Earlier this summer, one of my favorite sites (and snap stories, TBH), Refinery29, asked me to shoot an editorial focusing on "extreme boots for fall" + Wizard of Oz. I clearly said YES (!!!!!) and ran with it. I'm so so happy with what we created (you can see the full set of images here) and wanted to share a little bit of behind the scenes info, because a looooot of work went into this one.
PREPRO! SET DESIGN! TERRIBLE RENDERINGS!
So the first phase of this shoot (and the majority of shoots I do) was sketching out sets/image ideas and getting them approved by R29. My renderings are...not good...but I think they get the idea across (one of my big goals for the next year is to really tighten up my sketches so please don't give me flack THANKS!).
I conceptualized and built three sets for this shoot, with the help of my mom, who has a really good brain for set building and the logistics of it all (queen!!). I'm going to leave you with that and just go straight into BTS set building images! A couple notes: power tools were fun, the gallons of glitter were not.
I also clearly needed to test all of this with the lighting I was planning to use for the shoot so that I wouldn't run into any surprises the day of, so I set it up once or twice for that reason. I took a timelapse of my mom and I assembling it all one last time to double check the light and make sure it would all stay up by itself (everything but the flowers are in the vid!).
DOING THE ACTUAL SHOOT
Annnnd then I actually did the shoot. I had a really great team for this one. My mom and younger brother came to help load in and troubleshoot set issues when we needed to, and Valheria Rocha, my photographer pal, photo assisted (and took these BTS photos!) and was a total life saver on multiple occasions.
We also had a really great team from R29 and beyond-- Toby Kaufmann photo directed, Emily Holland styled, Ebonee Tabb did hair, Zoe Simone did makeup, and Aiyana Lewis modeled, and THEY WERE ALL SO GREAT. I'm always so blown away when everything comes together for a shoot and this was no exception.
And then the last set turned into a photobooth.
It's never not fun for me to see photos of myself alongside a great team working on things like this-- I don't think I need to explain why. Just makes me super happy and grateful to be doing what I'm doing (read: ushering as much magic and pretty stuff into the world as possible. EEEEEH!)
Hopefully this gives a little bit of insight into how a shoot like this happens and how much work goes in on the photo end. Peek at the actual editorial and the accompanying story on R29 now!!!!