This image came about via a request from creative, Robin Fator of The Redding Fashion Alliance.  Robin had asked me if I would like to create something for Redding Fashion Alliance’s newest window display.  She told me she was looking for something painterly and using the color of the year for 2018, Ultra Violet.  Robin also told me that I could use one of Gini Holmes‘ Silk Kimono’s she hand creates in her studio.  Redding Fashion Alliance will hang this fashion portrait mid January of 2018, which has been printed as a 20×30 and will be mounted in a gold leaf frame.

This image was inspired by the great Peter Lindbergh’s portrait of Milla Jovovich featured in Vogue Italia 1998.  I happened to buy myself Peter Lindbergh’s book A Different Vision of Fashion Photography recently and fell so in love with this one image of Milla Jovoich. However, interestingly enough, I am not able to find that image online to show you…it seems to only exist in the book.  I do have a copy of it on my Instagram, if you would like to see it.  The light I created was similar to Mr. Lindbergh’s light, but different.  I used 3 light sources to create this photograph.  The main light was my Elinchrom with reflector and a purple gel.  The lights that shape her face in orange and blue were created by using my SB-900’s on slave mode.  I also took inspiration for the color of the light from my color theory book Interaction of Color by Josef Albers.

I knew which model immediately, Jennifer Mailhot.  We had trouble this week collaborating, so Jennifer was brave enough to cut a heavy bang herself.  Kya Solorio was our makeup artist for this shoot, and used Mac’s “Sin” lipstick with some shadow to create depth for the lip.  Dennis Luberus was my photography assistant for the shoot.  Rajneesh Kushwaha of RJ Retouch created the skin retouch and I did the creative edit.

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