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Men’s Fashion Photoshoot Downtown Budapest

On a Lovely October afternoon, we set out to shoot the auntum/winter collection of Loft Outlet. It is my long time favourite Italian style men’s fashion store in Budapest, Hungary. The location was Szabadság tér and a very cool interior design store called Point One. The models and stylists were – as always – the good people from Loft. So, let us do a fashion photoshoot downtown!

Loft is great in suits too, but what I really like is their selection of semi-casual fashion. Pieces of clothing that are elegant, but still very wearable and confortable. If you’re used to wearing jeans and t-shirts, it is just a tiny step to pick up a shirt and a coat, but it makes a world of a difference. This is what I believe in, and this is where they come in. When I need to freshen up or want to add a special something to my wardrobe.

If you want to buy something useful, then choose a piece that will complement your existing wardrobe, and build your collection this way.

Gergely Kun @LoftOutlet (paraphrasing/translating)

Some tech stuff ..

There were a few very cool moments during this shoot. One was at a staircase. It has a lovely grey texture where I set up all three of my models. I could’ve shot these in color as well, but somehow that curved wall called for black and white. I put my smaller, 72cm octabox on the first floor beaming down on the models.

Another was when I used my 14mm super-wide to capture one of my models. I went really low for this bug’s eye perspective. Using the extreeme distortion of the lens I managed to make the model taller than the buildings. The very buildings that had excellent lines and created a natural border for this central composition. This became one of my most iconic fashion images.

Gear used

  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon 105mm f2.8 Macro
  • Nikon 85mm f1.8
  • Nikon 24-70mm f2.8
  • Samyang 14mm f2.8
  • Jinbei 600W mobile strobe
  • Octaboxes: 72cm + 150cm

While this shoot was in 2018, there may a few pieces left of these awsome pieces that you can pick up at crazy low prices, or check out the new collections if you want something up to date!

If you are a fashion designer, a clothing company or a store wanting to sell more and more fabulous items, you may need a fashion photographer! If so, contact me!

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Fashion Media and Commercial Photo stories

Hotel Mystery Fashion Editorial

What? You mean there is a hotel in that building? Okay, the front is nicely remodeled, yeah, there are new windows now that you mention it, but … WOW! – I entered in Mystery Hotel Budapest with a few professionals just a few days before the official opening, so that I can get a glimpse of the place I’m going to shoot the spring portfolio of Loft Outlet in 2019. I know this might be a pun, and it is not intended, but the interior designers really made magic. The whole place is just awsome!

The place had a troubled history and without going into details, it was always connected with superstition, so it was a no brainer to turn its haunted history into an advantage. Rooms are themed, so whichever one you book, you’re sure to be surprised. Colors, wall arts and furniture are all carefully picked and restored or created in a unique style that will be talking about it for a long time.

This stylish interior gave a great base of operation for our photoshoot. The wild colors and patterns of the walls complemented the Italian design clothes the models were wearing.

We had a car, a Maserati Ghibli from the good people of Wallis. We also had a cinematographer recording out photoshoot!

Some tech stuff ..

The hotel opened its gate about a month before the shoot, and I had the privilage to see it before. It was an invaluable experience, because I already had an idea where I’d want to take pictures on the live photoshoot. I had a glimpse of the lighting conditions, but I knew I’d need my trusty 600W mobile studio strobe for this work.

This was the first shoot since I moved from Nikon to Sony. I bought minimal gear to speed up the shooting process. An ultrawide and a short telephoto was all that I needed to capture these images.

Gear used

  • Sony A7iii
  • Sony-Zeiss 16-35mm f4
  • Sony 85mm f1.8
  • Jinbei 600W mobile strobe
  • Octaboxes: 72cm + 150cm

And now, feel free to browse through the images!

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Fashion Media and Commercial

Fashion shoot at Loft HQ

Oh, how I love visiting Loft Outlet! If fact in the last couple of years I bought pretty much every single pair of my jackets, trousers and shirts at this shop. During these shopping sprees I got to know the guys and their unique approach to men’s fashion. This is why I was really excited, when Gergely Kun (an awsome guy by the way) commisioned me to shoot an editorial of the auntum collection of 2019 around the building.

