The idea of mine was shooting on the roof top like in New York scenes, that we could be able to see all the sky scrapers around and in the city of London. I contacted a friend of mine, a great celebrity stylist, Natalie Wilkins, who styled such as Dua Lipa, Alt- J, Birdie, Alice Chapter and many more. I discussed my idea with her and she told me we could shoot on her roof top, and she sent me some photos of her roof top.
I like the idea of shooting on her apartment’s roof top, so we started improving ideas, deciding the date, and I changed the idea of a shooting on a roof top between sky scrappers. I contacted the model agencies and creative agencies for model and make up and hair stylist. Finally, we ended up shooting with amazing model Omoh from First London Management and a special talent, make up and hair stylist Amy Conley from Stella Creative Artists and Alina Travis was going to film the shooting.
In this story, we were aiming to shoot for Spring Summer 2020 in usually a cloudy, rainy London City. I used a speed light with color gel to create a sunset scene inside and outside, no diffuser or light modifier front of the light source.
We started shooting on outside on the roof top, and went back to inside when started raining, this time I bounced the light from the corner of the wall to create nice and gloomy light to create this warm color scheme to match with the styling.
I took all of my equipments with me on set because you never know what you need on the set rather than lack of equipments. However, my shooting kit was very simple and basic, I shot with Canon 5d Mark IV and Sigma 24-70 2.8 Art Series lens with one speed light flash with color gel. Only 1 look I changed the lens to Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art Series lens which was on the stairs and there was no space for me to create a good angle that I was hoping for.
We did really enjoy on the set, we were guessing to finish the set on 7-8 hours, before the sunset, but we finished way earlier like in 4-5 hours, happy but tired.
As most of my shootings I retouched and color graded all of my photos myself. I will give more details about how I retouch and how my workflow is in another post soon.
For now you can enjoy this short film which was filmed by Alina Travis.