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“Rouge -a playfully mischievous person. I wanted to capture Vicki in a different setting than what she has shot before something raw and rebellious. And she fell right into character the shots and video told a story that anyone will be able to comprehend. Most of my inspiration comes from music, and I try my best to put the feeling I get from it into my work. I hope it shows.“
On the set of Rogue, I was able to fall into my zone. It’s been a while since I had a photoshoot and as soon as the finishing touches were complete, I fell into my character. Meeting the other artists, Candice and Rocky (MUA & hairstylist), for the first time I loved their vibes very peaceful but yet very spunky. They kept the laughter going and made every moment a sensation. Working in front of the photographer, Charles, is always a pleasure. Once my character was created the hunt was on. In 100 degree weather, in leather, I was able to deliver.
-Vicki Valencourt (Model)
My contribution in creating “Rogue” was the styling of Vicki. I was very much in my element as I created this dark, yet sexy ensemble of leather, spiky rings and pretty silhouettes. We caused quite a scene as we shot in the hot Chicago weather and I kept hydrated as I made small alterations and primping during the set. Working with model, Vicki, photographer Charles Thomas and the rest of the crew was a fun and daring experience!
-Jacqui Jackson (Stylist)
Leather corset: Urban Outfitters
Lost In This World is about the journey of Colby (the model) and how she grows accustomed to all her surroundings. Colby is sophisticated but also in a world of her own. The story is a product of Colby’s endless gathering of inspiration, and her obsession with fashion.
“We combined a modern glam look with indie raw that gave us a unique and compelling story.”
This was the first shoot Charles Thomas and I worked on collectively. LOST IN THIS WORLD was a natural progression of genuine moments for me. He undeniably captured the fashion, style, and confidence in my displacement. Charles’ insight into my soul relates to many women who do not surrender, yet are lost, seeking their role in this world. This made it easy to become submissive to the camera.
Socialite and DEMIS EMMIR gave me the stretch of versatility that I absolutely love the exercise. Charles definitely has an eye for photography and the passion is proven in the film. This experience added a well needed classical shade on my timeline. From the videos to the photos, this shoot has added a necessary stamp in Chicago photography. To work in such an atmosphere definitely left a print on my motivation. This shoot has been a mirror in my career.
“The only way to be beautiful, is to be yourself!” -V!V!
This was my first full-scale vintage photography project.