She Listens Doo Wop On The Radio is an imaginary title for this image: that old Motorola radio is not even playing.
But who’s checking?
Anyway, one early middle April morning I went out to assist amazing photographer Michelle Tricca → working on an image she wanted to create as part of a commission for Gulfshore Life Magazine. She had envisioned a photograph that ended up gracing the cover of the 2014 June issue of the magazine →.
The team Michelle gathered for the shoot was stupendous, especially Kate, who bravely jumped—several times over—as if she could go flying from those wooden pylons on the beach. Simon, Gabe, and Leland, the flying doll catchers, were heroes. Tell me about trusting your friends to catch you when falling. The morning was perfect, albeit a tad too overcast and gray for our taste.
Michelle directed superbly, creating incredible images. How fortunate can I be to work with such a talented photographer? Kate flying is one of those authentic Michelle Tricca’s ideas for which she’s so well known.
This next photo, Flying Kate, I love it. I wanted her to be upper centered on the frame, include an extensive part of the beautiful shore, reflect the heavily overcast sky, and wanted to have the location reference, so I quickly moved to include the Naples Pier in the frame.
It was taken handheld with a Nikon D5200, ISO 160 f/4.8, 1/500, 18mm.
I can not stop creating pictures in my head. So while we were gathering our stuff to depart once Michelle had wrapped up, I suggested Simon and Kate to play roles for me for a quick picture. I arranged the props, directed them while this amazing Doo Wop version of Miley Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop by Postmodern Jukebox was playing in my head. I could see Kate singing the song while shooting. Crazy.
At the end of the shoot, creativity was still flowing around and everybody had so much fun. It was a fantastic morning, people. Here, for much more to come.
She Listens Doo Wop On The Radio was taken handheld with a Nikon D5200, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, ISO 160 f/6.7, 1/250, 18mm. Carefully crafted and turned to black and white with digital tools.
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All photos © 2016 Cesar Alsina.