This was my favourite shoot out of 2014, combining both my passion for cars and conceptual portraiture together in a great ball of class and opulence.
With two valuable weeks in possession of this amazing machine (before even most of the Australian press could get their grubby hands on it), you would think I'd make the most of the time we had. Unfortunately that time of year went rather busy (thus the fluctuating life of a freelance photographer) and I ended up having merely 2 or 3 days to actually shoot anything with the car.
On the day we scouted this area (hours out of my hometown) the sky was clear as glass, however on the day we came to shoot (plus the two hours on hair and makeup) the sky went simply nuts.
The usual suspects, Steff Matheson worked on hair and makeup and Tarese Klemens jumped on board for design and styling. Steff worked on Abbey at my home first, before leaving us for more room in the car to carry an extra lighting assistant (I knew it was going to be a tough one, and I wanted all the hands I could get).
I especially wanted Tarese on board for this kind of shoot, since she can practically wizard up an outfit for me on the spot. She's the best candidate to tailoring pieces when I need something particular for a photographic concept in mind. It's almost as though the concept comes first, and the dress has to be specifically put together for it. The whole idea is to exude a classy mood and tonality throughout, which compliments everything Mercedes Benz is about as a car maker.
To add just that little extra touch of class, we loaned some magnificent matching pieces from Maria Elena Headpieces Australia in Newcastle.
On the day of the shoot, we literally crammed every space, nook and cranny if not with a person, than a piece of fabric, dress or jewellery. The weather was looking awful out into the distance, but still dry above our own heads. We set up and shot within an hour and a half, and literally as we packed up the heavens poured over us.
In fact you can start to see little drops of rain falling near horizontally across Abbey in this photo of her leaning against the back of the CLS. I have to say, when the rain did start pouring down heavily - I'd never seen a team pack a car up as fast and candidly as I did that day.
Still stoked with the shots.