How does one translate an idea on paper into an actual product, well in my case a photograph? The answer is pretty simple, get an amazing team that can help you bring that idea to life.
The idea was to take a flower and use it as an eyepiece, which on the surface sounds pretty simple, but the execution was the challenge. I reached out to Andrayah Parker owner of Geometry Hair and Makeup Studio to help bring this concept to life. Once I explained the initial concept she was immediately on board, even though she has never done anything like this before. What I love about Andrayah is that she never backs down from a challenge, what she will do is practice until she gets it right and that is exactly what she did. On the day of the shoot, I was very happy to see how she took what was an idea on paper and brought it to life, she is amazingly talented.
Now that the main focal point was addressed we needed to get a model who can make a bold statement by owning this flower and not letting it own her. That model was Sarah Maria. This is not my first time working with Sarah and I knew she had this amazing ability to become this chameleon and morph into whatever it is we toss at her. Once Sarah gets in front of the camera I think she has great ability to intrinsically know what I want by providing the exact expressions and feeling I wanted her to emote. During the shoot, I felt bad because I find myself shooting and not saying a word which as a photographer I should never do but I feel like if I said something that I have simply ruin the vibe.
The gear I chose for this shoot was the Sony A9 with the 70-200 2.8 GM lens, the Godox AD600 with a reflector as the main light and the Godox AD200 with a reflector as the background light. This was my second time using the Sony A9, this camera is very powerful, it has many features which I really enjoyed and it made the process of capturing an image effortless and fun. I will have my complete review of this camera very soon.
I really want thank the entire team that helped to make this vision possible. In addition, I also want to thank Demondrie Rodgers for assisting on this shoot. Also, I want to thank Wayne Wonder for capturing the amazing behind the scenes video footage.
In conclusion, the look I was going for was something very classic and old Hollywood. I knew I wanted the image to be in black and white, so I captured it in that fashion. I also wanted the image/pose to be very soft so in my production process I made my decision based on these factors.
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