Finding people you work with well can be really tricky. I’ve talked about this before. I need brave souls, who will get up, often before dawn, go trekking through the woods, baring cold, water, wind, spiders and bugs, hold very uncomfortable poses while I throw flour on them, and half the time, this all while naked.
The girls I work with frequently are not only hardy individuals to put up with all this (and keep coming back, more importantly), and they are not only just plain beautiful (because they are very beautiful) but they are wonderful people. They are all artists in their own ways, who appreciate and enjoy being a part of the creation process of something we make together.
I do love shooting self portraits. It’s wonderful to be able to be completely self-reliant, and not have to consult anyone else’s schedule, and not feel bad about whatever inclement weather you’re putting your model in. But being able to collaborate with another person expands out another entire world of possibilities that simply wouldn’t exist if I only did self portraits.
And you know what? These girls are also just awesome people. Brave, kind, creative, funny, caring human beings who I am very fortunate to have in my life… not just for photographic purposes, but as friends.
So thank you, all my go-to girls, for all your work, your trust in me and my often difficult to explain concepts, for all the discomfort you’ve endured for me, and for being such amazing people in the first place. Love to you all!