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On shooting Natalia: Seven Days A Week of Truth and Fantasy

I mentioned in my last blog post that I did a couple of shoots with my friend Natalia. After we shot some portraits, we started doing more conceptual work. We got to create an image that I dreamed about for a long time, inspired by a music video I saw when I was around 12 or 13. I used to listen to a Swedish pop band called Play, and they made this music video and I’ve always been so in love with it:

Sometimes I feel silly admitting that I used to listen to that kind of music and admitting that I loved boy bands and all, but I think we all went through that at some point. And I’m not gonna deny that I do go back and listen to that stuff every now and then (and also sing along loud and off-key when I’m driving alone). But anyway, that music video stuck with me. I love the dresses in that video and I absolutely loved the scene with all the chalkboards and I’ve always wanted to create something like it.

I created a mood board for this image as well, just so I’d be able to explain to Natalia the overall feel I was going for.

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And this is the image we created:

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I only had 6 boards to create this. They weren’t chalkboards, they were just black foam boards and I stayed up late one night with my sister and we wrote down a mixture of quotes and personal stuff. Creating this was so much fun. I moved the boards around when I was shooting so that I can later composite them on photoshop and make it look like there were more than 6 boards. It’s crazy how this image came together because Natalia nailed the pose after exactly one shot. It took less than 10 minutes to get it done! It was pretty cool.

Part 3 is coming soon – can’t wait to show you guys pictures from the underwater shoot we did! ❤
p.s. I turned 24 yesterday!

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  1. So cool! I love this work! It is really awesome! And why you shall feel silly to admit that you liked and like to hear this kind of music?

    “Life is like music. It must be composed by ear, with sensitivity and intuition, not by strict standards.” Samuel Butler

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    • Hi Paulo! That’s a lovely quote, thank you for sharing 😀 I felt silly because now I love listening to music with deep or emotional lyrics so looking back at stuff I used to listen to, it almost seems like it’s childish? I dunno if that makes sense. I still think it’s fun music though, just not my favorite :p

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