(Note: “The Housewives” was a term I fondly coined in 2006 after I started getting shoot requests from private, individual women who became my clients. Many of the women who contacted me were married and in their mid 30’s and were doing the shoots as gifts to their husbands. The folder in my archives is still called this and so I’ve stuck to it, in part just for the irony: most of these women are not “housewives” at all, but strong independent and forward thinking women who I have had the honour of documenting.
All are private commissions and the demographic has changed substantially over the years. Some I’m still in contact with, others I’ve totally lost contact with, some have become friends, some may wish not to have their real names used, others don’t mind, some may have their faces obscured for privacy reasons, others have generously shared their experiences of being photographed.)
I photographed Cathy in 2007, she was one of the first 10 private commissions I worked on after I graduated from photography school.
The images Ive chosen to add here were both shot with a red foil over the lighting to give them that warmth and red hue.
I remember this being such a sweet shoot and such a great learning curve. I suppose all shoots at that stage were big learning curves especially as I’d just switched from film to digital photography!