SS18 Resort Collection Campaign for Charly Thorn Designs | Nassau Bahamas Photography

The Beaches in the Bahamas are my go-to fashion photography location. It was a pleasure working with Australian designer, Charly Thorn to photograph her SS18 Resort Collection. 

Charly wanted a photographer in Nassau who could capture the images for the advertising campaign to showcase her newest fashion designs fresh off the runway. Charly’s collection had just been featured on Vogue.com. so we wanted to create a high-fashion look that would speak to her ideal clientele. 

When she first contacted me, we worked on a mood board that combined Charly’s ideas with the locations I knew were close to her hotel. Our main focus was on creative key shots that could be used as banners on her website, along with ideas for posters and additional imagery for her Instagram. 

Charly Thorn’s Spring Summer Collection features a mix of tropical prints combined with pops of teal and crisp white, flowing fabrics. Her designs are both fashionable and wearable and made out of 100% natural fabrics such as silk-chiffon, linen, and Australian Merino Wool. 

 Working together, we put together an incredible team that included the talented Nestase, founder and professional makeup artist for Nestase Beauty. It was my first time working with Nestase, but I was a huge fan of her work and reached out to her as soon as Charly confirmed the date & time. 

The day started with everyone meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Nassau where Charly was staying while on her Bahamas vacation. After introducing everyone, we started the fitting and prepping the model. Nestase applied a flawless makeup look that combined the idea of natural beauty & glowing goddess. Our model’s skin literally glowed with the perfect dewy finish. With the makeup done, we drove to the beach location in two seperate cars.

It was my first time photographing Bahamian model Rokara Hepburn who was a dream to work with! Rokara glided elegantly along the shoreline in Charly’s designs and together we worked with the ocean breeze to make the outfits flow through each photograph. 

When it comes to deciding whether to shoot fashion photography with natural light vs fashion photography with flash, you have to study the environment and consider what kind of look you want the final product to have. I always bring my full set of camera gear to every job, simply because you never know what could happen on location. On this shoot, we ended up moving from full sun to the shade of a large tree which required a pop of flash to light our model and bring out the texture and tropical colors of Charly’s designs. 

Fashion Designer: Charly Thorn
Model: Rokara Hepburn
Makeup: Nestase Beauty
Photographer: Robyn Damianos