Many of my post are about the pictures I capture while filming great events but this time its all about the pictures, because they are the event. About 3 wks ago I was talking to my girlfriend, Rebekah, about us really doing a well planned and executed shoot. In the past most of my shoots with her have been impromptu and in the middle of the night. That mostly due to the uncertainty of my work schedule and being on call 24/7. In the effort of pushing my talents into the field of fashion photography and helping my girlfriend build her portfolio, it was absolutely necessary that I sit down and try to plan out a full out high fashion shoot while keeping my fingers crossed that some random high profile celebrity event would not just pop up on the calendar. Which it actually did… Thank you Kim K wedding!!! But that still didn’t stop my show.
Being in leadership in college I know a lot about event planning and organization. But to plan out a full on all-day production where no one gets paid except through gratitude and the possibility of getting “Good” pictures to add to their portfolio is not as easy as it seems.
As usual when I get an idea I go hard or go home. So instead of being reasonable and reaching out to one stylist like a normal human being I went for two. (more so because in Hollywood people’s schedules can shift last minute so its always better to be over prepared). The funny ending to that is I planned to shoot all day and figured there is 24 hrs in a day so I”ll do one stylist in the am and one in the pm but some how in the magical way the universe made both stylist available only after 5pm. So of course it was a late night. One stylist was Ashley Sean Thomas, stylist not only to the stars but to the top fashion magazines in the world. I actually met him when I was shooting BTS for Derek Blanks, celebrity photographer who has mastered and popularized the Alter ego style of photography, during a private shoot with Brandy. Then later that week we brought in Mr. Thomas to the HipHollywood loft for an interview where I asked if he does test shoots. He said yes and definitely kept his word.
The other stylist was Charlie Brianna. I had more of a rapport built with charlie being that I shot the spring look book for her eyewear collection Blindfold. I reached out to charlie and she said she was on board. So then it was time for hair and make-up!
On hair was Jazmayne Chatman of GlamSquad LA who I met through my homies at MVT Boutique 4306 Melrose ave. And on Make-Up Lanae Garcia who did make-up for a shoot I did with Charm Ladonna (choreographer/ dancer).
Leading up to the reached out to a friend Whitney Smith to help keep everything on schedule and she also added another model for me, Kayla Miller. So then It was time to shoot!
Here are some BTS Pics
So Imma let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Let me know what you think!
Those were Charlie’s looks. Hot Right!?
Up next is Ashley Sean Thomas
Tell me what you think!
Big thanks to the team who helped make it happen.