A few months ago, we started scheming with our hair-stylist/make-up artist buddy, Allison Phillips, about what we could do with our good friend and neighbor, Sarah. You see, after having done family portrait shoot with Sarah, we immediately recognized how well she did in front of the camera and knew that we had to photograph her in some special project.
Fast forward a little bit. While getting my haircut (one of the fantastic benefits of having a friend who's a talented hairstylist!) Allison and I decided that Sarah had the perfect look to be costumed as a 1940's bombshell and serve as the model for a World War II themed shoot.
We called Sarah over and informed her of our decision - she gratiously accepted our offer.
The original plan was to shoot her in the studio, and then using post processing add in some background consistent with the era. We were thinking that our final product would be a photo along the lines of the old "Buy War Bonds!" or "Let's Do It For the Boys" shots we've all seen in the history books.
However, for those of you that know me, I'm never ok with leaving well enough alone. Since it's not often enough that we get to do photo shoots purely for fun, I decided that I'd start making some phone calls and see if we could take this to the next level.
A phone call to David Hunt, Director of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, VA supplied us with everything we could have dreamed to take the shoot to the "next level" - namely a fully restored P-51 Mustang fighter plane. Mr. Hunt not only agreed to let us take pictures with her, but gratiously agreed to have his staff move the plane out to the center of the museum's runway for our shoot. Things were now really starting to come together.
Moving outdoors away from the comfort and control of the studio, and realizing that the complexity of the shoot was growing quickly, I shot off an email to my buddy and fellow photographer, Chris Breedlove. Chris and his wive, Kristen, agreed to meet us in Virginia Beach and serve as assistants.
We're going to spend a few days this week on the blog taking about all the details of this shoot - I hope you'll come back to visit to hear the rest of the story but as for the shot...
Without further ado, after hours of prep, costume selection, hair and makeup design, lighting design, set management and setup, here's our shot of the day. Nice work and thank you, team Towner Jones Photography!
Nikon D3, 24-70mm (at 32mm) f/9.0, 1/320s, ISO 100, Post: Photoshop CS5, onOne Plug-In Suite 5
And here's one of the crew, thanks Kristen for taking the shot!
Nikon D3, 24-70mm (at 35mm) f/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 100, Post: Photoshop CS5