In the spring I received a fashion editorial assignment from Little Black Dress to photograph various fashion looks with our amazing model Chonta Flowers and feature some historic Cobb County areas. Although there’s a lot of stress and pressure involved, I love these type of assignments because they are more of an advertising project. There’s a lot of different people and moving pieces involved, but collaborating and working with so many amazing creative people towards one awesome goal makes it more exciting.
Our model, Chonta Flowers is a powerhouse of getting things done. She’s a Marine Corps veteran, former adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix, and creator of mom blog, mommyinspired.com. As if that’s not enough, she’s also a health consultant, independent Beachbody coach, and c0-founder of The F.I.T. Factory. She was also named 2014 Women of the Year at Unstoppable Women Conference and for a good reason!
My good friends at Dyer & Posta Salon handled all of the hair and makeup for the shoot. Clothing and accessories were provide courtesy of Love Street at Cedarcrest, Heart & Sole, TrueVision Eyecare, Back by Popular Demand, and Ivy Lane.
We started early in the morning at Smith-Gilbert Gardens for our first look featuring some great fashion from Boho, Quipid, Hobo, and Dolce & Gabbana among others. We were on a pretty strict time schedule to ensure we could get all the fashion, locations, and everything else in before it got too hot or busy, so we moved pretty quick the whole day.
The next stop was at a former 1897 gas station and the current location of the amazing Stilesboro Biscuits which features tasty food like the southern staple chicken biscuits and other basic breakfast fare. For this shoot we had clothing and accessories from PPLA, Caroline Hill, Not Rated, and Burberry.
There are a lot of historic Cobb County areas and one of the best known is Marietta Square which was our last stop. We chose the boarded up archways that run under the railroad tracks which are also part of the Scaryetta Ghost Tour as the main spot. No one seems to know the original purpose of the tunnels, but many believe they were used for coal or the Underground Railroad. Here we featured some goods from St. John Couture, Sheri Bodell, Philippe Charriol, Movado, and Salvatore Ferragamo.
One of the hardest parts about bigger shoots like this is taking good care of all of the really expensive clothing and accessories. Some of them valued more than $2800! It’s a lot of added responsibility and definitely not something I’m interested in damaging or losing. Fortunately we have an incredible team that works really well together all focusing on certain jobs and tasks to make the whole thing come together. Here are some of the final photos and layouts from the magazine!
My name is Matt Druin and I’m an Atlanta portrait photographer.
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