Photographer: Kira Bucca http://www.kirabucca.com/
Stylist: eLeana Kanellou (http://www.eleanakanellou.com/)
Hair: Julia Elena (http://juliaelena.com/)
Make-up: Eric Vosburg (http://ericvosburg.com/)
Models: Robin Laird @ Major Model Management (http://www.majormodel.com/) and Agnes @ Adam Models (http://www.adammodels.com)
Photo Assistants/Cloud Fluffers: Tam Nguyen & Emilia Wojdylak
Styling Assistant: Aiesha Mumford
Background Painting: Leigh Bucca
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW
1. How does this collection speak to you? How did it come about? What did you want this to say to your audience?
I was very excited to shoot this story. I always wanted to be a painter and admire a lot of surreal dreamy artists, like Mark Ryden. In many ways, this is a tribute to these painters. One of the reasons why I always admired painters is because my mother is a painter. So, I was very excited to get her involved. She recently retired; so, I thought this would be a good time to get her back to her painting roots. Ergo, I commissioned her to paint the beautiful cloud background for this shoot.
2. What do you find to be the most difficult when bringing a team of artists together to create a cohesive look? How do you pick the right team?
I am very selective about my teams. I need strong artists, but also people who think like me. I need to know my team gets it. I also tend to work with the same people consistently, once I know they are trust worthy. I am lucky to have a lot of great talent that likes to work with me often.
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes beginners tend to make?
I think beginners focus too much on the concept and not on the fashion, or too little and don’t have a cohesive concept. I think editorials are more about giving off a mood, rather than drilling home a pointed idea.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
5. Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
I’m a photographer; so, my job is to say behind the camera. Although, I don’t mind being in front of it from time to time, for the right photographer.
6. What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
Weakness: I’m probably not the fastest shooter out there. I like to make sure I have the shot, 100%.
Strength: I am very detailed oriented. I want to make sure everything fits and looks as good as it can in camera.
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion and beauty editorials?
I think too many people obsess over how the model looks. Is she too skinny? Too retouched? I think fashion is one of the few places that celebrates some things that others would consider flaws. For example, a girl with gap teeth wouldn’t excite most people, but we love it.
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life while following your passion?
I am a workaholic.. not so sure I am so good at balance, but I am happy.
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing while you are shooting?
Honestly, I consider the model the most important person on my set. If she/he isn’t happy we are not getting good images. So, I tend to play what they want to hear. But if I need more energy, Lady Gaga is a safe bet.
10. Words to live by?
Never be bored.