• 3.8.16

    Tom Corbett Tells Kipling's Story

    Brand identity is crucial. It’s not enough to create awesome product, brands must communicate to their customers what it looks like to bring the brand into their lives. Fantastic goods are enriching, but the brand has to prove it. When Kipling was faced with the challenge of showing their new line of accessories to the masses, choosing Tom Corbett to help them do it was an easy decision. This season they created a huge line of bags and other products, so Tom had his work cut out for him. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It was shot over two days and we worked hard,” says Tom with a laugh. “I don’t remember sitting down, to be honest with you. But, it was a lot of fun. I enjoy the challenge of it.” 

    Combining accessory product photography with models can be a little tricky. Getting a really great photo of a model that also shows off the product beautifully is an extra challenge, but Tom explains that it’s worth it. If they really want to communicate to the customer what the brand stands for, they have to show what it’s like to interact with the bags. Tom shows what the bags add to the lives of those who use them. “We’re trying to tell the story of the brand, aren’t we?,” says Tom. “They wanted it to be fun. They wanted it to have that energy that I get in studio. Fun and flirty and playful. That adds life to the product. It’s a way of telling the story of the brand with the model.” The interaction is crucial to communicating what Kipling is all about, and although it adds a whole new challenge, the results are worth it.

    Bringing those energies together on set is exactly what Tom is best at, especially when combined with appropriately colored sets by Jesse Nemeth and soft goods styled by Alex Silva, with Titilayo Bankole's manicures setting it all off. That balance is exactly why Kipling turned to Tom for this project. “They came to me because of what I can get out of the model,” explains Tom. “They wanted that attitude, the joie de vive, the carefree attitude, spur of the moment kind of thing. That’s really important to me in the studio, to elicit some emotion, energy from the model.” Not every photographer can take a collection of bags, one model, and tell an entire story with some color blocking. But Tom’s ability to bring out an entire brand’s identity with those few components made him the perfect choice to help Kipling tell their story.

  • 9.2.15

    Iman Mohamed's Timeless Tips by Titilayo Bankole

    Almost unbelievably, international supermodel Iman Mohamed just turned 60 last month. We’re not one to make a story of a woman’s age, except that Iman isn’t letting anything hold her back. In an industry that rarely has room for women who’ve reached their thirties, Iman continues to give her younger peers a run for their money. She’s been in this business for decades, and there’s good reason: she knows how to bring it.

    For her latest cover of Vanity Fair Italia, Titilayo Bankole was on hand to bring an extra level of spice to Iman’s fingertips. The manicurist applied rich colors for each of Iman’s theatrical looks, playing with contrast and depth of color achieving an incredible level of drama. The Gramercy Park Hotel played set to the glamorous shoot, creating the perfect atmosphere for resulting images that Titilayo herself said, “are extremely current and timeless!”

    Check out the full editorial below.

  • 4.7.15

    Tom Corbett Creates Chaos with Millennials

    Magazine covers are usually reserved for movie stars and super models. They are platforms to show off celebrity and trends in the fast paced world of fashion and entertainment. But as media turns to the possibilities of online communication, fame and influence come as quickly as a well-composed tweet or beautifully styled Instagram picture. The new generation of celebrities includes a roster of young power players whose arena is online. William Valdes, Yuya, and Hector Trejo have each used their social fame to build more conventional followings, and vice versa, creating a self-perpetuating cycle of contemporary celebrity. Siempre Mujer is on the cutting edge of this trend, following this new movement and putting these three fire brands on their latest cover. The magazine tapped photographer Tom Corbett for the cover shoot, knowing his mastery of visual energy would match them effortlessly.

    When working with three different young adults, a lot of energy is running around on set. Whether the three of them were jumping, tossing kisses at one another, or making the most ridiculous faces possible, it’s an incredible amount of energy to fit into each frame. But for Tom, that energy doesn’t represent something that needs to be controlled. Instead, he wants to use it. “I don’t need to manage the energy so much as harness it,” says Tom. “I like chaos, I thrive on chaos. Chaos is what I try to achieve. Controlled chaos. It gives you the opportunity to get something really special.” By engendering an atmosphere of freedom, these three millennials are able to be their authentic selves in front of Tom resulting in images that are faithful to their personalities.

    Part of what made this shoot possible in its breadth and dynamism is Tom’s working relationship with David Cooper, the Photo Editor at Simpre Mujer. Tom and David work together to create visual concepts that will communicate their messaging as boldly and uniquely as possible. “We work really closely together, we talk a lot, come up with the concepts together,” says Tom. “We have a very close working relationship.” In fact, if it weren’t for their close relationship, Tom says, they wouldn’t have arrived at the triple exposure images where each of the talent is jumping with different impressions in blue and red. This unconventional use of imagery adds unexpected movement that transcends a single, still photograph.

