We are so pleased to announce our guest photographer: Ted Scanon Photography. Ted, of Phoenix, AZ. has a very creative eye and a unique style all his own for art, beauty, fashion and glamour, with a bright and vibrant artistic twist.
GlamModelz Magazine: Let’s get started! Tell me about your background…how did you get started in Photography? Ted: I started at about 7 and then on and off throughout my life, until about two years ago- when I began to take it seriously. Looking back there are things that should have jumped out at me when I was younger if I had taken note of them. In particular- when I was a teen I did fashion/ editorial shots of my girl-friends. Nothing really exceptional- just did it because I liked it.
GlamModelz Magazine: Why Glamour /Beauty? What other genre’s and styles interest you? Ted: Fact of the matter is pretty much all styles and genres interest me but- Glamour and Beauty are key to my work and my interests. There is nothing more beautiful than the human form (in my mind) and to share and advocate this to an audience is important to me. To show beauty in a positive light that elevates the subject is a passion of mine that I endeavor to express.
GlamModelz Magazine: What or who inspires you as a photographer? Ted: There are so many photographers and things that inspire me, but at the root of my inspiration is Alberto Vargas. True- he was not a photographer but his work left a definite impression upon me. I can’t say that I try to mimic his style- but his work definitely set me on the path to glamour and beauty photography. Other artists and everyday things have all impacted me to do the work I do.
GlamModelz Magazine: What challenges do you face in this industry? What would you change about it, if you could? Ted: Challenges…. The digital age has made it much easier to photograph. The ability to take hundreds of images during a shoot and come-up with a few good ones now exists- and people accept that- versus being behind the camera and composing an image and knowing what you want to get out of it from the beginning- this includes setting, theme, etc. “What’s going to make this stop a viewer in their tracks?”, should be asked with every image. So the market is flooded. How can this be changed? I think it’s up to photographers at all levels to produce the best work they can and up to models critically reviewing a photographer’s port. Upon review, it can be seen where good work is consistently presented on a regular basis. I think an attitude of quality versus quantity has to be developed. For a model- as well as a photographer- a smaller port of higher quality images is key. I think this has gotten lost in the digital age.
GlamModelz Magazine: What equipment is essential for you as a glamour photographer, to capture your “best shot”? Ted: A camera- A subject- and light. There are many different tools and pieces of equipment out there, but in the end- that’s really it. Most of my shots are done in studio, with a myriad of lighting options, and my 7D. Still though- one of my most appreciated images and I would say one of my best- definitely one of my favorites- was shot outside with my Rebel XS (the base Canon DSLR- NO bells and whistles). In January- I even did an entire studio shoot with my Rebel- partially to show it’s not the expensive camera or the high class lighting set-up that creates a good image (although it definitely helps), it comes down to getting the story, the light, and the comp right.
GlamModelz Magazine: Paid vs. TF* shoots – What are your views and preferences? Ted: I generally shy away from TF shoots with some exceptions. To begin with, photography is not just a job for me- it started as and still is my outlet for artistic expression. That said- If I have a concept I want to shoot and a model is on board with it- I’ll shoot TF. Over the course of time I have developed friendships with some of my models and if They have a concept they want me to shoot- I’ll shoot TF. Otherwise- I shy away from TF. The two things I do like about TF shoots is everybody shares the images and I can take my time with finishing them. I usually do not commit to a date for finished TF work- so there is no deadline. When I receive a fee, on the other hand, I do commit to deadlines and the images are my clients’- unless I receive their permission to use the images.
GlamModelz Magazine: What are your goals for your photography? Other goals? Ted: My first goal is to constantly improve. I work hard at trying to do better with each and every shoot. I like seeing my models excel. I like seeing images I have taken be included in their ports and to have those images get them paid work. I like having the knowledge my work has helped somebody get work. Sounds simple but I really like it a lot! It makes me feel like I did something good for someone. Other than that? I want some published books of my work. Currently, I am in the process of creating a series, but… I’m gonna keep the rest of that under my hat. Did anyone say Vogue? We’ll see…
GlamModelz Magazine: What qualities should Models/MUA’s/Stylists, etc have to work with you? Ted: First- to have fun! We are creating killer images- let’s have fun doing it. Otherwise- you can’t get killer images. Being on time is important, because sadly… time is money. Finally- to me it’s extremely important for everyone involved in the shoot to be fully immersed in the shoot. That means I want everyone to share their ideas and creativity. In the end I am not working with A model, or A MUA, or A stylist- in the end- We are a team.
GlamModelz Magazine: What advice do you have for new/amateur photographers who want to shoot glamour? Ted: shoot- Shoot- SHOOT- SHOOT! And don’t stop! Don’t say no to anything.
GlamModelz Magazine: Tell us about your biggest accomplishment to date or what makes you most proud. Ted: That’s kinda hard. One of the things that I am very proud of was when photographers I respected started taking note of me. It was very humbling to me the first time a photographer I respected and emulated, took notice of my work and complimented me on it. From a more tangible point of view, I was very proud to have been selected by RAW: natural born artists as a featured photographer for their holiday show last December.
GlamModelz Magazine: What advice do you have for new models who want to shoot glamour? Ted: Review the photographer’s port and ask for references. When you find a photographer who is creating images that you feel are a bit better than you could be a part of? And the references check out? Book it! Always book a photographer whose work looks better than what you have done before. The photographer will help get you there and it pushes you to increase your art- because modeling is- in fact- an art. And remember… Don’t be afraid to pay if everything else just mentioned hits you right. It’s better to have fewer high quality images than to have many mediocre- “looks like every girl who wants to be a model”- images.
GlamModelz Magazine: In addition to photography, do you have other skills/interests/talents in which you excel? Ted: Well… I sing a little. Play bass a little. I used to draw and write.
GlamModelz Magazine: What other interesting facts would you like GlamModelz readers to know about you? Ted: Professionally? I make every shoot an event- It’s not just a photo session- it’s a party- probably because it’s my passion. and… I’m actually kinda shy
GlamModelz Magazine: Where can we see more of your work? How can models who wish to shoot with you contact you? Ted: More of my work: www.tedscanon.com, www.facebook.com/tedscanonphotography, www.modelmayhem.com/1648312, www.trendvend.com/tedscanon-photography,
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