Verde y rebelde…do you think this image illustrates it? I tried my best…let me know what you think. @verdeyrebelde #anaisbenoudizphotography #vegan #vegetables #verdeyrebelde #generacionverde #healthy #fit #health #nutrition #diet #paper #zone #greens # detox #portrait #poolofveggies #wholefoods #fruits #sisepuede #fashion #woman #beauty #glamour hair and makeup by @carmenkmua / photography assistant @cbenoudiz
Rebecca Eisenmann by Anais Benoudiz aka @verdeyrebelde . Image # 2 of the series I did for her. She is too beautiful ! Rebecca, thank you for trusting me. I loved working with you. Personally, this is my favorite image of all the series. #fashion #anaisbenoudizphotography #nutrition #vegetables #vegan #beauty #glamour #highend #fruits #nutrition #health #healthy #diet #paleo #generacionverde #bathtub #portrait #miami #panama
So…here is a first image of one of the craziest shoots I have done so far. I wanted to portray @verdeyrebelde as a healthy girl with a fashion, fun flare in this series. As Something that would take you right into her world in a fun way. Who said being healthy had to be boring? Who said being healthy means you can’t have fun with your food choices? And who said you can’t be fabulous at it? I have seen many covers, books, and brand images doing so many photo shoots that are just plain boring for my taste. I wanted to think out of the box for her…so I think I made something “into the tub” instead of “out of the box” lol hair and makeup by Carmen wade @cwade photography assistant: @cbenoudiz video coming soon! #anaisbenoudizphotography #portrait #fun #healthy #vegetables #fruits #vegan #bathtub #fashion #glamour #beauty #groceries #poolofveggies #generacionverde #nutrition #health #shape #wholefoods #fit #fitness #model #miami #panama #crossfit #sisepuede #bookcovers #magazinecovers #editorial #photography #paleo #thezone #diet #detox #raw #juicing
Hello dear followers,
It has been a long time since I write on my blog. What a better way to start the 2014 by writing about the behind the scenes of my shoot with the wonderful Rebecca Eisenmann from “Verde y Rebelde”.
As many of you know, Rebecca is a Venezuelan health coach that lives in Panama. She always gives tips and useful information on how to live a healthier life, and encourages to incorporate more green and vegetables into your lifestyle.
The first time we talked about the shoot, I told her that I had two different ideas on my mind for her. The first one, was a more conservative, “boring kind of shoot”…still beautiful, but more common. The second one, a little more crazy and risky. To me it was something more creative and original! I remember starting to pitch the second idea with this sentence: "Rebecca, I know it may sound crazy, but hear me out. I know you think I am crazy, but this could look very very cool if done properly".
At the beginning, Rebecca was a little hesitant about the idea because it sounded a little crazy, but I promised her it would be fun, tasteful and professional. I went over both ideas in more detail, and she chose the second idea. Apparently, persuasion is a hidden talent of mine! LOL
Since she is all about the greens and vegetables, I decided to portray this aspect by putting her in a bath tub filled with vegetables and fruits turning her into a high fashion, VEGETABLE SOUP! My inspiration for this shoot was the sprinklers in the produce section at the Wholefoods supermarket. They constantly spray water into the vegetables keeping them very fresh and cold. So I thought: "hhmmm, maybe I could do this into Rebecca, but in a fashionably way. Maybe, I could bring the Wholefoods produce section to her, and recreate it in my bath tub."
So the crazy shopping began!
I started buying all the weird fruits and vegetables that could stay for long periods of time inside the water. I literally brought the Wholefoods produce section into my fridge. It was funny because I bought so many vegetables that I had no idea they even existed. They were too exotic for me, and I still do not know how some of them are called. Anyway, after doing all the grocery shopping I got home and washed every vegetable and fruit one by one. You may be asking why I did this if they were going to get wet anyway in the tub the next morning. I washed them because I did not want the dirt of the vegetables to stain the water or turn it into a yellowish-brown color. I wanted to keep the water as clear as possible. Below is the picture of all the produce in my fridge after washing it the night before. Looking at my fridge like this…I felt so healthy already!
The morning of the photo shoot I took everything out of the fridge to start setting up the bath tub with my sister while Rebecca was getting her makeup done with Carmen. I usually prepare the set the night before of any shoot, but since this were perishable products, I needed to do the set up right before shooting time to keep the vegetables as fresh as possible. My sister Caroline helped me decor the bath tub and she did an amazing job at it. We had a lot of fun deciding where each vegetable would go and played a lot with colors,balance and composition to have an harmonious vegetable soup! It was a good idea to have a future interior designer help out!
Another thing that was very important right before filling up the tub, was making sure there were no leaves or dirt on the tub. So I had to vacuum everything so that there were no unwanted floating objects in the water that could ruin the image. So if you are going to recreate this at home, please have a vacuum handy.
