Well, this is awkward: something I’d thought I’d shared months ago, and yet managed to slip through the cracks between jetlag and University doom. I’m incredibly proud of this shoot. Not because it’s my best photo work to date, or anything like that. Not even on the styling front – far from it. I say so more from a passion project point of view. Paloma, Chris, Amy and I had been talking about pulling together this concept for such a long time (sorry that it’s taken me just as long to share the shots, guys), and it’s the first time I feel like I’ve really told a personality story through my photos, over just any old editorial story.
Amy Finlayson has had a much longer modeling career than most Australian girls could dream of. From a shooter’s point of view, I’d call it a testament to her sunny demeanour, a strong and reliable runway walk, and a brain behind the beauty (when we first met, she was also kicking her way through assessment time for her degree by correspondence – needless to say we hit it off). Our industry is fleeting and fickle at the best of times, so it’s not too often that a girl with as distinctive a doll-à-la-Lily-Cole look as Amy works for well over a decade. The same can be said for Chris and Paloma – two of the most
hard-working, well-humoured, and exceptionally talented creative, both of whom I’ve looked up to for a long time (Paloma is also my go-to gal for a killer cut). The shoot was a no-brainer.
Between the previous time Amy and I had shot, and this slightly overcast morning at the studio she shared with Sydney artist and restauranteur, Daimon Downey, she’d gotten herself to the final stages of planning her first art show. Her pieces, towering panels mixed media in collaboration with Mick Bruzzese, were draped and weighted around the studio in anticipation.
Amy was very much in her natural habitat. She moves so well, knows her angles, knows the light, and we knocked out the whole story in a couple of hours. I had to get to class, Paloma had to get to the salon, Chris was booked for another job, and Amy had artworks to finish. For results like this, I love making the spontaneous time investment, and that high that can only come with collaboration of compatible creatives. And alliteration. Clearly.
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