“The Bonds that Tie Us” – Sneak Peek

•March 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

One of the frustrations a photographer or artist has are the conflicting demands.  Stock photo agencies have been playing the game of saying we want high end unique work so we can make you rich by devaluing it.  They have now dug themselves into such a trench I don’t think they will be able to come out.

Marketing folks are beating the “exposure” drum touting Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, add infinitum …  yet that very exposure tends to instantly devalue the work.  I’ve said this before, but what would the Mona Lisa be worth today had it initially been published on Facebook?  Not much.

I have evolved a solution for that, which I am still implementing.  Yes, I’ll do the social media thing.  But to see the full body of any collection of work, you’ll have to come to my Private Collection website.  This is currently being re-developed and is offline, but should be back up in a few weeks.  Any stock I sell will be under a rights managed license where usage is controlled and by direct contact with me and any prints in limited runs.  Currently work is available directly through me and a few collections have been placed with Saatchi Art.

I could say a lot about the reasons for this, but I won’t.

Until then, here is a sneak peak of my latest body of work featuring Chace Johnson.  To contact me regarding exhibiting this collection, or for prints, or publication in select magazines, click the image.

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The bonds that tie us – copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved

Colorado as a great location to shoot

•March 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Many years ago an ad agency in NYC I worked with told me they had advised one of their clients to use me over the NYC photographer they had been using.  While I was waiting for the “because your work is so much better” stroke to my ego, the reason that was forthcoming was because I was located in Colorado.  They told the client that by working with me he could break away from the NYC or Beach backdrops that dominated the advertising his competitors were doing and provide breathtaking backdrops for the shoots that communicated things everyone would want to do and experience.

That’s true.  We have the most beautiful mountains, streams, canyons, vistas to be found in the United States.  We also have sand dunes, rolling plains, and gritty (or modern) urban locations.  All of that along with the 5th highest concentration of creatives in the nation, and all of the support facilities needed for anything from a small production to a major motion picture.  Although I do have clients fly in from all over the US to work with me here, it does seem that Colorado as a premier creative hub and location has remained a well kept secret.

Here are some photos from a fashion shoot I did in March 2015.  The location is about 20 minutes from Denver and the model in this shoot is Cody Woldt.

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Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

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Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

Colorado fashion photoshoot, copyright Mark Stout

Fashion Shoot

•March 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

There are times on a shoot everyone on the crew knows we killed it, even without seeing the pictures.  The magic just pervades the air.  You just know everything is perfect.  As those that could were looking at the monitor and sending their nods of approval, the feeling only got stronger.

But once the post production was done on these, they were even better than we thought looking at the shots live.

Here is one we agreed to share.  A big thumbs up to Chace Johnson, the model in the shoot, and the whole crew.  Fantastic work guys!

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Men’s Fashion Photo Shoot, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved

“Torn” – New work included in the Saatchi Art Gallery

•March 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My latest work, “Torn” has been included in the Saatchi Art collection.  This exclusive work depicting stark reality is available ONLY as a limited edition print and if the original is purchased only one print will be sold.  Very large, high quality native file suitable for very large prints.  Click the art to view it at Saatchi.

To commission a personal fine art piece, please visit my main website.

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“Torn” a limited edition fine art print, copyright Mark Stout

Male Physique Photographer

•March 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

When male fitness trainer and model Raffi Cote and I did our last shoot, there were two photos we almost didn’t take.  But we did.  They were clearly the best two shots of the entire shoot.  Then we hesitated to release them.  I mean they were too sexy… and they were also too good.  And I think any artist, photographer or celebrity knows what I mean when I say something can be too good.  The better the work, the more criticism it draws.

We released one of them a few months back and it was an overwhelming success and ended up on the cover of a magazine as a result.  But we held off on this one.  Until now.  And folks, this is a copyrighted image.  I had better not see it popping up on any trashy blogs (or any blogs for that matter) or anywhere else without your first having contacted me for a license to use it.

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Fine art male nude with Raffi Cote, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved

Meet me IRL – CGI Photographer

•March 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

We created this as a conceptual image with the goal of showing just how real things can become.  As the post production was finished, I couldn’t help but think of the phrase out of the internet chat rooms to “meet me IRL”  In Real Life that is.

The image ended up communicating more than we intended it to… in fact you could write a lot of story lines around it.  This is good… and it also communicates what we wanted it to when we shot it.

Something I want to mention here.  In an era where “photography” has become to most snap a shot of something in front of you with an iPhone, push a button and upload it to Facebook and “your marketing is done” as one networking guru told me once (I disabused him of that false idea in about 30 seconds) people tend to think that is all that goes into ANY photo.  This photo represents several days of work.  It had to be planned out.  Each of the elements had to be shot in the right perspective and then the post production work began.  Due to the expectation of so many that I can somehow get this in the same time period as the iPhone/FB method, I had come to think I was slow.  Then one day I had the chance to meet and speak with the renowned Advertising photographer, Erik Almas.  I asked him how long it took him to create an image that had a similar amount of manipulation in it.  He looked at me and said “Two weeks.”

So I guess the reality of the situation isn’t that I am too slow.  I’m actually quite fast by comparison.  But I made the mistake of comparing myself to the opinion of those who simply have no idea what it takes instead of taking a minute to educate them.

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Commercial CGI Photographer – Meet me in Real Life, copyright Mark Stout

A word with my friends

•March 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

One of the big drawbacks of social media is that it has created a mindset that it doesn’t much matter what you post as long as you are posting a lot.  Almost like the fact it is “free” makes people think they should not invest anything into what they post on it.  This is a big mistake.

With more years than I care to mention working as a professional photographer, I’ve come to know a great many people in the industry.  Many of them are reps and marketing people for photographers and some highly successful photographers and while there are differing opinions on how to market, they all say one thing in common:  “Don’t send out or post bad pictures.”

Just like that ONE misstep on the ice results in a nasty fall and perhaps broken bones, ONE bad picture can kill a deal.  I’ve seen it happen a number of times.  I’ve been going through portfolios with a client searching for a model for the shoot and we are “maybe, maybe, humm…. NOPE”  If there is any uncertainty, when that one bad pictures shows up it instantly goes from maybe to no, and on to the next candidate.  This is true whether you are the photographer,  a model or actor, a business person, large corporation or a fashion designer.  Low quality marketing isn’t neutral… it literally repels clients.

Think about that the next time you go to post a photo.  Does it fully communicate the way you want yourself, your brand, service or product to be seen?  Or are you just making noise?  If it is the latter, you might want to skip it.

Here is another headshot from the shoot with Cody Woldt.

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Headshot of model Cody Woldt, copyright Mark Stout Photography

 
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