Sunday 5 March 2017

The Birthday Shoot: Part 1

Last month I hit a major age milestone, yes the Big 5 0 !!!   To celebrate, I decided to organise a big shoot and invited some good friends that I have worked closely with over the last six or seven years.  For Make-up, I invited Afroditi, Maria and Serena, for Hair I invited Pinky from Salon Pink who also brought Ciara, also Bryant came to assist with lighting and live streaming of the shoot.  Alex kindly allowed me to use whitespace studio for the day.
I asked some local designers if they had any outfits I could use and base a concept around.  Amir Robinson (Gino Group) loaned 6 outfits from his recent fashion show,  Desiree Riley (D'ezir) offered to model and also provided a couple of outfits from her collection and Chineza (Sevuhn) came to the shoot with another 5 outfits.    In addition to Desiree, I asked Aliana and Teah to be the models.

Once I had an idea of the looks, I started working on a concept.  I settled for a editorial style fashion shoot with a subtle Steam Punk theme.   To enhance the looks I designed and created some faux leather accessories from a bag of cut-offs I bought from a local upholstery store.  I also added some additional items of clothing that I bought from some local stores.

In all there were 13 outfits, we shot for about 7 hours and a took about 1700 images which I have whittled down to about 90 images to be edited.     This blog post includes seven of the outfits, the remaining 6 will be featured in another post in a couple of weeks.

Photographer:  Mike Jones
Camera: 5D Mk iii
Lens:   70-200 F2.8 IS

Lighting: Bryant Richards 
Lighting:  Profoto  6' x 4' softbox and 33.5" Mola Beauty Dish

Models and Make-up Artists
Desiree Riley make-up by Serena Brangman
Teah Knorr make-up by Maria De Braga
Aliana King make-up by Maria De Braga (set 1 and 2) Afroditi Yiovreki (set 3)

Hair:  All models by Ciara (Salon Pink)


D'ezir by Desiree Riley
Sevuhn by Chineza Augustus
Amir Robinson collection

Stylist: Mike Jones (Assistant Chineza Augustus)

Click on image to enlarge (recommended for best viewing)

Aliana wearing D'ezir

Desiree wearing Sevuhn

Teah wearing Amir Robinson Collection
Arm Accessory by Mike Jones

Aliana wearing top by Sevuhn and pants from A2Z fashion
Shoes from Jazzy
Choker by Mike Jones

Desiree wearing Amir Robinson Collection
Neck piece by Mike Jones

Teah wearing Amir Robinson Collection

Aliana wearing Sevuhn
Boots from A2Z fashion

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