Shooting a Video Fashion Lookbook for Honoré

Posted on October 2nd, by Danny Santos II in Client Work, Fashion, video. 10 comments

Honore Video Lookbook

A few months ago, I photographed a lookbook for new fashion label Honoré Paris. They now have a new collection in line and approached me to shoot another lookbook for them… but this time they wanted to include video. I’ve never really done any video work before, but I always wanted to and thought this was an exciting opportunity to try it out. So yeah, I said to myself… I’ll just wing it and see what happens :)

The client wanted a Parisian vibe for the lookbook, so they booked a suite in Raffles Singapore Hotel. We got to shoot around the premises where only residents were allowed. The plan was to shoot 10 looks from the new collection, and shoot in 10 different locations within the hotel.

Since I was shooting on my own, I figured for each look, I’d take photos first… then shoot video right after. It was quite interesting coz with photos, I needed to make sure that I highlight the outfit while making sure the background was a good fit. On the other hand, I had a lot more leeway with video – I could zoom in, zoom out, move around – knowing full well I can show different angles and mood during the editing phase.

We started the shoot at 8am and wrapped up by 3pm. It was a fun shoot, and a challenging one for me considering that prior to this, I didn’t even know how to operate video on a DSLR. I just had an idea on how the video should look like. I used a Nikon D600 for the shoot (for both photo and video), and edited the clips in Adobe Premiere Pro. After a few rounds of editing, we’ve finalized the video. Here it is:

The client was happy. I’m happy. Not too shabby for a first time, I think :) Though I see a lot of room for improvement (like removing that crazy shaky cam effect), but I hope I get to be better at this. I’ve always wanted to do video as a complimentary thing for photography. I think this project has given me jump-start to this.. now I’m having ideas for personal projects I can do on video. I’m hoping this is something I can explore and be good at in the future.

In addition to the video, here are a few of the photos I’ve taken during the lookbook project:

Honore Paris Lookbook
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Big thanks to Tanguy, Axelle, and of course Catherine for being a natural. You guys are awesome.

Please check out Honoré Paris for their new collection. Check out their facebook page as well.

10 thoughts on “Shooting a Video Fashion Lookbook for Honoré

  1. Nice. I always think that photographers will find the transition from photo to video easy. It will be better for you to invest on simple dslr rigs, a video tripod and a good slider for your next project to avoid the shake. Even though you can reduce it on post-pro, it will still look better if it’s stable during the shoot. Were you using auto-focus?

    • I agree. I should have gotten one of those steadicam thingies to lessen the shake. I overestimated my ability to steady the shot handheld :)

      I was using auto-focus on some parts, but shifted to manual focus on most parts.

  2. Hey that turned out really good. I like the concept you did in the video. Especially that only in the last shoot the eyes meet the viewer. The camera shakes are not that bad, I think it even fits the story of the film.

  3. Hey Danny,
    Been a big fan of yours for some time now. I was wondering if you could share info on any post filtering you do for the still shots to get that hazy somewhat desaturated look to your photos? Thanks.
    San Diego

    • Thanks, Dave! The effect was mostly done on Lightroom. I hope I could provide you specific details but I really just experimented with the settings until I got the effect and saved it as an action and applied it to all the photos. This is not my usual workflow, but was requested by the client.

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