photoshoots in the time of covid😷
I started off 2020 with bright eyes and some amazing opportunities ahead of me. By march, they had all crumbled into disappointment and sadness. Like everyone else, I pretty much decided to throw my 2020 planner in the trash (it was a cute one too!)
I was scheduled to attend my first ever BIG BIG craft fair with Renegade Craft in LA in April of 2020. For those of you that don't know- Renegade is like the Venice Biennale of craft. I was SO excited!! I had never done a renegade on my own before, and I had never vended in LA before. I was set up to share a booth with Lion In The Trees-check out her work-amazing.
Anyways-I'm sure you've read several versions of this same story-so I will spare you. Fast forward SEVEN MONTHS, we are still living in some form of lockdown. I had spent the last 7 months using myself as a model (gross). I got really sick of trying to style myself up and take photos of myself with a very limited home set up. The pictures are fine-but it's not the same level of creative freedom and quality as working with other models and photographers.
So when I saw Doc My Art(Cristina Ossers-they/them) and Maeve Jackson(she/her) were offering a collaborative photo and video shoot for artists in my city-I was stooooked! The project was called #toosmalltofail. I had known both of them from attending Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design together, and just being around the same art scenes in Milwaukee. In light of covid, they both decided to team up and offer some much needed professional services to artist. This was a chance to get some really nice material to use and collaborate with two amazing creatives.
We met virtually to discuss a plan-where we could possibly shoot, how to shoot safely, and guidelines for covid precautions-before even reaching out to models. To be honest, I had put off the planning of any shoots in the hopes that numbers would decline, or there would be a sense of safety to operate semi-normally at some point. Well....that did not happen.
Working with Maeve and Cristina felt so natural and relaxed. I told them I wanted this to be as fun and exciting for them as it was for me. We all had a hand in designing our creepy little apocalyptic set, and they experimented with new lighting concepts. They helped form the outlines of my ideas into a full story for the main shoot the following weekend.
For the main shoot I brought in another artist I have been wanting to collaborate with for A WHILE. Originally, we talked about doing a shoot together like over a year ago, and well, life happened. Lis Torres (they/them), creator of Good Grief, has a dark yet playful style I have admired since being introduced to their work a few years ago. The way our pieces and styles collided in the shoot was wonderful and even better than I could have expected (think: dark-apocalyptic-teenage-bedroom-pastel-goth dreamscape). If Good Grief is the black frosting on a heart shaped cake, then Peach Beast is the pastel colored sprinkles.
.....and I can't WAIT to show you the photos....tease tease tease !!!