4 Esta Coes Mag
Brazilian Mag 4 Esta Coes contacted me to create a shoot, tasking me to capture Ieda Favo. Ieda is a Brazilian Ambassador, social worker, and model as well as providing creative direction for a 2 part editorial shoot with several looks. This shoot took place over the course of 2 different session days. One day was a full on studio shoot while the other was a session shot completely on location in 4 different areas.
Day 1 – In Studio
So often I find myself shooting a variety of cultures; however, this time was quite a bit different. Ieda had only just come to the country and not too long prior and was just getting the hang of English. Her managing partner Marcio who was with her, didn’t speak English at all. This caused a slight language barrier that made me commit to making sure we both felt at ease and respected. After being briefed on the details of what they were looking for in the mag, I was given free creative control, to which I reached out to my team to jump in and get involved. NayMarie of Adorned in Taji for adorments and jewelry, Debra Harebey for Hair and Coco for Makeup. Wardrobe, styling, and location were all up to my discretion and so I handled this on my own.
Soon after, we had a call and I chose a beautifully sunlit and plant-filled studio in order to capture our first set of shots. I also made a decision to utilize 2 outfits and twists for the hair style of the model Ieda. I requested custom pieces from Adorned in Taji and very simple makeup to complement outfits and skintones from Coco. Each was a great marriage of effort on our ends as can be seen by the final product, but we needed more for our second shoot day. I used my desire to capture Ieda against every element possible…. windows, table, plants, and muti colored backdrop piping.
Day 2 – On Location
In this second 4 Esta Coes Mag Editorial Shoot things were a bit longer. So long in fact, that my strobe ran out of power during the 3rd section of the shoot. This presented no problem, seeing as the entire day, overcast skies graced our presence. The request was to capture our main shots to showcase NYC, to which we decided on a subway platform. We would have utilized a subway car at first but the timing and location would have made this difficult. School would have been getting out around that time.
Our second location was under the platform in the street to give a nice trailing depth of field using lines. Our third location was a pathway between buildings and our final was a large state park with beautiful greenery. We used a combination of outfits which I selected from Brazilian Closet in order to pull each of these looks together. All in all everyone was extremely happy.