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Rihanna’s Inspiration

April 5th, 2012

The Sun newspaper (UK) published my pictures of the real-life inspiration for Rihanna’s debut movie role.  Jackie Carrizosa is the former US Navy officer behind the singer’s character in the upcoming movie Battleship.

This was my second assignment at Machine Gun Vegas in ten days.  I prefer driving the 290 miles from Los Angeles to Las Vegas because I can take more photo equipment.

For my main image I wanted to replicate the Battleship movie poster featuring Rihanna.  Jackie pulled up in her pick up truck and stood in the back, to gain a little elevation.  I set up my Profoto light with a Chimera softbox and Jackie posed with a machine gun.  Before I made my first shot, a Las Vegas Police officer pulled up in his patrol car and asked what we were doing. Fearing the officer was going to shut down the shoot or arrest us for having a machine gun in public, I nervously explained who Jackie was.  The officer was impressed and hung around for the photo shoot, “What goes on in Vegas……”

Also published in………

The Mail Online


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