April 8, 2013
“Active Lifestyle” photography project
Here are some images from my most recent personal project: an “active lifestyle” shoot I completed in March 2013.
I worked on this shoot with Art Director Martin Yates. Ever since the beauty shoot we collaborated on in 2012, we’ve been keen to work on a completely different project: one that focused on energy, colour and movement. We decided on an athletic theme and set about looking for sports people, athletes, gymnasts and dancers to shoot. It took a while to find the right models and location but it was worth it, as I hope you’ll agree!
It was great to work with such strong, athletic, dynamic bodies and was a pleasure to capture them in motion as you can see from these shots.
As always, planning, patience and careful casting (as well as having the best crew ever!) are all key to a stress-free shoot day and a successful set of images.
More images from the Active Lifestyle shoot can be viewed at www.karankapoor.com
Photographer: Karan Kapoor
Art Director: Martin Yates
Stylist: Thea Lewis-Yates
Make-up and Hair: Hannah Paul
Models: Katie Byrne, Antione Marc, Haylene Ryan (all are represented by WA Athletic Model Agency)
March 26, 2013
Karan Kapoor photography chosen for American Photography 29 award
I’m delighted to let you know that one of my photographs has been chosen ahead of thousands of others to appear online as part of the American Photography 29 award’s AI-AP archive.
This image was one of just 185 photographs to make it through, chosen by the American Photography 29 awards panel from over 9,000 images submitted. The AI-AP photography archive is a juried website collection and you can view it here at American Photography 29
The jury included respected names from the commercial and editorial sides of the photography industry: Sam Barzilay of United Photo Industries, Antonio de Luca of Self Publish, Be Happy, MaryAnne Golon of The Washington Post, Whitney Johnson of The New Yorker, Casey Tierney, Real Simple and Jody Quon, New York.
I’ll be using The AI AP archive to build an online portfolio of all my American Photography award winning images so please keep an eye on the link as the collection develops.
One other thing: I’m now on Twitter, please follow me for Tweets about my work, awards, travels and personal projects as well as general thoughts about the photography industry: Karan Kapoor photographer Twitter.
January 7, 2013
January is traditionally a time for reflection as well as looking forward. I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at 2012, particularly to my personal photography work, and to let you in on my absolute favourite images.
As well as doing a lot of creative, advertising and commercial work for agencies and clients, I’ve always maintained a level of personal work in my portfolio. I enjoy it, and I feel it allows me to explore themes and techniques in my own time.
Here are my top three examples of personal work from 2012.
I’m particular fond of this image above, of a baby in his nappy looking at his cousin who is trying to balance a bubble on her head. This fun, vibrant image portrays everything that I love about photography: humour, spontaneity and the wonderful times when you manage to capture the seemingly-impossible “precise moment”.
The two underwater shots above started off (… as many favourite moments of personal work do!) as nothing particularly special. I was testing out some new underwater photography gear and asked my daughter to act as my model. All of my kids love swimming, and the resulting images really show how my daughter flourished in the other-worldy underwater element.
For these, underwater shots I used a Canon 5d MK11, in a Aquatica housing with an Inon Z240 flash.
Whatever kit you use and whatever your subject, I hope you enjoy your personal photography projects as much as I do.
November 9, 2012
No matter how many years I’ve been doing this job, and how many high-profile clients and agencies I’ve worked for, some personal projects can still really stir the emotions.
And so it was with my daughter’s school prom recently. I was asked to take the official photographs throughout the evening, capturing the excitement and anticipation, the atmosphere and the exuberance. But it wasn’t just the young women and their prom partners who were running with high emotion. It was a very special occasion for me, too, and far more than just a photography job.
Here are just a few of the many shots I took of the youngsters (I also shot the whole class as they entered the assembly hall and captured the fun of the first dance). My aim was to engage with the kids and really catch their individual characters, along with the excitement each was feeling.
Thank you to my daughter’s school for inviting me to photograph this year’s prom. This was one photography project I’ll remember my whole life!
May 10, 2012
Beauty photography and new gallery
Last year, Karan collaborated with makeup artist Nadira V Persaud on a personal project showcasing her makeup work (see this blog post). In April 2012, Karan once again worked with Nadira, and the resulting images play a central role in the new “Beauty” gallery on his website.
“I have been interested in this style of portraiture for a long time,” said Karan, “and have now given beauty photography a dedicated area on my website. Do take a look.”
The project began as a collaboration between Art Director Martin Yates and Nadira. Martin saw the previous beauty shoot and wanted to work together. He approached Karan and the project grew from there.
During the shoot, Karan and Nadira worked to a brief, concentrating on creating the three distinct looks you see here. “The three models each have their own brand of beauty and their own distinct style,” explained Karan, “and were perfectly suited to the three looks we worked towards. It was lovely working with Martin, who came up with come great ideas. The collaboration between myself, Martin and Nadira worked like a dream. We only had a few hours with each girl, but worked well together and managed to create some great stuff.”
The brief for the shoot included a “less is more” feel for skin and hair, with both Nadira and Karan working hard to create and capture luminosity and the natural beauty of skin.
Art Director: Martin Yates
Makeup artist: Nadira V Persaud
Photographer: Karan Kapoor
Models: Cassandra at BMI, Keeley at nEVS, Shumi at Nevs
Retoucher: Sinisa Savic