We had previously set up the basement the night before and tested out the lights and talked about what would look good and what we would have to be careful of.. etc,
Jess and Yasmin had hung up all the clothes and we’d bought some extra make up in vibrant colours which we thought would go well with the theme. On the day of the shoot the stylists got the models ready and did their make up too.
We also decided to get some food and drinks for the models while they were getting ready. This not only makes them feel that they’re being looked after, but also makes them more relaxed and helped to get them talking and generally more at ease. We tried to get them talking and comfortable, which resulted in some pretty natural looking images with a snapshot, almost documentary style, which is what we wanted.
We were a bit worried the models wouldn’t turn up, because we knew they’d been out the night before.. but luckily most of them did. We had an even mix with 3 girls and 4 lads.
The day went quite well, it seemed to take a long time, but it was worth it. Although the shots were improvised in some ways in order to get that snapshot feel, i think the images taken in the street could have been planned better. We wanted the models initially to stand out amongst the ‘normal’ people, which they did, but it was a bit difficult to capture, as it was busy and so many passers-by were just looking at the camera instead of the models. If we had organised more definitely certain places to go, it would have been better.