Backstage Pass: Brii Directs GreaTaste Photo Group’s Circus Shoot!

4 Aug

May brought many things this year, and with GreaTaste it brought the circus!

Thanks to Tracy Rodger for lending the jacket and skirts.

Three shoots into leading the team, this was as exhaustive as the last. Booking 12 models, 2 hair stylists, 1 mua, and 1 to hop between both – I decided to snag an assistant for the day of shooting. (Tristan, thank-you, thank-you for all your wonderful help!)

Prep for this shoot was interesting. Along side booking and applications the day of, I took on wardrobe styling and bit off a little more than I could chew. While the burlesque shoot demanded hair pieces, I spent most of my prep time for this theme working with the actual clothing.

Some pieces were selected from closets – some on the other hand, had to be sewn, dyed, fitted, ripped, torn, taken in, and all that jazz. It’s an interesting conundrum when you must explain to your landlord while you are boiling garments on your stove in a bubbly yellow mess.

Shopping finally finished up 4 days prior to shooting. We still had 3 pieces to complete, and the Ring Master’s shorts to alter. (Fit, take in, raise the waist, sew back up – I am sorry for putting you through that Maria!)

May 20th came quickly, and luckily I had a select few models who either slept over the night before or came to my house for an early round of make up. (Bribed with breakfast and waffles of course!) Starting the day at 7am -the Gypsy, Mime, and Horse Rider were almost set once we got to the venue at the 4pm call time.

Among the characters booked was the lovely Dani Pants doing areal silks. Location options were limited due to the need for silks support but we lucked out and found a great place to set up shop! Huge huge thanks to Josh at The Fall Tattooing & Artists Gallery for letting us use the space and sponsoring this workshop!

Keeping the idea in my head “antique circus”, I began work on the Fire Breather and Areal Act using Ben Nye Clown White and lining the face with Ben Nye black cream. Maintaining black and white similarities, Mae Calinisan and Emma Garland joined the team again to work on other characters. A make up extensive shoot, only two faces did not have the whited out base.
Eyes, lips, lashes, and other details were done with a mix of products – brushes were cleaned between rounds with Cover FX Brush Cleaner. Hair was styled by Erika Gingrich and Chelsea Lynne, Tristan Igriczi assisted with dressing, call times, and tool prep.

This chapter brought a new addition to workshops, beggining with a speach on technique relevent to the theme.

We wrapped up around midnight, yawning and exhausted, but generally happy and excited to see the results. It was a huge change from our usual early morning shoot, but working around store hours was definitely worth the use of location.

Jumping into July, we are now working on our Hollywood Icons theme – due in the second half of the month. Another great location booked, the spots in this one are to fill up fast.
Those interested in attending workshops can find the calendar and openings >> here <<

Models I worked with on this shoot:
Caelyx, Ring Master
Nemo, Fire Breather
Dani Pants, Areal Silks
Matthew Theil, Mime
Basia Wabick, Fortune Teller
Carly Winch, Horse Rider

View my work with GreaTaste >>here<<

View all work from this shoot >>here<<

View more behind the scenes >>here<<


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