October 19, 2015
Well this post is pretty much the best thing ever! About a month ago Miss Alayne Curtiss from Make Me Fabulous asked me if I would be interested in doing an editorial shoot with model Nina Jade. Ummm, heck yes!!! You see, Alayne has always been so gracious with her time and talent with collaboration shoots… and now it was her turn to make her vision come to life! I feel so lucky to be the one to make that happen for her! We had two looks for this shoot. The first look was focusing on curls, curls, and more curls! This was for the launch of a new product that the salon will be carrying, Ouidad (the curl experts). The second look was bridal fashion. The hair and makeup essentially was a trial run for bridal fashion week…becauseeee this talented team was part of the glam squad working on the runway shows! How amazing is that?!?!
When it came to model Nina Jade, I was so excited to work with her! I’m familiar with her work and knew that she would be so great in front of my lens. And let me tell you, she exceeded my expectations! I met up with the team at the Make Me Fabulous headquarters. Alayne had a white projection screen in the front of the salon and it worked out fabulously for the first part of our shoot! I was torn between showing both color and black and white images for the first look, and ultimately I opted for black and white. It’s just a clean, classic studio look.
The second half of our shoot was taking place over at Something Bleu Bridal… I just about died when I walked in the boutique! I had so many ideas…and of course you know I brought my bag of tricks with me! We picked out three gowns and used both the main and back room for a set. The front room gave off a very dreamy, fairytale-like vibe…and I loved that! I was obsessed with the second room (which was currently under construction)! I loved the contrast of the beautiful bride in a room that wasn’t perfectly put together. Honestly, I loved it all. Some of you may be wondering how I achieved that dreamy effect… I took some bubble wrap- yes, packaging bubble wrap…. I ripped a small hole in the wrap and held it around my lens. Obviously it was focusing on the subject through the tear, leaving the rest of the image very dreamy and whimsical. By switching up my color temperature settings (depending on what look I wanted) also helped to create that magical effect. Woo hoo for cheap tricks! (That sentence has the potential to sound horrible when taken out of context…but y’all know what I mean!) Special shout out to Alayne and Angela of Make Me Fabulous, Allison from Something Bleu Bridal Boutique, and of course model Nina Jade…Thank you all so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to make this shoot happen! I had a blast working with ya’ll and hope we can do it again soon! Enjoy some of my favorites from the shoot below! Enjoy!