Home Alone has become one of those holiday favorites, a film so many watch each and every year. I remember liking Home Alone when I saw it in the theatre as a kid, but it isn't a movie I would call a favorite. I like the beginning, I like the end, I like the heart tugging moment when the old man next door gets a Christmas visit from his son. But... the middle with Kevin, (Macaulay Culkin) battling the bumbling burglars, was always a little boring to me.
Christmas movie royalty. Culkin with Jimmy Stewart
I always thought Kevin's family was the most interesting part of the movie, and they were only used to set up circumstance and story for Kevin. I would have loved more John Heard and Catherine O'Hara and the rest of the MCallister family. There were a lot of siblings and cousins in Home Alone, and if you only watch once or twice, they most likely all blended together. Gingers usually always stand out to me, and Kevin's older brother Jeff, although only in a few scenes, was noticed by me the first time I watched.
Jeff was played by actor Michael C. Maronna. Home Alone was Michael's first movie and after his time in Home Alone and its sequel, Michael went on to a successful career as a child star for five seasons in Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete & Pete. The show centered on two brothers, both named Pete Wrigley and their family and friends. Michael played one of the Pete's, the other, played by actor Danny Tamberelli. The show became a cult hit for many, and Michael and Danny are still working together, currently in a weekly podcast, The Adventures of Danny and Mike.
Maronna also appeared in a number of other television shows and movies, most notably 40 Days and 40 Nights and Slackers. Although he continued to act, Maronna moved behind the camera, working as an electrician on various TV shows and movies including; Sex And The City, Ugly Betty, Nurse Jackie, The Normal Heart and most recently on the Jennifer Lopez drama, Shades of Blue.
Although still a ginger, I wonder if any of the actors passing by Macronna on set know he was a part of one of Hollywood's biggest hits in the 90's? Most likely not, but if it were me, I would ensure to drop into the conversation with Miss Lopez while setting up the filters for her lighting.
Pete & Pete
Michael, along with sideburns, with Jason Segel and Devon Sawa in Slackers (2002)
Whenever I feature the work of Tom Nakielski from Lights On Studio, I know I can count on a beautiful blend of colorful lush locations and elegant masculinity. Tom often shoots his models surrounded by visual grandeur, and you can sense the feel of the environment soaking into how the model he is shooting moves and poses in front of his lens. This was certainly the case with Cleveland model JaylenBwhose poses perfectly match his sultry surroundings.
Tom first saw the 23 year old model on Model Mayhem. New to modeling, Jaylen only had done only one previous shoot before working with Tom. Tom describes Jaylen as a natural and completely comfortable in front of the camera. Tom had to keep reminding himself this was only Jaylen's second shoot as he went with every suggested pose, and then some, making them his own. From the start of the session, Tom says he knew it was going to be a great shoot.
'Jaylen naturally has the posture and grace of a Greek statue. His toned body, taut abs, handsome looks and graceful comportment make for a sight to behold. I was in photographers heaven throughout the session.'
I was especially impressed with how naturally, and seductively, Jaylen positioned his arms. I have seen many images with models who seem to struggle with arm placement, especially when starting out. Arms are often the last part of the body put into position, and many model struggle to create arm positions that look natural and not stiff or awkward.
There were so many, and such a beautiful array of images that Tom sent on featuring Jaylen's arms positioned about his head, a theme was born. Not only is the pose incredibly sexy, but also invites the viewer towards Jaylen's beautiful face and gorgeous brown eyes.
Female models are often shot with their arms above their head, to position their hair, or portray a sultry inviting 'come hither' look. Not all male models can pull off the pose as well, but it is perfected in Jaylen's hands, and arms.
'I have tried similar poses in the some home with other models but non came through as Jaylen did. He has an innate ability to make every pose a natural beauty. I was so thrilled with the first session that I invited Jaylen to come to Lansing for another shoot.
'I didn't think it could get any better than the first session but to my delight he performed like a pro. Am now working on a third session in the near future. I am working on some ideas and can't wait to see how he comes through on that session. Is it obvious that I have found my muse?'
When not in front of the camera, Tom's muse describes himself as usually silly and goofy and the comedian in the group. When it comes to his fitness and his work however, Jaylen is ambitious and always up for learning new things. The aspiring new model brings a positive energy to any new project he takes on, and loves collaborating with new photographers and rising to the challenge of creating imaginative and dynamic imagery.