A few times a year I try to create a large collaborative group shoot that brings together models, hair stylist, makeup artists, and other photographers. I love being able to meet other creatives to make cool stuff completely different from my usual shoots. These creative collaborations help get me out of my comfort zone, try to communicate an idea and to meet new people.
This concept looks at earth, air, wind, and fire and the two sides to them: the light and dark sides. Within nature, there are two conflicting forces that exist. If you're a Christian, we think of Spiritual warfare. If not, think of the philosophy of yin-yang. They conflict, but they both exist.
This collaboration was developed over a month's time. Throughout that month we had to switch out seven models! When it comes to collaborative shoots, this sometimes happens. People get paid gigs, and who am I to stand in the way between someone and a way to pay the bills?
The week before our shoot date three models dropped out. I was in a panic of stress that week. We were scrambling trying to find models to portray the all the elements because if we didn't have the correct number of models, the concept will fail. Members of the team messaged out friends and other contacts to see if anyone would be available to model in this shoot. Luckily, we were able to find all our models by the morning of. Our last model actually jumped on board 12 hours before our shoot time. Brittany answered one of Estelle's messages and was able to pick up the spot of Light Fire last minute! It was such a relief Saturday morning to have everyone together. It may not have been the team that I started with, but it's the team that needed to be there. I realized, that God had another plan for this project. He wanted these people to come together and create, for whatever reason. You know why I know? Brittany literally got the dress she wore for the shoot in the mail the day before. Allison while not having a modeling background or previous experience, she answered my S.O.S and wanted to be part of this to get out of her comfort zone! That takes so much bravery to raise your hand and volunteer to do something you've never done before. It's funny how it works sometimes. God has a plan, and we may not know what it is, but we trust Him to come through for us.
Make Up: Delaney Rubenstein and Estelle Thomas
Hair Stylist: Rachel Johnson
Co Photographer: Keira Hand
Co Photographer: Van Truong
Light side of Water: Alexandra Cornuik
Dark side of Water: Jenny Hinkle
Light side of Earth: Marcia Rondonuwu
Dark side of Earth: Allison Moujaes
Light side of Air: Bella Skinner
Dark side of Air: Cathy Garcia