    To round out the energy on all fronts, stylist Stacey Jones assembled looks that were as fun and energetic as the kids themselves, and manicurist Titilayo Bankole brought a fresh extra hit of color to Yuya's palatte.

    For Tom, much of what made the shoot so fun were the three people in front of his lens. That “controlled chaos” that he works so hard to set the stage for helped create an experience that was invigorating and inspiring. “It was just a good laugh. Some of them had never been to New York before,” says Tom. “It was a big day for them, they were really just enjoying the moment. They had so much energy, it was a real pleasure.” 

  • 11.25.14

    Titilayo Bankole and Amy Taylor Shake It Up

    As the days turn colder sometimes the greatest way to have a quick escape is in a shaker with some ice. A beautiful cocktail can be a mini vacation. Bright colors and tropical inspirations are transporting, and Amy Taylor and Titilayo Bankole joined Refinery29 to bring that inspiration home.

    Using substantial accessories, Refinery29’s story “Cocktails” shows off the bold wearability of these dramatic rings. The pieces are paired only by the bold cocktails created by Amy Taylor to help bring the story to life. Bright and soft backgrounds play off the colors in the glass, creating the perfect environment for a visual baseline.

    The color play continues onto the manicures by Titilayo Bankole, whose lacquers use textures and tone to punch it up to another layer.

    Together Amy and Titilayo have created an immersive atmosphere, offering a visual vacation, and a new look at pieces we might otherwise miss.

  • 11.20.14

    Tom Corbett's Opening Night

    Gowns are glamour. They are grace and beauty in tangible form, draped on the wearer, magnifying the splendor to magnificence. They are a heightened kind of formalwear that carry gravity wherever they go, no matter the context. When Tom Corbett was shooting a huge array of formal gowns for Mall at Millenia Magazine, they decided to put the gowns in their natural, dramatic environment. They chose Alvin Ailey Studio in New York City as the setting for the project, utilizing the theatricality of the performance spaces and rehearsal rooms. “It’s an amazing space, they were very kind to give it to us,” Tom explains. “We shot in the auditorium, in the theatre, all over the building actually.”

    The use of that space afforded them details that would be impossible anywhere else. Most notably: the lighting. Alvin Ailey is already set up to light dance, which is a form unique to that kind of theatre. Where plays are lit from above, dance is lit also from the sides, allowing for dimension to play off the lines of the human body; perfect for a high fashion shoot. As much as Tom is known for high bright, high energy shoots, the other side of him has a passion for dramatic lighting. “Lighting was a big part of this,” Tom says. “I love lighting these kind of big stories, these big buildings.”

    They shot the whole story in only two days, and with all those moving pieces it meant a lot of hands on deck to ensure everything happened flawlessly. “It takes time to light these shots, and we’re using smoke, lighting whole rooms with big theatricals lights,” Tom explains. “It’s not something that’s done quickly. It’s a lot of work for the guys and they did an amazing job.” Everyone chipped in. “There’s a real team effort with everybody. The whole thing. Everybody pulled together and everyone loved what we were doing. That kind of energy really helps on the day.”

    Tom’s cast of crew all pulled together for the shoot, including fellow B&A artist Titilayo Bankole who did the manicures, but there was one final piece: the natural energy of their setting. Being in a dance theatre the whole day meant that the whole shoot was suffused with creative energy from the start. Everywhere else in the building, there were dancers studying their craft, exploring, expressing, and delving into the creative space of artistry. For Tom, it was impossible to resist. “It was lovely to take some of the energy from such a creative environment,” he says. "It’s always inspiring to be around creative people, there’s an energy there.”

    After a long two days, sometimes it’s not easy to look back and see the whole project in the context that it was, but for Tom this shoot was a complete joy. He shoots for Millenia every year and loves it more and more. “Every time I shoot for them I get something beautiful and it gets better and better, and this is the best one yet. So I was very excited,” Tom says. “It was a big two days, but it was a real labor of love.”

    Creative director Laurie Brookins
    Fashion Stylist: Mindy Saad
    Makeup: Keiko from Bryan Bantry
    Hair: Bradley Irion from ABTP
    Manicurist: Titilayo Bankole from Bernstein & Andriulli

  • 11.11.14

    The Power of Individuality With Tom Corbett

    Like any embellishment, makeup helps the wearer express themselves. Adding splashes of color, or the right shadow in the right place can brighten a bright cheery face, or imbue a subtler energy, tailored to the girl it enhances. For Tom Corbett's latest shoot with Fitness Magazine, he helped explore how a little color on the eye can change the entire energy of expression.

    Tom is known for his high energy, high fashion shoots, with exciting props and invigorating composition. But he and Fitness Magazine decided to put the models front and center, allowing their personalities and natural energies to shine through. With a little bit of makeup, tailored for the model and the season, Tom's shoot stayed fresh and focused, without leaning on the bells and whistles. Instead, the props were the models' natural elements. Basing the color choices off the models' eyes, the focus was on "the windows to the soul," ekeing out who these models are. (With a little help from some beautifully colored nails by Titilayo Bankole.)

