In mid July 2014 I was scheduled to fly down to Jamaica for a destination wedding, which was only a few days before the New York based fashion and editorial magazine Elléments Magazine deadline for submissions for their Summer 2014 issue. Determined to get a submission in I started to plan a swimsuit shoot the week before I left New York. It was a tight schedule as I wouldn’t arrive until July 16 and the deadline was July 20, but we had to make it work!
I contacted my creative assistant Tanisha Ennis, told her my ideas for the shoot and we started planning and getting information on where to get props, the location of the shoot, a designer and possible models. I contacted a popular Jamaican singer by the name of Denyque Dontré who had a new swimsuit line called WETswim By Denyque and she was happy to collaborate with us on the project. The day I arrived in Jamaica I went to Hellshire Beach to scout the location and went back the day after to secure some of the props with the aid of Tanisha , who also secured the rest of the props for the shoot. So now we had the swimsuits, location and props, but we needed the a makeup artist and the models!
I made a few calls and got Nastashia Mitchell and Mai Chuck, just a day or two before and the final model Kandice Belnavis just a few hours before the shoot! I contacted Ariel Hitchener, who I did my first published fashion shoot with and she was game. Now I was almost set, I now only needed the hands to help with the production and that’s where having great photographer friends came in. I enlisted fellow photographers Jamie Barnett and Gladstone Taylor who assisted in lighting, as well as Giovani Powell who provided the awesome behind the scenes video for this shoot.
We got up around 4:00am Friday morning and headed out to Hellshire Beach just as the sun was rising above the horizon, everyone poised for an awesome early morning shoot. We managed to pull of a fantastic beach shoot, which produced several great images, some of which were published in the Elléments Magazine Summer 2014 Issue! Below are the images that were published, the outtakes and the behind the scenes video of the shoot. Enjoy!
Photographer: Joel Finnigen
Designer: WETswim by Denyque (Designer Denyque Dontre)
Models: Nastashia Mitchell, Mai Chuck, Candice Belnavis
Makeup: Ariel Samantha Hitchener
Creative and Production: Tanisha Ennis
Assistants: Jamie Barnett, Giovani Powell, Gladstone Taylor
Location: Hellshire Portmore, Jamaica
Published in: Elléments Magazine [Buy Copy]
Below are the tear sheets of photos that were published in the New york based fashion and editorial magazine Elléments Magazine Summer 2014 Issue.
The images bellow are the fabulous outtakes from the shoot.
Behind The Scenes Video