Behind the scenes of Kwaku Alston’s “Big Rich Texas” shoot

Photo by Kwaku Alston for the Style Network.

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Have you seen the new reality series Big Rich Texas? The show, which airs on the Style Network, a division of NBCUniversal, takes viewers inside the world of Dallas’ elite social scene by way of a group of mothers and daughters. To photograph the key art for the series, the network commissioned Kwaku Alston, who worked closely with photo producer Janelle Albino, set designer Walter Barnett, and creative director Mark Schneider. Here, Janelle takes us behind the scenes of the shoot.

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“We chose Kwaku for this project because he shoots women beautifully, and who better to photograph 10 women than him? His charismatic personality and ability to direct larger groups was another factor in the decision. He has also worked on a couple of location shoots with us over the past in New York and Greece and is unflappable on set, even when things arise that maybe weren’t anticipated.

The shoot was on location at a private residence in Big D… Dallas, TX. This trip was almost like going to summer camp, or maybe more so City Slickers. Our LA-based crew had a good time exploring the great state of Texas. Whether at our first-night dinner in town, driving the countryside en route to location, or during our hectic shoot day, there was no end to the laughs and fun atmosphere within the group.

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What are you steering at? (From left) Kwaku Alston, producer Janelle Albino, set designer Walter Barnett, and creative director Mark Schneider on location in Dallas.

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One of the memorable parts of the shoot was working with the two steer we had on set. The steer were our divas, needing their own grassy knoll to graze and hang out on until their call time later that afternoon. I guess all the waiting got to them because one of them escaped from the tree they were tied up to! Good thing they aren’t fast-moving animals, so their wrangler easily caught up and got them back in line.”

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Thank you, Janelle!

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