Explore the
Universe

Step 1 of 2

Create your profile to get all your Alpha Program notifications in one convenient location.

The Basics

Must contain at least 8 characters, an uppercase character, a lowercase character, a number and a symbol.
Next
By joining the Alpha Universe community, you agree to the Terms and the Sony Electronics Inc. Privacy Policy and certify that you are a U.S. resident. (CA Privacy Notice).

Personalize Your Profile

Step 2 of 2

Create your profile to get all your Alpha Program notifications in one convenient location.

Your Specialty *

(Select All That Apply)


I am a... *

(Select All That Apply)


(Optional)


What kind of camera(s) do you shoot with? *

(Select All That Apply)

https://alphauniverseglobal.media.zestyio.com/Alpha-Universe-Alpha-Female-Tori-Wright-4.jpg?width=500&height=500&fit=bounds

Return To The 1920s & The Age Of Empowerment

The many iconic influences of the 1920s inspired Tori Wright's Alpha Female+ project, "Return To The 1920s & The Age Of Empowerment." The project features a series of stylized portraits that highlight the centennial – glamour, fashion, whimsy, theater and more. "My project is an editorial that pays homage to the era that inspired me to dream, create, reach my goals, and then set new ones.” See more of the images and read Wright's full story of the project below.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Photo by Tori Wright. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

The Project

This 1920s women empowerment project was an absolute dream, literally. Many of my ideas came to me in my sleep. I would wake up and jot them down in the notes app. One night I had a dream that this project turned out exactly how I planned. It was a sign that I needed-- on shoot day, I was cool, calm, and collected...mostly.

I spent almost a year brewing this project in the back of my mind. When it came to finally executing it, I had to curate my vision. I wanted to shoot all of my inspiration, but that was not realistic. After narrowing it down to a few ideas, based on the locations within the venue, I still struggled to tie it all together. Then, I heard a song “ I am Woman” by Emmy Meli. The song describes many traits of a woman: confident, fearless, feminine, masculine, sexy, creative, divine, etc. A light bulb went off. I used these traits to give the women a character and backstory. Example the lyric: “Honey, you can get in line” was inspiration for the bank scene. I told the model “You are at the bank [in the 1920’s]. You are independent and you have your own money. Look back at us like, get in line.”

After this shoot, I had such a natural high from being able to create and execute my vision. I absolutely love how the final images turned out. They are better than I ever expected, or could dream. This is the largest project that I have ever done. Thanks to the Sony Alpha Female Grant, I feel like I have truly unlocked new potential and photography skills. It was my first shoot of 2022 and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this year.

Alpha-Universe-Alpha-Female-ToriWrightBTS-1.jpg

BTS of Alpha Female+ grant winner Tori Wright 

The Process

The location for the shoot is a wedding venue. It is usually decorated and customized for events so on off days it is pretty bare. Thankfully I scouted it out week 1 so that I could determine a game plan for the sets: stage a bar, spruce up a cigar room, and make a glam powder room. I basically moved in with three car loads of props and equipment.

There was actually a lot of natural light in the venue, but I knew I wanted the images to be a bit more moody. That required using strobes. I used the same lighting technique as a way to maintain consistency between the images: feathered light from high above and an occasional fill light with a gel. When I got into the editing process, I punched up the color to create a more dynamic set of images, and also to reflect my colorful style.

Since this project was emphasizing women, I handpicked an all woman team, plus Kevin the BTS videographer. Normally I’m the kind of person who tries to do everything themselves, so it was a growing experience for me to delegate some of the tasks. It was very helpful helped to be surrounded by fellow photographer and model friends that I could trust. It was also a great way for me to include my friends in this amazing opportunity.

Obstacles

The biggest obstacle that I had to overcome was the upcoming holidays combined with a shoot date the first week of January. I started online shopping for wardrobe and props immediately because I knew shipping during the holiday season would be a nightmare. I really stressed over if the items would arrive in time, especially one of the handmade robes that was coming all the way from Poland. Almost everything arrived and I was able to supplement wardrobe by thrifting and renting from local vintage shops.

One of the things that I wanted but could not get in time for the shoot was a backdrop for one of the sets. This time the holidays benefited me because I had the time off to paint a backdrop myself. I’m not a pro, but it turned out pretty decent. You can find it in the red images behind the couch.

Just before the shoot date, the wave of Omicron hit. I tried to limit interactions over the holidays to ensure that I could keep my shoot date. However, I did have two teammates call in the morning of the shoot. Thankfully, they were professionals who helped me find last minute replacements.

Camera & Settings

Cameras

Sony Alpha 7 III 
Sony Alpha 6400 BTS
Sony Alpha 7S III (Kevin video)

Lens

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master

Settings

F/4.5
1/250-sec with flash
ISO 500

Lighting

Flashpoint/Godox AD600 Pro
32 inch octabox

Flashpoint/Godox AD200
bounced with colored gels

Credits

Photographer & Creative Director

Tori Wright
@victoriousstl
victoriousstl.com

Models

Hanno Riak @h_riak
Tara Luhning @taraluhning
Sydney Fischer @sydneytfischer

Assistants

Maddie Kamp @maddieekamp
Niah @niahrosephoto
Leannie @leannielens

Styling Assistant

Danielle @aestheticallyobsessedstl

Makeup

Alison Silvagnoli @aliceinsaks5thavenue

Hair

Elin Asvaldsdottir @makeupbyelin31

Video Recap

Kevin Pohle @kevinpohle

Location

The Noble @thenoblestl

You can be a part of our Alpha Female community. Join our Facebook group HERE and follow us on Instagram HERE.

You can apply for an Alpha Female+ grant HERE along with all of the details of the Alpha Female+ program. You can see all the past grant winners and their projects HERE.

JOIN

Shop Now

Tori Wright Wins An Alpha Female+ Grant To Create 1920s Inspired Portraits

Luisa Del Valle Wins Alpha Female Plus Grant For Transformative Self-Portrait Project

Life Celebrations: Documenting The Photographic Wisdom Of Our Elders

Best Lenses For Content Creators & Vloggers

Camera Setup Guide For Vlogging With The ZV-E10

See Why This Leading Wildlife Conservation Photographer Is Making The Switch To Sony

Take A Deep Dive Into The New Sony Alpha 7R V

Photo Fundamentals: How To Expose Astro Photos

Sony Alpha 7R V Hands-On Review Roundup

5 Tips For Landscape Photography

Promos

Save with Sony Special Pricing
Did you like what you just read?

Take a minute and share this story with your friends.