One of the first things I do when I arrive on set to shoot behind the scenes photos is to stake out the studio and see how things look. Everything in the room affects how my photos will turn out, so for me, it’s important to see how things take shape before I start to shoot. How many people are on set? How large is the space? What does the lighting set up look like? And are there any props that are being used on set? These are all things that I take into consideration.
Back in June, photographer, Sarah Silver, invited me back to her studio to shoot some behind the scenes photos for a beauty project that she was working on with makeup artist, Vincent Oquendo, hair stylist, Andre Cueto Saavedra, and art director, Danielle Von Braun. I enjoy shooting behind the scenes photos for fashion and beauty projects, it’s fascinating to see how professionals like Sarah and her team craft these stunning looks.
When I shoot behind the scenes photos, I try to tell the story behind the photo shoot. I document each step in the process as best as I can, but I do it in an artistic way that brings out the passion and enthusiasm that each member of the team has for the project.
Back in January, I had the opportunity to shoot some behind the scenes photos for photographer Sarah Silver, for an article that I wrote on Tuts+. In that article, I talked with Sarah about the process of shooting photos for a dance company. It was fascinating to be able to witness the photo shoot, and I loved being able to interview Sarah, and then share some of her process with all of you.
That is why I was excited when Sarah invited me back to her studio back in May to shoot some more behind the scenes photos for another project that she was working. Her amazing team included Makeup Artist, Vincent Oquendo, Art Director, Danielle Von Braun, Hair Stylist, Andre Cueto Saavedra, Manicurist, Kelly Baber, and model, Basia Szkaluba, as well as many others.
I loved being able to help tell the story of this photo shoot from beginning to end. It takes a lot of work to make a photo shoot like this happen, and everyone has a role. The hair and makeup team, the prop stylists, the model, as well as Sarah’s production team work closely together to make sure that everything is perfect, and that no details go un-noticed.
The final images from this photo shoot can now be seen on the cover, and inside of Issue No. 82 of Magpie Darling.
Back in January, I had the opportunity to shoot some behind the scenes photos for the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, during their photo shoot with Sarah Silver. Ever since, I’ve been following the Stephen Petronio Dance Company pretty closely, but I’ve never actually seen them perform.
So when I heard that they would be performing at Bryant Park, in New York City, I really wanted to go, and if I could, shoot photos of the performance, as well. On the day of the performance, Sarah was nice enough to let them know that I was coming, and they arranged for me to shoot some photos backstage.
Dance, or anything that involves motion, is a lot of fun to shoot, I love the ability to stop the motion, and capture the drama of that particular moment. For this shoot, because I wasn’t sure how far away from the stage I would be, I brought my 70-200mm 2.8 lens, I figured that it would give me the most flexibility to zoom in and out while the dancers moved around the stage.
During the performance, I decided to zoom in and shoot as much of the interaction between the dancers as possible, and when I could, step back to grab a wider shot. Because of that, I think I was able to not only capture the performance of the Petronio dancers, but also, their athleticism, as well.
Recently, I had the opportunity to shoot behind the scenes photos for Sarah Silver during her photo shoot with the Stephen Petronio Dance Company. I met Sarah at an Adobe event announcing the launch of Photoshop CS5 a few years back, and have grown to respect and admire the work that she does. Needless to say, I was really excited to have the opportunity to not only shoot some behind the scenes photos for her, but to also interview her about it for Tuts+, as well.
Sarah has been shooting the Stephen Petronio Dance Company for the last 13 years. In fact, Sarah first shot the Stephen Petronio Dance Company for her graduate thesis at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) back in 2001. This was also a very special photo shoot, as this year, Petronio celebrated his 30th anniversary season, beginning April 8-13, at the Joyce Theater in New York City.
Below are a few of my favorite behind the scenes photos from the photo shoot. If you would like to see some more photos, or learn more about the photo shoot, take a look at the full interview I did with Sarah for Tuts+, which also includes the final imagery from the shoot, as well.