    The object was to prove that a little bit of color and shape can tailor a look for each wearer. Each shot of Tom's shows a completely different girl. But it's not just different because of their looks, it's energy. Their personalities shine through, brightly, powerfully, gently. Each is very different, calibrated carefully, and perfectly in tune.

  • 3.25.14

    Tom Corbett's Poppy Party Girl

    Siempre Mujer and Tom Corbett continued their longtime collaboration with "La reina del party," a spread in the magazine's April/May issue. "The wardrobe for each shot spoke to a different special occasion – a gala, a graduation, a quinceañera, a wedding, and a birthday party – so we needed to devise a general concept that could work well for each," explained photo editor David Cooper. "Balloons are representative of all celebrations, so I thought it would be interesting to use them as a theme, and Tom brought an edge to the idea that made it more editorial and interesting to look at."

    Shooting at Dune Studios in Manhattan, Corbett and Cooper created a hyper-realistic environment using the colorful orbs and the clothing as the main storytelling devises. "From the very beginning, Tom discussed using a ring flash to give the images a cool, poppy, and modern look," Cooper noted. "He also kept the model moving and tried to capture her most graphic poses," translating to a range of photos from the pared-down opener to the energy-filled, ending closeup.

    "I'm very conscious of the stories I commission Tom to shoot," Cooper went on. "I have a good idea of the ones he'll find interesting, so I give them to him, because I know he'll bring 100 percent to the table to shape a beautiful piece." He added: "I think we also know how to push each other and the rest of the crew," which included B&A manicurist Titilayo Bankole, "to get the best results possible."

    Executive editor: Zuania Capó
    Fashion editor: Ellen Silverstein
    Hair: Kozmo at Bryan Bantry Agency
    Makeup: Javier Romero
    Manicure: Titilayo Bankole at B&A

  • 12.12.13

    Tom Corbett's Cinderella in Central Park

    Tom Corbett created an enchanting backdrop for Siempre Mujer's "Érase una vez …" editorial. "For the December/January issue, we wanted to feature evening gowns in a Cinderella-inspired story," said photo editor David Cooper. "To add an edge, we decided to shoot at night and Tom pushed the drama further by suggesting cathedral lighting and a smoke machine."

    The crew — which included B&A manicurist Titilayo Bankole — gathered in Central Park at witching hour and captured the evening-wear in complementary parts of the space. For the rowing image, Corbett and Cooper rented three boats. "The model was on one boat; Tom, his digital tech, and his assistant holding a light, were positioned on the second; and I was on the last, alongside another lighting assistant," Cooper explained. "We slowly circled the model until Tom got his shot. It was a real team effort!"

    Executive editor: Zuania Capó
    Photo editor: David Cooper
    Stylist: Cannon at Judy Casey
    Market editor: Erin McSherry
    Hair: George Ortiz
    Makeup: Javier Romero
    Manicure: Titilayo Bankole at B&A

  • 11.13.13

    Tom Corbett & Co. Usher in the Holiday Season for Millenia

    A Tom Corbett-led B&A team put out two editorials for the holiday issue of The Mall at Millenia Magazine: "Modern Classics" and "Iconic Beauty."

    "We take an annual field trip to the mall in Orlando to meet with the marketing team, review the previous issue, discuss what's new and what stores are opening, and which are remodeling," explained stylist Emma Pritchard. "2013 saw the launch of numerous new stores, including Prada and Saint Laurent, and with such a wealth of designers to work with, we wanted to emphasize the iconic ensembles and craftsmanship that each is known for ... thus, the concept 'Timeless Elegance' was born."

    Pritchard presented the theme to Corbett and prop stylist Tara Marino, and let them come up with their own interpretations. "For the 'Modern Classics' fashion story – which used a lot of old Hollywood poses – Tom brought in dramatic lighting that merged that classic brand of glamour with the holiday-time glamour of Millenia." Titilayo Bankole provided the manicures.

    The "Iconic Beauty" spread marked the group's first-ever beauty story for the magazine, after three-plus years of collaborating with the shopping center. "Tom's casting was spot-on," Pritchard noted. "We all did a double-take when the model, Olivia, transformed into Elizabeth Taylor. The leather-and-mink fur Bally coat pushed it over the top."

    "Modern Classics"
    Photographer: Tom Corbett
    Art director and stylist: Emma Pritchard
    Prop and set designer: Tara Marino
    Makeup: Brian Duprey at Judy Casey
    Hair: Rodney Groves at Ray Brown
    Manicure: Titilayo Bankole
    Models: Megan McNierney at One Management and Philippe LeBlond at DNA Models.

    "Iconic Beauty"
    Photographer: Tom Corbett
    Art director and stylist: Emma Pritchard
    Makeup: Brian Duprey at Judy Casey
    Hair: Rodney Groves at Ray Brown
    Model: Olivia Pires

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