Before we could start shooting the Bond fashion shoot a lot of work had to be done. First of all Roquois chose some models that would work for the theme. She then pulled the styles that would work for a “Modern” fashionable James Bond style character and some glamorous “Bond Girls”. The bond girls wouldn’t be complete without a villain. Roquois didn’t disappoint and Chanif was our glamorous villain all in black.
Rick from The Park Press reached out to Phillip Halstead at Aston Martin of Orlando and Phillip kindly agreed to send a car up for the shoot. How cool is it to have a $120,000+ car as a prop for the shoot? The car turned some heads as did the models when they were all dressed for the shoot.
Mel did all the hair and makeup over at Things n Fashion with a little help from the Roquois for Tibor. Fashion n’ Things was the base where the models were initially dressed and any alterations made. That’s where it started to come to life.
I scouted a few locations in town to try and find somewhere we could shoot without disrupting everyday Winter Park life and in return not be disrupted too much. Sydgan Corp. kindly let us have access to a cool private club called Hudson’s down on New England Ave. and we used the side street between Hannibals and Antonios to do the car scenes.
Once the models were ready they were bundled into a couple of cars and together with Jason from Things n’ Fashionthe accessories and shoes were transported over to the location. Once everybody was there and the car was carefully parked with the wheel slightly turned, the models needed their finishing touches. Then we were ready to start shooting.
My Daughter Olivia came with me as my assistant and we set up a few light stands with flashes and radio receivers and I started to get to work. We had a mix of experience with the models and luckily Tibor (James Bond) has a lot of experience and helped the less experienced models where needed. The weather was good, the light was good, just ambient light as the sun was low down behind the building and not affecting us. With some fill flash carefully placed to create a little drama and highlight the clothes it was just a case of tweaking the lighting and getting a good composition.
As soon as we got what we need with the car and the models, sadly the Aston Martin went back to the showroom and we all moved inside and upstairs to Hudson’s Private Club. It was fairly dark in there and quite hard to pull focus, but I used the darkness to our advantage and pumped in some focused direct light to build up the images. Hudsons has a really cool back room with card table and chips ready to go. All in all it was a great location to do a Bond themed shoot.