Style - Rachelle Moya

Making ofGreen was the first image that we've shot for Texture Play. At this point in time, we didn't yet realize how difficult this project would eventually become, in terms of planning. Over the course of this project, we've learned that there is difficulty involved with creatively planning the images prior to shooting them.

Normally, we just show up, and tell the model to look sexy and shoot. We then publish the ones we like. A 'let's see what happens' senario, if you will.

What we didn't know at the time, is that once we get into the conceptual part of this project, we would have to plan every aspect of every image. Because of that, the planning portion of this project ultimately became the most time consuming.

However, when we showed up to take this shot, we were still in our "natural textures" phase. We had an idea that we wanted to shoot in front of Ivy for green, but we didn't really notice, that in order for these different colors to have uniformity, they would have to share somewhat of a similar composure.

So, we pretty much asked Rachelle to do her "thang" and that we would be shooting in front of Ivy. Then, due to what we would later recognize as an oversight, and complete neglect by SyMobius, Rachelle spent about an hour on the back of Michelle.

While she was working on Michelle, we were saying things like "That's great! It looks awesome!" We didn't realize until the next texture, that we couldn't really display the back.

She did an amazing job regardless, and we learned a huge lesson:

Always plan everything.

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Model - Michelle Cutler

Making ofNo, no, no. Michelle is actually not a pixie.

The first time we've spoken to Michelle about this project was at Lee's Birthday/eat-lots-of-Korean-BBQ party in Aurora. At the party, we learned that she was in fact, having her hair dyed green, which would be perfect for Texture Play. Green hair to go with a crawling ivy background would be perfect for one of our images, we thought. It also goes without saying that she's a very beautiful woman who's an incredible artist in her own right.

Actually, she's a rainmaker.

About an hour before we had to shoot, the location that we've chosen for the shoot was crawling with much more than ivy. The place had a sea of people that came down to Cherry Creek, for the art festival (we picked a bad day). Then, as soon as we were ready to shoot, it started to rain. Soon, we could see people running to their cars, and Cherry Creek north was mostly deserted in drenching rain.

After about 2 hours of hair and makeup, there was no way that we could cancel. We eventually had to suck it up, and shoot in the rain. We knew that due to the positioning of our lights and our depth of field, there was very little chance of a raindrop actually showing up in the shot. However, we had other concerns like rain's effect on Michelle's makeup, and the fact that a couple of us were holding up an umbrella with a metallic frame in the middle of a rainstorm.

Because of the rain, we could only shoot 21 shots of Michelle. That's very small in comparison to yellow's 200+ shots captured. But in the end, we believe that the image you see above is indeed a near perfect capture. Even while getting completely soaked in the rain, Michelle was able to provide us with an amazing photograph. We are very grateful for that!
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