I previously had my first and only shoot with Elie in 2010. She was seriously good: able to internalise the vibe of the shoot and return amazing poses to me in spades. Fearless, she was completely comfortable with her work, ready to play and explore, and connect on a mental level. She was nothing short of amazing.
But no sooner than I had shot with her, she retired, setting off a deep winter for my creative photography.
I kept dropping her notes every year of so, but alas she had moved on.
Five years later, out of the blue, we caught up and agreed to shoot. And then this happened, in a hotel room – I’d never normally shoot in a hotel. We drew upon each other and the location to come up with a series of visually different themes. Sometimes they are art, sometimes they are bordering on the erotic. But all of the time, they are 100% Elie.
She retired again. But I still selfishly hold hope I can create again with this amazing person.
After an absence from shooting for over half a year, I decided to get back into things with a themed bicycle shoot in a studio, with Sydney Ryder. Sydney’s naturally slender form was a perfect choice for such a shoot. I opted to only do two setups – after all, how many ways can you shoot “girl on a bike”? 🙂 I opted for two styles, one high contrast colour and the other a softer more shadow-driven monochrome. The high contrast look was a bit of a risk – Sydney is more tanned than she looks here, but I managed to get the right amount of direct light and over-exposure to get the look I wanted.
Sydney was a champion – it was a blisteringly cold day with high winds banging on the roller doors, but she soldiered on.
As always, styling and makeup by the amazing Julia.
When was the last time you watched a movie, got bored, and started making your own entertainment?
I wanted to do something in an old cinema, but I needed styling that would go with it. Makeup artist, hair and wardrobe stylist Julia delivered the look in spades, and model Anoush Anou soaked it up and worked it. Anoush can really pose. Give her 5 seconds, and she can give you 5 totally different looks. Anoush isn’t afraid to play a character, and this made her perfect for this series.
I particularly love the whimsical clash of old and new with the selfies, and the story that develops with one very bored audience member. One must make one’s own entertainment!
WARNING – THIS GALLERY CONTAINS SOME SEXUALLY EXPLICIT IMAGERY.
After shooting polite images of single models all my career, I had often contemplated the complexities of capturing lovers at play in that personal space normally reserved for one another. I wanted to capture the real deal. The project was a challenge on many levels – Could I successfully walk the wavering blurred line between art and porn? Would I botch the shoot? Could I even find a couple willing to share their sexuality with the world by posing for me?
Obviously, the answer to the last question was “yes,” although it took a couple of years. But the first two questions can only be answered by the viewer. Did I go too far? Or is it just right?
I am nervous about this set – they are unlike anything I have ever done before, and it took over half a year for me to decide to post them. And even then, the image choice was agonising.
But it’s not about me – it’s about the wonderful people who were willing to let us into their private lives, to see first hand how they relate to each other. Their emotions are real, and on display for us all to see. Is that such a bad thing?
As soon as I spotted Moofy, I knew I wanted to work with her. But it was one of those rare times that a model’s looks, style, and grace exceed all expectations. In short, she’s the complete package.
A very smart young lady, Moofy was completely at home playing a character and gave it plenty of sas – something that is very important to me. It allows a shoot to be more than just a human body – there’s a mystery too for the viewer to interpret any way they wish.
Makeup, hair, and wardrobe styling by the amazing Julia Dyson.
I had the pleasure of having a shoot with the amazing Elie Winter in 2010. She is a wonderfully creative model and a beautiful person. I’ve never worked with someone so giving and so keen to assist the creative process. I want to have lightning strike twice, but alas, Elie has retired. Gone too soon.
Burlesque star Julz DiVine is a creative powerhouse, a born entertainer, and stunningly beautiful. I’ve known Julz for a long time and our shoots are always full of laughter and fun. I leave a shoot with Julz feeling recharged and wondering why I don’t work with this amazing lady more!