I was strolling through Instagram one evening (as you do) and I saw a casting call from visual artist and photographer Àsìkò. I had been following him on the gram for a while and loved his work and artistic expression. The post was a casting call for models for a test shoot he was planning the following weekend. Feeling brave in the moment I sent him a DM briefly introducing myself and how I would love to style the shoot if he was interested. To my delight he said yes and the collaboration was underway. The following Saturday I set off to a studio in North London armed with a suitcase full of jewels and body pieces, excited to meet Àsìkò and his team. As soon as I arrived I was met with a warm and friendly welcome and I knew instantly that it was going to be an amazing day. I was the first one to arrive so we had a chance to get to know each other before the models, make-up artist and assistant arrived. Already impressed by his images on his website, the more I spoke to Àsìkò the more I could feel and understand his passion for his work. As the rest of the team arrived one by one I could feel the atmosphere buzzing with excitement for the day ahead.
First up in front of the camera was Rebecca Nemeré a beautiful and confident London based model, the moment I saw her I instantly wanted to accentuate her striking high cheekbones so I decided to style her with my STATEMENT headpiece which framed her face and I could see a Bomani Woman come to life in front of my eyes. Next up was the gorgeous Aaliyah with her abundance of beautiful black hair, she was very sweet and softly spoken but as soon as she stepped in from of the camera she took on her IG persona (@god.herself) and we all saw the goddess come to life. I really loved the abstract tribal make up that make-up artist Zahra Ramees used for this look. I styled her in my new ODARA macramé body piece and silver VICTORY earrings.
The beautiful and talented hair and make-up artist Zahra Ramees was next up for her portrait with Àsìkò and came up with the ingenuous idea to use my BEJEWELLED mask under her head scarf and blew smoke through it for maximum drama.
As we waited for the next model to get ready Àsìkò pulled me in front of the camera for my portrait and how could I say no (lol). Not dressed for the occasion but luckily wearing my silver VICTORY earrings, I too had my 5 minutes in front of the camera.
The last model of the day was life coach Nehanda who was 8 months pregnant at the time and was radiantly glowing with that breathtaking glow that only pregnant women are blessed with. Her positive energy, body confidence and feminine beauty was a true joy to watch. I loved how my ZAKIYA macramé body piece cascaded over her womanly curves and highlighted the versatility of the design, displaying the mothering side of a true Bomani Woman.
The photoshoot was a great success and I really enjoyed working with such an amazing and talented team, it is so magical when a group of strangers come together and create some – NOISE.
.::: Noise :::.
Photographers assistant: Alero Buttercup
Make-up Artist: Zahra Ramees
Models: Rebbecca Nemeré, Aaliyah, Zahra Ramees,
Elisha Francis and Nehanda Soul
Styling/Jewellery: Elisha Francis