Oh boy, now this was a treat, some days I truly believe that I have the coolest job on the planet, I am able to meet people from all walks of life and for an instant work together, to connect in some way.
I've known of the Dapper DJ for a couple of years since I saw them at an event, and Alex and I have been friends on Facebook but we've never had the opportunity to spend any time together. Their concept is marvelous, spinning old 78s and period music on vintage record players hooked up to a PA dressed in period dress, the shows a wonderful trip to a time long past.
From my previous blog of being stuck I posted a "pop up shoot" and reached out to Alex asking if he might be available, and was extremely grateful when he responded with a time, arriving with his brother Jack. Along with other people who came that day it was perfect to break out of a creative rut and indulge different thoughts and ideas with portraiture, to be able to work together with an idea so unique inspiring me to stage and take photos that match their vision.
I had always thought that the dress was a costume for the show, but what is awesome is that no, the dress, mannerisms and behavior are truly who they both are, this is no act. Combined with staging the shoot at Citizen Frederick's Barber Shop we had an instant vibe to staging the photos, no performance necessary but letting them be themselves. Literally spinning some 78s and stepping back in time.