For May 2013 Gunsexy Features the work of Kevin Smith Imagery
G Congrads on your awesome photography you've shared with us here at DeviantArt
K Wow, that is very cool and thank you very much, I am humbled and am glad you like my works, I will try to answer the following as best as I can
G The Models appear to influenced by several Femme Fatale from pop culture including Bond Girls , Charlie’s Angels, Para Military Rebels and even a hint of Bitch Slap . Do you have a film or fiction source you draw inspiration from ?
K All of the above, lol. I am a very visual person and grew up watching action cartoons, Bond films, action movies, reading comics and am also a military historian and love trying to see what I can come up with. These are a lot of the ideas that are rattling around in my head and I just try to see what I can come up with. I love strong imagery and love strong women and this fits a lot into my "Kick Ass Females/Bad Ass Girls" imagery which has a lot of my guns and girls in them. I also look for inspiration here on DA and all over the web and in books and just using my imagination to find new outfits and poses. I mainly come up with the outfits and have made a bunch of stuff for shoots and others I find in thrift stores and modify them to make them fit into what's in my head.
G Your ladies are wonderful tanned , tonned, and *ahem* packing big guns. Do you recruit these young godesses from a body builders club? (And it look like you too “Hit the Gym”)
K I find a lot of models on Model Mayhem, and have found some on Facebook and even at local Comicons. The obvious one - Mickie Lynn Fisher is an pro athlete that was local to me and I saw her profile on FB and simply sent her a note and asked her if she'd like to shoot and she said yes. lol, I'm prior military so some of that comes from there, I need to get back to the gym really...
G Your photo journalist history, are you formally trained or self taught ?
K I am self taught primarily, no formal education or training. I did photography as a hobby for years in while traveling around the world in the military and then went pro back in 2009 when I got laid off from Sprint. I literally just bought a cheap digital camera, picked up books, searched the internet, watched a bunch of Youtube videos and asked questions and shot as much as I could.
*G able to produce these effects “in lens” or with after processing ? ( PhotoShop, DigiMod, etc)
K Thank you, I love strong pop and colors. I usually create in lens and then boost with Photoshop. I do my own editing and love playing with the images to see what else I can come up with. I try to get as much in lens so it minimizes the afterwork as much as possible. It's best to try to get good strong light when shooting the image and then tweak if needed in PS.
G All natural light or bounce screens, umbrellas, filters, polarizers, ?
K Mostly natural light, like over 75%. I do experiment with hot shoe flashes aka the small flashes that fit on top of your camera, I usually use a ND filter on the lens and sometimes use circular polarizers to help with reflections on metal. I'm wanting to do more with a mix of natural and artificial light and hoping to broaden my horizons and stretch my limits. The best light is early in the morning or late in the day aka the golden hour, it really is a golden hour and is very fleeting. I mainly shoot in the afternoon up until I lose the light completely, then wrap it up and pack it up.
G Is difficult shooting on location with women that are ½ to ¾ naked ? Any funny stories ?
K lol, yep. I shoot in a lot of alleys, broken down areas with very little foot traffic, remote areas and have to be swift and agile sometimes. I look for areas that most people don't frequent in order to maximize the "exposure" time. The funniest was one time when I was shooting a model in basically a long shirt with belt at her waist, most of the buttons undone and a nice pair of knee high boots at a very cool museum area here in town that has very cool architectural features, and a local middle school decided to have their field trip there that day as well...the looks on their faces was priceless and the teachers comments as she walked by was funny, "...ok and yes here is very attractive model doing a photoshoot, stop staring and let's move on..." she said it nicely and was as surprised as I was that our two groups crossed paths. Very funny and the model and I had great laughs afterwards.
G You have a power Blonde in your works we tagged “Double D -7” named Angie is she a personal protection agent ?
K ol, nope she is a very nice woman who is local and again I ran across her on Model Mayhem and asked her to shoot and she said yes. She is a great model to work with and brings a lot to the table when working with her. Sometimes I find some really great looking models with good assets and have a really genuinely nice personality to go with them, that makes for a great shoot.
G Who is your favorite comic artist ?
K Wow, I'm really loving the works by Mike Debalfo, Qualano, Jamie Tyndall, Dawn McTegue, sorry I can't remember all of their names right now, you will find most of them in my favs, and other very cool artists that I have found here on DA. I haven't had time to really read any comics in quite a long time so I'm behind...
G Who is your favorite action movie director/producer ?
K hmmm...I really don't pay huge attention to particulars, I just look at trailers and see what I like, and I just drew a blank on some of the names....gulp...
G Any pressure, being a famous film director/actor is also named “Kevin Smith ” ?
K Well it is great in its anonymity and yes I get that all the time. I just respond with, "if I could just get one of his royalty checks by mistake, I'd have it made..." Just wish my works were as well known as his, maybe someday.
G Last Question Any advise for those wishing to enter the world of commercial
K Shoot as much as you can, you will do a bunch of free stuff to get images shot, you have to market yourself, you have to come up with a diverse portfolio or focus on one genre and really work it. Be prepared for it to take a long time to get a paid gig and you will start out small. Always look for improvement, stretch yourself artistically, read, study, watch and learn and keep learning all your life. I still haven't "made it" yet, but am still working and hoping. Don't be afraid to dream and sometimes you just have to go for it and go for broke. Anything worth having is worth working for. Lastly, have fun along the way, otherwise why are you doing it?
Thank you very much, this was very cool and again I am honored and humbled that my works are in the spotlight. Have a great night.
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