ALL DRESSED UP WITH NOWHERE TO GO (WELL, NOT EXACTLY)
What do you do when you have a dress / fashion designer, make-up artist, hair dresser, stunning dress, willing model, and of course, photographer, all in one place / town wanting to make something cool?
Well, you plan a collaborative photo-shoot, of course.
The great thing about being in this type of situation is that things tend to take on a life of their own and evolve – many times – along the way. So we weren’t without anywhere to go for long! We simply took over the actual hair salon where the model was prepped as our location on this rainy afternoon in Stellenbosch.
The rest, as they say in the classics, is history.
The brief was simple enough:
VINTAGE CHIQUE, THREE TO FOUR SCENARIOS, COOL DRESS, 2 HOURS, BUT LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
So, we set to work, and as these things go sometimes a few speedy corrections need to be made right up front. For instance: I was under the impression we were shooting upstairs in the dress design studio, but was duly informed (albeit diplomatically) that we would in fact be shooting in the hair salon down stairs.
No problem (on the surface, at least, in my mind the lighting ratios / balance / equipment changes were running at the speed of light – pun intended!) And as is often the case – in my experience at least – it is exactly in these types of situations (i.e. being thrown in the deep end / being pushed out of your comfort zone) that we produce some of our most satisfying work.
Keeping it simple (and being resourceful) in this type of scenario is often key, and as such all the images (save for the portrait close-up) were one light set-ups (speed-light in umbrella) – mixed/balanced with the ambient.
Simplicity in photography…
Can’t say enough about it.
BTS (BEHIND THE SCENES)
Something like this can, of course, never happen without an awesome team that works well together:
Model: Mia Dupper
Stylist / Dress Designer: Saskia Wicomb
Location: Kuif Hairdresser, Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
Photographer: Me, of course (MULLERFOTO.COM).
Below are a couple of group pics, after wrapping for the day, of our bespoke team.
Often we get caught up in the minutiae of everyday life – and sometimes we have to to survive – but getting out there to work on a personal project (or collaborating on a bigger project that may be the culmination of many personal projects), especially as creative professionals, is super important in my experience.
It keeps things interesting.
COLLABORATION WITH AWESOME PEOPLE CAN PUSH YOU CREATIVELY, BUT IT ALSO AFFORDS YOU THE OPPORTUNITY, AND HAS THE POTENTIAL, TO FORM BONDS WITH PROFESSIONALS IN OTHER, COMPLIMENTARY, FIELDS – WHO KNOWS WHERE IT WILL LEAD?
And besides, it’s just plain bespoke fun 😉
FOOTNOTES: Thanks to all involved for making it happen, had a blast!