Session with @DawnRichard
The first time I shot Dawn Richard was several years ago when she will still with Danity Kane. In my studio we had the 5 girls of Danity Kane, their glam squad, Bad Boy personnel, MTV personnel, me and my assistant… Not a lot of elbow room. To make matters so much worse, we shot in June and there was in essence, no air conditioning in the studio. (I had 4 units but they didn’t do anything to cool off the room).
Fortunately, the shoot came out good despite the talent being uncomfortable. The girls were real troopers. Had they been a more established group and had they been more accustomed to a certain level of comfort on set, things might not have gone so well.
The member that I hit it off best with that day was Dawn Richard. I could say it was because our last names are similar or that it was because we both have roots in Louisiana but I think its just because Dawn is a super nice person. Being friendly and accessible transcends any commonalities people may share.
The image above is from a recent shoot we did in my (properly air conditioned!) studio. The “real” shots are in the current issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair but this is my favorite from the shoot. I love how elegant Dawn looks despite her being only partially done with hair and makeup and I love the way her pose is echoed by that of her mother in the background.