OK. So I didn’t shoot the pictures that actually appeared in Playboy Magazine but I did photograph the actual Playboy Centerfold Models at the Shoot the Centerfold photography workshop in Las Vegas this past weekend. Playboy photographers Arny Freytag, David Mecey, and Jarmo Pohjaniemi were the course instructors. Also on hand were Playmates Jessa Hinton (Miss July 2011), Ashley Mattingly (Miss March 2011), and Olivia Paige (Miss September 2010). Senior editorial staff for Playboy magazine were also there to review portfolios and answer questions. This was a great opportunity to network with other top photographers and share ideas and insights. I learned a lot, made a few friends, and will certainly attend in the future.Jessa Hinton (Miss July 2011) models on a 30 light set created by veteran Playboy photographer Arny Freytag.
Arny Freytag demonstrates lighting and posing techniques.Playboy photographer, Jarmo Pohlaniemi, and his crew work with Playmate Olivia Paige (Miss September 2010). The course instructors and their crews could not have been better. Attendees could ask questions of anyone at any time and information was shared freely without reserve. Miss March 2011, Ashley Mattingly, lights up a set created by Playboy photographer David Mecey. The models were all approachable, professional and fun and worked extremely hard for all three days.
Of course the Playmates couldn’t keep their hands off of me and kept begging for a photo. I finally relented and agreed to pose with them. What else could I do?