Behind the Scenes of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Cover Photo

Two thoughts come to mind when you see the newest cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The first, Wow, Kate Upton has some interesting proportions, and the second, Brr, that must’ve been freezing for everyone. If you haven’t seen it yet, Upton’s cover shot takes place on the cold continent of Antarctica where temperatures are often below freezing. All the Sports Illustrated stuff aside, it’s interesting to see the crew’s simple lighting setup that resulted in the cover photo:

As you can see in this video, all of the crew is wearing thick jackets and sunglasses to protect themselves from the cold and the glare of the sun on the snow. Upton admits it was tough, but with a little help from some penguins and knowing that this was another big step for her career, she was able to push through.

Every photo shoot has its challenges, but just remember that if you have a model, they are your top priority. You can have all the gear and preparation in the world, but with no model (or even an unhappy model), there’s no shoot. Keep them happy and keep them motivated, and don’t expect them to go to Antarctica.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Cover Photo 2013 Shot in Antarctica

“My body would go through shock when I would take the coats off, and it really was a team atmosphere and that’s why I wanted to put a hundred percent into it and not let my team down.”

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