Category Archives: Milk

>> SPLASH HEROES << AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – Behind The Scenes Video

Thank you to all of you who purchased our AurumLight 2014 Milk Calendar – MilkyPinups!
It means a lot to us and makes what we do possible.

Unfortunately we have run out of Milky PinUps Calendars as this was only a limited edition we quickly sold out.

But I have some great news for you!
We are currently working on Milky Calendar for 2015 and it will be available for pre-order in a few months.

The new theme will be inspired by the Milky Bamboo Forest Fight that we did some time ago. I thought we should look in that direction.
There is something special about powerful heroines. It is an exciting concept with a lot of creative potential. This will be my personal tribute and milky parody of special characters…

So for AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – we will create universum of >> SPLASH HEROES <<

We will go above and beyond. Experiment with colours of the liquid, shapes, and lighting.
I am sure it will be a great challenge and you will love it too!

>> SPLASH HEROES << AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – January

Some time ago we were approached by German TV, PRO Sieben to let them film us during our work. I thought the SPLASH HEROES series will be perfect for it.

>> SPLASH HEROES << AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – June

A few weeks later we had the crew of Galileo Show in London and here is their document from the day that was aired earlier this month.

Copyrights AurumLight & ProSieben-Galileo.


That was a great weekend and we have some really cool illustrations. In a couple of weeks we are making the second round and in May we will bring one of our SPLASH HEROES ladies to Frankfurt for our Milk Workshop on 17-18th May.

>> SPLASH HEROES << AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – December

Please watch this space as there is more to come!

Cheers
Jaroslav
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Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz, AurumLight – Interview

Today I have an interview for you that was just published by N-Photo photography magazine in the UK.
In the actual print you can find only an unauthorized shortened version of my thoughts below.

So, I thought it would be nice to drop a full length of the 10-Q&A, I hope you will find useful!

Keep up great work Guys!

Cheers
Jaroslav

[N-Photo] How did you make the move from architect to pro photographer?

[JW] Depends on the assignment I still work simultaneously as an architect and a photographer. That ability is giving me a lot of freedom with choosing the right job or client.
Both of these worlds are keeping me focused and sharp. I believe that being an architect first has helped me to become a much better photographer. Working on a multi million development with a team of specialists around you, taught me how to deal with stress and find simple yet innovative solutions to complex problems.
After training like that, a $50K photographic assignment is not that scary anymore.

I went into photography because in this field the creative pay-off is much faster. I don’t have to work for a two-three years to see results of my efforts.
It is a tremendous burst of satisfaction.
Photography also takes me to many different places, allows me to meet talented people and to create a fantastic work with them.

Tell me more about promoting your work on FB, Flickr and Twitter – how do get your work and your name talked about? Which social media outlet works best for you? Has it lead to extra work or unexpected jobs?

The truth is I don’t use social media very well, nor do I like to do that.
We live in really interesting times. You have direct access to your potential clients, publishers, peer group and promotional tools for free. Never before the work was viewed or shared so instantly and by so many.
But in the process many people were caught in that terrible pace. Our news feeds are bombarded every minute with hundreds of pictures from all over the world. Many people think that if they want to stay on top of the game they need to share often and a lot… the more they share the lower the quality of work is seen on-line.

To me the most important thing is the content. I believe that people appreciate the hard work, and because of the respect to the viewer I only post my best work.
If you like people to talk about your illustrations the best way is to step out of that on-line community for a while produce quality work and come back when you are ready to do so.

To give you an example, the Milky Pinups series took me fifteen months to finish and eleven months before I posted them online the first six to promote the calendar.

How did your milk portraits project come about? Were you expecting it to be such a big hit?

I didn’t expect that there would be such an interest especially not from mainstream media and TV.

Liquid photography in advertising and other genres has been around for many years.
My all-time inspiration is Jean-Paul Goude – for one a photographer, for others graphic designer, choreographer or director. But to me first of all an artist who never was afraid to work hard. Similar technique used in early 90s in the dark room and working with negatives!
The digital photography made this process simpler and more affordable. Photographers like Paulo Vainer, Kurt Stallaert, Andrey Razumovski, Christophe Gilbert or Bill Cahill was doing liquid photography years before me. When I was experimenting with my work I tried to learn from them all as much as I could. I was sending emails, calling, traveling to workshops and assisting. And when I was ready, I started to work on ideas from my sketchbook.

Attention that I recently received proves that if you are willing to go the extra mile and work harder than most you will find your place in any field. And I think that there is a space for absolutely everyone, no matter where you live and what you do. If you are good and persistent, the success will come with time. Just stay focused!

How has it changed your career (I see you now run milk workshops and have won prizes for your shots)?
What was it like getting your shots printed and talked about in magazines and newspapers?

Attention really helps and brings not only exposure but also more work. It makes you feel that what you do matters to other people.

But it doesn’t make my illustrations better or worse if there is no exposure.
Some of my work makes me really proud because I remember, the obstacles me and my team had to go through to make it happen. I really don’t care if it is popular piece or not. We did it and that’s what really matters.

Does your website help you find opportunities?

