If you looked in my closet you’d probably think “Oh yeah, this guy is a cross-dresser”! Although that would certainly make a more interesting story, the fact is, since my photography is 99.9% of the time a DIY venture (no stylists or hair or make-up), my closets are packed with wardrobe (including a lot of women’s clothes) and props for photo shoots. I do a lot of thrift store shopping and when I come across something that is a great price and I think would look cool for a photo shoot, I buy it and wait for the right concept and model to shoot it. And it’s actually kind of fun if you have an eye for fashion. That’s not to say that models don’t ever bring selections. If a model says they think they may have the right clothes for a shoot, I’ll either meet with them beforehand to look at the selection, or have them send me pics of what they have. Either way, leaving wardrobe to chance on a shoot isn’t an ideal situation for me, so all selections are figured out ahead of time.
I was contacted by an actress – Lynsey Nicole Harris – who wanted to shoot a variety of shots, beauty, editorial, etc. And since she is usually cast in quirky comedy roles, she wanted to shoot something funny as well. So for a beauty shot, I thought I would shoot her in a “Vanity Fair” editorial style. I found this beautiful dress in a thrift store that was originally $225 USD and it was on sale for $30. I thought that dress would work perfect for this shoot. She came over for a fitting and the dress looked great on her! After wondering what kind of shoes we’d use with the dress, I thought it would look pretty to just go barefoot. Then it came to me, we could shoot that beauty shot with a funny twist and combine the beauty and comedy together. Something actress Tina Fey might do.