Every photographer has their own craft and insight when it comes to their photographs and one of the most rewarding moments for them is putting them on display for the public to see. That is what the project, “Celestial Bodies,” means to photographer Willyum Baulkey. With his talent and the talent of his team, makeup artist Danelle French and hairstylist Anthony Perez, “Celestial Bodies” is a photography show that explores the mixture of fashion, beauty and astrology. Celestial Bodies opens Friday, June 17th from 7:30 -10:30pm at Soiree at French Pharmacie, 823 East Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, In 46220 (In Broad Ripple).
How did you first get into photography?
I have been photographing since high school, always carrying a camera with me and basically documenting my life in my teens/early 20’s. I’ve always been drawn to fashion and fashion magazines and eventually received my degree in photography and graphic design which led me to creating images that I had been inspired by in Vogue, W, etc…
Who or what inspired and influenced you for Celestial Bodies?
Celestial Bodies is the collaboration between makeup artist Danelle French, hairstylist Anthony Perez and myself. Personally, I have always been intrigued by astrology and the signs and had just the bare bones idea in my head for a while. During some down time during a different photo shoot with Danelle and Anthony, I mentioned the concept and within a second, we were discussing possible models and different directions to go with the concept
Describe the process for the creation of Celestial Bodies.
The creation process for this was a long one, we originally started talking and conceptualizing in January of this year, there were many things to decide upon, model selection, hair, makeup, lighting and where we wanted to go with the concept and what avenue to showcase it. We split up the series into four separate shoots that spanned February to April so we could focus our attention on each one and not lose focus on the big picture.
What was the biggest challenge you faced while creating these images?
The challenge as with most photo shoots was organizing everyone’s time. Trying to orchestrate three of us with multiple models and schedules was challenging. A big thank you to LModelz for working with us on this project. Each of us would say, I think, that the first shoot was almost a trial run, Will it work? Will these ideas work? After the first shoot the answer was a unanimous yes.
What was the most exciting part of the process?
The most exciting part of this process for me comes in three forms, first being able to see these looks that we had been talking about for months come alive. Second, seeing and editing the images on the computer screen for the first time and third, finally seeing the images printed larger after months of work.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
A bigger budget. (laughs)
What do you want people to take away from the show?
I want them to get caught up in the fun and fantasy of the images. Everyone knows a little bit about astrology, I think, we all read horoscopes, right? From an art and photography standpoint, I hope that people can see a beauty portrait as fashion photography and a work of art, the two can go hand in hand. I hope people can enjoy it.
What makes your photography different from anyone else’s?
Good question, my photography is my point of view. I think every photographer will look at something in a different way. I like the fact that I have a hand in art direction and styling. When I come up with a concept or start production on a shoot, it is definitely inspired by moments in my life, things that excite and impact me. So, in that case my photography is an outlet or insight into me and not anyone else.
What’s your most rewarding moment in your photography business?
It really would be meeting and being able to work with some of the most creative people in this business and seeing the results of their craft meeting mine. The talent is amazing and I feel blessed. The most rewarding moment of the whole Celestial Bodies ride will be the full circle moment, after 6 months, of seeing these images up and on display for the public to see and the rest is out of my control.