Stilo Covers are always a production. I am very particular about my selection of cover girls. I start with the theme, which in this case was
“The Dreamier Issue“Alice in Wonderland, Storybook, Dreams and Fairy tales.
I build my storyboard around that, which helps the Team, know what to do and which direction to go in. They get to blend their creative ideas and we develop something special. I have a very clear vision for what I want and what appeals to my mind’s eye.
The models selection is very important.. it starts in the eyes, she must have intensity, be striking. If you have to spend hours upon hours retouching a face then and only then can you truly understand the importance of great skin from a photographer’s point of view.
Sometimes I have to search through images that an agent might send or I might know instantly whom I picture in the character, kind of like a director and his actress. If a model can’t pull off the expression and visually convince me, she is the person for a day… it won’t work.
Well Vanessa was just that girl.. intense eye and the right look for the dreamy theme … a modern little twist on “Alice in Wonderland”.We almost didn’t have her for the shoot… but in the end it work out that she could come to the shoot and hang out .. since we have been friend for a while. I of course booked another model for that day but ended up shooting both Joy and Vanessa. So i still got my cover.
I am not the creative director for Stilo anymore and have since moved on to another chapter in my life! But i am proud of the work i have done there!
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Stilo Magazine:: The Dreamier Issue :: Model Vanessa ford:: Makeup:: RoxanneDeNobrega Stylist:: Snowdon
Glossy magazine: U.K. based magazine
I have been focused on getting published in European magazines. So i was very excited to have Glossy Magazine approach me to submit a shoot i did while working with my Miami team.
Glossy requested my images for a 5 page editorial but we got the cover as well!
The Model is of course very important to me so I was delighted to work with Meighan who came highly recommended, by a trusted Designer.
Once i reviewed the models images from the agency, i was totally excited about her look … she had the eyes. And this detail is what caught the eye of British Editor-and-Chief, Tallulah Doherty. Our original background concept was a bit more dramatic but one little change to highlight the subject and there it was on the pages of a Glossy, my first European Magazine.
The day of the shoot proved long, but loads of fun.The mismanaged booking of shooting space 8am was not available till 10am. Heads rolled at the concierge, but we made the best of it. Even using the the side of a building to act as a gigantic soft-box. In order to manage the time properly we used a predetermined shot list. Further issues came in the night time when the mosquitoes loomed on us. I had to cover my entire body, wrap a scarf around my neck and remain focused on keeping the Model from being eaten alive. Couldn’t get bug spray all over the stylist’s clothes!
Meijhan was very focused and managed to not get distracted by the bugs. We completed the shoot on schedule.
Here are some of the Pages from the Editorial :
There are quite a few more images from the shoot that were not used but will be on my website .
This was published last year when i didnt have a blog then so i get to share it with you now before the year is complete.
Does anyone realize how hot the that belt/harness in the top images really is? My God… do I want Ego Assassin to make me one. Celia of course took it to the next level.
These are behind the scenes images from the Shoot.
Celia working her stuff for the Whole team…
Roxanne DeNorbrega’s Magical hands making this prefect Lavendar Lip!
Shooting the STILO magazine cover: “The Bolder Issue”
So in between all the craziness of moving back to Toronto from Miami.. I still have to shoot the cover for Stilo magazine. I didnt have much time. I was way behind!
casting the model is important.
For weeks i couldn’t find a girl that felt right for this Beauty story.
I of course trust my amazing makeup artist Roxanne DeNobrega… who was a solid team member when i was in Toronto before.
My ex- model agent Norwayne Anderson(NAM models) trusts my eye and gave me a super fresh face for this issue, he knows i love Red-heads. Bingo- you have Stacey… a young girl from Newfoundland. that right you heard me… way out there. (you will have to google it.)
In she walks with her Boyfriend behind her. What a delicate little face…i realize later on that she looks like Jessica Stam in the last shot of the day. We shot on Wed afternoon and then on Sunday to finish off the editorial. Wed was a cover try cause i wasnt sure if she could carry the weight of this concept.
The issue is called “The Bolder issue” and I wanted Roxy to apply different kinds of metal to the skin illustrating the season’s spikey shoes and silver zippers. I saw the McQueen show and of course it drove me metal-crazed. I look to him first every single season.(I can’t wait to meet him)
I went to the hardware store for inspiration of course and felt like i was in wonderland of textures. Roxanne being our amazing beauty editor on this story , came with me to build and conceptualize.
I had metal crawling up stacey’s neck and almost into her mouth.It almost looked like it was taking over her face and she was turning into Android.
“IRON MAIDEN” is the name of the editorial that came out on Sunday which was day 2 of shooting. We needed to flush out more looks and once i realize Stacey could express the right emotion for each look i booked her 4day later. Don’t let the delicate face and the very young age fool you.
This little girl has got layers.
This is from shooting the first day..a Cover try became a absoulte! I need the needed more.Cant show you more till end of the week