All it takes is a germ of an idea, and I become obsessed with a need to create an image. A couple of weeks ago I was inspired by a new hair color and cut that I saw on my niece, Malia. My sister, Michele Wade, is a hairstylist at Mascola's Salon in Lake Oswego. She colored Malia's hair with a soft lavender hue. When I saw it, I immediately thought of cotton candy and that was the beginning of my obsession for a cotton candy fashion shoot. Michele, Malia and I collaborated to create the photos I am in the process of getting an amazing studio space, but, in the mean time, I couldn't wait, with a shoot inspiration so strong. We had to create a space that would allow for me to ultimately make a huge mess, so we decided my sisters garage would be a good place. The ambient light was perfect coming from the open garage door. I added two strobes to the set and shot from the driveway. I was really pleased with the way the lighting turned out.
Michele did an amazing job with coloring and styling Malia's hair. She also helped create the set, and assisted with styling. I brought several props and she pulled out a few of her own that were in her garage. Malia picked out her outfit, which was perfect for my concept, and she did her own makeup. I gave her some examples of the kind of makeup look I envisioned. I was very impressed with her makeup skills. It is not always that easy to get a model to pick up on your concept and do their makeup exactly how you envisioned it.
As we started shooting, a 6 year old neighbor girl, riding her Barbie ATV, came by to see what we were doing. She came up to me and said, " You can use my car if you want. I think the colors match perfectly". At first, I thought, "Oh dear, I hope she doesn't hang out very long", because we all felt a bit distracted by her presence. However, as she continued to hang around and showed so much interest in what we were doing, I thought, "What the heck. Let's see if it works". While I was setting up for the shoot, Michele went into the house and proceeded to color her dog, Gracie's hair with beet juice. When she brought her out, I instantly knew that Gracie would be perfect for this concept shoot. As you can see in the photos, these in-the-moment inspirations worked out great and created images I did not plan. It was a good reminder to set my intentions for a shoot, then let go, and allow the creative process to flow. This little girl, who I thought would be a distraction, ended up being an inspiration.
I am showing a few photos that illustrate the different looks that we created . We all had a great time and I feel like we created some fun and interesting photos.
A huge thanks to Michele and Malia , for their inspirational and creative spirits, which helped greatly to create these photos. And "Thanks!", to the 6-year old, little girl who also contributed to our inspiration!