I love San Francisco. It’s probably my favourite city in the States (possibly even my favourite city of all, though of course it’s not the greatest city in the world). I was out in California for work at the beginning of May and, having a couple of days to myself, I decided that I should put a personal work shoot together, as well as just wandering around the city with X100 and shooting some visual pushups.
A couple of casting calls on ModelMayhem (still useful, despite its detractors) and I’d put a team together: Stylist Clover Zhang, irrepressible makeup artist Kat Sarabia and model Rachel Zader. I was travelling light and we were shooting on a bright sunny day, so I decided to do the whole thing with natural light, occasionally augmented with a reflector.
For the first look, we started near the ferry building. The idea behind the shoot was to create a tourist story with some vintage looks with neon accents, as chosen by Clover. For this shot I decided to kick just a bit of the strong daylight back into Rachel’s face using a pop-up reflector balanced against a bench (oh for an assistant on this shoot, but I was flying solo).
What does a lady on vacation do on a sunny day? Why, if she’s any sense, she’ll find some nice grass to lie on for a while.
I had a blast shooting in one of my favourite places in the world; I can’t thank Rachel, Kat and Clover enough. I don’t know for sure when I’ll be back, but when I am I’m certain to shoot there again.