i love it when people find creative ways to apply my work in new, unexpected ways. my favorite instance was when erica ackerberg, then at house & garden, asked me to photograph a story on hedges after seeing my garbage day series. martha stewart living took a similar leap of faith when they asked me to photograph their first beauty story. shooting models and beauty was a nice addition to photographing portraits of "real" people. i feel a responsibility to represent people honestly in my portraits. i take pains to find pleasing images without compromising the sitters integrity, bend over backwards and wait patiently to get them to feel at ease. photographing models opens up so many different options, i can focus on making the most beautiful image and expressions without worrying if it's an accurate depiction of the sitter as an individual.
the models i worked with were real pros and made the shoot super easy. i didn't have to engage as much with the warm up conversations as these ladies were at immediately at ease in front of the camera and gave me a variety of expressions and moods on cue.
since this section was a new addition to the magazine, we photographed many different options. they had plenty to work with when finalizing the design and layout. i was very pleasantly surprised to find they had chosen the exact same frame of ruza that i liked best for the main image. how often does that happen?
i am posting a few images from that shoot, some of which never ran. we photographed three women of very distinct age groups in case they decided to go with this sort of compare and contrast layout. i love photographing the silhouettes and always have a hard time editing them as i feel every frame seems to reveal a different mood or feeling. here are a few of each woman we photographed that day.