Pride & Prejudice Promo Shoot
Wow – what an awesome shoot this was! I hooked up with the cast of The Vintage Theater’s production of “Pride & Prejudice” last Saturday for a themed promotional shoot. Well, it wasn’t just an absolute blast, but this crew rocked it in a major way.
I’ve been working with The Vintage for several months now – we’ve formed a great relationship, so my working with their latest theater production was kind of a natural extension of it. Our goal on this shoot was pretty straightforward; capture a series of images that could be used to promote the show.
I met with the production crew and we compiled a shot list for the day, identifying all the “must-haves” based on the story and character relationships. Things like, “a shot of Darcy & Bingley that shows their friendship;” “Liz & Darcy with an awkward vibe;” and “the Bennett family together.” (I should probably mention that this rendition of the story is set in the 1960s.)
We broke the shoot down into three segments, each of which kept with the general theme of a cocktail party, which influenced the costumes and posing of the actors. Segment one was set in the sitting room and was a quieter, more formal look. Segment two was the cocktail party itself, where we shot the two different character groups, as defined by their social class, before mixing them altogether. (During this segment we tried to focus more on candid photos, rather than staged poses & reactions.)
The final segment was a much more relaxed, slice-of-life series. We kept the set very simple for this one, just the settee in front of the stairs, and rotated three different combinations of subjects through, putting an emphasis on showing the relationships between them.
Overall, it was a huge success. The actors were on board with the shoot, the concept was sound, and we got an amazing amount of support from everyone – including some great volunteers who handled all the hair and makeup for us. The final look of the images is, I think, just what we wanted. The Vintage should be able to get some great promotional use out of them and (hopefully) attract a lot of attention for the show.
The biggest challenge? Making sure that we got the overall look we wanted – very 1960s – but uniquely our own. With Mad Men being very popular right now, and their own season promos having just come out, we didn’t want to look like we were mimicking them. And I think we pulled it off.
Pride & Prejudice opens on 10 May. You can get all the details from their Facebook page. If you’re in the Scranton area, I strongly recommend you come out to see a performance, as it’s going to be great!
A final thought: as we were wrapping, one of the cast mentioned how cool the whole experience had been from their perspective; apparently no other production she’d ever been in had pulled out the stops like this and done a full-on photo shoot. That was really nice to hear – positive feedback like that at the end of a shoot is pure gold to a photographer.