Fashion Photograpgy Hungary - Man in Italian style suits look left
Fashion Photograpgy Hungary – Man in Italian style suits look left

While it was October, the sun was searing like crazy. All my lights were struggling to keep overpowering the sun. At least that was what they were supposed to be doing, but most of the times I relied purely on sunshine and shade. Luckily the three guys I was photographing were there to help me if I had to move anything. Photographing male talents has it’s perks.

” Shooting at a location like this had its challenges. ”

Shooting at a location like this had its challenges. It was next to impossible to leave distracting elements out of the compositions, so I started using them as props. The color of the walls, sides of vans, railings are a great example.

Due to the insane light, I had to get creative with the depth of field as it was impossible to shoot at an open apperature as I usually do. In return, the images are crisp clear and sharp. All the colors came out lively and real.

Wardrobe was awsome as always. Strait out of Italy, these pieces of fashion never fails to amaze me. As the shoot was just a day after the new shipment was opened, they were very new. I already know what I’ll take home next time I visit the store!

I love models that have a connection to the brand they are modelling for. In this case, the three guys actually work for the company. They have decades of combined experience styling men. This was a shoot where we certainly did not need a stylist.

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First Page Media and Commercial Music

Red Swamp Band Photoshoot

Red Swamp in an awsome modern sludge/stoner metal band with a twisted kind of humour. Just the way I like it. I already shot a story for them a few years ago, so they comissioned me to shoot their band media pictures.

Red Swamp stoner metal band photo shoot

I bought them to one of my favourite places, the empty factory. They were very fun to work with and we had a kickass time together doing numerous locations and poses. They chose three very different concepts that provided immensly discrete looks.

Red Swamp stoner metal band photo shoot

Check them out at: https://redswampband.com

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Guitar Photoshoot for Zemaitis Guitars

A guitar themed photoshoot? Are you kidding? F.ck yeah! Especially if my model is the extremely talented 6 string wielding badass, Andris Gabor from the amazing band Ozone Mama and a Zemaitis guitar.

All my life, I was crazy about guitars. My dad had one, and I own several of them. And a bass guitar. And a banjo. And a couple of ukuleles. You get the idea. I’ve played in bands, but I never considered myself a rock star. Someone who would be able to make it in the business. Still I know a lot about music and the instruments that breath life into it. This is why it was an honour to shoot a series for Zemnaitis guitars.

I choose an empty old factory that has cool graffitis. I took a few lights and my Nikon gear for the shoot. Andris bought a trunk of vintage clothes and Kati, who was our stylist for the shoot. I had Ákos as my assistant extraordinaire, helping me lift stuff and set up lights. It is always a bliss to work with people who know what they’re doing.

There was a sunset going on, so we went outside as well. If I’m on a commercial shoot, I usually use studio strobes to precisely control light, but even I cannot deny how sweet sunset looks.

You can reach Andris’ band, Ozone Mama at http://www.ozonemama.com.

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First Page Media and Commercial Music

Band promo shoot in Szentendre

I love to shoot emerging talents, especially power trios that kick ass! These guys may be young, but the energy and technical perfection they present cease to amaze me every time I see them perform.

I was at a beer festival or something in Szentendre, my home town. Just strolling with my family, trying to avoid crowds and keep my sanity. Let’s say I’m socially challenged when it comes to big public events. I get panic attacks when I have nothing important to do. This is why it was amazing when I just stopped and listened.

NB Trio Band Photography Szentendre
NB Trio Band Photography Szentendre

As I wrote above, I love power trios. From Hendrix to Kamchatka, from S.R.V. to Cream, from Motörhead to The Police, .. want me to go on? Anyway, they were playing something Hendrix like, but a bit more complex. Like Sons of Morpheus (another power trio, this time from Switzerland .. gotta remember putting their photos on this website). I just stood there and listened, and somehow remembered their names. N.B. Trio.

What d’ya know? A few months later I was comissioned to shoot their band pictures for media purposes. Of course, we choose some cool places in Szentendre. If you’re from around, you’ll probably recognize at least two locations.

NB Trio Band Photography Szentendre
NB Trio Band Photography Szentendre

Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/nbtrio/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa3MkcFE8Mb7I36zKsuGWaw