I think that there is a lot to do to make my website user friendly. I just have no time to look into that.
But, it is an important medium. It is your digital business card that should instantly tell people who you are and what you do.
It should be a great one, that is a fact, but first you need a great content.

Can you describe your daily routine when you aren’t on assignment? (taking bookings, editing shots, using social media, updating your website etc).

If not on assignment…
My day start around 21:30-22:00… Yes, this is the time when I like to sit down with a clear head, no one calls, I can legally ignore emails and focus on work in postproduction. I usually edit until 3-4am.
Then waking up at 9am ,quick breakfast and answering emails and phone calls until 11am. I rarely take bookings from private clients, instead I focus on bigger productions, advertising or calendars. Jobs like that are great if you can get them. It is hard but will take you much further than shooting portraits every second day. There’s a lot of phone calls and emails to do. To seal a resent contract it took us 4 weeks just to agree on the scope, brief and fees. It is a pretty tricky part especially when you work for clients from oversees and you can’t just sit down and talk about the project.

After all that I can again clear my headspace and spend at least a couple of hours on storyboarding, future thinking or study history or other cultures if the story or design of the project requires it.
I have at a minimum two personal projects that are ongoing and when they are on advance stages I often pitch them to potential clients. It is very a effective way to work with new people.
I try to stay away from the social media or news websites as much as I can. I consider Facebook as time-vampire exactly like television. I haven’t had a TV set since 2003 and it works well form me, I wish it would be so easy with the net.

Between 2-4pm I have some current tasks to do like prop making. Not many people know but most of the elements that are on my photos are actually made or designed by me.
After that editing again till 6pm. when I am back home with my wife we have some time together. That is pretty much it and it has been my routine for the past three years, 7 days a week. It was hard but there is no other way.

What advice would you give to young photographers keen to get their name known?

If that is your goal you should sign up for some kind of reality TV show or something similar on TV
That shouldn’t be the goal itself.
The destination on your road map should be great work. Quality material and personal satisfaction. These things will keep you healthy and happy. If you focus on getting your name out there you need to understand that it takes time and if you think that it can happen overnight you will quickly become disillusioned.
If you want to be successful you got to work harder than other people. Simple as that.
I do photography because I believe it is more cool than going to the pub. Do not complain about simple stuff there are always people that are in a worse situation than you just keep going.

What kit do you find essential as a professional?

Kit is a secondary thing it is what you do with it and who you work with that counts. All of my work was possible only because there was a team of dedicated people with me. Together we can make dreams a reality.

Until the end of 2012 I had just one camera a Nikon D300 and two lenses. If there was a need we were hiring gear for jobs.
You really don’t need much to take off.

What’s been your best-paid job so far?

I love when something that started off as a personal project receives a warm response from others and later becomes a fully commercial advertising project.
That is my favourite scenario.
Money wise, so far every job we are getting is more complex with bigger budgets and fees. the project I have mention above is our best-paid to date. In mid-2014 I will be able to talk more about that. But I hope that until that time we will beat it.

Have you had any disasters when it comes to paid work or assignments?

“Knocking on wood” we have not had any disaster on commercial assignments. I think that in that case it is not the right time to experiment or test something or someone. We spend a lot of pre-planning and pre-light time which I always try to argue over in the budgets. And when it comes to the day everyone should be well briefed and prepared.

But when I do my personal projects we do all sorts of assumptions and go with a flow, taking risks to pull of the concept. We have failed a number of times. But that is part of the game. Interesting failure is much better than boring success… not in front of a client though!

Cheers
Jaroslav

http://www.AurumLight.com

Australia SPLASH TOUR 2013 – Summary

Hey Everyone!

I don’t know how about you but for us January went like a blast!

Very exciting times ahead and we are thrilled about new up and coming projects.
I Will let you know all about them in the near future…

But first I would like to thank everyone who purchased the AurumLight 2014 Milky Pinup Calendar!
It means a lot and makes what we do possible! We deeply appreciate it.

Cheers for a fantastic end of year!
…and what a finish it was!

We wrapped up 2013 with an Australian Splash Tour and we had a fantastic time!
This time we visited Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Big thanks to our friends at L&P Digital Photographic – who made the tour possible!

Without their great efforts at the other end, the tour would have been a serious mission.

Our participants were given an opportunity to work with high-end gear, and shoot with Phase One IQ260 and full house of Profoto lights!




The last time we shot in Oz, we made quite a mess [images from 2011 Splash Tour], and since our Australian friends were so encouraging I decided to make a proper splash again!
Thanks to understanding owners of the studios from Brisbane – Ross Street Studio, Melbourne – Young St Studios and Phase Studio in Sydney we were able to shot illustrations like this one below.
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Here is Shay as The Milky Demon from a new series that will follow in a short while.

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We also have found a bit of time to relax in Byron Bay which is quite an extraordinary part of the world!

I have a sketchbook that I carry around. When the moment is right I love to sit down and make some visual notes to myself.
And this is the environment where the storyboard for new AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar came about! And the first shoot for that project is already sheduled this month. We are very excited!
I’ve felt like a writer on his winter retreat.


… it was a great time that I shared with my lovely wife. We can’t wait to come back in 2015!

