CHAOTIC OPULENCE – At the Möda Provocateur

As a talented professional immersed in the art world, I like to become involved in the community and participate in events and fundraisers. By helping others, I recognize that this is my truest way of thanking those who continue to make my work a reality. This year I had the privilege to be a part of Möda Provocateur, an event that celebrates style, fashion, and composition.

Behind the scenes for Chaotic Opulence - Jose Studios

I tagged along with Octavio X, a celebrity makeup artist with an incredible eye for fashion to his event “Chaotic Opulence.” The show was inspired by 17th century fashion, with an edge for editorial beauty. And it came out beautifully.

I had the task of photographing the event to capture its essence and render it unforgettable. I started around 2 p.m. The day was hot. Makeup artists, hair and wardrobe  stylists, and models worked diligently to meet our deadline. I had to move quickly, making sure I wasn’t in anyone’s way.

It was vital for the photographs to be conducted quickly, be painless and easy for all: I was supposed to be in and out of the show. The models, along with the crew, needed to be photographed within seconds as they moved through their own ventures.

My challenges

In addition to the standard photographs I take during the such events, I also wanted to create extraordinary photographs, shooting with professional lighting. It was vital for the photographs to be conducted quickly, be painless and easy for all: I was supposed to be in and out of the show. The models, along with the crew, needed to be photographed within seconds as they moved through their own ventures. At first, I only used one light on a parabolic umbrella because it is a fast set-up and delivers a nice wide range of light, allowing the flexibility to photograph absolutely anything. I also knew that this would give the photographs an edgy overdramatized look – allowing for PhotoShop editing magic. This powerfully artistic look also helps makeup, hair, and design stand out.

Nonetheless, it was not as simple as it may seem. I had some technical issues regarding the lighting. My PocketWizards were not working and there was no way to trigger my main lighting from afar. So my only alternative was to shoot using the flash of my speed lights to then trigger the main lights. Shooting with a PocketWizard is really nice because I have full freedom, and having to shoot with the flash to trigger the main lights wasn’t an easy task. I was able to get beautiful images anyway.

THe final product

I left the photographs as closely as possible to the original shot. I used no filters of any kind, so that the makeup and fashion designs had precise original color. The people in the photos have no beauty retouch of any kind. And in my view, they don’t need it. The images are 100% almost as shot. The only edit I made was to darken the backgrounds a bit so that the models stood out. I took the photos so the viewer can appreciate all aspects of the show’s talent, which the models embodied. The following photographs represent the final art, showcasing the staff and the model to show off their work.

Feel free to comment and let me know what you think. Look at the makeup, designs, and jewelry that Octavio directed to communicate his 17th century theme. Overall, having worked alongside Octavio X, the makeup artist, stylists, and crew members, this was a wonderful experience and an honor. The fashion show was a great way for me to let my hair loose and I had an awesome time!

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