When I originally started this series, I posted to my Facebook page asking for suggestions for businesses to feature and ReCreation Studios kept coming up over and over again. It was one of the few businesses I hadn't heard of before, so I did a quick search to see what they were all about and I contacted Camille as soon as I saw her hanging peacefully from a bright blue silk fabric attached to the ceiling in her studio.
When I arrived for the shoot I met Camille and her boyfriend Danny and immediately felt at home with them. They are both extremely chill people and the studio just feels like a cool place to hang around. I obviously wanted to get some action shots of her demonstrating some of the things they do at the studio, but once I saw her style I quickly started thinking of portrait ideas for her.
For the first shot, I set up my six foot softbox and basically just told them to do something cool. Before they got into their floor workout, I snapped a quick shot of Camille just to test the light and it turned out pretty awesome. I didn't expect to end up using it in the post but here it is. I love the banal, simple, normal, everyday-ness of it. She has that total peacefulness about her and that raw childlike innocence. Also the color tones just kill me in this shot. I love it.
Immediately after that shot her and Danny got into this crazy pose, which I call "Super Baby" because I do a really un-graceful version of it with my kids, but which also probably has some other really cool sounding name that I don't know like "Flying Egret." As soon as they landed in the pose I quickly moved my softbox around to the opposite side and snapped a few frames. I had to bring up the shadows quite a bit in post but I think it turned out cool. Again - I love the peaceful expressions I got from these two. They look so relaxed.
After the floor workout I asked Camille to show me a little bit of the silk aerial stuff. Honestly this part was hard to shoot because she kept moving and spinning and my light was rarely in the right spot when she landed in a cool position. For these shots I used a shoot-through umbrella on a nine foot light stand and shot on the top of a six foot ladder to stay on her eye level. We ended up with a good set of images from this, but the one I kept going back to was this one. So chill. I love it. Camille reminded me of Tinkerbell from the movie Hook - just flying around in her tiny lantern all by herself.
For the last two shots I really wanted to feature Camille's style and try to capture her essence, if at all possible. Since I only met her that day I can't confidently say that this represents who she is and her unique spirit, but it might be pretty close. I also wanted to feature her relationship with Danny, which seems to be part of the charm of their whole business. From the moment I walked in she and Danny were constantly nuzzling each other and holding hands, but not in a "get-a-room" kind of way - it was endearing, actually. Here's two shots of them, which I think are my favorites from the whole day.
That last shot reminds me of what James Taylor and Carly Simon were probably like back in 1972. So full of love and excitement and potential.
You should totally check out ReCreation Studios if you're interested in a different kind of workout, or activity, or hobby, or maybe even as an alternative to yoga. They have classes all week long and they offer something for everybody. Their studio is located on north Main Street in Little Rock directly across the street from The Rep.
The whole point of this series on cool local business owners is to find people doing what they love pursuing something big and Camille and Danny at ReCreation Studios are doing exactly that. So cool to see stuff like this popping up in Little Rock. If you have any suggestions for other cool local businesses to feature hit me up in the comments and let me know!
Thanks again to Danny and Camille for making me feel at home and for letting me barge in and take over their studio to do these pictures! I wish you guys all the best in all your endeavors!
Also, I just realized I've done three posts in this series and all three have been on Main Street. Good job, Main Street.
Next up, Electric Heart Tattoo, Nomad Skate Shop, and White Goat in the Heights.