A final blog post about my zombies-meet-high-fashion photo series “Zombies Are People Too”. Even though there was only one photo from each shoot, model, and location, I had many favorites. It made it difficult to narrow my selections down for the final series. Introducing… the Zombie B-Sides! In other words, a few extra photos that I couldn’t just tuck away without ever showing. Along with these extra releases, this post features some behind the scenes photos with my makeup artist, Jessica, making the magic happen!

See the full, final series in this blog post, and some photos from the show opening at Brass Bell Studios in OKC in this one.

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Behind the Scenes

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Behind the Scenes

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Behind the Scenes

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Behind the Scenes

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Behind the Scenes

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Behind the Scenes

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Behind the Scenes

My self-portrait zombie shoot was assisted by Catie Bartlett.

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too

My zombies-meet-high-fashion show debuted at Brass Bell Studios in Oklahoma City back in October of last year- finally posting some photos from the show! Thanks again SO much to everyone who came out, either to support me, or from sheer curiosity. I tried to put my camera down for most of it and just enjoy the culmination of so much work, and to that end I don’t have many photos. However, my camera got passed around to few different people, and the following photos are the result. See the full photo series that was debuted in this blog post. Here’s to the memory of a fun evening!

And yes, those are brain cookies.

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© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

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Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Art & Fashion Photographer

This project was my baby for over an entire year. It’s no secret I’m completely drawn to the edgy and unusual. I had the inspiration back in a college photo class- many years before the project culminated in a successful show to debut the finalized series at Brass Bell Studios in Oklahoma City back in October. (No mistake that it shared the month with the best holiday- Halloween!) A huge thanks to everyone who came out to support me in one of the artistic accomplishments that I’m most proud of so far. But if you weren’t at the opening, I’m finally releasing the images online here on my blog, so I hope you enjoy!

“ZOMBIES ARE PEOPLE TOO” is a conceptual and artist portrait photography series. The photos force together the opposing aesthetic themes of high-end fashion and the dark style of a modified zombie. It has solidified into a group of styled photo shoots, employing traditional fashion models who are eerily made up to resemble the living dead. The scenes are set in locations across Oklahoma (and one in New York). Click the link below to view the trailer for the series, made by the very talented Andrew Sloat. It was filmed during Caitlin’s shoot in New York.

ZOMBIES ARE PEOPLE TOO – Art Show Trailer

You can also check out the Series mini site, created by Catie Bartlett, here.

I couldn’t have done any of this without the extremely talented Jessica Fulton, my HMUA for the entire project. She was able to execute my vision perfectly and stuck it out with me through the year and a half it took to complete the series. I’d also like to the thank the models who appeared in the photos- for humoring my crazy idea and being willing to go out in public with a pound of black makeup on their faces (especially the guys) and quite possibly scaring some children. Their names are listed with each photo.

Caitlin Sloat:

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Conceptual Photo Series

Evan Crowley:

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Conceptual Photo Series

Lindsey Robinson:

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Conceptual Photo Series

Chelsey Cope:

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Conceptual Photo Series

Brock Lay:

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Conceptual Photo Series

I even included a self-portrait, assisted by Catie Bartlett:

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Conceptual Photo Series

Caitlin Sloat:

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Conceptual Photo Series

Christa May:

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Conceptual Photo Series

Alberto Roubert:

© Anna Lee Media | Zombies Are People Too | Conceptual Photo Series

I’ll be following up with some behind the scenes photos and a post about the show opening at Brass Bell. I may also share some B-sides (photos that were not part of the final series, but great none the less). So stay tuned for those!

I realize that these images barely scratch the surface of the “steampunk” look, but I’ve always been drawn by this style and really wanted to do a steampunk-inspired shoot. I have to give props to Catie Bartlett for shooting these with me! We had so much fun with the dark and whimsical theme, in a perfect, woodsy location, on a nice day in December.

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I am so excited to finally announce the series that I’ve been working on for a looooong time, and the show where I will be debuting it! The theme is… wait for it…. ok, you already know- it’s zombies. Zombies meets high fashion, that is.

Brass Bell Studios will host a show opening for my conceptual editorial series, Zombies Are People Too, on Sunday, October 7th from 4:00pm- 7:00pm. Brass Bell Studio is located on the corner of NW 33rd & Villa in Oklahoma City. There is no admission cost, and the show will include a cash bar. After the opening, showings will be available by appointment during the month of October.

Check out the show website to watch the show trailer/sneak peek of one of the zombie shoots created by Andrew Sloat:

www.zombies-are-people-too.com

The idea was conceived years ago while doing a photo assignment for my fashion class. I made up my models to look like zombies to add some sort of creative interest in an otherwise very strait forward technical learning exercise. Since then, I’ve wanted to do an entire series, but take the time to do it right. It’s always been in the back of my mind. Last year, with the help of some awesome people, I decided to make it happen.

I’ve always been drawn to this dark aesthetic- kinda eery and creepy. I’m well-versed in B-horror movies, and Halloween is my favorite holiday. Obviously shooting weddings doesn’t really call for this style much (except of course in the case of the zombie engagement shoot), so when I have the opportunity to shoot photos with an edge, I’m very creatively motivated. I do however have an outlet in this realm when I’m working on some band promos or fashion shoots. (Now, I do want to clarify that the zombie aspect is truly meshed with fashion, so if scary movies aren’t your thing, rest assured that this will be fairly tame. Bloody/gory isn’t part of the vision in this case.)

For this series, I’ve worked with a handful of male and female models and the shoots take place in locations across Oklahoma. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Jessica Fulton, owner of Siren Beauty Lounge. She has been the makeup artist on the series, executing my vision perfectly! I’ve also worked with some fun and eager models who I’m excited to reveal at the show.

It has been a huge undertaking, but I’m extremely excited, and I think it will be the most personally important show I’ve done to date. Hope you can make it! Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook event!