(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 first met and worked with Jane in 2006 when she came into studio for this shoot. It was a shoot I felt highly frustrated with and it just didn’t come out right which was the reason I offered Jane to come back into the studio in 2007 for this second shoot.
We shot about 6 (six!) looks over the session and, for that time, with my given experience, I was chuffed with the outcome.
I was thrilled when later that same year the Sunday Times newspaper picked up my Housewives shoot stories and published an awesome page three article on my work. Jane featured not just in the article but also on the cover of the newspaper above the headline, see below.