I love being on-set. It’s a great feeling that is hard to explain. There’s an energy, a buzz, a whirlpool of creativity that I get a rush from. Many of us will never get to experience what it’s like on a live set first hand, but thank goodness for technology, now everyone can be a fly on the wall and see what goes on behind the scenes. Here’s a BTS of Mario Testino’s shoot with Jennifer Lopez for Vanity Fair. It’s not the best video in the world because it doesn’t really capture the energy of the shoot and it’s not educational, but hey, it has Jennifer Lopez and that’s good enough for me.
Shooting celebrities can be tense work, but if you get a project like this one where they are asked to “act” and make faces, it’s a little bit easier and more fun. Check out this article by Vanity Fair, where photographer Howard Schatz place actors in a series of roles and dramatic situations to reveal the essence of their characters. You can read their roles below the images.
Check out Ricky Gervais behind the scenes video here. And you can see the rest of the images from Vanity Fair here.