Chasing the Light

GK-ASMP2 George Kamper recently spoke at a ASMP Chapter Event about his new approach to photography. Here is just a snapshot of what he had to say: I was a product of the one and only perfect shot, angle and lighting in my advertising assignments. Now I'm going back to my roots; enhancing available light, utilizing the sun, shade, reflectors and shooting in much more of an editorial approach. I've been utilizing my new approach to shooting for over a year now and its really starting to resonate with clients. I've refocused my skills; my approach to shooting and the way I use light. I like my lighting to feel organic and less artificial. I also like the idea that when utilizing available light I can move more fluidly around set. Reflectors and small handheld devices allow me to deliver more variety and capture more authentic moments. Without the huge crew and gear, moving in between locations is faster than ever. We can complete what may have taken a couple trailers, 20 people and 5 days to shoot in less then half the time. It's amazing how much freedom reveals itself when you're only focused on your subjects and not all the stuff that's slowing you down. I'm not saying I've forgotten or don't want to light; I'm saying my lighting is a lot bigger (the sun) and not getting in the way. Don't need all the typical lights, cables, stands and sandbags! I stay focused on what's important and know how to make beautifully lit images without all that extra gear and the cost of having extra assistants on set. Our clients are saving big money and it creates a more intimate, less intimidating environment for our subjects. I will always have the 20 plus years of big lighting production experience, I'm just taking that knowledge and cutting out the middle man, passing the savings onto my clients and showing the world how beautiful available light can be when you know just how to tweak it.   My latest work is all done with wonderful clients, a great crew and light that is heaven sent. gkasmptalk Biltmore_Golf_0062_r2flatWEB To view more of George Kamper's new work CLICK HERE.

The Miami Biltmore Experience

Pool_UnderWater_Biltmore_0271_r1flatweb New York and Miami based lifestyle and travel photographer George Kamper was recently tapped to produce a photo library for the highly renowned Miami Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Steeped in History, "The Biltmore in Coral Gables, Florida does resemble the finest in classic Mediterranean architecture, it is neither an Italian palazzo nor Iberian castle. Instead it is the centerpiece of George Merrick’s vision of Coral Gables as an elegant, stately suburb, which he called “The City Beautiful.” Here’s what George had to say about the experience: We felt at home in this venue having photographed here on several occasions, including the Miami Tourism campaign, which focused on Miami as a sexy lifestyle destination in a Mediterranean setting. The shoot was coordinated by the Hotel's head of marketing and came off without a hitch! We worked together seamlessly. I am so impressed that Danielle was able to bring her prior experience as a model and coordinator to our shoot. Needless to say, having the Hotel coordinate the shoot could have been a little risky from a production and coordination point of view. Danielle has amazing taste and was able to cast models, coordinate wardrobe through their on site store, handle all the scheduling, as well as make great suggestions while on set! "George is a gifted photographer with years of experience in fashion, lifestyle, travel, and tourism" said Danielle of their experience on the shoot. “He has highly skilled technical abilities and a discerning eye. George is cool and calm, hard-working and relentless in his pursuit of a great shot and his client’s best interest”. I brought in my crew, a digital tech, 2 assistants, and a great make up artist. The rest was left to Danielle. Not only did they put us up in beautiful rooms and suites, but they allowed us access to the restaurants on site, the pool, and a little leisure time to catch our breaths at the end of the shoot. Some of the final shots came from our scouting and attending the sublime, "Sunday Brunch at the Biltmore". GKNYTBILTMOREweb New York Times 5.20.2014 We coordinated the final selects and retouching between Danielle, her agency and ourselves. Working in partnership with the Hotel, we could freely speak up and make suggestions, help select final images and make suggestions for crops and retouching. We shot roughly 6 to 9 scenarios a day, mostly with talent. Began our days at daybreak and ended just after sunset. Almost all of the shots were lit with one portable flash, and reflectors. We've been working in a new way, usually finding the light instead of manufacturing it. This approach allows us the advantage of producing a variety of perspectives and allowing the shots to look more organic. We had originally reviewed some loose layouts, but during the shoot we started with an idea, and ran with it. We shot everything from a heroic shot of grandfather and his grandkid on the famous Biltmore golf course at dawn, to kids underwater and a multigenerational family enjoying the grounds. To see more of George Kamper's The Miami Biltmore go to georgekamper.com

George Kamper captures “Lyle Lovett, the Renaissance Cowboy”

Photographer George Kamper's latest work inspires nostalgia of the Old West. Equestrian Quarterly asked George to shoot the supplementary images to an article on singer Lyle Lovett titled "Lyle Lovett, the Renaissance Cowboy of Texas." George also received the title of Photography Director on the magazine masthead. Here is what George had to say about the experience: "I photographed Lyle for the Equestrian Quarterly cover and feature story in Katy, Texas. He was very gracious, warm and friendly. Lyle was competing in a "Reining" tournament so we would have to catch him between his rides to interview and do the shoot. I shot with available light and reflectors, taking time to source a few choice spots where I thought the light and backgrounds would be flattering and interesting. We ended up with several looks and had some great shots for the cover and feature."

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This was also a feature on Workbook's blog which can be seen here.

“The Sporting Life” in the Dominican Republic

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Lifestyle Photographer George Kamper recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to photograph the new advertising campaign, "The Sporting Life" for Five Star Resort, Casa de Campo. Below are the final campaign images. To read Casa de Campo's Behind the Scenes blog post from our shoot, click here.

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GK is a APA National Annual Award Winner for Landscapes 2013

GK has added another award to his shelf! Winner of the APA National Annual Awards 2013 for his landscape work done in Moab, Utah. Workbook has also featured him on their blog showcasing Workbook members who won APA awards, click below to read all about it! http://www.workbook.com/blog/category/contests-events#page=1 1399227_10151901095086590_78351452_o

Lifestyle and Sports Photographer George Kamper featured in Communication Arts Photography Annual

  Communication Arts announced its winners of its 54th Annual Photography Competition with George Kamper being one of them! With over 5,111 entries only 130 of them won this prestigious award. Award winning photographers from all around the world submitted their work in several different categories. George submitted his Dive series in the Self Promotion category and won. From these still images he has also produced a moving animation video that can be seen here. Check out the latest issue of Communication Arts to see George Kamper's work from the 2012 Olympic Diving pre trials held in Fort Lauderdale Florida.