shaina west studio shoot

I met Shaina through instagram, where she goes by the name thesamurider and showcases her impressive martial arts skills. She is also a personal trainer. I thought that the angle of the urban martial arts superhero was a great hook, and was also inspired by an anime series that Shaina liked, Afro Samurai.

Shot in the same session as my other set of images of Shaina, this was the more modern, urban look. Shaina brought her maroon one piece outfit and Bo Staff, and I was reminded of Kill Bill and the old 1970's martial arts films that inspired it, and the posters that would advertise them. So in the post production stage I went with big flat vector backgrounds and a bold complimentary colour scheme.