I recently collaborated on a cover photo shoot with Bitch Media Art Director, Kristin Rogers Brown for Bitch Magazine's Tough issue. The shoot included smashing open jawbreakers on concrete floors and photographing them in different arrangements (not sure which task gave me more joy).
Conceptually, the idea was to show a colorful, unexpected, and tooth-breaking toughness in a small package. We looked at arrangements of multiple jawbreakers and focused in on single pieces, experimented with smashed and whole candy; in each scene, we adjusted lighting to achieve slightly different moods through levels of shadow and depth. Kristin posted a great About the Cover on the Bitch Media website of how the concept was originally conceived. My goal in the photo shoot was to really explore all the possibilities for how we could address the concept, which yielded a lot of great outtakes.
One of my favorite images was the hammer on top of the giant jawbreaker. I loved the levels of meaning in the photo with the jawbreaker resembling a globe, and how impenetrable the candy globe appeared against the force of the hammer. The vivid color, the long shadow cast by the jawbreaker, and the bright glint on the edge of the hammer gave this photo a lot of drama. In the end, it didn't really fit the feel of the magazine as well as some of the other images and just missed the cut.
I do like that the final cover shot chosen has a great mix of eye candy and that you get a nice look on the lovely cross section of the oh-so-resilient, but not unbreakable, jawbreaker.