Archive for the ‘Testing. Testing. 1.2.3’ Category

Playing catch up

Friday, April 16th, 2010

As I mentioned in the last post, not much chatter coming from our peanut gallery here in this blog for over a month. This means we’ve got some explaining to do. Besides anxiously awaiting print dates for our Spring editorials (which we are still doing…. more to come), we have been shooting summer editorials (again I cannot tell you more) and as always we test test and test.

The last test we did was with the lovely Brazilian, Bruna from Wilhelmina. Local Brooklyn designer Pupusza Couture loaned us some of her Spring collection. The result is a super saturated explosion of color.

MUA: Christopher Milone
Hair: Hair by Trinity
Wardrobe: Papusza Couture
Model: Bruna@Wilhelmina

Before that we worked with an amazing stylist we know, Marissa Adele. This test almost didn’t happen, but in the end we pulled through and worked into the night thanks to Direct Models and Basic Model Management

MUA: Daniel K
Hair: Kristin Jackson
Wardrobe: Marissa Adele

I Turn My Camera On

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

We worked with fashion stylist, Tara Denman, a little while back to create this story. It is the story of a girl and her Holga. We were inspired to use some of the older cameras in our collection and shoot some film. For this one we only used the Holga, but I do see a Rolleiflex and of course my Mamiya RZ67 in our not too distant future. We just need to find a good place to get the film processed. The place we went to scratched all of our film Рso much retouching!  We would also like to thank Kara Shelton from Red NYC for working with us and enduring the cold that night, she always brings it to our shoots!

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An adventure into the middle of nowhere… with McCallan as our tour guide

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

We just finished working on some files and we wanted to share them with all of you.¬† This was an experimental project and is one of our first adventures into comping as a team and besides the fact that it has a slight hint of being uber-fake, I think they’re really fun.

Also, I’d like to mention that McCallan from¬†¬†Muse is rad!¬† Look out for her…..she’s one of the coolest models we’ve had the chance to work and talk with recently.¬† She has a sort of Angelina Jolie flair to her, beautiful and glamorous with a bit of edginess and sexiness to her that really makes her special.¬† We would definitely like to shoot with her again.

Kenzie: a test and a half!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

We tested out a new stylist for this shoot: Tara…… We LOVE her!!!! She not only has a really great aesthetic she is not afraid to bring quality designers to a test. So many stylists do buy and returns at sub par shops – H&M to name one. Don’t get me wrong, I do love shopping at H&M but no magazine worth their salt will touch H&M for an editorial. The images are really only going to look as good as the fashion and she understands that.

The theme was bodysuits and fantastic shoes – OMG shoes!

Kenzie is an up and coming model from the new faces board of Wilhelmina. She is young but such a delight to work with. Once we put her in the fashion, all I could think was, damn girl your legs go on forever! Such a good quality in a model – for sure.

We stared with masking off a scrim to add some depth definition and texture into the background, but then when our key did not fire we thought dark and moody might be a good way to go for the first look. This is the bonus to testing, you don’t have to keep the lighting a feel the same throughout since there is not a full coherent story as the final. We tried different lighting, different gels, different post production treatments, and we are very happy with the end images. The model and the booker got a variety of different types of shot and we got to try out some things we are planning on using in future editorials. This is why testing to so important, not only to us but to new models and new people we are adding to our team.

Ready for Lift Off

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Hair Test (©2009 Kat+Duck)

Hair: Andreas H

MUA: Tina G

Styling: Samantha Sleeper

Model: Lillian @ Basic Model Management

We are currently working with this amazing hair stylist from Austria, Andreas (Seriously go check out his work, it’s pretty mind blowing and I do not say this lightly).¬† I completely forget how he found us or vice-versa, but any how we met him for coffee, and that was a start of a fairly long journey into a sea of hair. Not too long after our initial meeting he was coming over every day to work on hair and when the place he was staying in was closed down, he ended up moving in.¬† He is such a workaholic, our entire entry way is covered in hair!

We planned a crazy big shoot that was supposed to happen last weekend but has been pushed to this weekend since we want everything to be perfect.  Instead we worked on a hair test to see how at least one of the pieces looked and how robust of a model we will need to be casting.  So at this exact time I have hair, makeup, stylist, and of course ourselves.  Now to cast 3 models who can endure this amazing shoot Рand trust me this one will be amazing!

Of course, while I am sitting here writing this and writing emails to bookers and photoshopping the last 2 shoot and working on our promo, I am starting to realize that I think we may indeed benefit form an intern!¬† That being said and the little angry man in my head telling me to get back to work, I leave you with a few images from last Sunday’s shoot.

Edit: Now time has passed since I initially wrote this past post and we have so far shot the hair story for submission and are in the process of editing and doing all the post work.¬† The hair ended up looking amazing and came out even BETTER than this test.¬† We are so very pleased with the outcome.¬† Sad I cannot post those at the moment, so you will just have to deal with the test shoot for now, happy in the knowledge that an amazing hair story will eventually be posted in it’s stead.

Oh and now Andreas has gone home and we are back to planning another one month stay and non stop photo shoots!

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The other test we recently finished with Major Model Management (Tsubasa) was another shoot that originally was supposed to be something completely different.¬† With the beautiful new white cove studio reserved, we had everything lined up for a 9am shoot.¬† It was going to be a full fashion story with 6-8 looks based on architectural shapes – very strong graphics and silhouettes.¬† 9am rolls around no model no fashion….. hmmmm, not to fear, the name of the game is improvisation.¬† We called our favorite people over at Major and they sent over Tsubasa, a very beautiful model from Japan.¬† Fashion showed up right before then with a newly inspired Michael Jackson look.¬† Not what was planned on, but working none the less.¬† The unfortunate part of the day was that we had lost time and instead of a full fashion story that we could shop around, we had to limit it to a test since we had to be out of the studio by 5pm.¬† Stll, some lovely images and we now LOVE shooting on the cove, and shooting in black and white!

Don’t Stop ‘Til YouGet Enough (¬©2009 Kat+Duck)

MUA: Daniel K

Hair: Kristin Jackson

Fashion:  Bianca

Model: Tsubasa @ Major

Gone Fishing

Friday, September 11th, 2009

We finished all the post for the last 2 tests we did with Major Model Management.

We had one of our favorite hair stylists come all the way from Baltimore with a case full of hair and a simple concept Рnets.  Granted as always the shoot did not take form how we originally envisioned it, but the finals are quite nice.

Neon Nets (©2009 Kat+Duck)

Hair: Kahlil Oliver

MUA: Daniel K

Model: Kacie @ Major

Better late than never

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Something my parents always told me that it is always better late than never so here is un update and hopefully more regular posting that is for sure!  So the last posting was from waaaaaay back in June after our fabulously long and hot road trip across country, starting with a nice little test shoot in San Francisco.  I can finally post some outtakes and some completed images from that shoot!268704_800_bf136f

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K+D SF outtakes

It was fun, but rather in the past so we move on.  Since coming back we did some testing with Click Model Management, which was fun and we tried out differnt lighting techniques and feels from the usual beauty we normally do.  We thought this time we will do something pretty :)

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