I had my very first shoot of 2017 last week! I worked with Kimberly Alexander, the super talented Cleveland based jewelry designer after visiting her home studio and spying a vintage liquid gold off- shoulder jumpsuit. I squealed with delight when she tried it on for me and it looked amazing against her skin! I still don't know how I did it, but I somehow managed to coax the super shy Kimberly into starring in and photographing her own photo shoot.
We wasted no time planning the shoot for the following week inspired by the infectious rap tune, "Bad and Boujee" and the accompanying video by rap group Migos. We built the mood, the attitude and the styling around the song, combing vintage glam high fashion with a contrasting outdoor setting and had the shoot right in the middle of the hood (East 93rd and St. Clair)- gold one piece and purple shag fur be damned lol!
We set up shop in the street- Kimberly with a point and shoot and a tripod and me with my Android and iPhone, taking photos and video. It was around 10:30 am and cold as hell so we moved fast and worked quickly to finish up our last shots in the neighborhood Arab store further down the street.
I love how we both edited the photos according to our individual aesthetic. Kimberly's main focus was on her own hand crafted jewelry she rocked in the shoot- the gold coin headpiece, the spiked choker and earring, her ring and black cuff. She added a moodiness when editing her photos that made them look like they were kissed by a vintage sun. I focused on the overall glam styling of it all and amplified the vivid colors and attitude with an editing app on my phone.
The shoot was fast paced and fun and it got my creative juices going! I plan to collaborate and have a photo shoot every month this year if possible, not only just to work with other people- but to constantly try new things and consistently stretch fashion styling muscles. If this shoot was any indication, this year is off to a great start!
Enjoy the behind the scenes video below, even though Flipagram would not let me be great and put the song on top of it lol...
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