Scott Saw - VIXEN Photography
Scott Saw was just "f*cking around" when he first picked up a camera. Using his background in fine arts as a tool to enhance his photography, Saw has formulated a unique and highly coveted style.
With beautiful models in lingerie as his subjects, Saw's company, VIXEN Photography, has worked with some notable magazine titles, including Vicious Bettys Magazine, Le Purr! Magazine, and Urban Ink, to name a few. We linked up with Saw to chop it up about his entry into the world of photography, his favorite subjects to shoot, how he makes tattoos pop on the tatted beauties he shoots, and the wildest project he’s ever worked on.
REBEL INK: What sparked your interest in photography?
Scott Saw: I've been shooting with an SLR for over 20 years. Until recently, I was just f*cking around, wishing I knew how to take good photos. A few years ago, I started using my photos as reference for my paintings, then I began screen-printing my photo images and painting over that. The better the photo, the better the reference-so I just kept teaching myself new tricks to improve.
Did you have any traditional training in photography or are you self-taught?
Self-taught, for the most part. I took an intro class in college that allowed me to develop film in a darkroom. Other than that, I've read books and just learned by trial and error. I have been oil painting for over ten years, so that background has helped me with composition and understanding lighting and image enhancement to some degree.
When did you decide that photography would be a full-time career? What influenced that decision?
A few years ago, my girl and I checked into a hotel room in San Francisco and decided to rock a boudoir photo shoot. I ran down the street to purchase a fast 50mm lens while she got dolled up. The photos I took during that session day are still some of my faves-something clicked that day. And people seemed to notice. I posted a few photos and people started hitting me up for shoots. It has just snowballed since then.
What subject matter do you most prefer to shoot?
Ladies in lingerie! Because it's sexy and fun as hell! My partner, Kixxi, and I are pretty good at bringing out the inner vixen of even the most timid tigress.
You've also shot plenty of tattooed models. What attracted you to the subject matter?
I love the added element of tattoo artwork when shooting...it creates a picture within a picture. I would say the majority of the ladies that come through my studio at least have some ink. Tattoos help tell the story of the person I'm working with, so I do my best to feature them when possible.
When it comes to shooting tattooed subjects, what are some things that you do to make the tattoos stand out?
Working with inked models can add depth to a shoot. I'll find myself composing the photos to show certain tats. Of course, good lighting is key. I use Alien Bees in my studio.
Are your editing techniques important when working on photos of tattooed subjects?
Editing definitely helps pop the ink. In post, I use HDR techniques to bring out detail in tattoos. Depending on the desired effect, I'll blur or sharpen areas until it all balances out and looks right.
What's the most exciting project that you've ever worked on?
I dig working with seasoned models and creative, expressive people-they mesmerize me as they move while I snap shots. It's a fun zone to be in when everything just clicks. I recently did a shoot with Britanie Girard. She's inked from head to toe and beautiful. My team of stylists got creative with her hair and make-up. We shot some tasteful nudes in the studio and then assembled a set at an abandoned trailer park. It was a blast!
See Scott Saw's photography at VixenPhotography.com
See Scott's fine art at ScottSaw.com
Photos provided by VIXEN Photography
Article by Emmanuel Urena