Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Book: Intimo

Intimo is a collection of intimate portraits of Asian men by photographer Jay Plogman. The images explore multiple dimensions of the male body in various settings. The photographs celebrate a wide range of expressions: from the passive to the dynamic, from the gritty to the elegant, from the exotic to the erotic. Intimo is a call to appreciate the diversity of male beauty.

Order your copy from Blurb now

View (some of) the book here:

Monday, June 21, 2010

Meet the Models: Jerwin Mercado

This is a story of networking, knowing the right people, and being in the right place at the right time!

It was 2007. I had just moved to Manila, Philippines at the very end of March. Just eight short weeks into my Philippine adventure I find myself clear on the other side of the island of Luzon at Pueblo por la Playa resort in Lucena with film director Felino Tañada and Jerwin Mercado, one of the stars of his latest film Hanggang Dito Na Lamang at Maraming Salamat.

Felino is a friend of a friend I had met just a few weeks earlier. Knowing Felino needed a photographer for a photo spread publicity piece about Jerwin, my new friend gave him my contact information. So Felino calls me up and early one morning a couple days later I'm being driven across the island to do the photo shoot!

Jerwin was no stranger to the camera, which was a big help as he was a pretty quiet and shy guy the day of the shoot. With a little direction from his trusted director acting also as my assistant in set up and lighting, we pulled off a wonderful all day shoot. Fourteen hours later I was back in own bed, weary but very satisfied with the work we'd produced that day.

The shame of it all is Icon magazine (the magazine for which we were shooting these images) went under just days after our shoot! The photos were never able to be used to promote Jerwin and the film before it opened. Actually, we did manage to have some prints exhibited at a local club in Manila along with a trailer for the film, but it wouldn't be until a few months before I was to return to the US in 2009 that the images would make it to a magazine, promote Jerwin and the film, now out on DVD...and even that issue came out a year late!

I owe my friend, Felino, and Jerwin many thanks. The initial response to the images from this shoot helped bring attention to me and my work, encouraging others to work with me. For that I am eternally grateful; especially to Jerwin, for being so easy to work with...and a tremendously good looking model.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Meet the Models: Reinan

The photo shoot I did with Reinan in Manila last year was his first ever by a professional photographer. I remember he had a little trouble at first with posing, but he has such a great personality and attitude that after a few poses he quickly fell into a comfortable groove and the shoot was a smashing success. Apparently I'm not the only one who thought so, as the marketing manager of Slitz saw the pictures and told Reinan how much they would like to include them in the magazine.

So some of the images from that shoot of Reinan were published in Slitz magazine's October 2009 - January 2010 online issue. Here are the pages for you to enjoy!

You can check out Slitz's website here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Summer Portrait Specials - July Bookings

Jay Plogman Photography announces 3 special summer portrait packages. I'm now booking for July shoot dates.

All packages include:

-Pre-shoot consultation
-2 - 3 hour photo shoot session
-Individuals or families/groups of up to 4 persons
($40 fee for each additional person)
-Preview and selection appointment

Makeup artist services also available upon request. There is an extra charge for this service.



From your 3 favorite poses you'll receive:

-2ea 8x10 prints
-2ea 5x7 prints
-8 wallet prints
-Free digital file of each pose purchased*
(File is low resolution suitable for internet display)
*Additional files available at $10 each.

Regularly $200



Up to 15 of your favorite images will be saved to CD in low resolution suitable for posting on Friendster, Facebook, MySpace, Multiply and other internet sites.

Regularly $280



This takes the Show Off Online Package one step further! You get up to 15 of your favorite images saved to CD in both low resolution and high resolution file sizes! This way, one file can be used for online applications and the other can be used for prints! Each size is saved to CD in separate, specially-marked folders for ease of locating.

Regularly $350

Remember, no matter which package you choose, all shoots include the following retouching/editing of all poses selected.
-brightening of eyes
-whitening of teeth
-removal of skin blemishes
-minimize appearance of wrinkles
-adjustment of shadows
-improve brightness
-optimization of color and tone

*Featured model: Billy Mosura

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Simmi is a 21 year old model based in Cincinnati, OH. Full of life, energetic, and enthusiastic, he's a joy to shoot. You can see more of Simmi's work in his Model Mayhem portfolio here.