Saint Pete Photo was commissioned by Johnson Arms to create high-quality photographs of the custom prop weapons they design for the film industry, including futuristic guns for movies, photography studios and cosplayers. Litewave Media, a Saint Pete Photo partner, was on hand to shoot video footage for the client as well.
“We jumped at the chance,” says Saint Pete Photo founder Christian Schwier. “We’ve always enjoyed grindhouse cinema and zombie flicks. The strong leading female characters in movies like Resident Evil or Underworld have always inspired our photography team. So we wanted to do a photo shoot with strong female characters.” Brian Johnson supplied the St. Petersburg photographers with all of the prop weapons to transform the female models into über badasses.
The crew for the professional St. Petersburg photography shoot was extensive. Schwier led a crew of seven as well as five models to create a post apocalyptic set complete with costumes and make-up. “We used everything from tattered American flags and racks full of guns to military camouflage and large chains hanging from the ceiling,” Schwier explains. “The space we were in had old textured brick walls from Tampa’s early days. So we used that as the starting point for the set.”
Shot at a partner photography studio in Ybor City, the Tampa professional photographers spent a whole day shopping for set and costume pieces at several thrift stores and a couple of army navy stores. “We wanted the look to be as authentic as possible,” says Schwier.
The photography equipment was as varied as the crew and included a Canon 7D with a slew of lenses: 100mm 2.8L Macro, 16-35mm 2.8L, 24-70mm 2.8L, 70-200mm 2.8L. A Rokinon 8mm Fisheye Lens was also used for some extreme photo effects shots.
The photos will be edited at our St. Petersburg photography studio, and then used by Johnson Arms on their website and social media sites. “They really wanted photographs that highlighted the intricate details of the painting and prop construction, and these photos really show what they’re capable of creating,” says Schwier. “We’ve used their props in our films before and look forward to seeing what they create for our next film, The Skyship Chronicles.”
As a bonus, here’s some video footage of the shoot!