My sugar.skin.circus collection just begs to be part of themed photoshoots. A really great photographer named Wolfgang Kaufman was coming through town and wanted to do a photoshoot while he was here in the Omaha area. The creative director for this shoot, Cherisse McCoy, contacted me to see if I was interested (yes, duh) and for details about my latest collection. When I described my sugar.skin.circus line, she got really excited to create a very dramatically themed photoshoot, including a custom built set, props, and she even brought in a fire performer and aerial artist. If anyone knows how much I LOOOOOOVE circus themed stuff, you’d know how much I was nerding out at this point.
Watching all my models get styled at the salon was really exciting. I let my makeup artist, Amy Burns, go to town. She painted on mustaches, sprayed on some lacework, airbrushed stylized pink cheeks, and applied glitter lashes. She’s great at taking an idea and bumping it up about 16 extra levels of awesome.
Once all my models were styled, I finally got a chance to see all the props that were made for this shoot. It was like a circus dream come true. It took all of my concentration to keep from running and playing with EVERYTHING.
SECRET: The “strongest man in the world” barbell is actually made of balloons. I was tricked every stinkin’ time I saw anyone pick it up. I am always worried about overworking my models, so I kept telling them that they could set it down between shots to rest their muscles. Balloons. They are a clever illusion, especially for a gullible kid like me.
Wolfgang Kaufman was great to work with. He was so committed to getting the best possible shot: he climbed on ladders, crawled around on the floor, hopped up on all the different furniture, then hopped down, then did it all again. Wolfgang is awesome.
This photoshoot was a dream come true. Cherisse McCoy, the creative director, imagined a fantastic circus world for my collection to play in for the day.
Hair/makeup: Sirens at the Loft
Creative director: Cherrise McCoy
Wolfgang Kaufman: http://www.wolfman-photo.com/
sugar.skin.circus collection available in my store: http://www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com