“I’ll always choose you.” Yes that was the word. “Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have always chosen me. Forever.”
– Lauren Kate, Passion
I organised this couple’s session with my close friend Christian and his beautiful wife Katrina in order to get out of a creative rut. As I’m sure many of you creatives can attest, it’s easy to get stuck in the comfortable and familiar and start to feel stagnant. I felt this way about the way I directed models and wanted to do something different.
Typically, I plan my sessions using the notebook app on my phone and brainstorm ideas as they come to mind; ideas for poses, lighting and even clothing. To break out of this habit, I spent time downloading images of couples online; poses I wanted my models to adopt. Happily, Christian and Katrina were patient and willing to try different things were bold enough to be intimate, vulnerable and playful before my camera.
Though I photographed them in what is clearly my trademark style (low-key light), I was delighted to have the chance to experiment with different expressions of love and intimacy; something I want to take much further.
Mr & Mrs Z, big thanks for your presence, your patience, your pizza and the introduction to the filth that is Love Island. Weeks later, I still can’t scrub out the stain on my soul.
Big love to you both.
Until the next time