Lush Kingdom

I’ve been a fan of James Hackett‘s work long before I ever met him. His illustrations are dope! The stuff he produces under his fashion label Lush Kingdom tends to run along similar lines as his illustration work with strong colour schemes and bold patterns.

I definitely jumped at the prospect of both partnering with James to capture some of the latest pieces from his fashion line and shooting something I’ve never done before, fashion photography. There was a lot of researching (see also: looking at some fashion magazines and the work of some amazing fashion photographers), and some sketching and planning of what I wanted to do. The location was selected, we were going to shoot in an old derelict building in Port of Spain and see what we could come up with. James had a rough story line of what he wanted to capture, but the rest of it was up to me.

Since time was tight, and we were both busy, there wasn’t much of a location scout. A mutual friend of ours went in and explored a bit and came back with some photos so we had a rough idea of what we were dealing with, but somehow it always looks different through someone elses lens. Shoot day came about and my bag was packed as it usually is: Fujifilm X-Pro1 as my main camera, XF 14mm f/2.8 R, XF 35mm f/1.4 and XF 55-200 f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. Ebay wireless triggers, couple of YongNuo YN-560s, 60″ & 48″ Westcott convertible umbrellas, Icelight LED knockoffs and a couple light stands rounded out my lighting kit.

Shooting and posing was definitely a learning experience, with lessons that I’d learn to carry on not to just other fashion shoots, but any portrait session in general.

Here’s the images from that shoot.

Model: Valene Craig
Styling: Aalima Assing Ana Silva Red Bean
Make Up: Renee Williams
Jewelry: Elizabeth Jerimie Designs
Photography & Lighting: sekritiv.

Bonus shot by Aaron Richards: Photo.

Lush Kingdom

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