Have you heard the one about the precocious pool boy and the oh so stylish sophisticate? We kid, we kid. But all jokes aside, there is one thing that a photographer always cross-their-fingers not so secretly hopes that a subject (or subjects) will provide: the willingness and wherewithal to be spontaneous and to improvise. And when it came to not only the title of this blog post, but also getting these fun, creative, personality-pluslifestyle editorial images of Miss Manita and Harp, well, let's just say, they had it in spades - right from the start. Take our precocious pool boy as an example, if you will, and his spot-on improvisational skills. There was a moment in the shoot after all the planning, location scouting and conceptualizing had finally come together and underway that they were able to take a bit of a breather and break; but as any photographer will reiterate, it's in those moments that a perfect picture makes. And that is just what happened with Mister Harp when I lifted up my camera's lens to catch him leaning in and taking a drink from Manita'sheld-out straw, i.e., the perfect shot. But that's not to say that there aren't other things just as important as that improvising that need to come together in complete sync, like, say, the editorial hair, makeup and wardrobe styling; and that's where Manita came right on in with her love of contemporary look and modern minimalism. Most of the wardrobe pieces actually belong to her, and a few things for which we actually shopped for together. And as the photographer, I can attest, that connection, it works wonders with not only the broadening of my own abilities artistic, but with all the backend constraints, deadlines, edits and scenario story-telling concepts; kind of like what you could call the photographer's definition and version of a runner's high. So, in the end, and all jokes aside, sometimes to get the quintessentially perfect shoot/shot and maybe to also obtain the elusive photographer's high, the stars, they just have to align; you know, much like they did with our oh so stylish sophisticate's straw and our precocious pool boy's lips. We kid, we kid.
Styling: Mili Ghosh & Manita Gill Photography: Mili & Sid Ghosh Location: Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica, Venice Beach & Canals, Villa De Lion, Pacific Palisades. Make up & Hair: Susmita PatelWardrobe & Accessories: Alice Olivia Floral Skirt, Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra, Clover Canyon, Oliver People, Kitson, Nudies.
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