Photographer Uses Drone to Safely Capture Stunning Elle Mexico Cover Shoot

Photographer Uses Drone to Safely Capture Stunning Elle Mexico Cover Shoot

Elle Mexico is determined to continue working throughout COVID-19 by finding creative and safe ways to do so. For their latest issue and cover story, a photographer took to using a drone to capture the editorial from above, while respecting social distancing guidelines.

Unable to get close up to his subject with his DSLR, photographer Santiago Arau resourcefully used a drone in order to capture the magazine’s latest imagery. Renown Mexican model Mariana Zaragoza posed within the confines of her own home in Guadalajara, while Arau flew the drone above.

Where styling is concerned, Zaragoza dressed herself with the advice of clothing stylist Raúl Alvarez, taking on responsibility for her own hair and makeup for the shoot.

Claudia Candano, Editor in Chief of Elle Mexico, said of the shoot:

We believe that as media we cannot remain silent in the face of this situation, but we also know that we all want to be entertained. It’s up to us to turn it around. For this reason we wanted to make a cover that could preserve the essence of fashion while taking up the challenge of respecting the distance measures.

See more of Arau’s work at his website and Instagram.

Images courtesy Santiago Arau, and used with permission.

 

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17 Comments

The Photographer's picture

My neck hurts

Yin Ze's picture

This is dumb. Find a rooftop and use a 70-200 or 300. Done. I really hope this doesn't start a "SHOT WITH DJI" fad following the groundbreaking "SHOT WITH FACETIME" fad. I know a lot of other working photographers who are able to work using proper precautions(all the way to documenting families with Tyvek suit). I guess a long lens is not gimmicky enough.

Alexander Petrenko's picture

2 meters would be enough.

But then we wouldn’t have fascinating PR piece to talk about :)

Yan Pekar's picture

I guess the model suffered from neck pain after the shoot:) Creative - possibly. Love the photo with "Modo vuelo" written on it, if not for the hand on head (looks like the model has a headache). Necessary? No. 70-200 and shooting from a staircase / from above would be enough. I am not an expert of using drones, and I may be wrong but I believe putting a drone above people may put them in danger (in case if the drone falls down)...

jon marlow's picture

What camera did he use?
If he some how manage to fit a DSLR on to a drone then fair doos but if he used the drone camera then why am i always being told i need a full size DSLR to get good photos.
Also who did her hair and make up, are thy saying none one got withing the minim safe distance?

Jack Alexander's picture

It says in the article, "...taking on responsibility for her own hair and makeup for the shoot." Unsure of the camera situation, however.

Fristen Lasten's picture

Great job Santiago! Props to you, Mariana, and Elle!

Martin Ryter's picture

A RED mounted on an Alta 8 would get the job done. Easy to pull stills from the captured video footage.

Alex Herbert's picture

The article makes it sound like the photographer opted to use a drone in this case because of social distancing. But he's an aerial photographer, he always shoots with a drone.

David Hynes's picture

I was about to imagine these were going to be boring shots with the same composition...but this is very well executed. Bravo :)

David Hynes's picture

I was about to imagine these were going to be boring shots with the same composition...but this is very well executed. Bravo :)

David Hynes's picture

ummm, yea sorry about the multiple replies - every time I tried to post it said some weird error...my bad!

David Hynes's picture

I was about to imagine these were going to be boring shots with the same composition...but this is very well executed. Bravo :)

David Hynes's picture

I was about to imagine these were going to be boring shots with the same composition...but this is very well executed. Bravo :)

David Hynes's picture

I was about to imagine these were going to be boring shots with the same composition...but this is very well executed. Bravo :)

David Hynes's picture

I was about to imagine these were going to be boring shots with the same composition...but this is very well executed. Bravo :)