The concept for this was pretty straightforward. Ask four beautiful women to show up with their favourite black dress, get them to do something interesting in front of the studio wall, and I take the pictures. Only thing was, they didn't all show up on the same day; the shoots were done over a period of a few weeks, so matching the mood and lighting was a bit of a challenge as we had to tear down in between for other projects. But the whole thing was a blast...from the shoots themselves, to selecting the shots to use, to working them up to a final image in Photoshop. It's always amazing to me how many times my original vision for a shot goes out of the window early on as the session unfolds and, maybe not so amazingly, how often it's the subject's own interpretation that I use in the final. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to say something like, "Why don't I just crouch on top of this thing?" and voilà...the shot picks itself.
Thanks to all my lovely girls for your great work...Clair, Jen, Molly, Portia; Chris and Aaron for assisting; and the Swallow's Nest for a couple of the props. OK, onward and upward. Summer's allegedly almost here...flash floods and sub-arctic June temperatures notwithstanding...so it's time to crawl out of the Burning Sand Studio (coincidentally, and perennially, sub-arctic) and start shooting outside. I'll leave you today with this beautiful and heartbreaking gem from Pearl Jam: Black.