i dont even know where to start w this little blog post. i’d first have to tell you about Cheryl and then that would lead in to how this shoot came about and then I’d have to tell you about the shoot and how it was her idea to finally shoot together and come up with an image based on a photo of Madonna as Marilyn.
i’m an only child (well, sort of) but Cheryl is like my sister. I lover her to death and can’t imagine life without her…and sometimes I want to beat her up and pull her hair. we’ve lived together, travelled together, laughed, cried and wigged out together. Of course her & marse as like BFFs too. I came home from a wedding last nite and they were 2 bottles in and playin guitar hero…stuck on We Got the Beat.
Cheryl’s a big wig ad exec in Toronto…so shes seen and heard more about advertising and marketing than I can ever read in a book. She’s also got a creative side that I admire and so this opportunity to collaborate was exciting for both of us. The concept was pretty simple, get dressed up based on a photo she liked and shoot it.
We needed a bad ass hair and make up artist so we enlisted the help of the Halifamous and always mind blowing Amy Kerr.Without her this would have been a headshot on a white sheet!
I was lucky enough to have my awesome wife as my assistant and Brian Larter was around to studio and gave his creative input too. (Did you know Madonna has only ever been lit in photos w butterfly lighting? ).
we got the shot we were looking for and since Cheryl was all dressed up in her mothers wedding dress I took the opportunity to try a few things my way…a little darker, sort of anti-bridal stuff.
I’m not one for porcelain skin in photos. I like it raw and I like it real…but this one just called for it. you killed it Cheryl. hope you like the rest.
travel safe. lymy.