I always love shooting with people who are extremely passionate and professional; Brooke and Jennie are just that, as well as being great at what they do. Very little of Jennie’s work is in-studio. Most of her pictures are taken on-location with natural light. At one point, Brooke asked Jennie (who not only takes the beautiful photos but does her models’ hair and makeup, too) about how she finds her locations. Jennie said she “takes two or three days out of the month to drive around and scout places to shoot.”From beautiful wheat fields and old greenhouses, to castle-like structures and slate-bottom pools, to billiards halls and desert canyons, Jennie’s locations are always on point.
Brooke has been with Wilhelmina for a few years, primarily in New York and Miami (she’s on the main Women’s board in both markets). Next weekend, Brooke will be en route to Dubai to spend a season there with Wilhelmina Models Dubai/SO Famous so we made sure we came up with a couple bad-ass concepts to add to her book (which is pretty much filled with glam and beauty images, including one shot that I styled for photographer Thien La with Brooke in a gorgeous Alexis gown).
The first look was Egyptian Goddess-y. Jennie took us to a rock hidden off the side of the road. I dressed Brooke in an embellished crop top and long silk Rachel Zoe skirt. After climbing up the crumbling muddy rock, Brooke did her supermodel-thing. She changed her pose and changed her angles after every click of the camera and gave intense emotion with her face.
The second look was supposed to be grungier but still “Brooke”. I put her in a Maidenform leopard print bra, one of my personal mesh tees, Free People lace scalloped shorts (which Brooke had worn before in a different color when she modeled for Free People e-commerce), and Jeffrey Campbell Lita’s. Jennie slicked Brooke’s hair back and made it look wet. Let me just say that the fierceness was definitely brought, as seen in the pictures. (I tweeted a behind-the-scenes pic and Maidenform promptly replied saying “What a gorgeous picture. Brooke Josa looks amazing.”)
We did one more look with a Maidenform half-slip, one of my personal safety-pinned shirts (I actually made it on-set at another recent photoshoot… Video proof by John Ryan Flaherty here!), and Givenchy zipper-detailed heels.
I drove Brooke back home and made sure to catch up a bit more. Just within the last few months since we had seen each other, Brooke had worked for Victoria’s Secret and modeled in front of the Senior VP’s and Executives, modeled for Oscar de la Renta (again), shot the cover for Grace Ormonde, and was in the Alice and Olivia and Guess presentations for New York Fashion Week.
Brooke’s favorite part of the industry? “Meeting new people, traveling, growing stronger in my faith and sharing Jesus’ light into the industry. Along the way, I’ve fallen in love with fashion!”