On Motherhood & Sanity


Monday, April 12, 2010

I had a threesome the other day

It was me and two other women. Well, to be totally honest, we took it in turns; first I photographed the dream catcher, she was in a hurry, you know, cause dreams are always slipping away. And then, after the dust and the cats settled down, I had a showdown with my destiny, my aura, future.I shot Faye Cossar and Zelda Hall, an astrologer the first, a therapist and dream specialist the latter, for the CRAVE Amsterdam book.


Although I only met them at the shoot, I knew two things about them from the word go:

1) they are good friends.

2) not only did they decide to go on this adventure together –a lot of people are very self conscious about being photographed, but they decided they were going to enjoy themselves during it.

They had come prepared to play, with different outfits, colors, jewelry of all shapes and sizes to represent who they are, who they want to be, and to laugh at themselves too. Then they improvised exchanging pieces with each other, much like I used to do in highschool, when dressing was still as much a game as a search to see what “fit”.

It was fun, and exhausting (cause it took a few hours), but the most interesting part for me was to see how much the subject defines the shoot.
We met at a beautiful brownstone in central Amsterdam. Any photographer’s wet dream (actually, you should rent it out!) Every room had a different color, a different vibe. Everything was filled with textures and little exotic treasures. Cherry on top; a rooftop terrace overlooking the city. What was amazing was to see these spaces transform before my eyes.
The same rooms with the same things, made for two completely different pictures. Depending on who was posing for me some things came alive and others blended into the background. And then when we came back to reshoot it was like the furniture moved, the light changed ever so slightly, but enough to make a different shade of green, or purple, or pink, just enough to play up the eyes, the hair or the dress in an entirely different way.
Here are some of my favorite ones, do you agree?

4 comments:

kittynel said...

I really love them! Specially the ones with Faye and the clouds!

Diana said...

Love the one in b&w background and the dress in vibrant colors.
They both look so happy, seems you all had lots of fun.

Renee said...

These are awesome shots, well done. Can't wait to get you to shoot our family photo again!

Shauna Kemp said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for following me on twitter. Nice blog. :)