So, it happened! I shot an editorial spread. I honestly never thought I would do that, for so many reasons. One being that I’m a bit turned off by the fashion world and another being that my style doesn’t fit fashion. However, when I was approached by Bullett Magazine, I had to say yes and give it a go. I can’t write something off that I haven’t tried before. Oddly enough, I had been looking at Vogue in a Barnes N’ Noble 3 days before I was first contacted by Bullett. Bullett Magazine was right next to Vogue in the book store and I decided to page through it, noting a beautiful editorial and remembering the name of the magazine. So I was surprised that I heard from them a few days later.
I met with the editors in their NY offices in August and was briefed on the theme of the issue I was to be a part of. Two things clicked instantly for me upon hearing the description: the life and death of man and nature’s influence, and Pre-Raphaelite/influential painters. We all agreed that my spread would represent the famous Pre-Raphaelite painters. I got to work on presenting my pitch, for which I pulled about 7 different paintings as inspiration. Once I was approved, I had my first dose of shooting fashion.
The actual shooting day was amazing. There was a nice warm trailer for all of us to retreat into on the beach, food was provided, lovely clothes were everywhere, a great model was at my disposal..it was all wonderful. The only bad thing that happened ended up being rather funny in the end. We had just set up a rented prop boat and filled it with hundreds of nicely placed flowers when a helicopter landed on our shooting site and blew the boat down the beach, along with our belongings, as a coast guard screamed at us to retreat. We grabbed our cameras and ran for it, being pelted with sand and water all the while. Turns out where we set up was the only place within several miles that an emergency helicopter could land…what luck!
I ended up shooting 8 different looks that day, which was very fast-pasted shooting since hair/makeup/wardrobe had to be done in between each shot. 5 of those images were then published in the magazine. Some of my favorites were left out, but that’s how this business works. It isn’t all about personal work, it is about what shows off the hair/makeup/clothes right, and what fits the style of the magazine best.
It was definitely an interesting experience overall, and while I won’t be switching to fashion anytime soon (or ever), I am open to doing more work like this for sure! It was still my vision and my creative process, and I appreciated that above all during the Bullett Shoot.
You can pick up a copy of Bullett in most book stores – and guess what?! The back cover was given to none other than Michael C. Hall, whom I love. *happy sigh*
Some storyboard shots from inspiration to completion:
Photographer: Brooke Shaden
Sylist: Djuna Bel, Giant Artists
Makeup & Hair: Michelle Mungcal, Atelier Management
Model: Brooke, Vision
Photographer’s Assistants: Devan Perez & Olivia Clemens
Stylist’s Assistants: Annie Castaldi & Sara Medd