About a month ago I collaborated with Chop Tops Westport, the place I’ve been getting my haircut for the past year (shout out Morgan Lapin) and Ocean & Sea apparel. Dope hair. Dope clothes. Dope models. Everyone joining forces in their specialties to create something we couldn’t have otherwise done on our own.
Clothing: Ocean & Sea
We started bright and early at Chop Tops. Everyone gathered for donuts and mimosas while gettin’ a fresh haircut and outfitted with new threads. Always a good start when donuts are involved.
IF WE SHOOT TOGETHER, GIVE ME DONUTS
I will remember that. Or don’t, but you know, I’ll remember that shit too. <3
Shooting in the thick of it when everyone is just trying to get ready has always been a huge challenge for me. Lighting is usually pretty suspect and there’s just so much going on in so many different places that is completely out of your control and awareness. I always find it pretty challenging trying to cleanly organize my compositions in these kinds of settings and situations.
Brendan was the first person to get ready and as you can see, he was patiently waiting for shit to go down. We weren’t really scheduled to shoot for about another hour, but I decided to pull him aside and try to make something work while everyone was still getting their hair done. I decided to go to the front lobby, a smaller room lit by very directional and stupid soft light. I can’t stress enough how dope this was. I’m so stupid glad I decided to eat up this time to shoot.
At this point, I knew I had to shoot everyone in this room after they got off the salon chair. But the challenge now was, how do I shoot in the same very small space with multiple people and make it look different?
Three models, multiple compositions of each, same small space. A challenge that I haven’t put myself in in a long while. I’m definitely not the best at finding a million different compositions in one space. It’s something that I continue to work at and become better at. Just trying to find all the possibilities in every spot and lighting condition.
Composition is king and variety is key.
At this point it was actually time to go to our first original spot, which was outside the salon in this nook between the salon and the neighboring building.
And at this point we discovered we had these smoke bombs, you know, pretty casual…
I had never used smoked bombs before in my photography, and let me tell you, it is waaay harder than I expected. It was a little windy with made the smoke very unpredictable. On top of that, for whatever reason, our smoke bombs only lasted about 10 or 15 seconds. Which isn’t a whole lot of time at all. It’s juuuuust about enough time to let some smoke build and shoot about four or five halfway decent shots.
At this time I want to give mad respect to Becca for this. She took a ton of smoke to the face. Coupled with it being pretty cold and windy, it messed with her eyes for the remainder of the shoot which is why a lot of her shots she has her eyes closed. But she’s a champ. Thanks for toughing it out, girl! You da best!
After shooting the women, we went on to shoot the men on the opposite side of the salon which was more wooded.
DREAMBOAT, WHAT UP.
After scrounging around for shots within a block around the studio, we decided to pack up everyone and head over the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to use their really fancy parking garage. But in this huge expansive space we ran into the same issue we did earlier, how do we shoot a bunch of different people in the same space? Fortunately we had some extra wiggle with the variety of spaces but a lot of it was just concrete and parking spaces.
For whatever reason I fell in love with the stairs at this place. Well, actually, the reason was because of the lines. The stairs were littered with lines, and if you know me…
I FUCKING LOVE LINES.
And there you have it. A massive collaboration between myself, a dope hair salon, a dope clothing company, and dope models. All local guys and gals just hustling in what they love and making amazing things through their passions.
Here’s to folk who collaborate.
Here’s to dope haircuts.
Here’s to dope clothing.
Here’s to beautiful people.
HERE’S TO DOPE LINES.