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Tips for Producing a Last Minute Fantasy Photoshoot

By Jules Ebe on September 8th 2013


Large, epic photo shoots have become Benjamin Von Wong‘s forte. So when contacted by fellow photographer and friend Renee Robyn, Von Wong started working on the project immediately. After all, he only had three days to work his magic.

So what happens when you have only 3 days to put a full production together with another well-known photographer? With limited budget and time, the team set out to produce a shoot that would be worthy of the vision Robyn had cast, while also troubleshooting all the challenges that tend to arise. Don’t forget to add the complexity of building a complex fantasy armor suit in only 24 hours.

First things first, always create a list of your needs, wants, and resources. By doing so, you can immediately address any challenges you see right at the beginning. Also, when collaborating it is very important to ensure that it is a ‘win-win’ situation, not a ‘what you can do for me’ type of scenario.

One sided relationships rarely work out, personally or professionally.

3 Tips for a Successful Last Minute Photo Shoot Production from Von Wong:

    • When faced with impossible deadlines, break down the elements, prioritize, and tackle them individually.
    • When looking to collaborate with others, always remember to offer something – an experience, visibility, imagery they can use, etc.
    • Don’t give up. Anything’s possible.

Behind the Scenes with Renee Robyn & Von Wong for Fantasy Armor

Production Wish List:

    • A studio and lighting equipment
    • Models
    • MUAH
    • Styling (clothing)
    • Set props
    • An epic element

Final Results: Same Shoot – Two Different Approaches

Like mentioned in the video, you may notice that Renee Robyn went for highly stylized, fantastical imagery, whereas Von Wong took a less photoshopped approach. Both are beautifully done and show how each artist can approach the same subject and material with distinct visions and results.

Renee Robyn





Von Wong



For more details on this photo shoot or to see pre-edited images, check out the original blog here.

Photos: Renee Robyn & Von Wong
Videographer: Alain Pilon, Emil Jabui
Studio: Richard Blouin
Video Editor: Guillermo Castellanos
Poster Design: Emil Jabui
Clothing: Fantasy Armor
Models: Von Wong, Lotte Goedhart, Antonio Bavaro

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

Photographs have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    great tips

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