So, here’s a photo shoot where I was tossed a few curve balls and how I was able to address and navigate each one.
First let me thank the incredible team that made this photoshoot happen.
Demetra was our hair stylist and wardrobe stylist on this shoot. If you ever have the pleasure of making her acquaintance, you will quickly realize there’s never a dull moment with her; she keeps the energy high and is acutely tuned in and anticipates the needs of her team members.
Shannon Sharpe was the make up artist on this shoot. She is always affable, wearing a smile, easy to work with, and willing to do what it takes to complete the vision.
Vivian Powers Ramge, and Miguel Angel were the models. This was my first time working with both Vivian and Miguel; they were both professional and attentive. They never complained about poses, and trusted my directives. Miguel was very dedicated; he got separated from our little photoshoot team motorcade as we made our way to the venue. Instead of giving up and leaving us, he parked his car and was picked up by Vivian’s mother at an agreed upon meeting spot. We were able to complete the shoot without losing anyone and compromising the vision - with one exception, Shannon our MUA; sadly she didn’t make it to the “other side” with us. Twelve-gun-salute for Shannon. Until we meet again, my friend.
Wayne and Najee, they are the permanent team, but they do deserve credit as well. Wayne did a really great job with capturing behind the scenes video. Najee was an incredible assistant with lighting and video.
Let’s get into this shoot. Initially, the idea for this shoot was parkour with fashion. However, the parkour model was unable to participate. Given that I had all the resources lined up I decided to change the theme of the shoot; the new concept became: an edgy fashion shoot. With the new concept, I needed a new male model and Miguel stepped-in and was a welcome addition.
Downtown Raleigh - our venue on the day of the shoot - was also hosting Iron-Man Raleigh, as a result, downtown was completely blocked off. More on that later. After we navigated - thank you, Demetra - the Iron-Man Raleigh event with all the resulting road-closures and detours; we were faced with yet another challenge, my original location had construction work going on. So, once again, I had to come up with yet another location that would work well for the team, all while communicating with and corralling the remaining team members who didn’t make it to the original location, and getting everyone to the new location to start shooting. Whew! Stay with me. The new location from a lighting perspective was not ideal for me, but I decided to play the hand I was dealt. I ended up working with direct harsh sunlight, which would have been a problem for me if I had never worked with direct sunlight before. Understanding posing and the light, helped me navigate this not so ideal situation.
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