The Internet is going nuts over this Hobby Lobby photo shoot

Feb 8, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The Internet is going nuts over this Hobby Lobby photo shoot

Feb 8, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sometimes, it’s just hard to find that perfect location, especially at this time of year. If you want bright summery colourful images, February’s just no good. And it’s freezing cold for much of the world, too. So, what is one to do? Well, for photographer Adam Delane, one takes their models to the local Hobby Lobby and does the photo shoot there.

Photography is as much about what we leave out of the frame as it is what we include. And if anything puts that to the test it’s this shoot. Without the behind the scenes photos on the phone, you’d never know that these were shot inside a store. Since posting the images to Facebook a couple of days, they’ve have been shared over 305,000 times.

Below are some of the images from the session. Each is a pair showing the final shot and a behind the scenes phone shot showing the environment.

It really goes to show just what you can do when you put your mind to something. It also serves as a reminder that we can get away with making the viewer believe just about anything our camera sees, no matter what the real world context.

Adam told us he did speak to staff at the Hobby Lobby store and that as long as he promised to not make a mess then they were happy. Which is pretty much exactly what I was told when I did a portrait shoot in a local business for a friend a few years ago (they had the most amazing light coming through their windows and I wanted to use it). So, please don’t just show up at a place of business and start shooting. Do check that it’s cool if you do want to try this.

You can see more of Adam’s work on his Instagram and Facebook page. And you can check out the models, Sahara, SonjaAissatou and Lique on their Instagram feeds.

Images used with permission.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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9 responses to “The Internet is going nuts over this Hobby Lobby photo shoot”

  1. Samuel Mudrík Avatar
    Samuel Mudrík

    1) Shallow DOF
    2) Fake lens flare
    3) ???
    4) Profit!

    … but good job nevertheless :)

  2. Ian Brace Avatar
    Ian Brace

    So Facebook never heard of Forced Perspective then?

  3. Galonii August Avatar
    Galonii August

    wow how classy! I currently work for a craft store as a second job. I really hope you cleaned up after you had your shoot. we spend at least 2-3and a half hours each night cleaning up after people and now we’re going to have people who seen this and think it’s cool to trash the floral dept :(

    1. Renlish Avatar
      Renlish

      I don’t see anything “trashed” – talk about an overreaction. They’re using a couple bunches of flowers to hold and leaning into the ones already in the racks.

  4. Blank Stare Avatar
    Blank Stare

    but don’t you need permission to shoot in a store?

    1. Renlish Avatar
      Renlish

      But didn’t you read the article?

  5. Laura Dennstedt McNaughton Avatar
    Laura Dennstedt McNaughton

    The internet is going nuts over it?

  6. JG Avatar
    JG

    So, just fyi, this is a (well done) copy of Kelsey Maggart’s work… https://twitter.com/_KelseyMaggart/status/957108957977501696

  7. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    …. or how to turn normal looking skin into butter and how to turn a black woman yellow ?