I rolled up three giant pieces of oil cloths, several light stands and lighting equipment, a few lenses, headwraps, fruits, and headed to Newark, NJ to shoot Vovo. I never considered how heavy things would get and how many times I would need to go up and down flights of stairs during transfers, but I made it! Also, none of the lighting equipment mattered because I ended up using only natural light.
We were shooting @kikabolinha
's grandma. And as we moved furniture around to set up the background, she started questioning the whole situation. "Why would you guys come all the way out here to photograph me?" We replied: Why wouldn't we?
She told us she was our canvas for the day and that we could do whatever we wished, and so we got to work. @kikabolinha
painted her nails, added highlighter to her cheek bones, a swipe of lipstick, some colorful eyeliner here and there. I wrapped her head, positioned her in front of the backdrop that took us a while and some creativity to put up. We dressed, and accessorized her. As the shoot continued, I gave her directions in a language she barely understood. She started getting into it, until I started cutting lemons to make her earrings. She looked at me and said in Portuguese, "Is this karma coming back to get me?" Nevertheless she allowed us to accessorize her in fresh lemon earrings.
Meet Vovo, mother of eight, grandmother of thirteen, great grandmother of one, and the most confident muse I've ever photographed. #ijustwanttosharemycolorswiththeworld #findingpaola
• Photo/creative direction by me for @fanmdjanm
• Styling by @kikabolinha