Meet Caleigh one of my former high school seniors who returned in front of the lens for a creative shoot. She and I recently collaborated with my hair and makeup team from Lasata Salon and Day Spa on a photo shoot. Read all about Caleigh's experience as part of the creative team! Special Thank you to Makeup Artist, Elena and Hair Stylist, Jodi Lynn
KMP: Who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?
I wouldn’t say there is any one person in particular that serves as my fashion inspiration. I usually am constantly paying attention to what people around me are wearing and when I see a look or piece that I like or interest me then I try and find something similar that works in my own wardrobe.
KMP: What is your favorite fashion magazine?
It really depends; I find that I read Vogue, Marie Claire, and Glamour. The three offer a good mix of couture, contemporary and trendy fashion that I get to see the full spectrum. In looking at all three its interesting to see the different takes there are for what “fashion” is at the same time in the world.
KMP: When you dress up and go out, what are your favorite "go to" pieces in your closet?
I have a large collection of black tank tops, the range from plain and simple to different fabrics and appliques, so on a given night out I would say that a black tank and jeans are usually a go to outfit with some jewelry and maybe a jacket if its colder out.
KMP: What thematic ideas were you initially looking at for your photo shoot?
There were several ideas that came to mind when planning out the shoot. One was a 20’s inspired photo shoot, another was Hollywood glam or possibly and Audrey Hepburn or Jackie O inspired shoot. However after looking at all aspects involved in the photo-shoot the ethereal came out as the direction we choose to go in. How did you narrow it down to the ethereal look? I think one of the big reasons for the photo-shoot was to play with angles and lighting, and the ethereal look offered the most room to play with that. We saw the potential to manipulate lighting to make some interesting and unique shots happen as well as take and artsy approach to portraits, which I think we achieved in some of the final shots.
The first dress was a beautiful mint green. We loved how it photographed in black and white!
KMP: Tell us about your hair and makeup experience?
The hair and makeup was something that was actually pretty familiar to me going into the photo shoot. As a former competitive figure skater I am used to some non-traditional hair and makeup looks so this was really no different. Although it was different to not know what the outcome would be going in and just watch it unfold, and while I was not totally aware of where the look was going it turned out to work really well in the shoot.
KMP: Tell us about the shoot? What is it like to model for the afternoon?
While I thought I had an idea of what it would be like going in I realized I was not as prepared as I thought. Having done senior photos not that long ago I figured it would be similar but really it was a totally new experience. Posing for artistic shots are a whole other animal, there needs to be so much more creativity present in order to get cool shots and just another level of physical ability to hold poses and positions for long periods of time. And while it fun it’s also so much more work than you realize. By the end of the day and two outfit changes I realized just how tired I was. And once I got home, I was beat, but eager to see if the work had paid off.
KMP: What surprised you about the experience?
TIME. We had so many ideas and plans going into the shoot and time just flew by. We were not able to go to several of the locations we planned and the session went to the very last available minute, even though we had ideas to fill up many more hours. It was crazy to see just how quickly several hours could go by,
KMP NOTE: The second dress we shot (pictured below) was actually an old prom dress that Caleigh gave new life. She added a pair of long opera gloves, attached some black tulle and draped some chiffon fabric to cover the flashy sequined top. A terrific no sew/low sew option! Add a crown and we had a completely new look-almost medieval. This old and cracked plaster wall was everything to the look and feel of the second half of the shoot.
KMP: What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to do the shoot again?
I think breaking up the session into two parts would have been helpful. It was a super hot day and right during midday so being in the sun that long did take its toll. If we had planned ahead of time to do a couple hours in one dress, then take a break and get some food and just hang out for maybe thirty minutes and do a couple more hours in the next outfit it may have produced some images we lost out on due to time and fatigue.
What is your favorite image from the shoot?
"I really like the lighting on this photo that was done in editing, this makes the vibe of the shoot really come through, I would make this the album cover photo!”
Any advice for someone who wants to plan a shoot like this?
DO IT! Although it may seem like a daunting challenge its really not. Kathleen is a great creative partner and helps to make the vision some alive, but also makes sure you are totally involved and your opinion is heard. If its something that interests you, then I would take the plunge. You will get one of a kind images that are one of a kind and will be glad when its done because the experience is almost as fun as the photos.
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