One fateful evening, I was lounging in my apartment recovering from a hectic work day when I received a message from Dina, a talented fashion designer based in Dallas. We had previously worked together on a shoot that resulted in this image and this one as well. I remember her being an absolute joy to work with and was undeniably inspired by her energy and creativity. That night, she had reached out to see if I would be interested in working with her again on another shoot. She pitched her idea and I immediately fell in love with the concept; I had to shoot it and I was excited to contribute in any way I could to bring her vision to life.
Impassioned to get the ball rolling, I began researching potential studios for us to rent while she casted models who’d fit the theme. By the next afternoon, we had the stylists, one of the models and the studio booked for the coming weekend. We went with Glasshouse Studio in Dallas to take advantage of the beautiful natural light that flowed throughout the entire space.
We had some back and forth about who the second model should be; each one being just as, if not more, inspiring than the last. After we had our options selected, the next obstacle we encountered was the actual booking processes; just about every model she had contacted either never confirmed their availability or cancelled. We were struggling with this right up to the night before the shoot!
Fortunately, Dina was able to confirm someone at the last minute. After being rest assured that all of the arrangements were made, my initial anticipation slowly began to be replaced with anxiousness. We were going to be working in a 4 hour time window, so I wanted to do everything I could to ensure we stayed on schedule. This included getting the models prepped hours before we transported to the studio. I was thankful everyone was aware of our time constraints and worked accordingly. This actually gave us a surplus of time to take a break as well as shoot additional looks.
It was key we made sure to get everything right in camera down to the last detail, and the team we worked with delivered. Working with an effective team is crucial in order to make the day run smoothly. Everyone brings something to the table, whether it’s bouncing ideas to improve an existing one, offering guidance when anyone hits a creative block during the shoot, and to quickly go in there to touch up things us photographers may overlook while snapping away. Thanks to everyone’s work and attention to detail, EVERY shot we took was awe-inspiring.
This naturally made things a bit difficult in the post production stage when I was trying to select images to retouch, but as we had taken a proactive approach in getting things right during the shoot, the retouching work itself was minimal and was focused more on enhancing the antecedent qualities rather than correcting them. We wrapped up the day with dinner and reflecting back on our shoot and discussing the fashion industry and our place in it. Overall, it was an incredible experience and one where everything I’ve learned in my photography career to date was fully implemented.
Fashion Designer – Dina Haynes @ Speechless Vulgarity
Models – Reem Younes & Shawn Hayworth
Hair – Joseph Atkins
Make Up – Siva Atkins
Styling Assistant – Tony Sartain