This was my first full-scale vintage photography project. I wanted to capture a visual language that melded the vintage feel of art nouveau with the more modern concept of photography. During the days before the shoot I looked over a few portraits of Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps this was an influence, too. I love the feel and look old films and old paintings as well as modern art. I think the shoot was a mix of that and the fact every time you open your eyes you’ve got a new situation which can inspire you, in its own way. I think you have to build up a connection with the model and create a special atmosphere between you and the model. It helps a lot when the model is able to forget she’s on a photoshoot and can relax.
“Mr Creatistic (Charles Thomas) has presented me with plenty of opportunities, so when he asked me to shoot with him I didn’t think twice.”
I’ve been blessed with a lot of modeling gigs recently so I am getting more experienced and more confident in the industry. I was ready and willing to Jump right in and start shooting. I absolutely loved the clothes I wore designed by Veronica Ariel and my hair and make up by Tinaya Weems. Charles has the ability to connect with the model. I was incredibly comfortable and willing to take risks. Some of my recent success has been appearing in New York Fashion Week 2011 and I am now the new face of Khojo Dresses khojodresses.com.
-Erica E Franklin
Photography by Charles Andre Thomas
Styling by London Alyse
Hair & Makeup by Tinaya Weems
Model – Erica E Frank
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