Every once in awhile a team gets together and consistently creates great images. Which is awesome, but sometimes, you all need to step outside your comfort zones and try something new. That’s what Christian Carlson, Christin C and I did on Saturday.
We started out with a set I’m calling Eyes, Lips. Christin used her skills as an artist to not only flawlessly do my makeup (and hair), but place an eye on one hand, and a lip on the other. Christian busted out his gels and we shot a beauty set that was way different for all 3 of us. Here are my 3 favorite shots from the set.
But then things got crazy.
This concept started out in my head just as a wardrobe idea, and was inspired by various people and things (songs, actually). I made the “Diva” shirt, the earrings, and gathered a bunch of accessories together after getting inspiration from music artists Ke$ha, Dev, and P!nk. When I sent Christin my wardrobe ideas, she came back with this mask idea, and I managed to find a material that worked for it. She also had this great shot that involved Silly String, which we decided we wanted to include. I also found large sequins at Hobby Lobby, and snagged those (glitter would have been way too hard to clean up, and may have just looked like dirt in the shots, which wasn’t what we wanted). I brought a few empty cans of AMP as well. The set evolved from just a musically-inspired set to one that evoked thoughts of having been out all night partying. Which, thinking about who I drew inspiration from when it came to wardrobe, works well too 😉 LOL
Anyway, after the first set, Christin and drew on the mask I’d cut earlier in the week while Christian broke down his backdrop and re-set his lights. And then we drew on me. And then we piled on the accessories, tied on the mask, and started shooting. I’ll just let the resulting shots speak for themselves…
Somehow, we managed to get them to be a little editorial, as well as a little crazy. I feel like we were channeling a lot of different people here, and it kinda just… came together wonderfully.
This was, quite possibly, one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever done. I have laughed on shoots before, but never this hard.
I think this conversation we had while reviewing pics sums it all up perfectly:
Christian: Wow… this looks like the set of a porn or something…
Christin: Yea, but it’s so awesome it makes me want to shit rainbows!!
Rachel: Christian, did you ever think you’d hear that about your work?