As a photographer, I have grown to love styling and planning fashion editorial photoshoots to tell a unique story. Last summer I put together this chartreuse and cream editorial mainly because I was obsessed with the color chartreuse! That’s what really inspired this whole shoot.
I wanted the models to look like a modern take on greek statues. This is where I came across the National Building in Charlotte, NC. I loved the classical looking pillars and symmetry throughout the outside of the building. Immediately I knew this would be the perfect spot to bring this story to life.
Then I needed to find my team to bring this vision to life. I love working with Olivia & Hannah whenever I’m in North Carolina, they pose beautifully together. Something I always look for in models is how the collaborate when shooting…How do they take direction? Are they able to fluidity move in front of the camera?
I also needed a makeup artist for the shoot, Gabi Zambrano is so incredibly talented I knew I wanted to reach out and see if they would be down. When working with a team of creatives on a collaboration shoot it’s so important to remember everyone is working for free, including you, the photographer. Make it is worth your time and energy. What I mean by that is, if you are an experienced photographer work with fellow experienced creative team members.
Then it was shoot day! We all met at Gabi’s studio and got the models into makeup. I couldn’t find a hairstylist for this shoot but the hair wasn’t too crazy so the models did it themselves. Got into wardrobe that I provided and headed to our location.
It was a HOT shoot day, 104 degrees to be exact. This is where you must pivot and be flexible, I knew we couldn’t shoot too long in this heat before the models would become over heated and start sweating their makeup off and onto their wardrobe. We for about 25 minuets at the first location and then took a 10-15 minuet break in the car before shooting at our second location.
I loveeee getting to shoot collaborations. It’s a chance for me to try new things while shooting, work and grow relationships with other creatives in my community, get experimental when it comes to editing and makes me re fall in love with photography. I always walk away feeling refreshed and inspired. I recommend planning your own creative shoot/collaboration if your in a rut. If you need help planning one from start to finish I do offer in person shoot mentorships! where you can ask me any question you may have about shooting more creatively. Fill out a contact form, I would love to chat more!