(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 met and photographed Maryann in 2007 at her bosses holiday house on one of Cape Towns prime beaches. It was such a playful and creative few hours of shooting with a client who was really up to have fun and enjoy the process in the same way I do.
We shot about eight looks (which is a load for a short shoot like this), but Ive just made a selection from three of them which were my favourites. We shot some on the beach and she used one of them to wallpaper her guest bathroom with! Loved that.