This February during WPPI in Las Vegas, I was invited by the people at the Framed Network to shoot an episode for their online series FLIX about photographers and their vision. I was invited to join the ranks of incredible people like Joel Grimes, Brooke Shaden and dozens of other renown photographers that had been featured in the past on FLIX. Framed invited me to do a shoot where I could illustrate my vision as well as educate their audience. Because I was at WPPI, I had the choice to shoot in a variety of locations in and around Las Vegas. One of the choices was the Nelson Ghost Town less than an hour from Las Vegas. This old ghost town is filled with old cars, buildings, and even an old crashed plane. Quite honestly, it is a photographer dream playground! The owners of the location have transplanted old buildings, gas pumps and a variety of props that make this look like a ghost town frozen in time from decades in the past. When I saw this location online, I was familiar with it because I had seen many other photographers who had photographed there before. Initially this turned me off of the location. I don't feel compelled to duplicate whats already been done a million times before. Yet after seen more images of the location, I knew that I could do something truly unique and eye-catching, and steer clear of the cliches that had been photographed at this location. Yes, others had photographed this location, but I know that my vision would result in a unique approach to this location. Studying this location, I wanted to create images that felt frozen in time. I decided to play with the concept of two sisters that were trapt in this ghost town. They were not only trapt in this location, but also trapt in time. I wanted to convey the sisters as lonely, down-trodden, and showing that they were each other's only support and interaction. To execute this idea, I teamed up with stylist Tia Reagan, who has appeared on Framed several times before, to help me gather the clothing for this shoot. I indicated that i wanted clothes that looked like it was out of the late 1800s, early 1900s. Tia also did the hair and makeup for the shoot. Truly, she did an exquisite job in executing my vision. She pulled vintage clothing that really was from the early 1900s and pieces that created the soft, elegant and aged feel I had envisioned. In order to tell the story of these two lonely girls, I utilized poses that showed their connection and reliance on one another. Furthermore, in post processing I created a preset in Photoshop to give this warm, old and aged look to the images (presets for this shoot available on my store site). We started the day by shooting on location at the Ghost Town, but since I had to present after my WPPI platform presentation we started late in the day. I only had about 30-40 minutes of actual shooting time (before sunset), and during this time I was teaching and being interviewed! I wish I could have shot there for days, especially since the final elements of the shoot came together so well. After the outdoor shoot, we went inside the Ghost Town office. It was bizarre but amazing in there. Old furniture, a refrigerator filled with dead snakes (thats another story altogether), taxidermy, signs and just endless items of intrigue. Melissa, of Framed, is one of the nicest and most sincere people I've ever met, and I had the pleasure of being interviewed by such a sweet and passionate person. The result of all our efforts was Season 3, Epsiode 9 of FLIX on the Framed Network. You can watch my interview, see my behind the scenes of the shoot and more. They were an incredibly organized, professional and talented group of people. I am so honored and pleased that they wanted to work with me! Their passion and talent shows in the final result. I think you'll really enjoy the episode and I invite you to watch. If you love the location, just FYI... I am teaching a fashion intensive workshop this October and we'll be shooting there! So please feel free to check out my intensive workshop and maybe you can join me. When trying to view my episode, you need to sign up (TOTALLY FREE) for the Framed Network. You'll have to create a free account, verify it in your email, but then thats all there is to it! I hope you'll take the time and effort to watch... I'm proud of it! I have shared the images from the shoot below, and they have proven to be favorites of my online audience. Thank you again for your support and I hope you find my episode inspiring and educational!
Watch me! Season 3, Episode 9