Once again, Thanks to our partners, teammates, models, participants and everyone who made this OZ tour possible.
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And now… AurumLight WORKSHOPS 2014 !
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

To all who are asking for up and coming dates – Yes, we are preparing something special for this year!

We will visit this year:

April 5-6 – London, United Kingdom
May 17-18 – Frankfurt, Germany
May 24-25 – Milan, Italy
July 20-24 – Schloss Hoff, Austria
August DateTBC – Switzerland
and…
USA SPLASH TOUR 2014 in September/October!
We would like to visit both coasts this time and few a cities in between!

If you are interested in any of above events you can register you interest by sending us email with your city of choice to: workshops@aurumlight.com
We will get back to you with the newsletter as soon we will secure the venue and the date.
The booking pages for London and Frankfurt events will go life tomorrow morning.

Cheers
Jaroslav

The “Milky PinUps” 2014 Calendar – available for ordering! **SOLD OUT**

**UPDATE** Please note that the calendar is Sold Out.

Hey everyone,

We are back to London after closing this year with an amazing Australia Tour!
It was great and we loved going back to Oz, but more about that and our plans for 2014 (and yes USA Tour too) a little bit later…

Today we are very happy to announce that the AurumLight 2014 Calendar “Milky PinUps” is now available for ordering!

The “Milky PinUps” 2014 Calendar is a limited edition of only 100 copies [A3 size], cost of which is £39.99 excluding postage.
We are offering it on the first-come-first-served basis and over half of the stock has already gone to our happy subscribers!

To order your copy please check below the Royal Mail price list and delivery options and pick the suitable one.
We strongly recommend the signed option with the proof of delivery.

To check availability and secure your order please email info@aurumlight.com for the PAYPAL payment details.
The total cost is the price of the calendar and your chosen delivery option.

- Please remember to send us a confirmation email with your postal address and chosen option of delivery.
– Please note that postal charges may differ if you order more than one calendar and this needs to be confirmed beforehand.
– We will dispatch the parcel as soon as we receive both, your payment and the delivery address.

Last but not least.

Thank you for your support. It is deeply appreciated!
It was a great year and we are grateful that you guys are around. It made the whole thing worthwhile!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the AurumLight Team.

Best regards
Jaroslav

MILK Workshops 2014!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

17-18 May 2014 – Frankfurt, Germany

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Milk Calendar 2014 – Coming Soon!

Hey everyone!

Please meet Alice as Miss August, Johanna as Miss September and Patricia as Miss May.
These three Milky Illustrations were made for our upcoming limited edition Milk Calendar 2014.

The Calendar contains recent Milky Pin-up Series and it will premiere during our Milk Workshop in Australia this November 2013!

The Calendar will be available for pre-ordering shortly after and shipping starts in December!

There are still three unpublished Milky Pin-ups and next month you will meet Lilia as Miss October.

I have mentioned in the previous blog post that we are referring to the masters of the Pin-up genre and those into that theme already have spotted pieces by Gil Elvgren:

Many thanks for checking!
Please stay tuned there is more to come.

MILK Workshops 2014!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

5-6 April 2014 – London, United Kingdom
17-18 May 2014 – Frankfurt, Germany


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My best regards
Jaroslav

Milk Workshop in Lucerne, SWITZERLAND 12-13 October 2013

Hey everyone!

I am very pleased to announce this year’s last European edition of the Milk Workshop in Lucerne Switzerland in 12-13 October 2013.
Just before our departure to Australia!

Recently we received a very kind invitation from our friend Pirmin Zimmermann who has just opened his new Atelier in Lucerne and has asked us to run an opening show there.
I am very happy to do that as this will be our First Workshop in Switzerland!

This Premium Milk Workshop has a limited number of spots so if you would like to book your seat please Click Here for the Booking Page!
[ We now have just 9 left! ]

A full agenda can be found on the Workshop Details Page.
You will get chance to make your own liquid illustration exactly the same way we did in our recently awarded Black series:


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It is a full Hands-On 2 day workshop!
Where the first day is open with an overview presentation, covering “know how”, tools, lighting and demo shoot and then later take over by the participants working with a two model. And the second day – all about the post production process!


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It is also very exciting for me as we will shoot in Switzerland the last instalment for the MILKY PIN-UP Calendar 2014 !
We just need a ‘November Girl’ and the calendar will be done and available hopefully the following month!


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P.S. Australia – Thank you to everyone who subscribed to the workshop newsletter! We are in the process of securing the studios in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and I will blog all the details in the next couple weeks.
If you would like to receive an advance notice about the booking the Australian Milk Workshop, please email us at workshops@aurumlight.com and we’ll get back to you when all details are confirmed.

Thank you and hopefully see you there
Jaroslav

You might want to check our previous edition summaries:

MILK WORKSHOP – London 2013 SUMMARY
MILK WORKSHOP – Hollywood 2012 SUMMARY
MILK WORKSHOP – Australia 2011 SUMMARY

MILK Workshops 2014!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

5-6 April 2014 – London, United Kingdom
17-18 May 2014 – Frankfurt, Germany


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My best regards
Jaroslav

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