Thursday, August 12, 2010

What Artists and Models need to know!

Being in this industry you must have thick skin, Actually, being in this world you must have thick skin! I see every day models, actors and other professional in this industry trying to leave their mark on the world. In every persons life we will encounter the nonbelievers, haters and doubters, you must first know who you are and what you are capable of, and its true, you must first love yourself in order to survive the constant competition and criticism thrown at you especially when it comes to the entertainment and fashion Industries.

While a measure of realistic perspective is important, in most cases the people who doubt your abilities are the ones who doubt their own: If they truly believe they can achieve anything they set their mind to then why wouldn't they believe others can do that as well? They would try to make you feel like your not good enough, or that they are better then you... They would find anything to hold above your head - your black, your white, your too skinny or too fat, your gay, your strait, you been to jail, your an immigrant, your too young or too old, your too short or too tall.... the list goes on and on... most of the time they don't even think what they hold above your head is that bad they just want you to think they do. Their objective is to make you feel less then what you are and what you could be. So let me say this; NO ONE is better then you. NO ONE is higher then you, we are all human beings created equal, we all come and leave this world the exact same way, someone can be better at something then you but he is never better then you. You are a world within yourself. We all posses different qualities theses qualities can't always be measured or put in a scale, for one person your a goddess for the next your trash, so which one is it? It is how you see yourself that counts and how you apply yourself with hard work and dedication to achieving your goals and potential.

The fact one photographer has his photo on the cover of Vogue and one has his image in someone's home gallery doesn't mean one image is "artistically better" then another, it just means it served that purpose better. So don't be discouraged and don't measure yourself by other people's standards measure it by your own.
In the history of art and music there are so many people who had tremendous talent some known and some unknown but the people who are ultimately remembered are not the ones that fallowed the rules but the ones who broke them, not the ones who were up to standards but the ones who redefined the standards. The ones who changed the game up are remembered because they fallowed their true artistic vision and by doing so, up against the wind, made you have a new point of view of things, refreshing and opening your mind. They took the risk of not being understood, never being appreciated and validated by the majority and mainstream because they defined themselves, not let others defined them.
So fallow your heart people! The only measure of success is the one you set for yourself, so regardless if you made a million or not, regardless if you made the cover and everyone knows your name or not, if you bravely fallowed your heart you are a successes.

Here are a few of the questions from my interview in KRAVE magazine that might shed some light about my views on modeling, photography and the industry:

Q: Are there any photo secrets or tips that you can share with models?
A: Be confident and aware of your body - its advantages and disadvantages. Know your angles. Don't try to be something you're not; celebrate YOUR type of beauty. I don't like when models try to force themselves into a body type that is not naturally theirs just to fit a mold of what the industry considers fashionable or beautiful. There is more than one kind of beauty and there's more than one type of modeling. You have to realize that there are a lot of beautiful people that are not "model material" and there's a lot of models who are not "beautiful" so don't use modeling as a validation of being attractive; that is something you should feel from within regardless of if you can or cannot be a model. And don't take it so seriously, have fun with it!

Q: What inspires you and who are some of your favorite photographers?
A:Talent and exotic, unconventional beauty inspires me. As a visual artist, provoking a new point of view drives me and photographers who are able to make you find the beauty in things that went unnoticed is inspiring. Art is meant to open your mind and provoke emotions by giving you new perspective and pressing the right buttons. Sometime simple elements can wow you... for example when Herb Ritts shot Djimon Hounsou with a black octopus on his head and at first sight you didn't know if it’s his hair, a fashion accessory or a part of his body. Also, the way David LaChapelle makes you see aesthetics, structure and richness in his chaotic busy compositions and colors.

