About a month ago I shot a metallics editorial for Sukeban Magazine. Sukeban means ‘boss girl’ or ‘delinquent girl’ in Japanese. Obviously I’m choosing to interpret the meaning as ‘boss girl’. What I really like about this magazine is that it only features photos of girls taken by girls (or women, in my case!) In an industry where only 2% of the photographers on agency books are female and only 5% of the photos published in magazines are taken by women - Sukeban is doing its bit to level the playing field.
Metallics are a huge trend for SS16 seen at Victoria Beckham, Paco Rabanne, Lacoste, Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant, the list goes on. I wanted to shoot an editorial about this trend and match the concept and location to the clothing. After brainstorming for a bit I thought the phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ was an inspiring place to start. I booked Sunset Studio in Peckham because it has access to the roof, where there are power sockets, so you can bring the lighting from the studio to the roof. With fingers and toes crossed that it wouldn’t rain I headed down to the studio, but knew I had a back up that we could just shoot indoors if the heavens opened.
Thankfully the day we shot was the nicest day of the year so far and the clouds were white, fluffy and perfectly formed set against a bright blue sky. I used a fairly simple lighting system, of a single Bowens light with a beauty dish and a shower cap plus my lovely assistant, Paris, held a large gold reflector. This created a gorgeous shimmer on our model, Maria from M+P, but did run the risk of hurting her eyes so we had to be careful it didn’t shine directly into her face.
With my dream team Gem on make-up and Dani having pulled some fabulous metallic inspired pieces from brands such as Maison Scotch, Kitty Joseph, Renli Su, Gayeon Lee, and Miss Sixty, PLUS a smoking hot model with a kick ass attitude - no wonder the photos turned out so fabulous. Remember it's the team that makes a great shot and we were a veritable band of Sukeban. You can check out the rest of the shoot here.