Pop star and East End visitor Katy Perry shot the cover art for her new album, Prism, in a field of sunflowers at Schmitt’s Family Farm on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. The album, Perry’s fourth, was released on October 22.
According to northforker.com, perry and a crew of about 50 people descended on the Schmitt farm in August to shoot the now iconic cover photo of Perry standing among flowers and bathed in sunshine.
“They were looking for a sunflower field, a wildflower field and a cornfield,” farm co-owner Debbie Schmitt told northforker.com after the album’s release (she was asked to keep things quiet until then).
Famed photographer Ryan McGinley took the picture and the Schmitt’s Family Farm remained open for the duration of the shoot, though no one really saw them out in the field.
Perry visited the Hamptons on July 3 and enjoyed a beach party catered by East End Clambakes in Sagaponack, as well as some shopping in East Hampton while waiting for BF John Mayer to join her for July 4. The pop star graciously posed with East End Clambakes’ Captain Phil Gay at the time, and Schmitt reported her to be equally sweet during her time in Riverhead.
Prism is currently number one on the Billboard 200, and her single “Roar” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, though it recently fell to the number two slot.