Culver City, LA, California
This past December, I got to work with a dear friend, Chelsey Thomas, who is a documentary producer and a personal assistant to American actress, Cynthia Yorkin! I had set personal goals (sort of 'New Years Resolutions' if you will) to shoot more fashion work in 2016, take more chances, and learn to be more selective of who I decided to work with. I am a true believer that if an opportunity presents itself and it aligns perfectly with your own personal goals and desires, then it's more than just happenstance. Those kinds of opportunities don't come very often, and when they do, you better be prepared to take it.
My fiancé and I were having drinks with Chelsey's family (she happens to be the daughter of my fiancé's good friend & business partner) in Long Beach, when she mentioned to me that she was developing her new business, an online fashion consignment boutique called Adore The Couture. I obviously couldn't resist suggesting that we get together to collaborate much sooner than later. And so we did...
We both jumped at the opportunity to work together. As busy as we both were, traveling, finishing up projects, and kick-starting new projects, we locked in a date with her creative team. I drove from Huntington Beach (Orange County), where I currently reside, to help her create a small studio setup with two lights and a backdrop (all that we had that day) in the living room of her Culver City apartment, located just outside of sunny LA. We made it work! Her good friend and fashion designer, Aurelio Magallenes, assisted us on set and put together nearly 30 looks modeled by the very beautiful & sweet Angela Meyer. Her inventory consisted of high fashion couture from name brands like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Christian Cota, Balmain, Moschino, Versace, Valentino, Fendi, Balenciaga, and more. To give you an idea of how much clothing and accessories (including bags and shoes) that needed to be shot, we had worked for 6 hours straight, and still didn't finish photographing everything! Here are some behind-the-scenes photos. Click here to view a small selection of the final edited images of this shoot.