Ah, decisions, decisions. Being a photographer is all about a million little choices: an adjustment here, a tweak there. The adjustment, in some ways, defines the art. Those who are fluid and adaptive make great photos. Then there are other choices, the choices of presentation after you’ve captured your images. The debate with this, my first ever set with Ash Hollywood, presented this challenge: black and white or color?
I always shoot digital and I always shoot in color, and I make the black and white decision when I start color correcting images. Usually that decision is simple: color. It’s vibrant, it’s intimate; it’s expressive. But black and white is sleek, seductive. Classic. For this set, Ash looked amazing no matter how the images were presented, but I finally went with black and white because they just looked so deliciously good that way.
One thing I was not conflicted about: Ash being a responsive and inspiring model. It’s always fun to shoot someone who is in complete control of what she wants to look like, and knows exactly what the camera wants to see.
I had recently bought the spiky bra and was dying to shoot someone in it, but when Ash showed up to the shoot, she pulled the exact same bra out of her bag. The cat ears and cream came out midway through the shoot (hey, it’s my fetish… get used to it!) and Ash transformed into a cat. Her method acting lured my cat Humbert out of hiding, and he wouldn’t leave us alone the rest of the shoot.
Here’s a good feeling: The second I put the camera down, I already couldn’t wait to shoot Ash again.