Women I've Shot

“The Housewives”, Private Commissions:
This is Kim

(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 loved shooting this really diverse series of images with Kim in 2014. Our shoot ranged from a neutral soft boudoir look, to a strong, high contrast B&W look with musical instruments (such as amplifiers, guitars, snare drums) and then lastly an “Oktoberfest” themed series of her in her classic German dirndl.

We brought in loads of props for the shoot and just had an easy-going and fun time working through the various options and drinking wine while we were at it.