When Rebecca was ready, she came into my bathroom and saw the bath tub. I mean, we spoke about the idea and all, but I think she was not expecting this work of art:
She was completely mesmerized and started to get even more excited about the shoot. I was so nervous and I wanted everything to run smoothly and in perfection, so every detail had to be taken care of by my OCD side. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my photo shoots. After she was in place, we officially started shooting and the fun began!
At first, I told Rebecca that I wanted to do a couple of shots without water to haver her in the frame with the greens perfectly placed and I would start filling up the tub afterwards. I did not know which fruits and vegetables were going to float, and which ones where going to sink. So for me it made no sense to start shooting after the tub was filled. I decided to shoot as the water was filling up the tub.
As predicted, some vegetables started to float and the whole set started changing. We made adjustments every time the composition of the vegetables did not look right. So we had to stop many times in between takes to work in the “vegetable styling” of the tub. My sister and I, had to get inside the water to fix the vegetables…oh, yes, with Rebecca in it! Also, I was kind of obssesed with the carrots because they were sooo long and beautiful that I wanted them in every picture. It is very ironic because I do not like carrots AT ALL !!!
As the tub got fuller, Rebecca was getting more wet and wet. Her cloths and hair started to get wet, and the worst, she started to get very cold. She stayed inside the water around 4-5 hours without complaining. She truly was a pleasure to work with. One funny thing, when the tub was completely filled and all the vegetables were floating and all in place she said: “Can I go to the bathroom?” (obviously, she was joking)
Half-way of the shoot, my flash was not firing. I thought it was the batteries so I changed them. I kept shooting, and the flash still would not fire. I was panicking because I had a person freezing in the tub, and I could not take any longer because the vegetables would soften if left for too long in the water. I needed to think fast, and decided to bring an old continuous light lamp that was in my closet and used it as a back up. I was so lucky I had that lamp. It is not my favorite lighting source, but it saved my shoot.
I made a beautiful arrangement out of these cabbage heads and had her use them as a bouquet for the shoot. I originally wanted to wrapped with ribbon, but I did not have time to buy it. I used it anyway because I thought it would look gorgeous and it was appropriate for the theme. You can see it in the photo below:
Another thing I thought was very cool for this shoot. I purchased on amazon the Pop Corn boxes that you use at the movie theaters and filled them with brussels sprouts to make it more fun and pop a little color into the set. I filled 3/4 of the Pop Corn box with paper, and the rest with brussels sprouts inside. You do not really have to fill the whole box with brussels sprouts. Just get a little imagination, and think outside the Pop Corn Box! LOL
In terms of the clothing, and outfits. I told Rebecca the look I was aiming for and sent her a few ideas of the color palette and type of fabric I wanted her to wear. I specifically told her I wanted some kind of material that you could see through when wet. As for the colors, I wanted bright colors because she is a natural blonde with blue eyes, and I wanted her to pop out of so much greenery. Also, the bright colors of the colors and shoes would make it look more happy and high fashion.
By the end of the shoot Rebecca was very tired and she almost drown for some takes that I wanted submerging in the water. I did not want to push it because she was very cold and she was very scared of the water. For some reason, all the water would get through her nose. I decided to wrap it up as I did not want her to leave the photo shoot with a memory of “Anais, the torturer” and I did not want her to get sick. So I said the magic words: "It’s a wrap"! (a vegetable one)
By the end of the shoot, the amazing girl Ashley from CPR (Cold Press Raw) stopped by to deliver some juices as a courtesy to recover from such long hours of shooting. My team and I, would like to thank CPR for such nice courtesy. We loved the juices! My favorite one is the Mexi Cayenne! Tatiana, thank you so much! you are too sweet!
Last but not least, I would like to thank my sister for helping me out today for this shoot. You have a bright future in food styling and video making! She is making the behind the scenes video so stay tuned for that! Also, Carmen Wade, my makeup artist. It is a privilege to work with you. You are the best! Rebecca Eisenmann, thank you for trusting me and for letting me get wild with my creative side! :-) I hope you enjoyed the shoot as much as I did!
Enjoy more photos of the behind-the-scenes for this shoot on my facebook page:
I hope you like it!
The girls from @coldpressedraw stopped by the photo shoot to spoil us with some juices to recover after long hours of crazy shooting. Thank you CPR for the nice gesture! Thank you Tati and Ashley, you girls made our day even more green ! :-) @coldpressedraw @ai215 #anaisbenoudizphotography #portrait #photography #photoshoot #juice #vegetables #vegan #green #nutrition #healthy #fit #fitness #verdeyrebelde #detox #raw #nutricion #beauty #glamour #fashion #courtesy #grateful