The Cover - Christina Milian - Persona Magazine

During the summer months of 2014, I received a text from my good friend, Christina Milian. asking me if I would be interested in working with a new publication, Persona Magazine. They wanted to feature Christina in their coffee table magazine with multiple looks that would be photographed throughout the Los Angeles area. It’s always exciting to collaborate with talented friends and I was honored that she recommended my creative vision for the publication. In talking with Christina, the purpose of this shoot was for her to break free of the “Christina” everyone thought they knew and bring their focus to the young, fun, and hip “Tina Turn Up.’

To make what’s in my head a reality takes an entire team of creative soldiers. Working with Eric Burns (Stylist) Danielle Milian (hair stylist), Brittany Bear (makeup) as well as others from the Persona Magazine team was amazing! Their specialized skills were essential in the depiction of ‘Tina Turn Up.’

For the first location we scouted a location deep in the woods of the Hollywood Hills. I had the entire production hike three miles for the perfect spot! It is always interesting to see how the stylist, hair and make-up artist adapt to somewhat difficult surroundings.

The second location was photographed on the streets and storefronts of Melrose Ave. I enjoy Melrose for its ambiance. Its filled with hipster sneaker shops, the edgy street art, as well as the cool alley ways that always seem to have perfect lighting.

The last location was shot at SMILE XXVII Studios. With the music blaring and my ProFoto lights flashing, we got the essential Cover shot!

Here are some behind-the-scenes images from the Christina Milian Persona Magazine Issue!

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