The thing I enjoy most about editorial photography these days is what used to terrify me about the whole idea. Everything is unknown, everything is a variable…except the deadline. On mornings like this one, I spend the long drives letting my mind drift between imagining scenarios for the shoot and absorbing podcasts.
Wichita is full of companies that fly under the radar locally, but have incredible national or even international presence. Zeep (pronounced Zayp) is one of them, I can only say it’s a shame that more of the local community doesn’t know about them. The owner, Ashley, has built a production facility here and ships her products all over the world while also maintaining a welcoming, local storefront.
It was an early morning drive down to the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, Kansas, that brought me to my first meeting with Robin Macy. Our communication up to that point had been brief, but her lyricism had already woven its way through her messages to let me know I wasn’t photographing any ordinary woman.
I get more messages on instagram when I post dessert photos than anything else. It’s a steady flow of “mmmm…”, “OMG, want!”, “Did you get to eat that?!”, and this last time, even a “This is the sexiest photo I’ve ever seen.”
The vast majority of my test shoots are with agency models, but once in awhile, a model catches my attention that I just have to work with. Sidney’s Instagram posts and stories sold me on her, not only from her unique and beautiful look, but from her enthusiasm to model and the ideas for shoots she was always posting. The tipping point was her fascination with 90s supermodels – Cindy Crawford, Gisele, Heidi Klum, etc. – and wanting to make images in their styles. Speaking my language!