I had the amazing opportunity to observe the talented Brisbane fashion photographer, Evelina Photography, at a recent fashion shoot of hers ( you can check out if you click below):
Evelina shared with me about her inspiration behind the visual themes of the shoot, how it’s really portraying two different eras in a single look. She chose to edit the photos to give them a certain aged film look, faded and scratched. Yet, that mixed in with the modern movement of openness in regards to one’s sexuality created the contrast Evelina was hoping to feature.
While Evelina is truly a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to photography, she truly shines in the area of fashion photography. She has the ability of taking beautiful pieces and putting them together in a setting that truly allows them to shine. An eclectic mix of vintage and modern fashion elongated by twisted and alien poses made the space bigger with every camera flash. Bits of fabrics encircled the lens to create an otherworldly feel.
This session was a true collaboration of young artists. Between Evelina as the photographer, stylist and make up artist, myself as the writer, there was also James as our amazing model, and Tiana who designed the beautiful earrings featured in the photos. We each walked away from that day of shooting with plenty of silly stories under our belts!
It was such a great experience to observe each doing what they do best, all the while doing what we could to help each other out in our crafts. Evelina did an excellent job of making each member of the shoot feel comfortable and relaxed, all the while making sure that everyone’s opinions were valued.
The owner of Zambilla&Co, Tiana shared the most memorable moment of the shoot:
“I would say this was the most interesting shoot I have been on! The way Evelina directed her shoot was a real eye opener in a great way. She improvised among the small area of the Engineering block at QUT was so natural and she effortlessly blended everyone including our wonderful model James into the environment. I was lucky enough to share some of my Zambilla & Co earrings as accessories into this shoot but the funny thing was, James no longer had his ears pierced! Luckily and coincidentally enough, I was riding to uni on my small rusty Razor scooter that morning and as I came over the Goodwill Bridge a small group of Police officers asked if I’d like to take any of their marketing materials which lay on the table beside them. I kindly did offer to take some, 1 pen, a “One Punch can Kill” rubber bracelet and a circular lime green sticker which had the National Police logo on it. From there I made my way to the shoot. When we realised James didn’t have his ears pierced we tried to hang the earrings another way. However, each time he moved the earrings did fall. But, then I thought we needed something sticky. It took a few more minutes to realise I had the lime green sticker which still remained stuck to my shirt. I pulled it off and said, “let’s use this!” With a few giggles I ripped up the circular sticker into smaller pieces and from there the earrings sat perfectly well, and of course the photos came out beautifully with a little removal of the lime green sticker in Photoshop!“
Some of the locations we shot at were very unusual and unexpected, yet turned out absolutely gorgeous in the photographs! I would’ve never have thought of using half of them, but Evelina has an eye for taking the ordinary and making it into something extraordinary. Who knew a tucked away stairwell could provide such a brilliant backdrop to complement the featured clothing?
A particular outfit that we had the most fun with was this crimson Devotion Pleat Skirt from Romance Was Born. Something about the flowy fringed design of it made it impossible to not twirl around in. The slightest shimmy would show off each of the intricate layers and ruffles sewn together. The movement of the skirt on turned out so beautiful in the photographs, it was hands down each of our favourite outfit of the shoot, that we had a little too much fun with…
Evelina was definitely on the verge of falling down a flight of stairs… In this case, totally worth it! Just look at how amazing the photos turned out!
At one point during the shoot, we were in a packed study area in a University that just so happened to have the perfect vintage style couches and eye catching backgrounds. We really couldn’t have found a better setting to match the outfits, it’s insane how well it all worked together! Especially how this gorgeous THURLEY Off-the-Shoulder Nefertiti Dress matched with this aged sofa. The golden hues found in the dress and chair against the cool concrete wall complemented each other so well!
Despite the fact it’s such a bustling area of the University, we decided to shoot there anyways… We definitely looked like a parade of freaks, shuffling furniture, and posing in high fashion outfits while Evelina was bent against a wall trying to avoid bumping into students. (Trying being the key word here…)
It’s even more impressive that in the photos, you can’t even tell that we were surrounded by confused looks and awkward giggles. Huge props to James for keeping her cool as she was able to model with many onlookers trying to figure out what in the world we were doing!
All in all, this fashion shoot was loads of fun and each outfit turned out amazing in the final edits. I was truly blown away at the talent that each of the young artists possessed, and the collaborative spirit that carried the shoot. Brisbane fashion photographer, Evelina truly keeps the fashion photography industry alive and flourishing here in our city.
What have your fashion shoot experiences been like as a model, photographer, or observer? Share your stories and tips in the comments below!