This shoot was like a day in the park. Remy Holwick is an incredibly talented artist, former top model, photographer, professional juggler and I’m proud to say that she is one of my best friends. We met eight years ago and have been virtually inseparable ever since. The day of the shoot, I was a little confused trying to find the location - a furniture warehouse in an area of LA that I still don’t know how to find - but it was amazing how the whole setting just worked with the images Remy envisioned for this story. Filled with saw dust and half completed beds, tables and chairs we climbed up and around the warehouse while trying not to get splinters, or stuck with a nail. A trick I did lean while on set happened during the walking image. I’m not actually walking forward in that shot, I’m hopping backwards. With the camera lens and angle of the shot a forward motion compressed the picture and my body in a way which I certainly found unflattering - HA! - and that’s when I learned the trick of moving backwards and extension of the frontal leg with the weight and everything behind lengthening the body. I may have been modeling for a while, but I still learn new tricks of the trade! There was one image that kind of terrified me though. Climbing up the ladder while Remy balanced on beams trying to photograph me. I held that pose while she found her focus and then after we were ready to go a fan was placed on the floor beneath me to make the cape move. Honestly I felt like I was in a science fiction film - I’m climbing up the rickety wooden ladder all incogneto while the deadly fan spirals below waiting to decapitate me were I to fall… haha, it was certainly a memorable experience.
Today everyone goes on and on about photoshopped and airbrushed images. Well, I’m going to share with you one of my recent editorial images before and after retouching. Personally, I’m thankful that there is not much difference, after all it is my job to be able to take a decent picture… but all of us have our off days. Now, you be the judge and take a look for yourself.