the other day, i shot with my friend, stylist and designer Taylor Sandy. she and i shoot a lot, but this was a bit different as these are dresses she designed while in fashion school. our lovely model is a stylist friend Haley Schulte who i've worked with on shoots quite a bit lately.

this shoot was a great deal of fun!  i had to put white foam core on the ground to cover up a wooden floor that didn't go well with the backgrounds. the heels kept poking through the foam and throwing Haley off balance. she almost fell a couple times. it was quite funny! Taylor wanted these photos bright and punchy! i think we achieved that! i love the colors of the dresses! this is actually the second time i've shot these for Taylor. a few months ago, she and i shot them pinned without a model. 

when she asked me to shoot these, she mentioned layered backgrounds of color. when i first started laying out the background, i only used two colors. as i looked at them, i thought they'd look good with stripes of varying widths. i think they turned out pretty good! all the colors are punchy!

the lighting is two profoto heads, one with a normal zoom and one with a 7' octobox. the zoom is directly in front of the octobox. as usual, everything is processed with photoshop and NIK.


tonight i worked with taylor sandy on a project she's been designing almost since i've known her, at least a year and a half. she had the idea to pour/paint/drip paint on hands. it was a fun shoot! our model is fellow photographer susannah smitherman.

this was a fun shoot, and taylor was so excited while doing it. she squealed a couple times. susannah had to be quite uncomfortable the entire time. we started off with her on the floor, on her back, head towards me with plastic bags covering her face and torso. we ended up with her on her back, on a cooler, head towards me covered in plastic. i snapped a pic of her face with the plastic. it made her look kind of dead. i thought it was funny. taylor thought it morbid. i still think it's funny.

these are behind the scenes shots as the finished shots are not complete, and since it's taylor's shoot, they're not my shots to publish. once she and i go through them and edit as she wants, i'll post what she approves.

these are shot with a profoto acute with two background lights with 3' strip lights and an 8' octobox on the subject.