This is part one of a two part post. I’ve shot Kendall Neuner before and wanted to do a desert inspired shoot. So we got my good friend, Aubrie Davis, to do all the makeup and she did a amazing job. Aubrie also owns a great pet care company you need to check out, Viva Pets. Kendall Neuner did all the styling. I love shoots like this because it really is a collaborative effort to make some fun work.
Having a great group of people to work with is essential. Most the time I feel like I am just snapping the button because Aubrie and Kendall took to my loose ideas and just ran with them. If you have a good team, most of the time you are you just holding on for dear life as the project takes on a form of its own. THANK YOU BOTH! It made getting a “talking-to” by the pseudo -park ranger worth it.
The day was mostly cloudy which ended up working in our favor. Cranked up the ISO higher more then I would have liked but a little digital grain never hurt anyone. I know there is this trend in current photography to have as clean or grainless photos as possible. But I have started to like the aesthetic of digital noise. Is it the same grain you get from a roll of 3200 Kodak? No, but it’s does have some appealing factors to it. It’s the grain of our time. Of right now!
I went out with my friend Gene Louis in the middle of the night to shoot around L.A. using nothing but available city lights. I had the ISO cranked up to 5000. The high ISO added a grungy-ness to the photos that added so much to the tone and mood. Try it. See what you get.