Last month I had the pleasure of photographing the Reverend Amos again, this time for his Christmas single "Santa Claus Is Gonna Make It Right", on iTunes and Bandcamp. The shoot featured The Rev alongside actor / model Garcelle Beauvais and Shawn's lovely wife Marta as Santa's "helpers". Ike had his "Ike-ettes" so I'm calling them the "Elf-ettes".
The shoot took place at Club Fais Do Do. Originally a branch office of the First Citizens Savings Bank and Trust, the historic landmark that houses Fais Do Do was constructed in 1930 at the height of the Art Deco period in Los Angeles. As Los Angeles spread west, industrialists, filmmakers, and other early hipsters took over the tiny Mid-City area which soon became known as the Sugar Hill District. Later in the 60's, the bank was converted into a neighborhood bar and underground club frequented by such legendary musicians as Sam Cooke, Billy Preston, and John Coltrane.
The theme was a takeoff on the sometimes skeevy but always hilarious 1970s era album covers of the late Johnny Guitar Watson. Johnny was fond of being photographed with a bevy of ladies of questionable repute. In short: these covers were awesome and, though supremely politically incorrect, they are somewhat refreshing in contrast to today's near-perfection on covers, in magazines, ads and online.
So that was our inspiration and our starting point. I thought I'd share some photos from the session, and also some behind-the-scenes images which are always fun. (Hilariously, our timing was pretty amazing, in that shortly after we published, Saturday Night Live did a hilarious send up called Sump'n Claus a bit reminiscent of Mr. Watson!)
(cracking up ^)
(Garcelle strikes a pose ^)
(Shawn works during down time, of course ^)
(Two very sexy elves ^)
(Beth with her "muse" ^ )
Care to discuss a possible project? Feel free to contact me - I’d love to get together and talk in person. I live to photograph!
(photo by Harry Sabin)