Deviating from the normal format of the blog to post this diptych and statement in solidarity with Miss Freshie Juice and Body Positivity Week.
These shots were taken during a roadtrip that Freshie undertook with Sera Ferron. After we had shot together, I think while we were all having post-shoot lunch, Freshie went on to explain how another photographer said that they had doubts about how Freshie would work with a model “smaller” than her.
I was flabbergasted by this. Photography, or any art that incorporates the human form (or at least necessitates a model/artist), is a collaborative process- the photographer, model, and any other people involved (stylist, MUA, set designer, what have you) must all have a similar creative vision for the shoot (or at least be willing to follow the direction or be open to the ideas of their collaborators).
If there are multiple models and there is no chemistry, the images will suffer, no matter how similar in body type the models are. A truly talented photographer might. maybe, be able to salvage an interesting image from the tension apparent.
But if the models have chemistry, as Freshie and Sera certainly do, the models could be as disparate as a dodecahedron and a trapezoid- the chemistry will play out in the shoot, and the resultant images will be illustrative of that. You can click the tag for either model in this shoot and see more illustration of how well they worked together. Or go look at Freshie’s port- she’s an extremely open collaborator, and I’ve not seen a bad shot of her with another model.
So, seriously, both photographers and tumblr viewers. Act like the models you shoot with/flick through on your dash are frikkin people. You might be surprised with the results.