A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to help a new, and upcoming Fashion Designer start her portfolio. Sahro Hassan is a 17 year old Senior at Lewiston High School and is designing clothes for her Somali Community. She not only designs the outfits, but chooses the fabric and sews the clothing. I saw her work at one of the Lewiston/Auburn Art Walks and let her know I would be interested in photographing her designs and models.
Sahro brought 8 of her friends/models and 16 outfits to the Studio on a Saturday afternoon. We began with a solid black background and two studio lights. I wanted simple and elegant to not only show the models off, but to highlight the clothing. Black worked well, except for the designs that consisted of mostly black material. They were lost in the background. So we tried a printed fabric over the Black muslin. This worked well for several of the designs.
Sahro's friends did a great job with the modeling and took directions very well. The two hours of shooting was well worth it, and we ended up with very nice images for Sahro to use in her portfolio. As it turned out, the timing could not have been better. Sahro had an interview with the Massachusetts School of Design on Wednesday, following the photography session. I hope these photos help get her accepted in the next step on her career path.
Let me know what you think of the results. The full shoot can be seen at: http://jimwalkerphotography.smugmug.com/People/Fashions-by-Sahro-Hassan
A special thanks goes to Brenda Giasson, my partner in the studio, for her help in organizing and setting up the shoots. Her help was instrumental in the shoot going so well.
Until next time, keep shooting and enjoy the world around you.