A simple portrait
When we were just about done, and MJ had switched into her own clothes, I wanted to catch a quick portrait before we wrapped up. One light. Nuthin' fancy. That's it below.
Shooting Fashion Isn't About The Photographer. It's About The Team
Fashion is about the clothing, it's about the story, and the model connecting with that story and bringing the clothing to life. To tell a story like this, you need a team. You need a great makeup artist, somebody killer with hair styling, you need a great outfit and accessories, and you need production help, you need photo assistants, you need drinks, snacks, sometimes a full meal or two; you need a second and third set of eyes, and in my case, I need behind-the-scenes photographers and videographers. It takes a team. More like an Army. But shooting in a team environment can really be fun and exciting. All these people are coming together to help tell this story, and if the image comes out great, we all share in the victory, and you feel that on the set.
Kalebra was my creative director for the shoot, and she did everything from choosing the model to selecting the styling, the set, the accessories, the hair and makeup looks, and working with the model on the story we wanted to tell on set. We have so much fun on these shoots together, and it's really a kick to see her vision come to life. Then once it does, I get to do my thing, and light it and shoot it. We make a really good team. :)
OUR MODEL: MJ BUTTERLY
Getting to work with a New York model like MJ Butterly was really a treat (follow her on Instagram: @mjbutterly). She was so professional, patient, funny, easy to work with, and a pleasure to have on set. She just gelled with everybody right away, and her poses and expressions were just spot on. She took Kalebra's story and just ran with it, and the day literally just flew by.
THE SHOOT BORN FROM A DRESS
From the moment a friend turned us on to the incredible fashion work of Julia Marie Chew, of Xiaolin Design — the shoot was born (follow her on Instagram: @xiaolindesign). Seeing her amazing design work propelled the entire shoot, and when Kalebra showed me the red feather dress she had chosen for our shoot, I knew we were off and running. Fashion photography is about the clothes, and when you have an amazing outfit, the rest comes together very quickly. Thank you Julia for sharing your wonderful work with us.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Our first choice for makeup artist is always the amazing Hendrickje Matthews (Instagram: @hendrickjemakeup), [above left] and we were lucky to get her for this shoot. She and Kalebra work so well together, and she totally nails the makeup looks Kalebra is after. She is also able to do quick turnarounds on the set for costume changes or different looks, and she's just a fun, positive presence on set. Any chance we get to work with her, we jump on it. We often look to Hendrickje to help us find an awesome hairstylist, and she connected us with Anna Dutko (Instagram: @style.hairandmakeup). We worked with Anna on a shoot last year, and she does wonderful work. The two of them work seamlessly together, and I can't wait to work with both again.
Our in-house producer, Christina Sauer, produced the shoot, and even though she really had her hands full, she did a fantastic job from start to finish. So, while Kalebra envisions all this stuff, Christina then has to make it all come together — from dealing with the location and their staff to working with the modeling agency, and booking flights, and coordinating the team — making sure all the equipment gets there (yes, we had to rent a cargo van), and…well…it's like putting together a big puzzle with lots of moving parts and people, but she totally rocked it. Thank you, Christina! :)