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Vartyka shoot


Trying to grasp the concept of shooting Fashion…along with my glamour/ vintage style and still keep the session outside (where I love to be). The model (Kylie) was actually taking a break from the shoot when she naturally struck this pose (okay, I did call out to her, which is why she turned and looked at the camera). The wordrobe was on loan from a local designer (Vartyka, and I will be checking my spelling on this one), the jewelry was from another local designer, was also on loan to us for the shoot. The earrings are both hand made and is an original design (much better look at the wardrobe and jewelry both in color and in black and white on my website , via the image…just click on it to be taken to a larger view and also to my website). Hope you enjoy this and the other images in the gallery.

Location: Charleston, SC
Model: Kylie
Wardrobe: Vartyka Design
Hair and Make up: Paul Mitchell School,MUA Team, Charleston.
Shoot design assistant: Janea
Photographer: Stan Shillingburg

Equipment Used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 VR lens, AB400 strobe via 30 degree grid, Soft Silver Reflector.


Leah G


Wife, mother, waitress, and now model…the lovely Leah G.

Location: Columbia, SC
Model: Leah G.
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, one SB800 fired wirelessly from camera left, soft white dome for diffusion of flash.


Classic Curves and Lines


Combining a classic auto as a background to a classic beauty holding a classic guitar…and a classic black and white post production effect, I hope my viewers agree, is a classic combination of classic lines and curves.

Model: Kristeena (a young mother of one)
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, a single SB900 fired through a shoot through umbrella (model right) and a soft silver reflector (model left).

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Simply Chelbie…..
I had paused the photoshoot of Chelbie in order to change out lenses, after attaching my long lens to my D700 I looked up and saw this unposed scene of Chelbie. Without warning I grabbed this shot and Chelbie was kind enough to allow me to post it. I do just love those candid images, even on a planned photoshoot.

As we remember our fallen….have a safe Memorial Day.


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Heather, during our shoot for fitness and lifestyle.
Lots of hard work and commitment pays off.

Model: Heather
Location: North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 vr lens, 42″ soft silver reflector.


Mother’s Day Glamour photo shoot (may not be a work safe image)


Happy Mother’s Day!
I am pleased to introduce Kristeen to everyone, and yes, she is a mom! This photoshoot was a Mother’s Day present ( I rarely shoot “pro-bono” anymore). She wanted something edgy and nostalgic, and this is one (of many!) that we came up with. I will be posting some of the other images on my other blog thread later next week. I was so happy to be able to get her photoshoot finished and out to her by Mother’s Day, I hope all of you will show some love and also, be inspired to get out there! This woman had no idea she could look “like this” and was completely thrilled with the results of our work.

Model/ subject: Kristeena
Location: Little River, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Nikon SB900 flash, shoot through umbrella, soft silver 42″ reflector.


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Heather is a fitness instructor and fitness model, I had the honor of being one of her first photographers  working with her on the total model concept of body, mindset, and expressions in her style of modeling. I have several more images of her (coming soon) of fashion, fitness, and swimwear modeling, so please stay tuned.
This image and others in this series were shot in Myrtle Beach, SC , we began our session at sunrise. White balance can and does constantly change during those first few minutes as the sun rises above the horizon. However, one of the hardest challenges I fasted during this style of shooting was the slow shutter speeds required for low ISO settings. The VR lens is extremely used for helping the photographer keep the image steady but it does nothing to keep the subject’s movements frozen. Also in this image, if you look very closely you can see that since I was using a wide open aperture of 2.8 on a 70-200 VR lens at about 180mm, Whilw trying to cover all the bases..lighting, pose, expression, angle, point of view, framing, iso, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, fill light, etc…I allowed my concentration on the focusing point to alter, resulting in my focusing point to land on the model’s right cheek instead of her right eye. With such a wide open aperture, the left side of her face in “soft” instead of being tach sharp. Lesson learned! I now use an assistant on all my model shoots now.

