Yeah, yeah, I know... Another entry!!!! And so soon! I had to tell you this. If I didn't, I would burst.
And I had to show you, because if I didn't, you would not believe me.
There are moments in our lives when events just come together in such a way that there had to be divine intervention in order to make it happen. When it occurs in a photo shoot, sometimes it has its plus and minuses. The plus is: a well thought out plan comes together to produce glorious photographs. The minus is: you wish to always achieve that kind of spectacular work all the time.
For those of you who have been following my work over the past few months may have noticed a shift in my direction of photography. As to where my work work was glitzy, polished and shiny, it is now going into a more editorial approach of story telling with photographs. Being the photographer that I am I was just plodding mindlessly down the road of commercial fashion and beauty photography looking only to shoot major campaigns, however, secretly deep down inside, I was longing for the beautiful photography of editorial style.
By then I came across Nick Perkins and Damian Adams the dynamic duo of ArtandExile. They saw the potential in me to develop an editorial eye. Under the art direction of Nick Perkins, he began to mold my eye and style and retouching in a whole new direction. I will always be grateful.
Let's fast forward... Here comes Steve Reganato a wonderful photographer who has been a TREMENDOUS TREMENDOUS influence in the technical growth of my shooting. When my 5D MarkII was stolen, he loaned me his 5D so I was able to continue working (without his help, I don't know what I would do), but then, he pushed yet in another direction. The magic of medium format photography.
I've always been a fan of medium format photography and I even own a Mamiya RZ67 and through Mr. Reganato's company (Digital Transitions) I was fortunate to get my hands on a Phase One P45 digital back. Steven, I am eternally in your debt.
Noooooooooooooooow let's fast forward, Tuesday, November 24, 2009 I am sitting in front of my computer, wondering just who was I going to shoot with this magnificent piece of machinery. It's Thanksgiving weekend approaching and I have no models to shoot and I have a P45 sitting in my lap. An instant message comes across my screen: "Dallas, I got this really really amazing stylist, do you have any time to shoot?"
Did divine intervention walk into the room? To make a long story short, California born model Lavante Isaac pulled together an incredible team of styling, hair and makeup together for one of the hottest editorials I have shot to date. It is based loosely on Hannibal Lecter's Silence of the Lamb... It is insanely hot and insanely beautiful. Look for it in the future in one of your favorite fashion magazines.