I met up with Jeannette and family a couple times before the shoot to brainstorm and come up with some simple ideas revolving around her release of her new record, “Celebration.” Every time we all met up, the laughs were contagious and the overall feel was that of absolute kindness and creativity – my favorite kind of feels. We all settled on two ideas; 1) Go somewhere awesome outdoors to snag the bright colors of the sky as the sun goes down and 2) get some awesome hand painting done to do a shoot that looks like Jeannette was coming out of a black backdrop. The whole day took about 10 hours! Whee!! We kept the laughs rolling and she remained absolutely professional and determined. Near the end, I had a couple of margaritas that made the whole thing more or less fun…jury’s out on that still.
For a soul record called “Celebration” we wanted to keep true to soul record style and have a photo of Jeannette on the cover, but maintain the celebratory feel through color and movement. After Jeannette got styled by Tasha Madison and Crystal Michelle, we headed to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (one of my favorite Denver locations) and brought some fun toulle to shoot through. We did the entire outdoor portion with one speedlight and a plastic modifier.
After that, we came back to my house and hung out while the incredible Amira Aleem painted her hands with elaborate, beautiful designs. I, of course, drank some margaritas while setting up the backdrop. We dragged out a 28″ beauty dish with a grid and got the shots finished in less than an hour! I, of course, then drank some more margaritas.
I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them! Make sure to check out Sista Soul’s CD release on January 23rd, 2017 at Jazz At Jacks!