BTS – Life In The Fast Lane

I love doing lifestyle shoots.  It's fun being creative, working with amazing and gorgeous models in fancy and beautiful locations, and imagining a story line along with them.

Resident Magazine requested me to shoot an 8 page spread at a 1 of a kind estate in Sands Point, NY.  This $11 million property has so many locations for shooting, I knew we would be going into overtime for the day.

The full list of gear for this shoot:

Sony a7RII
Sony 35mm 1.4 Distagon lens
Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens
Phottix Indra 500 light (with battery) x2
Phottix Indra AC Adapter
Phottix Odin II (Sony) trigger
Tiffen Polarizer
Ellinchrom Boom pole x2
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
And a lot lot more.. See the video for the huge list of items.

I lined up my gorgeous model crew, consisting of Andrew Churchill, Amanda Gullickson, and Alle Johnson.

For my colleagues assisting on this shoot, we brought in the amazing stylist, Engie.

For hair and makeup team, we had Dion Moore and Alma Sadeghi.

I found a very cool cinematographer, who was able to use his drone and my DJI Osmo for BTS, Luis Ramirez.

Assisting me, were the wonderful team of Michael (Utah) and Elizabeth Dotsenko.

 

Check out the video below about the shoot, then read on to how we made it happen!

The models got to my studio first thing in the morning and prepped with makeup and hair.  Then we took the trip from Manhattan to Sands Point, NY. Once we got there, the models got finalized with the hair and makeup, then got ready with the stylist for the outfit choices.

Meanwhile, I toured the property looking for the perfect backdrops for the shots.

Now with the locations planned out, I started laying out the lighting and got everything ready.  We decided to start with the car shots first as the sun was setting fast and I needed as much light as possible.

We borrowed a Mclaren 570S and the owner of the house donated his Bentley for the shoot as well.

2 shots got picked for the spread:

Sony a7RII, Sony 35mm Distagon Lens, ISO 50, f/1.4, 1/8000th with the Phottix lights in HSS mode
Sony a7RII, Sony 90mm Macro OSS Lens, ISO 50, f/2.8, 1/8000th with the Phottix lights in HSS mode

We then moved to a rooftop deck on top of the house, that overlooked the backyard all the way to the ocean.

The final shot:

Sony a7RII, Sony 35mm Distagon Lens, ISO 50, f/2.2, 1/2000th with the Phottix lights in HSS mode

We then moved inside into the upstairs living room (there are like 5-6 living rooms in the house.. maybe more... it's HUGE).

And the shot looks AMAZING!

Sony a7RII, Sony 35mm Distagon Lens, ISO 6400, f/8, 1/800th with the Phottix lights in HSS mode

Another shot!

Sony a7RII, Sony 35mm Distagon Lens, ISO 50, f/1.4, 1/800th with the Phottix lights in HSS mode

We then moved to the backyard.  It was getting really dark by then.  We tried a couple shots, but the backdrop was just too dark to show off the beauty of the location.

We also tried shooting by the pool, but again, it was just too dark to get great shots of the scene, so we moved on.

Finally, for the last shot, we moved to one of the downstairs living rooms.

And the final shot.

 

And that's a wrap!  I hope you enjoyed this spread that was a blast to shoot.

To see the beautiful pictorial in print, please pick up the latest issue of Resident magazine.  You can also view the digital format here