all know, is the perfect time to get photos. 

armed with only a reflector, Sharon Peng [Gown designer] directed light back on the model [Lydia Tachkov] so she would not be complete SILHOUETTED by the immense brightness of the sun behind her. 

I made sure to let a little glare into the photo to keep the light, airy, ethereal look my photos are known for. Our model, Lydia, was a natural in front of the camera! With very little direction, she was able to bring a breathe of life to this gown that no one else could.

[Entire shoot was shot on a Nikon D3 and an 85mm f1.4]
To see our giggling mess, click HERE for the video [Sorry for the bits of strong language]

POST SHOOT:
After the shoot, we took Lydia to food at BJ's Brewery. after a long day prepping and shooting, lots of food was needed! While at the restaurant, I let her go through the photos straight out of my camera and tell me which photos she liked the most to help me with my picks later.

POST:
IN POST, I ALWAYS BRING MY PHOTOS STRAIGHT INTO LIGHTROOM AND GO THROUGH EACH PHOTO AND RATE BASED ON COMPOSITION AND USABILITY. AFTER I HAVE RATED, I ADJUST EXPOSURE TO BE EASIEST TO WORK WITH IN PHOTOSHOP. 

FOLLOWING, I EXPORT AND OPEN EACH PHOTO INDIVIDUALLY IN PHOTOSHOP. I use a third party plugin called nik software alongside the oem tools to make sure color matches and i get the look i want.

Here are my finished photos:   

At reve:
At the Reve fashion show, we took a few photos of the complete finished look before our debut on the runway. We wanted to make sure to showcase the dress and the completed ACCESSORIES.  

Thank you to everyone at the reve show! Everyone was amazing and so nice, it was truly an honor to work with everyone involved!

Dream Away: Concept to Completion

On top of photography, I have a large passion for making things with my hands. I have always loved fashion, and recently I got to help on the construction of this AMAZING Gown designed and Created by Sharon Peng, an amazing designer! She and I work together on many projects on KironKreative.

 

This was the most fun I have ever had getting a shoot together! I got to get hands on, and learn how to do a lot of things when it comes to creating a garment like this! It was truly an eye-opening experience to see what goes on to bring everything together! As a photographer, I have had a few dresses made for my shoots, but never have I been this involved in the process. Up until now, I just show up and take the pictures.

For our shoot, we brought on Lydia Tachkov, an amazing individual, and fantastic model! She was very fun to work with, and even during the prep for the shoot, was joking around with us and having an all-around great time.

Below, you will see the BTS photos of the making of the gown. I didn't take a bunch,but I tried to take pictures that were interesting when I could. 

The photoshoot was a BLAST! The location I chose was the windmills behind the 580. The rolling hills are gorgeous and I felt the windmills would show the spirit of the elements the dress was build around. The thing is, I forgot that they put windmills where there is a lot of wind. This gown does not fair will in high winds. When we arrived, and the model got out of the car, she was instantly blown around quite fiercely! Below there is a video that will show you want I mean (I apologise for the language in the video, we were all overwhelmed by the wind and a little giggly from just how intense it was)


Designer: Sharon Peng
Model: Lydia Tachkov
Photographer: Me (Kirk Ellert)

 

Fanime 2016

I never do a lot of shoots when I am at Fanime. I am usually too busy actually working at the convention to allow myself a lot of time to find cosplayers and go do shoots. It doesn't help that I am picky with locations and what time of day I shoot since I stick mostly to Natural light in my portraiture. 

Here is a Shoot I did during the Con of a RWBY group. We had a very fun time and I am very happy with how the photos turned out, everyone in the group was so nice and easy to work with! Hope you enjoy the photos!

Self Portrait Session #1

I decided to start doing self portraits to get some new inspiration for shooting! I had lots of fun on this try, I decided to just try a somber photo and a fun photo. For the fun one I decided to channel my inner Jedi! 

Shot on a Nikon D3 with an 85mm f/1.4

7 Oops (Fanime 2013)

I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot 7!! (7 Oops) during Fanime 2013.

They were wonderful, sweet, kind and their music was fantastic! Here are a few photos I took. 

Kylie and Frank

Kylie and I have done a little work in the past. You can say Kylie is like a muse to me. We get together any time one of us has a fun idea and shoot it. This is great for practice on both our ends. This shoot was one of those where we decided to make these like an ad in a magazine, and we even brought in a second model, Frank. Frank was wonderful to work with, not much experience but a natural in front of the camera, he took direction well but needed very little!

As you can see I left space in most photos for text and superimposed images of the product if need be. I haven't done any examples of it yet, but soon I will have some turned into a full ad with text and all! :D