Editorial Portait: Le'tron

Let me introduce you to Le'tron. He is a fashion designer at my school, The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. His style is eccentric and he has the personality to match. Personally, I love people with character. Le'tron has plenty of it and is completely comfortable with who he is. With out character, life would be boring. I have worked with Le'tron before on shoots for his fashion styling class and it came up one time that he has a sequin bed spread. As soon as I was given the assignment for my editorial class to do an editorial portrait, I thought about shooting Le'tron. My goal was to show Le'tron's style and how colorful he is. I had asked Le'tron to take a picture of his room just to give me an idea of what it looked like and give me the ability to decide if it was the location I wanted to use. Mannequins, a desk covered in sequins, photos of divas and himself all over the walls for a location? It would work. Just to add to the atmosphere, Le'tron played music including Diana Ross, Patti Labelle, and Billie Holiday during the shoot. Just great.

I chose this as my final image

Here are some others

The Beyonce Shrine

During critique in class, we were lucky enough to be joined by the successful editorial photographer Marc Serota. He gave us good insight into what it's like shooting editorial portraits for clients. The number one thing he recommended was to always shoot a cover. No matter what the client initially asks for, always shoot a cover. Just in case the story gets bumped up, you'll have a cover they can use and you'll get the extra coin. It makes sense. The client would rather not hire someone else to shoot a cover when the subject has already been shot.

1 comment:

Kara said...

Alex!! These are so good... and the lucky part is that the whole set was real and already set up. It almost looks like it was created for the shoot!

I totally agree with the final shot. It's my favorite, too. Totes Magotes.