Tom Corbett and Alejandra Espinoza Go Full Throttle
When Tom Corbett was gearing up to shoot Alejandra Espinoza for the cover of Siempre Mujer, he wanted to do something different, something unexpected. The magazine has a tradition of very bright, studio photography that works great for them (and Tom has done for them in the past), but this time he wanted to push the envelope a little and see how far they could take it. Espinoza is a young model gaining fame all over the Spanish speaking world and Tom knew she could handle something a little edgier, so Tom ventured out to make it happen.
He teamed up with David Cooper, Photo Editor at Siempre Mujer, to see what they could do that was fun and exciting but still in line with what the magazine’s readers love. “We came up with a concept of taking her outside,” explains Tom Corbett. “We found this old airstrip south of Miami in the Everglades and we set up an outdoor studio. We shot the white background cover and then shot the inner spreads using an amazing Corvette Stingray car.” The cover image is still very on brand, with the signature energy that Tom brings to his studio work, but the inner spreads evoke a more sophisticated feeling, suffused with story and intrigue. The formfitting styling by Stacey Jones keeps the images looking dynamic and full of energy. “David Cooper and I work really closely together,” says Tom. “It was very different, very different to what they normally do and that’s what made it really nice.”
The images with the Stingray are worth looking at closely because of the different view they offer those who love magazines like Siempre Mujer. There’s a deepening to the story and the creative exploration brings a certain amount of extra power to the imagery. “In the Spanish language magazine market they tend to treat the celebrities differently,” says Tom. “They're very gentle, photographed in a studio, and quite conservative. But even in the studio David and I like to push things a little bit and push the boundaries of what we can get. We’re always pushing it a little bit further, trying new things and we’re getting a great response in that market because of it.” The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive as Tom and David move their aesthetic into new territory. This challenge of the conventional is something everyone is happy to see, and we should expect even more!