I had a bit of downtime after weeks of shooting so when my favorite stylist Annie Palmiotto asked to set up a test I jumped on working together. We wanted something that was relaxed and gave the story of a fashionable woman’s late afternoon wandering after her house taking in the sun, drinking wine, and enjoying a slow evening. We decided to work with model Alexis Hutt, who I shot for Harper’s Bazaar TR last year HERE, and met her at a small home in Santa Cruz for the shoot. I decided to shoot this story all film to put me in a relaxed and more meditative state and I’m very excited about the results from our evening shoot together.
One of my favorite things is when I get to collaborate with an artist that I respect, especially a musician. I met Rebecca when we were both living in Sacramento a few years ago, trying to figure out what kind of artist we wanted to be, and I saw her singing at an open mic night. I knew from the way I could feel her passion through her singing that I had to work with her whether it be to photograph her or create something more in depth like a video.
Flash forward almost four years of being friends and countless album cover shoots for her work she asked me to direct her first major music video and I jumped on the opportunity.
When she sent me "Lonely" I was struck with such emotions since everyone has felt what it's like to want someone to want you but to feel alone. We came up with the idea to show the passing of time with multiple loves and how still at the end of it all there's a sense of loneliness and not feeling seen completely.
The amazing cinematographer Sean Geisterfer was my right hand man in making this for us. Below is the single cover I shot as well. Enjoy!
Here are a few Behind-the-scenes snaps from the day.
The great thing about this shoot was it was one of the first times lately where I wanted to create my own spin on a brand that I really looked up to. For a long time I've always wanted to shoot something for Levi's but I didn't want to make an image to send them that was probably like everything that they already get in the mail. I wanted an image that was more about a lifestyle and who the woman was the wore the pair of jeans. She's an adventurer who loves the quiet moments alone wandering in an unknown landscape but full of contentment. The first image in this series was the image for me that really captured what this embodied for me and it also being shot on film helped me to slow down during the shoot and really become more aware and intentional in what I was creating that day. I think as artists we lose the sense of focused and in tune thinking while the camera is in our hands because we are shooting to fast to get as much as we can. And slowing the process of taking/creating a photograph is something that I strive to get towards on each project as of lately. I hope you enjoy the images as much as I wandering around the hills making them.
A few BTS images from the day of the shoot where we tackled both medium format film and digital imagery. More behind the scenes shots on my Instagram here: @theadamdillon
Model : Sophia Jackson @ SCOUT. Stylist : Anne Palmiotto. Assistant : Edward Lie.
After working together on a group shoot in San Francisco earlier this year, the amazing stylist Melike Nur Ocal reached out to me to create an editorial piece for the fall/winter issue of Harper's Bazaar Turkey. I was of course super excited to get on board! We planned to shoot around Tomales Bay just north of San Francisco where there are oyster farms everywhere with beautiful land and textures. We shot over 12 looks in the day and got a full range of imagery to be able to choose from for the final piece which ended up being an 8-page spread in print. My goal was to be show the movement in the dresses and really create a narrative for who the Harper's Bazaar women is in our minds.
Styling by Melike Nur Ocal. MUA by Erika Taniguchi. Models Alexis and Nicole from SCOUT.
A little BTS shot of me taking the hero image from the editorial. As if I couldn't get any taller...
My team and I had the chance to spend an afternoon with the wonderful Miss America Olivia Jordan. She was one of the most kind and energetic people I had the chance to work with so we took her energy and began to run at high speeds around downtown Los Angeles fueled by mass amounts of cappuccinos. All in all it was an amazing shoot with Miss America.
Here's a BTS shot of her and I at the end of the shoot.