Now for something completely different. At the end of December, I was hired by the super-talented Julie Falconer to photograph her entries for a hairstyling design competition. For the contest, she’d designed and executed three intricate hairpieces as well as makeup and styling on three different models and I swept in 4od ablazing to capture the looks.
Working together in the weeks leading up to the shoot, Julie and I designed a lighting scheme that would highlight the models’ hair while also capturing a crisp, modern look that she found really appealing. Our plan was to put the models a few feet from a blank white wall inside the Paul Mitchell Partner School, skim that wall with a bare flash for texture, and surround the models very closely with high small softboxes. On the day of the shoot, fate put a little kink in our plans as instead of a whole white wall to work with, the school could only spare a small back room that was covered nearly from floor to ceiling in mirrors and colorful posters. Luckily, with some careful thought and ingenuity, we were able to put our vision of the shoot together in a smaller space using a smidge of bare wall between a low countertop and a high electrical socket. It was a tight fit, but you wouldn’t know the struggle from the images, and that’s what matters!
This is one of the things I adore about photography: I never know what surprises lay in store for me or what challenges I’m going to have the pleasure of overcoming. Also fantastic? Gorgeous results:
Thank you to Julie for an incredible opportunity to work with some fabulous hair and a thousand thanks to the models who brought these pieces to life!