The editor said he'd send an exciting new theme that the photographers would love later on. Fast forward a couple weeks when he shared the theme, my jaw dropped. He needed a couple dozen pics to be submitted so he could narrow it down to less than 10 but only a handful of my images met the theme criteria, much less a couple dozen.
To get enough photographs, the best way was to do a shoot just for this book. But so many photographs with so little time presented a challenge so I immediately put out a casting call for models.
Many models were interested, but Lily LeFleur stood out because of her enthusiasm. Of course a model needs to look good, but I absolutely love working with models who are unabashedly committed and excited about the project.
My primary concern was I had never shot with Lily before and her images at the time didn't show the kind of look I was after. She was also fairly inexperienced with modeling. Still, I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to work with someone with such a compelling attitude so I took a chance.
For 6 days, Lily and I had back to back shoots ranging from solos to multi-model shoots. Lily was everything I could have asked for. She was completely committed to making it work.
The other models who participated were very excited about the results, too, although none shot more than a day. In addition to Lily, thanks also go to Jenipurr, Andrea Rosu, KatinaRaine, TomiKnox, KrystaKaos, Kathryn, CaseyCalvert, RaindeGrey, Katharine, Dannika, and Zoey who were amazing too.
I don't want to ruin the surprise by saying what the theme is, but see if you can figure it out from the photos.