TOM CORBETT X SIEMPRE MUJER
Wednesday November 5, 2014 / Share
The perfect shot does not come easily, and it does not come fast. For Tom Corbett's latest shoot for Siempre Mujer, the whole team puts in a lot of time and work to make the shots exactly the way they needed to be. Drawing inspiration from Frida Kahlo's self-portraits, Tom and company constructed the entire looks around the model. "We all love Frida, and everything she did, so we thought that was a good way of doing it," Tom explains. "We wanted to do something really, really colorful. And mostly make it look like a painting. "Each shot was meticulously pieced together to get the exact look they were going for. Every item, hundreds of flowers and pieces of fruit, were placed just so in a manner that would present their concept in the best way.
To get the flat look of Frida's paintings, they had to move the whole image 90 degrees to work on a horizontal plane. "Instead of standing her up we laid her down on the floor and placed all the props around her," Tom explains. Their subject stayed still the whole time during the process of constructing the shot so that the composition would be flawless. This position also "meant I obviously had to be above her on a platform. We had to build this 12-foot scaffold for me to shoot through."Unfortunately Tom has a small fear of heights, but it didn't get in the way of capturing the shot.
This story wasn't the only thing that Tom shot for this issue of Siempre Mujer. He also shot the cover featuring Alexis Payne. Alexis won the Muse of Siempre Mujer's for her hard work, beauty, and focus on the future. To capture the inspiration that Alexis has lent to the women that read Siempre Mujer (which translates to "Always Women") Tom shot her like the star she is, on the red carpet in a gown, and in front of a flashy silver background. It's classic Tom Corbett. Showing off the natural beauty and energy that already lives within the subject, he pulls out her most charming, natural energies. To look at Alex in the effortless images you wouldn't see the time and effort she puts into maintaining her 3.8 GPA while working full time at a restaurant. But it all builds into her character, and that's exactly what Tom let shine through.