(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 worked with Sara in late 2012 to capture this beautiful series of images. I loved working with her. She was one of those clients with a natural ease in front of the camera and I really enjoyed that we covered a number of quite contrasting looks from soft light to hard back-lighting picking up the silhouette of her body.
The shoot took place at one of my favourite interior locations close to my studio: Banksia Boutique Hotel in Rosebank Mowbray which is just out of Cape Town.