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Old Joliet Prison - Photoshoot Event

Renee Lang

The Old Joliet Prison Event

On 9/20/18, myself, Mélange Studio and an amazing group of creatives had the honor of hosting the very first Fashion Photoshoot, at the Abandoned Old Joliet Prison, located in Joliet IL. It has always been a dream of mine, to get inside of the prison walls and when the lightbulb for a fashion focused photoshoot turned on, there was no looking back.

 I spent many months communicating with the City of Joliet and the Museum to determine if this brainchild was even possible. Once they gave me the green light, I started to curate models, photographers, hair stylist, makeup artist, production assistants, a videographer and three of Chicago’s hottest fashion designers. Everything was starting to come together nicely.

 I toured the prison 3 times prior to the event to make sure that I understood what was required and needed to keep everyone involved comfortable and safe in a building that requires major upgrades. To make this possible I knew that I had to provide mobile safety lighting, walkie-talkies, maps, a detailed schedule and a production assistant for each of the 7 shooting locations. It rained the night before so we had the hurdle of shooting in standing water, breathing moist stale air and an overall crumbling environment that is not ideal for custom designer outfits.  But did that stop us or put a damper on our event...no it didn’t. This event was an experience of a LIFETIME and I am so honored that myself, Mélange Studio and the wonderful group of creatives had the opportunity of seeing such a magnificent piece of architectural history as well as pave the way for all future creatives that would like to shoot at there.  

We also had the honor of having Leila B’ Smiths, Homan Wongs and Kim Gagliardo-smith photos published.

Leila’s images were published in a well known Fashion Magazine called Elegant Magazine http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1548107

Homan Wong’s images were published in Red Silk Carpet Magazine and The Joliet Harold News, along with Kim Gagliardo-Smith. https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/01/22/almost-too-pretty-for-a-prison-lockport-director-stages-shoot-in-old-joliet-prison/ay8m4yg/

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 Creative Director

·         Renee Lang–Schweikle 

 Event Director

·         Renee Lang–Schweikle 

 Production Manager

·         Mark Schweikle 

 Production Assistants

·         Lauren Cintron 

·         Ashley Fein

·         Daniel Rader

·         Erica Sosa

 Fashion Director

·         Renee Lang–Schweikle 

 Fashion Designers

·         Dovile Riebschlager, of doviArt

·         Mario Humberto Garrido & Jorge Diaz, of Mario & Jorge Designs

·         Sharisa Freeman, of SHARISA Couture Designs

 Jewlery Designer

·         Eric Duckworth of Cultist Crafts

 Rope work

·         Solomon Leviticus Abrams

 Models

·         Alexa Burmester

·         Chiara Christ 

·         Lina Panaras

·         Meghan Slattery 

·         Damariz Sparkles

·         Olha Vayda

 Head MUAH Stylist

·         Elizabeth Rajcan, of Mint Salon 

 Hair & Make-up Artist 

·         Abbey Carli

·         Samantha Cherise Ramos

·         Samantha Terry

·         Jennifer Pardon-Soto

·         Bianca Naranjo

·         Ruthy Escobar 

 Photographer

·         Alex Callejo

·         Vinc Cintron

·         Kim Gagliardo-Smith

·         Joshua Luttenberger

·         Leila B’Smith

·         Gio Sosa

·         Homan Wong

 Videographer & Video Producer 

·         Joe Hernandez

 

 

Photographer: Alex Callajo, Model: Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy escobar

Photographer: Alex Callajo, Model: Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy escobar

Photographer: Alex Callejo, Model: Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy escobar

Photographer: Alex Callejo, Model: Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy escobar

Photographer: Alex Callajo, Model: Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar, Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Alex Callajo, Model: Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar, Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Alex Callejo, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise

Photographer: Alex Callejo, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise

Photographer: Alex Callejo, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise

Photographer: Alex Callejo, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise

Photographer: Alex Callejo, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise

Photographer: Alex Callejo, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar, Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar, Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar, Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Sparklez Damariz, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar, Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan. Designer: Eric Duckworth

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan. Designer: Eric Duckworth

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Gio Sosa, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Homan Wong, Model: Alexa Burmester, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo, Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Homan Wong, Model: Alexa Burmester, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo, Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Homan Wong, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise

Photographer: Homan Wong, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise

Photographer: Homan Wong, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan. Designer: Eric Duckworth

Photographer: Homan Wong, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan. Designer: Eric Duckworth

Photographer: Homan Wong, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Homan Wong, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Designer: Sharisa Couture Designs

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Designer: Sharisa Couture Designs

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Designer: Sharisa Couture Designs. Rope Work: Solomon Abrams

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Designer: Sharisa Couture Designs. Rope Work: Solomon Abrams

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger,, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger,, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger,, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge, Rope Work: Solomon Leviticus Abrams

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger,, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge, Rope Work: Solomon Leviticus Abrams

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger,, Model: Lina Panaras,, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Joshua Luttenberger,, Model: Lina Panaras,, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Kim Gagliardo-Smith, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Kim Gagliardo-Smith, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Kim Gagliardo-Smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Kim Gagliardo-Smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Kim Gagliardo-Smith, Model: Alexa Burmester, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Kim Gagliardo-Smith, Model: Alexa Burmester, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Kim Gagliardo-Smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Kim Gagliardo-Smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Lina Panaras, Hair: Liz Rajcan, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Leilani B’smith, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan

Photographer: Leilani B’smith, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan

Photographer: Leilani B’smith, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan

Photographer: Leilani B’smith, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan

Photographer: Leilani B’smith, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan

Photographer: Leilani B’smith, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan

Photographer: Leilani B’smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Discover Melange

Photographer: Leilani B’smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Discover Melange

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Discover Mélange

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Discover Mélange

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Olha Vayda, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Mario & Jorge

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Fashion Stylist: Renee Lang-Schweikle

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Fashion Stylist: Renee Lang-Schweikle

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Fashion Stylist: Renee Lang-Schweikle

Photographer: Leilani B’Smith, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Fashion Stylist: Renee Lang-Schweikle

Photographer: Vincent Cintron, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Vincent Cintron, Model: Meghan Slattery, MUA: Samantha Cherise, Hair: Liz Rajcan Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Vincent Cintron, Model: Alexa Burmester, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Vincent Cintron, Model: Alexa Burmester, MUA: Samantha Terry, Hair: Bianca Naranjo. Designer: Dovile Riebschlager

Photographer: Vincent Cintron, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Designer: Sharisa Couture Designs.

Photographer: Vincent Cintron, Model: Chiara Christ, MUA: Jenny Soto, Hair: Ruthy Escobar. Designer: Sharisa Couture Designs.

Video provided by Joe Anthony.