Aurora and I met for the first time minutes before our photo shoot. Usually I make it a rule to meet with potential models beforehand to gain a comfort level and trust between both parties. These short informal interviews usually give me a chance to propose my concepts and get any feedback or needs of the model. It had been a while since my last shoot, however, and I was eager to get one in the books.
Aurora or “Gigi” as she liked to be called, was really excited and mentioned on our drive to Kakaako Park, that it was her first photo shoot in Hawaii. She was very comfortable posing and wearing next to nothing in public. The goal, to capture her many tattoos.
In scouting an urban look for this concept, I thought it would be interesting to piece together several poses across a backdrop of a big graffiti mural, the “urban tattoo”.