Leave it to our friends over at Philadelphia Magazine to always call with a unique assignment. In the past while working with Philly Mag, weâ€™ve shot anyone and everyone in our fine city – from mayors to titans of business, classic chefs, to the cityâ€™s movers and shakers. When the call came in last month to shoot Philadelphiaâ€™s most famous performers, Dito van Reigersberg, how could we turn it down? Just last month we spent the day with Dito’s character, Martha Graham Cracker making portraits – keep reading to see how it all turned outâ€¦
When any performer whoâ€™s larger than life steps in front of our lens, we know itâ€™s important to try and compliment their showmanship with an equally over-the-top location or scenario. In this particular instance, what could be better than placing our subject in a wall of flowers?
Once we had nailed the opener image, we shot a handful more options with Martha and Dito, switching out the multicolored floral backdrop for a darker and more somber take – as well as a deeper look behind the scenes and behind the persona of Martha.
It should go without saying that one of the most important people on set that day was the talented hair and makeup artist, Dawn Episcopo, helping to bring Ditoâ€™s persona of Martha Graham Cracker to life for the shoot.
Whether the backdrop was light, bright and playful or darker and moodier, our crew had an amazing day on set. We owe a big thank you to the fine folks at Philadelphia Magazine as well as everyone at the Pig Iron Theatre Company who generously let us shoot in their space. And we can’t forget hair and makeup stylist Dawn Episcopo, and last but not least, set builder and prop stylist extraordinaire, Matthew Englebert. Thanks everyone!
And of course this wouldnâ€™t be a complete day on set without yours truly taking his place as a stand in for our main talent. Maybe Iâ€™m biased, but I think Dito commands the portrait a bit better than I do.