I enjoy all my shoots, but I particularly had fun with this one. When I first mentioned doing a photo series for the 7 Deadly Sins, a lot of people told they thought it was over done. In some ways they’re right, but I thought it would be an interesting challenge to see if I could come up with my own interpretation, despite the fact so many people have put their own stamp on this theme. This photoshoot was Gluttony, which involves an excess of food usually. I got the inspiration for this shoot from an old Gwen Stefani video called “Luxurious.” There’s a scene where Stefani is lying on colorfully wrapped candy. I loved the colors and the concept, and so I adapted it to my shoot. I certainly did get weird looks at the store when I picked up bags and bags of candy. Though I bought quite a lot, it still wasn’t enough. During the shoot, I made sure to arrange the candy so that I would be able to go back into Photoshop and clone the candy so that the entire background would be covered. The editing was a little more difficult than I thought it would be and that was largely because I had to be careful about the size of the cloning. If the area was too small, the candy got distorted. The same thing happened when I selected too big of an area. One thing that has helped me with editing is space. After I thought I was done editing, I took a break and went back to review my work with fresh eyes, which allowed me to better see which areas needed to be fixed.

I was so happy and grateful when Sour Magazine chose these two images for their publication. A huge thanks goes out to Sour Magazine and my model Andrea, who is always ready to try new and cool photoshoot ideas.

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