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Desert Rose by Landon McMahon

Landon McMahon started shooting five years ago in Florida, but it didn’t take long before he packed his bags and relocated to fashion mecca New York City. “I knew that was where I had to be to pursue fashion photography,” he tells us. “I have always had a interest in fashion, most likely because of my mother she was my first fashion icon. I’ve learned that some people are born with good taste, just as some photographers are born with a good eye.

Ever since he made the move he has continued shooting and creating astonishing work, and his first story for Ben Trovato is no exception. Desert Rose was shot on a rooftop in Manhattan. The model, Sanne with IMG, portrays a beautiful girl trapped in the desert. She is unaffected by being on her own. She desires to be more in-tuned with herself and nature.

After watching Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger, I knew I wanted most shots from above with the model laying in midday sun. I found a huge canvas sheet that I knew I wanted to use on my rooftop. Everything else fell into place,” Landon says.

Fashion stylist Sara Cooper who recently styled another shoot for Ben Trovato, and hair stylist and makeup artist Alberto Luengo joined Landon’s team. They set the shoot up and completed it within a day. “I had the idea of a older voyeur style shoot and then changed it to a desert theme with a sheet of canvas and a sunny day. Sara Cooper, the stylist, did an amazing job of pulling the fashion with little time to make this shoot possible,” Landon explains, adding “Sara is one of my favorite people to work with. We get each other, and I feel very comfortable working with her. We really don’t need to do lots of planning. She brings my confidence to a new high. We have fun together and I work better when its not so serious. And Alberto, the hair and make up artist, is a true professional. He always delivers and can liven up any set. We work great together.

Landon reveals that model Sanne wasn’t feeling well that day, but still did an amazing job: “- I would love to work with her again. She is very beautiful in so many ways. Part of her beauty is in her attitude. You can tell she was meant to model. She knows her body and knows how to move.

Sara picked garments from Chloe, Helmut Lang, and others and says that she wanted to bring on garments that were light and airy and have movement. “I wanted to mix lots of silks and lots of pattern. The pieces selected were mostly soft and feminine, the model made the looks sexy,” she says.

Photography by Landon McMahon
Styling by Sara Cooper
Hair & Makeup by Alberto Luengo
Model - Sanne @ IMG Models