Model: Heather
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, soft gold reflector for fill light provided by a single SB900, mother nature’s own sunrise light as key light.


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This young wife wanted to create some images with jeans, she states were inspired by Mrs. Rob Zombie in “House of 1,000 corpses”. Yes, the shoot went very well…except for the constant interruptions of several young men (and a few women), who wanted to know if they could hold the reflector or the strobe and help out with the shoot…..well, what were my crew members there for?? lolol…I guess I should consider adding a security team for some of my photoshoots.
I almost posted this in color, but I really feel the black and white version is quite impactful enough. I guess to really get the full impact of this session, you would of had to have been on the set with the music going, and as this was during October (yep, she was getting ready for the Halloween party week) you would have seen Vampirella holding the reflector, the Batman holding down the softbox and strobe, and A she zombie on make up and hair…And as this was also being shot on location near the river with huge rocks, boulders, dead trees and shadowed trails….it was quite the Rocky Horror Show (tongue in cheek). Well..it was suppose to be a fun shoot, vampires and batman, robin, wonder woman, a werewolf, heck, I even think Superman was there somewhere….lolol..it was fun though.
On the photography side…I know I cut off her head…grabbed this shot as I was falling backward (tripped over a zombie onlooker), but I still like the image!

Location: Columbia, SC
Model: Tara…
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, off camera reflector (camera right), one SB900 shot through a hand held small softbox (camera left), setting sunlight from in front of the model.


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I have had several requests for another image of the photoshoot with the lovely Pheobe, so here is another. She wanted to do a spin on the Marilyn style and I believe we ended up with several great images from the shoot.

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, soft gold reflector, and mother nature’s own golden evening light.


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Starting things off with a splash!
This will be my last Model post for the week, time to get out there and enjoy the Holiday weekend and hopefully capture some great seascape images for everyone to enjoy. Just a reminder to all: Stay safe out there! Hydrate! and USE SUNSCREEN/ SUNBLOCK!

Model: Nicole
Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, and SPF70 SUNBLOCK!


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Summer is here and shooting women’s fitness and swimwear is picking up. I shot this image for a local swimwear company and used the extremely fit and healthy Lindsay as the model for this image. And as it is summer, please be safe and used sunscreen protection! remember to hydrate (beer and alcohol don’t count). Models, when you show up for your photoshoot; do bring sunscreen, do bring cover ups, research the best makeup for your skin and for photography. Ariive on time (normally about 15 minutes early), and I always recommend using an MUA and a Hairstylist at every photoshoot. Good communication between you, the photographer, and all the photographic team makes the photoshoot fun, safe, and extremely productive! As always, stay safe out there!

Model: Lindsay
Location: Wrightville Beach, NC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 lens, soft gold reflector.

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Another image with only the light of dawn for a main light. A soft silver reflector used for fill light but as you can tell, it just wasn’t enought, I definately should have fired a stobe on this one.

Model: Mikal
Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, solft silver reflector, and the light of sunrise over the ocean.


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To my Landscape and Seascape followers; this will be my last glamor/ portrait image for this week. Next up will be documentary style imagery, street photography, and more of my ‘Scape imagery. Thanks for your follows and like everyone! Really keeps me inspired and motivated. Please be sure to take the poll, trying to get a feel for what you would like to see from me on this blog!

Model: Stacie
Location: South Carolina, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Soft gold reflector.


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A little something for all of you “Hot Rodders” out there. Everything in this image is real, some photoshop enhamcement to the tires, color and contrast, but the this image (and everything in it) is real.

Model: Kim
Auto and location: (secret) at the owner’s request; but are located in Coastal South Carolina.
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Soft Silver reflector used for fill light.


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You never know just you will find in those old backyard garages, barns, and fields in South Carolina! Just a sample of some of my model photography. I do love my style of “Country Glamor”, I hope both the ladies and gentlemen out there will too.
Phoebe is a young model who wanted to add some country glamor to her portfolio, with a slight hint of Pin Up style.
Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens and a large white reflector for fill light.