BTS: Sports Illustrated Photographs Bikini Clad Kate Upton in Zero Gravity

Not all of the women in this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue are made of plastic, and yet the unique Barbie swimsuit shots we told you about a few days back will STILL play second fiddle to a much cooler photo shoot of model and actress Kate Upton… scantily clad… floating around in actual zero gravity.

Taking a look at the behind the scenes video above, you would swear this was the most fun photo shoot anyone has ever done. Four years in the making, this photo shoot required that Upton, photographer James Macari, all of his assistants and a slew of Cape Canaveral staff hop on board the Vomit Comet and snap photos while bouncing around like pinballs in zero G.

The final shots look something like this:

Kate Upton

You can see the full gallery over on the SI Swimsuit 2014 website here. Truth be told, the final shots seem a bit uneven, but this shoot is more about content than quality. And given that poor Mr. Macari was literally (and through no fault of his own) bouncing off of the walls while taking these pictures, we’ll give him credit for getting the shots that he did.

So be sure to watch the fun behind the scenes video above, try not to be too jealous of everyone on that plane, and then drop us a line in the comments to let us know what you think.

(via SportsGrid)

  • Mantis

    This is relevant to my interests.

  • gern

    I want that fluffer job.

  • Syuaip

    whoaaa too much fun a serious session of photography =D

  • Brad Snyder

    How did they manage to get through this without anyone ralphing? Or maybe they just cut that? It’s not called “the vomit comet” for nothing.

  • lifesart

    Oh, really relevant to photographic knowledge. NOT classy, petapixel.

  • Bimma

    Great photoshoot ! Bit crazy ! Beautiful woman !

  • Rashard D.

    Its relevant to photographers that appreciate the challenges of doing something different and raising the bar.

  • Vlad Dusil

    I feel like vomiting would have been mildly anti-climactic and irrelevant to the bouncy zero-G bewbs.

  • Thomas Sommer

    You’d be blue balled for days. don’t do this to yourself

  • AE

    Shame he doesn’t know how to take a decent pic. These are awful! So why is this a story!

  • Eden Wong

    Hilarious shoot under VERY trying circumstances – I’ve done this before on two occasions and it is way, WAY harder to function/work than you can imagine.

    Thanks for the chuckle.

  • Mark Wheadon

    Grin. I’m sure I shouldn’t, but I approve.

  • JReagan

    How is a behind the scenes video of a photoshoot not relevant to photography? Maybe your “classy” self couldn’t see past the bathing suit and cleavage and so you didn’t see the relevance.

  • David

    they lost me at Gary Fong Lightsphere.

  • Mutant

    Sorry, not very inspiring shots from a photographic standpoint, but, I guess you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to prevent saggy models.

  • kandy830

    My Uncle Gabriel got a stunning blue Dodge Charger SRT8 from
    only workin part time on a home pc… hop over to here C­a­s­h­D­u­t­i­e­s­.­ℂ­o­m

  • Kurt Langer

    Would be murder to have to listen to all those voices.

  • delayedflight

    You obviously haven’t seen his portfolio. Try shooting in a zero g environment where both you and your model are bouncing around then come back to us.

  • SeoulFood

    Somebody’s bitter that they got turned down for this shoot…

  • Mantis

    Did you even watch the video before making your asinine comment?

  • mopionion

    If I had the opportunity to shoot in that environment. I would want to mount strobes bounced in to the walls all the way around the circumference of the fuselage and create a ring-light effect instead of the Gary Fong Lightsphere. I did notice some cameras and other paraphernalia mounted on the interior.

  • Glenn F

    lol how can i become the unzip guy lol brilliant..

  • Rammered

    the best probably was while she was holding the cape, and it was floating lovely effect…oh and the water wow.

  • Brendon Salzer

    Challenge accepted ;)

  • yopyop

    Strauss + drumtrack = no

    Also, Boobs.

  • Jerry Gatlin

    Boy I think this is So very nice, here I Love how very Creative Mankind n Womankind has become at this point in Mankinds History of Feb,20Th,2014…

  • Casey

    Um…beautiful model, nearly impossible shooting conditions, zero G, and, oh yea, beautiful model. Just to name a few.

    Let’s see your shots from the Vomit Comet.

  • just4lulz

    If I was in that environment I would just want to mount and bounce. That is all…

  • Rand Simberg

    They don’t call it the Vomit Comet. That’s NASA’s airplane they call that. This plane does many fewer parabolas, and they take measures to minimize sickness.

  • Peter “Pots”

    The fluffer job or the unzip guy would be nice….;-) I don’t know if I could handle the zero G’s and think about trying to get something that would past muster here!

  • Brad Snyder

    Aaaaaah. That explains it. Thanks!

  • independentskeptic

    The movie Gravity didn’t hold my attention the way this video did.

  • Mike brazil

    Someone should post a link to the official video of the shoot. I can’t find it anywhere!?

  • Sean Walsh

    I see what you did there.

  • Adam Cross

    great idea for a shoot, shame it’s for something as awfully tedious as sports illustrated.

  • Beaugrand_RTMC

    This is so wrong on so many levels, it’s just about perfect. Excellent job, and only a handful of photographers in the world could have pulled it off.

  • Four Letter Nerd

    Were you unable to see a model and photographers at work?

  • fishfry001

    Best video of last year, this year, next year…. Heck – how can you beat this? (hey – watch the puns!)

  • Oskarkar

    I can’t go past the fing sponsor message!

  • SciGirl

    Did you see how hard the photographers had to work? I, for example, can’t shoot easily in ZG because I can’t touch the floor and ceiling at the same time. Also, they showed how hard it was in the beginning to pull 2 Gs. I’ve held a camera under 2 Gs… it is hard. Also, take a look at the lighting. They turned the lights off for these runs vs. a science flight.
    I’m also very impressed for the model for jumping right in and flipping. She was moving her head around and really trying to focus in a very difficult environment.
    Not all photography has gravity.

  • Jimmy Fartpants

    What would you have done to improve them?

  • James

    Adblock Plus ;P

  • rjbradbury

    And they light it with a freaking light-sphere and proved its not a soft light modifier.

    Kudos though .. look like a ton of fun. Yeah I would of thrown up.

  • Xander

    “actual zero gravity”
    You have a weird definition of the word ‘actual’.

  • Arun Prasath J