A fashion photograph has a very short life span in most cases. Maybe a few weeks until the next edition comes out. Sometimes an image manages to endure. This is one of those images.

In March of 2008, my friend Rose Leo was producing a fashion show at Mar-a-Lago and enlisted me to shoot it for her and her clients. Following the show one of the models, Jasmine Chavez, was posing for a few snapshots with one of the designers. I joined in to take a few for my portfolio. One thing led to another, Donald Trump stopped by for a minute and gave us permission to shoot around the property.

During this time Christian Iles joined our little group. Now we had a top notch makeup artist, a super model, a bunch of designer clothes, and a killer location. We hustled through several spots out of the way of the members and guests getting quite a few good images along the way. As we prepared to shoot in this little black dress Christian was called into the restroom to touch up her makeup. I followed for a few behind the scenes shots.

Many of the images from that afternoon have seen their time come and go. I use a few from time to time but this one image keeps popping up on Facebook. Christian Iles has used this one image as his cover photo several times over the years. I am flattered as Christian has an ultra A list client base and in between these times he posts many killer photos from projects he’s worked but keeps coming back to this one from 2008.

Out Take
Final Photo
Christians Banner

Photography: Robert Swinson, R and J Photography,    http://www.randj-photo.com/
Model: Jasmine Chavez
Make Up: Christian Iles, Artists + Architects Salon,   https://www.facebook.com/artistsarchitects
Event production: Rose Leo,    https://www.linkedin.com/in/roseleo
Location: Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, FL    http://www.maralagoclub.com/