It started with a print found on the wall of a Las Vegas casino bar...*
A phone grab of a print on a wall
My partner saw this image hanging between the men's and ladies' room doors in a bar at the Venetian in Vegas. When she told me it was an image I would like, I had to take a peek. I loved it! I kicked myself for not grabbing a shot for my inspiration file at that moment. The image haunted me for two days - so much so that I had to make a special trip back to grab this shot. I began to plan the execution of a similar scene but one that I would make my own.
* info about this inspirational image…
A while after I posted this original Adobe Spark story, someone tweeted me some additional information about the original photograph. It turns out I wasn't the first one inspired by this image. Originally it was a Vogue shoot from 1962 which Stella Artois's restaged for a 2010 campaign. Unlike Stella's campaign, my homage was to create something new based upon the original Vogue shoot. A little tidbit: I was 1 years old when this original photo was taken.
A comparison of the original Vogue and the Stella recreation
meanwhile back at the story…
I put a casting call on the Minnesota Model's Facebook group seeking a 'drinking age' model willing to do some silhouette work with a wine bottle. Response was huge and I found myself with a plethora of great candidates from which to choose. I picked a girl named 'Tali' to be talent and set out looking for props and planning the shoot.
Tali, talent for the session
I wanted it to be the same thing-only different, as the saying goes. Less silhouette and more color - as well as a more varied wardrobe were planned. I also wanted more a full-length look than the inspiration shot. Red satin and red velvet figured prominently in the props as well as red wine, red lipstick and a single red rose. Other than a woman and a wine glass, the shoot was already diverging from the inspiration.
A quick phone grab of the set showing all the props