In the first image (below ). Houston model, Jessica Patterson, wears a mermaid-inspired nightclub/party outfit by Houston/NYC designer Adrienne Yunger. The dress features a mini-skirt in iridescent fish scale sequins, a Littlest Mermaid bralette, and a feathery, striped jacket reminiscent of underwater light play. Kyong Burke, an artist in the studios where we shot, had a large, minimalist painting of paper boats floating on blue water. I seated Jessica in front of the painting and lit her on the left with a blue-gelled spot to create an underwater ambiance and to connect our mermaid with the water image behind. I lit the model from the right with a single strip, which also illuminated the background painting.
The clothing chosen for the second shoot was much less thematic. Here, the model wore a dress by designer Megan Beck made from a silk floral print designed by Ann-Joelle Designs. Despite the strong floral elements, the dress draped in a way that rendered the print an abstract. For this image, I posed model Savannah Martinez in front of a primarily blue and white abstract painting by artist Valentina Atkinson which incorporated a range of blue hues very similar to those in the dress. I lit the scene with a small deep Profoto umbrella at upper right, which created a strong light to shadow gradient. During editing, I layered portions of the background painting over Savannah’s form and made numerous blending adjustments to create the impression that she existed in a transitional state between art and life.