A personal ad for my sister's high school volleyball yearbook.
A couple months ago, I was commissioned (by my mother, of course) to create a yearbook ad that had to rival the one I made previous year (see here). With that, I set out to capture my sister Shirley in all her athletic essence. MVP of her high school varsity volleyball team, she's a superstar, balancing honors academics with volleyball practices and whatever else a sixteen-year-old does during her little free time.
Wanting to depict this double-life persona, I was inspired by Olympic athlete portraits and sports ads to create this series of little Shirleys jumping out of her desk from one setting to another. To add a self-promotional blurb to the ad, I included playful hand-drawn illustrations of "snapshots" that characterizes my whimsical photography style.
This project involved many days of brainstorming, planning, shooting, re-shooting, and editing. Here's a little behind the scenes look into the process.
Then the mother told me she wanted more action. Gotta show off those athletic family genes! (Something I must've forgotten to inherit, sigh.)
Back to the sketchpad.
Time to shoot! Without access to a fancy seamless backdrop, we used the whitest wall we could find - our garage door. It doesn't get more homemade than this.