Rio Street Party Photoshoot: Lapa

To gather inspiration for our Rio Street Party packages I took to the backstreets of Lapa - downtown Rio de Janeiro with Queen of street parties Renata Baptista Santos. The looks we used mix Carnival icons such as Carmen Miranda, Rio street trends which included the "high glamour" most flaunted by some of Lapa's notorious transvestites - one of whom (Tyler) joined us as a model for the shoot. We also used the iconic image of Zé Pilintra - patron saint of Lapa for the gangster look Renata showcased around the historic arches. The locations used on the shoot are all part of Renata's stomping ground - having her with me was essential for gaining the trust of locals - who were keen to assist in the production of the shoot!