Have you ever been curious about what it's like behind the scenes on one of our photoshoots? Well now you can find out as we share some exclusive 'behind the scenes' footage from Cecilie Harris' shoot for "The Gentlemen" with Igor (Select), Raymond (M+P) and Guetan (D1) that we posted last month.
As well as Cecilie and the three lovely models, the team included groomer Alexis Day and assistant Piera Catalano. They spent the day in and around the boys' local area, allowing Cecilie to capture them in their home environment (and also so Igor could show off his super cool car, spot said car below). Piera Catalano provided a large collection of awesome behind the scene images, allowing us to share this feature of what happens behind the camera.
Meeting and Briefing
The team get together in the morning for a briefing with the photographer. Cecilie chats to the boys about what she is hoping to achieve from the shoot and presents a mood-board of ideas she has put together for the shoot. For this particular shoot, the idea was to capture friendship and youth, all in a natural environment.
Grooming & Styling The Boys
Time for a bit of hair and makeup! Alexis was on hand throughout the day to provide spotless grooming and her usual good vibe. Normally there is also a stylist on hand ready to get the models into their designer pieces, but as Cecilie wanted to shoot these boys as raw as possible instead they wore their own clothes. As all our boys of the day had a similar style, it all worked very well together. After a bit of mixing and matching, results were coming together.
And there can be a bit of waiting and hanging around too... Every model seems to have their own solution to keeping themselves occupied during waiting time. Whether it's at a casting, shoot or show, there is always waiting involved in fashion, and this day was no exception! As Raymond and Guetan demonstrate, phone checking indicates some of the hanging around that can be involved on a shoot... 30 second Facebook or Twitter update sound familiar?
Directing The Boys
This is where the photographer can take full advantage of their position of creative power! Depending on light, location and the aim of the image, Cecilie directed the boys in order to capture them as comfortably as possible and to creatively connect with them to their full potential.
Cecilie comments that the secret to how she works with the boys, is to take advantage of how a model moves naturally, then push them from that to get to an even more powerful image. Showing models that things they might not have thought about can look really cool in an image, can some sometimes get some great results. After Raymond's "nobody has ever made me lie down on the street before" comment, we are excited to see how he poses next time we shoot him.
One of the things all the Boys by Girls photographers are really good at, is being creative with the location you are working at when shooting. As you can see from the images below that might involve getting high or low, close ups, long shots or using any availabe props. Igor's car allowed for another visual angle but also worked well as it created a space in which he was at ease. Any location is a good location, as long as there is light.
Shooting time is when the model and photographer can cut out anything and everything around them, and simply focus on getting that image. The more comfortable a model feels on a shoot, the better results tends to be.
And there's always a bit of fun in being creative with the given environment. The day wouldn't be complete without a bit of rule breaking, yes, that does say 'equipment is suitable for children under 14 years'... groomer Alexis also gets involved (it's always a better shoot if you have a crazy grooming lady). What we adore about boys is that if you give them something to play with, they'll be all over it and have fun with it.
From Idea to Image
As the image below displays, you can see the contrast from the original idea of the photograph and how the final edited image looks. For the photographer, some of the most important aspects of the shoot include the use of location and the conditions of light.
Below you can see how Cecilie has made use of the available light source from the window, and by cropping the surrounding environment she is able to produce some interesting effects with the model, light and tone.
All images by Piera Catalano.