Early in my model photography I’d done a joint shoot with a more experienced fellow photographer with a well-known model. I asked him whether he wanted to organise another shoot, he asked which model and I suggested using the same one. I still remember his reply, he said he’d worked with her twice now, and couldn’t think of anything else he could do with her as he’d be repeating himself. I went on to work with her more times than I can remember and we produced a body of work I’m very proud of containing a very wide variety of images, and I never once felt that we repeated anything.
One of the photographers I admire greatly, both for his passion and image-making ability, is the talented Richard Egan. He mainly works with one model, the superb Nicole Rayner, but he produces a wide range of superb images with her, of which I would be proud to have taken any. Because they have worked together so much they have to both put in that extra effort to produce something different and better. I like to think I am pretty good at getting locations to shoot at, but sometimes Richard makes me look like a rank amateur in that respect!
Anybody reading this blog will know that I work with the very special Lulu Lockhart quite a lot, again probably more times than I can remember. So obviously by now all our images are repeating themselves, so this blog post is dedicated to that photographer whose advice I am glad I ignored completely :)
Here’s two identical images of Lulu next to a window.
Two obviously similar images of Lulu holding on to something.
More boring repetition of Lulu on rocks.
And finally two of the same images of Lulu next to a wall.
So my advice to photographers is to do whatever you enjoy, and ignore the advice of other photographers, including me – unless that becomes a circular argument!
Many thanks to Lulu for still giving me the same buzz on every shoot as I had when we first worked together.