Friday, September 16, 2011

Thoughts of an Insomniac

Every week, at least once a week, I sit down, play music and tune out the world. Every now and then I surface from my dreamworld to write down a title. After a few hours, I have five or six titles. Once the titles are there, pictures bloom in my head. I think about what pictures best bring that title to life. For those who wonder at my process and wonder how I come up with shoots, there it is. :) Anyway, when those pictures come to me, sometimes, well, oftentimes, the model is doing something. She's moving. And sometimes it would frustrate me if I couldn't convey that motion. Since my first motion editorial with Becca, I started to think of those titles that I haven't shot yet. And there are a few, and oh boy am I excited. Most of my titles are built around still images, but for that small amount I could never get out, I finally have an outlet. 'Thoughts of an Insomniac' was one of those titles. In my head I saw the model pacing, I saw her dancing around to relieve the boredom and I didn't know how I would capture that. Thanks to Gina and Chantel, I decided to just go for it and shoot the motion editorial. Man am I happy I did. It feels so awesome when what you have in your head is exactly what you get. :) Take a look at my new editorial titled 'Thoughts of an Insomniac'.

Monday, September 12, 2011

When the day is done...

So yesterday I shot with Rebecca Smith. She changed her hair color and wanted to shoot with the new color. Becs is one of the models on my short list that I'll pretty much shoot with no matter what. Hey, anyone who would balance on a chair inside an inflatable pool trying to keep their face about water for me, has pretty much got my loyalty. LOL. She and Gina floundered for damn near an hour in that pool, lmao, but I digress. Anywho, we couldn't find a make-up artist so I decided to keep the whole thing simple, and stick to the basics. At least we had more than a stick of shadowblast and eyeliner like last time. *sigh* good times. So anyway, we hauled to a park down the street from me armed with just my camera and a couple of pair of clothes. I wanted to capture a simple afternoon. Just you and your significant other enjoying a day together. The title, 'When the day is done' made me think of the small memories we make, just doing nothing. That was the basis for the shoot. Memories linger, and I wanted to show that. I've been dabbling in behind the scenes video and wanted to try something else. I wanted to see if I could do a moving editorial. We spent the first five minutes giggling, but got into the groove and I got some great footage. I was up until the wee hours of the morning trying to figure out how to use my Vegas Studio. (Thank you very much Google) Here is the result, and I'm kinda proud of myself. Definitely look out for more of these, cause I'm feeling very inspired. thanks Becca for being down for anything. :)

Untitled from Adrienne Andersen on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Roxanne, Roxanne

Meet Roxanne. Roxanne is that woman in the neighborhood, the 'ride or die chick'. I like to call her a classy shit-talker. She's gritty when she needs to be, but with a few swipes of make-up can be that woman you would be proud to have on your arm. Men love her, women envy her swag. This beauty story was fun for me, it's a bit of an urban story. Gina brought the attitude and Anamary brought to life the make-up that told both sides of Roxanne's personality. Clean with a punch of color to drive home just how vivacious she is, the makeup said it all. It was a pleasure shooting this  and that all goes to Gina. Watching her move and pose really wrote the story for me. I went through the film with my husband and as I'm thinking aloud about what her body language was saying, he came up with the title. He started singing 'Roxanne, Roxanne' and it clicked. I'm currently obsessed with beauty shots, and these are some of my favs this year.