On Saturday and Monday, I had the pleasure of assisting Paul Empson on two photo shoots for the ELLE Magazine Lingerie Issue.
From my point of view, the whole experience was surprising. My personal work has generally been very photojournalistic. I get my kicks by catching a moment that is completely spontaneous and that other people would have missed. In that sense, there are no do-overs, no retakes, no one to come and make sure that the hair, makeup, clothes, etc. are pristine. It is or it isn’t and that’s the game. So I wasn’t so sure if I would like fashion and was approaching this as a learning experience; A chance to learn about lighting, client relations, equipment and whatnot. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did.
I really appreciated the satisfaction of building an image from scratch. From the lights and the shadows to the positioning of the model to the direction of what her face should show emotionally… the whole image is ultimately your creation. And there is still the thrill of the stolen perfect moment when you capture exactly what you want on film (or I guess memory card these days) and you know you’ve got it.
I also loved the collaboration of it. The fact that you are blending the creativity of the photographer, the photographers’ assistants, the creative director, his or her assistants, the hair stylist, the makeup artist, and the model is just intoxicating when you think about the end product. I’ll run the risk of sounding cliché when I say that I got a little high off of the energy of it all. And don’t even get me started on the happiness of being surrounded all day by people who love what they’re doing.
I had a fantastic time working with Paul, Gregory Gex, Joris Rossi, Romina Manenti, Noreen Carmody and the rest of the crews. Thanks for being so welcoming and bringing me right into the fold.
I’ll let you know when the issue comes out so you can check out Paul’s gorgeous photos!
Here are some candids from the Iphone:
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