Night Cats – Fashion Editorial

February 2015

Chicago. Winter. It was a very cold night. Just above freezing. And I had this wonderful idea to shoot downtown with two models in a series of body suits from a great UK designer. Listen it sounds like a really bad idea, but sometimes the most challenging concepts you come up with that push the boundaries on are the shoots that create the best photographs.

I myself like to go outside the mainstream when possible and of course shooting at night time is even better if you have the right type of lighting equipment. Luckily for Chicago in the downtown area there is plenty of ambient light to throw around in the background for the photographs. So as long as I had a good amount on the models we would be safe.

It was a late start and we did not arrive to our first location downtown till about 8pm that evening. I fired off a round of shots while the models sat in the car with the heat running to keep them warm. Once I was setup I called them out and we shot a dozen photos before I had them throw back on their coats. We made a few adjustments and finished the first set of images.

From there we moved to more busy area of downtown and I decided to go the full monty and setup the strobe directly off the main street and placed the models just on the edge of the road as car were zipping by. Given the wardrobe that we had for the shoot you could definitely guess that we started to attract attention the moment the strobe started to go off.

But both models were just incredibly dedicated and worked through it and we were able to capture just some the best night time fashion photos I ever created in Chicago. By the end of the evening we were beyond frozen and completely drained with the cold weather. But the result with the spread is just a fantastic set of images.

I have to credit again my amazing super team for all pulling together that evening and staying strong from start to finish. They had complete trust in what I set out to achieve and we succeeded in doing so. I hope you enjoy the images as much as we do!


Title: Night Cats

Published: Seek.Me Magazine

Photographer: Jon Cancelino

Models: Sophia M. and Samantha W.

Hair and Makeup: JoAnn Boznos

Wardrobe: Alice Vandy Designs











Thank you and enjoy reading!

-Jon Cancelino


















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