When I was home last month, I did my first styled shoot in collaboration with a make-up artist. I wanted to make a story come to life instead of just shooting more blindly. My friend Nikki modelled and did a fantastic job. I got inspired to do a mobster wife look and vibe from watching two films: The Family and American Hustle. I was motivated to find inspiration after seeing Lindsay Adler, a successful fashion photographer whose style is recognizable as being edgy and bold, talk about going from good to great. One of the themes throughout her talk was the consistency of style that runs through a photos. You can create a style by being aware of how the model, the location, the hair and makeup, and the composition all come together as separate elements that together tell the story you want to tell. This is what separates a "great" photograph from a just technically good one. And this styled shoot was my first attempt at taking Adler's mentorship.
"It's not where you take things from, it's where you take them to"