Oi Mates! It's been a bit but I hope you are well and having a beautiful season. Mawusi Fw '15 has been out for a few weeks now and I hope you've seen it and are happy with it. This is my third collection and I am very grateful for the blessing to be doing this thing that I love so much. I am one of those people who enjoy doing a couple of things; photography is one of my first loves and I did study it in college. Everything was shot in my bedroom against my closet doors. I don't have a studio and my entire equipment is a DSLR, an 18-105mm kit lens, a tripod, and the magical Photoshop CS5 Extended; with these tools I do the best I can. Shooting my own work is a lot easier, less expensive, and make things simpler when dealing with press. But I also do it because I love the torture, and I don't always know what I want or what I am about until I start shooting. If FKA Twigs can sing, dance, produce and direct her own amazing videos on such grand scale, I suppose I can manage a few selfies every now and then.
I'm sure that I'm wearing a bit much and that it is probably somewhat distracting. But I could not help not having a little fun. I wanted the lookbook to be true to my sense of the Mawusi individual. And I made things cleaner in the product shots. But yes, I will probably aim for a little less fanfare if I do get the opportunity to create another collection. I learn as I go...
Although the white closet door was my original background and I contemplated leaving it in the photos for a sort of modern rustic feel, I changed my mind because I felt the white was a little too commercial and Mawusi is, after all, just a little homemade brand. ^_^
The beautiful thing about Photoshop is that you can create your own background like this very simple one I managed. I chose to include the carpet to make things a little bit more festive. Autumn and winter are, after all , quite dramatic! I wanted to pay my tribute.
Working with an artificial background is a little time consuming because you will have to extract the object from its original background and move it onto the new background. Fortunately I only had six pieces to work with and about 3-4 images for each and I gave myself plenty of time for the editing. I have been shooting myself, without a remote, for sometime now and it never gets old. It is always funny running back and forth to press shutter and model. Wonderful workout really. But because I work only with natural light I am pressed to hurry before the light changes, and when a cloud upset the light I jump onto the bed and rest until it rolls away...