Wonderland Shoot in Miami

My very Miami backdrop for my Wonderland shoot.


Last week, I flew down with my stylist, Yanyanista, to sunny Miami, and spent time shooting at Miami Ad School, which was perfect for our concept of “dreamland”.

The idea for the images was planned initially by making a creative mood board, styling concepts, casting our models and booking local Miami makeup and hair. We wanted an unusual setting with surreal elements.  I shot this with a Phase One XF 100MP and we tweeked the colors in Capture One. 


The inspiration was very natural. We planned the shoot based on magical creative backdrops similar to Alice in Wonderland. Not your usual locations. Location was to be set outside because we were fortunate to be shooting in wonderful warm Miami.  We had really interesting backdrops of graffiti, a bull, flamingos, large pink buildings, greenery, and an air stream trailer.

“The style is the essential part of the storytelling. When we found the location, I knew that something bazaar was going to be created there. Ideas were flooding in my mind. I immediately thought of one of my best friends, couture designer Anthony Manfredonia, and his gorgeous Rose Collection. I also thought of using cute headpieces from Ayuko H. Millinery and silk gowns from Manuel De la Cruz. I contacted the designers and they were super excited for the ideas!” stated Yanyanista.

We had stepped onto a plane in NYC at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and stepped off to a perfect 80 degrees in Miami. We had so much fun.