Que Pasa Fiesta People?!
One of my favorite aspects of photography is how far an idea for a shoot can change and grow. I always try to keep an open mind when it comes to my concepts from the initial idea, up until I export the final product. I do this mainly for two reasons. First, it's very rare that a concept comes out EXACTLY how I pictured it in my head. I find that I don't get as stressed when things don't go to plan because I'm already expecting something to go wrong. Secondly, nine times out of ten there's another idea that I or someone else on set will have that makes the original concept even better. My reason for bringing this up is that this thinking can be applied to anything in your life. Don't be so stuck on an initial idea that you miss out on something with bigger and better potential. If you, or someone around you (who you trust) has a good idea, roll with it. You never know where it might take you. Don't let your ego get in the way of your potential greatness!
My latest shoot with Crissie is a perfect example of the above thinking. Letting an idea snowball from a basic concept into something that 's not only more fun but also more challenging for me to pull off. My original idea was simple. A summer time fun neighborhood chick that's more cute than sexy. Capture some child-like fun and probably catch some nostalgia. I chose Crissie to be the model who took the idea further by suggesting she play a "chola". I didn't know what the fuck a "chola" was at the time, so I consulted my good friend and knowledge of all slang, The Internet.
So yeah, much different than my original idea but...
the idea sparked my interest, so I rolled with it. Creative, weird shit is my bread and butter so why not? I've never done anything like it, and it sounded cool. While on set, I had a realization that brought up another challenge for myself. Since Crissie wanted to play a "chola", she needed more tattoos. She had a few but not enough to give off the vibe we were going for, anything drawn on looked cheesy, so I decided to add more in post production.
Altogether, the shoot came out better than I expected. I always enjoy working with Crissie, and I want to give a HUGE shout out to my team for making all this possible. Check out the final shots and behind the scenes video below!
That's all for this one folks. Thanks for reading (and watching) as always and stay tuned for more!!!!