I am a lucky gal–my first stylebook for ModCloth got to be none other than a “chapter” of the four-part 2010 holiday season storybook.
In November the design and photo teams road-tripped it down to San Luis Obispo to shoot all the collections at the legendary Madonna Inn. The experience was amazing. After an exhausting day of work, you’d think I’d be able to fall asleep, but my mind couldn’t stop racing with inspiration and excitement. Colors, shapes, sparkle, textures flashed continuously through my thoughts, and all I knew was that it was a really great first day of shooting, and I couldn’t wait to wake up and do it all over again.
Day two of shooting was again filled with inspiration. It unfortunately was not filled with enough evening light, and the outdoor outerwear shoot turned problematic. Fear not, location scouting in San Francisco turned out to be another inspiring (and exhausting) experience, and as luck would have it, the construction that has been going on for months at the Palace of Fine Arts seemed to be winding down, and a new photo shoot location was born.
The shoot was great, and we really had a “magic” moment towards the end. The combination of the sun reflecting intensely off the lake, bouncing back off a single reflector gave us the most stunning photos. There was literally a moment when we all gasped when I asked the model to turn her face to be more profile. I have goosebumps just thinking about it.
My initial idea of using glitter in the shoot turned out to be magic as well. We captured an amazing cloud of glitter dust during the location shoot, and we able to capture more in studio for additional effect.
It was a lot of work over the course of a few weeks, and the end result has made me very proud. I think the imagery helps create an atmosphere around the clothing collection, enveloping the viewer in a warm (and sparkly) holiday world.