Shoots like these remind me how lucky I am to be a photographer. I get to spend my time with amazing people as we collaborate to create stunning images. Life can't get much better. The clothing was impeccable, the hair and makeup fit the mood perfectly, and the location was... well... it speaks for itself! It was INSANE! For this shoot I discovered a warehouse location in Long Island City that is a prop house and shooting venue all in one. Each floor has a different theme, and the third floor is filled with amazing props, chairs, luggage, candlesticks, bird cages, peeling walls, and much more. I can barely describe how stunning it is-- a photographer's dream playground is an understatement.
Once I reserved a date to rent the location, I was able to pull together my usual creative team and a great model from Women-Direct to help me execute my vision. The idea behind the editorial was "Duality". Each image would contain TWO versions of the model. Below is how I described this piece in a recent interview with Papercut Magazine
(where the editorial appeared):
"Each of us have dueling identities inside. Perhaps we show one face to the world, but keep our true self private because it is safe. If you don't show your true self, it cannot be destroyed or torn down. Maybe you are a chameleon, and you can adapt with a new personality in every situation. This is a visual exploration of that idea... the multiple essences that exist inside each of us. Perhaps it is a comfort, or perhaps it makes us feel disjointed. Can you be a voyeur to yourself, peeking in on your own life decisions like an outsider? Can you be your own helping hand, knowing that your pragmatism can save you?
As a photographer and artist I love the idea of symmetry and repetition, and this stunning environment allowed me to play up this concept. Each image was created on a tripod, and we moved the subject within the frame to make her appear twice. Later I combined the two exposures in Photoshop.
In the frame shots (in the hallway with all of the frames on the wall), we had her different outfits/identities present in the reflections of the mirrors. Or in other scenes we had her peeking in through a window at herself lounging on a chaise. Instead of two models, we worked with a single model to help give an additional dimension and concept to the editorial."
I found this editorial to be very successful. I love the toning, the mood, and the ambiance of the scene as well as the story-telling elements I was able to incorporate. Thank you again to my creative team (below) that help me make this all possible! If you are enjoying what you seeing, keep scrolling down for the rest of the editorial. If you want to see or purchase the editorial in print, check out Papercut Magazine! You can see it online, on the iPad, or order your own print copy!
If you have read my recent blog posts, you will be familiar with the moving images (also referred to as cinemagraphs) that I have created recently. Here is one I tried for fun during this editorial!
Shoot Title: Duality
Photographer: Lindsay Adler
Stylist: LSC Styling for 4Season Style Management
Assistant Stylist: Cappa for 4Season Style Management
Hair and Makeup: Griselle Rosario
Photo Assistants: Nicole Allinger & Nicole Puckette
Model: Angelica from Women-Direct
Enjoy a few fun behind the scenes images!
My two lovely assistants Nicole (thats both of their names!) help put together a mannequin for one of the concept shots. I later photoshop the model's head onto the mannequin.
Griselle (right) is my incredible hair stylist and makeup artist. Here she poses with the two amazing Nicole's on set in the warehouse. Notice, they are wearing winter coats because the shoot occurred in January in an unheated warehouse!
Our model fixes her earring while wardrobe stylist Lisa and her assistant Cappa help prepare the look and write down designers for this look.