When I began taking photos, I shot self portraits… partly because I was still learning and wanted to let my mistakes happen only to me, and partly because I wasn’t confident enough to share my visions with other people. But after a few months of shooting myself, I decided to branch out and start shooting models as well.
I quickly realized that shooting models was going to take its own set of skills, mostly concerning my ability to convey my ideas. But even more than that, I also realized that I really need a certain kind of model. Someone who is as much an actress as a model; who is fearless in portraying raw emotions; who understands her body and how to move it; who is able, with the slightest glance, express incredible intensity.
That kind of amazing model is rare, but I have been fortunate enough to work with several who possess that skill… and even more fortunate in that they enjoy my work and come to model for me again and again. They are brave girls, not afraid to be real and vulnerable. They have faith in me and my concepts, following my direction even when, I’m sure, my ideas seem quite strange. They don’t mind getting up before dawn to catch the most perfect light. They’ll go for long drives with me into the mountains and jump in freezing water for just the right location. They brave nature and the other, sometimes creepy, people we run across in our adventures. And they consider the images we create together a worthy payment.
Thank you ladies, and two gentleman, for your trust and help. You make things possible which I would not be able to do on my own.
Oh yes, don’t let me forget: I am featured in this month’s PH Magazine!