Styling by Katie Gaffney.
Earlier this month, I got an e-mail from a girl named Katie. She was a student at LIM college and wanted me to be the photographer for a shoot she was styling. I’ve worked with LIM students many times before and each shoot has turned out great, but Katie’s idea was a little bit different. She wanted to have the model dressed in bright colors, lots of spandex. Kind of like the American Apparel ads, except instead of using wafer-thin hipster models, Katie decided to use her mother. I knew that this sort of thing was right up my alley style-wise, but I could not have foreseen how AWESOME the shoot would actually be.
Katie had mentioned that she wanted a grungy, industrial backdrop for her outfits and I knew that my own neighborhood would be perfect for that sort of thing. When Katie and her mother arrived at my apartment on Sunday morning, I didn’t really have anything planned in terms of specific locations and poses. I suggested that we just go out on the street and find what works best. The location turned out to be almost too good. We took advantage of my Navy Yard neighborhood to its fullest extent, going to playgrounds, car repair lots, and even convenience stores. Katie’s mother was honestly one of the best models I’ve ever worked with. Most models, if they are unprofessional (and sometimes even if they are professional), need a great deal of direction. It’s a wonderful thing when you hardly have to say anything and SNAP, they’ve got it. That’s how it was working with Katie’s mom. All I had to do was shout an emotion and she nailed it instantly.