The picture above is of BBW plus model Velvet D'amour. As I was bronzing her 300 pounds hips of fun on our new shoot - this time for a "VOUGE curvy" story about her(Vogue curvy is a division of Italian Vogue for curvy woman) I was yet reminded how fallowing your own path can lead to great success. In her late 30is this vibrate beautiful woman has modeled and walked the runway for designers John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as been in acclaimed movies in Cannes and Sundance/Tribeca film festivals and a reality hit show in Europe. She is also having an exhibition of her work as a photographer currently showing in upstate NY... Truly sexy inside and out this woman is an inspiration.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Maya Guez in Krave magazine

Check out KRAVE magazine . I just got a hold of a copy of the new Krave mag with Devin Thomas gracing the cover sharply dressed by a wonderful designer I had a pleasure of working with before - Andrew Nowell . So, in this current issue you might notice that one of the headlines on the cover says that i can make anyone look good... Well I don't know if that's true since I'm a photographer not a magician or plastic surgeon but i think i can definitely make anyone look their best and that's all you can really ask for.

Inside you can read a write up about my work and an interview with me about photography and the industry in general.
Turns out that according to the reporter who interviewed me I'm a mesmerizing exotic beauty! lol well Thanks Krave for the love! I get it from my momma.

You will also find inside an interview with new England Patriots NFL player Bret Lockett, The images of him where shot by me and Wardrobe Stylist Douglas Hickman had immaculately dressed Bret in Dolce & Gabbana and Hugo Boss attire.
Also, check Bret on KRAVE FIT cover that I shot coming out soon... inside this new fitness addition of Krave you are going to find a hot (yet challenging) workout with Bret we recently shot just before he headed out to training boot camp for his team. Krave Fit will be dropping in the end of September.
Bret Lockett photographed by Maya Guez , All images are copyrighted and cannot be used or published without permission. CLICK ON IMAGES TO VIEW LARGER

Well I'm gonna go mesmerize a sub sandwich and read the rest of the Enjoy!

Monday, August 2, 2010

New Studio...!

Maya Guez Studio space in NYC Manhattan, main room 30ft long 21ft wide 
After quit a hiatus from the online thing I am back in affect! I have recently decided to change it up a bit and travel to the west coast to check things out, I had a lovely 3 weeks in LA fallowed by a semi lovely few days in Las Vegas... On the good end of things I got to check out the market on the west coast and do some location shoots which I don't do very often but on the not so good end I quickly found it to be true that theres a lot of talk in Hollywood but not a lot of doing... After alot of name dropping and hype talking it seems people in LA like to talk more than they like to actually do... I got accustomed to the new york mentality i guess where people have very little time to waist and would not sugar cote things just so u feel good...

 Sitting area 16 feet wide

When I returned to NYC I began the dawning task of Moving to my newly renovated apartment /Photography studio. I have converted a 3 bedroom apartment into a large lofty space that can comfortably accommodate small scale productions and shoots.

I am also making my studio available for rent for such productions or visiting photographers who are seeking a Manhattan location affordable photo studio. Some of the features of the studio are:
Uptown west side Manhattan location close to central park and morning-side park which also have great shoot spots. Elevator building, a block from C and B trains
Main room 9 feet ceiling, 30 feet long and 21 feet wide on one end and 16 feet on other.

New hardwood floors, 5 large windows and plenty of natural light if needed.

Full kitchen and bathroom/shower. bedroom is utilized for make up and hair station.

Some equipment is included in rental fee such as backdrops (paper and fabrics) light stands, tripods, booms, reflectors, computer gear, wireless triggers and receivers, light shaping tools such as beauty dish, umbrellas, various soft boxes, gels, spots and such.
You can contact me for affordable half day or full day rates. Optional affordable rental for lighting and camera equipment such as profoto lighting system(regular flash heads and ring flash head) I have a total of 7 flash strobes available.
Mamiya AFD with various lenses and 32 megapixel Phase one back.
Other 12 and 15 mega-pixel SLR available. Also film 35 mm and 6 by 4.5 format available for film lovers(r there still any? lol)
Also, I have battery pack for outside location to power your equipment if u choose to go on location as well as 2 compact battery powered strobes that are easy to take with you outside.
Some of the available camera equipment
I am present during the whole or most of time u are using the space and will gladly help or advice u on any issues you may have. You can contact me with serious inquiries:
Maya Guez with model Loren Dixon