Abu Dhabi had some serious Formula 1 fever this November. Abu Dhabi was the final destination in the Formula 1 Grand Prix and it was also the deciding race. In the run-up to the event, M Magazine’s fashion photographer Tina Chang and fashion director Katie Trotter brainstormed on how to produce an F1 Fashion shoot without the sexy femme sprawling herself on generic cars. Deepthi Unnikrishnan, our other multimedia producer, and I spent the day in the Yas Hotel and on the Yas Marina Track filming everything that went into this fashion shoot. The whole team, especially Tina Chang were SO much fun to work with. They are such a great team and feed and play off each other’s ideas so well. The model, Bronx, looked absolutely stunning. The stark contrast of the model’s red outfits were brilliant, we really had to pace ourselves with shooting her, just because she looked so great. I also got to drive my car on the track, probably the first and last time that will ever happen.
This was by far the most fun I have ever had on a shoot. Deepthi Unnirkrishnan, and Edythe Mcnamee, the other two multimedia producers came along for just for kicks. We ended up wrapping up the Canon video camera as much as we could with cello tape, in fear of the powdered colors that may pour into the lens and nooks and crannies of the camera. We then arrived onto the scene wearing (as we should) white t shirts. The whole vibe on the beach was absolutely fantastic, powdered colors everywhere, random people coming up to us and rubbing hot pinks, oranges, blues and greens onto our faces and t-shirts. Everyone there was having a great time. Definitely aiming to shoot Holi in India in March 2011 with the Canon 5D MKII.