The original plan for this afternoon was to head to the countryside with Natasha and work in the landscape for the remaining light of the day. As things turned out though, the rain precluded that plan, so after some quick phone calls, and a somewhat hurried lunch, Natasha joined Ashley, Miles and I in the studio for an impromptu three-model session.
I've worked in the studio with three models in the past (the most
notable time being the "Three Graces" session in 2002), but each time
it has been a planned session, with some foresight put into the
possibilities and direction of the sessions. For this session, given
that Ashley and Miles had only modeled together for the first time hours
earlier, and Natasha had never met either of the others before
lunchtime, it was a little more awkward at the beginning. Fortunately,
I'd left the studio set up from the earlier session, so we could begin
where the comfort seemed to be the highest, with the models simply lying
comfortably on the backdrop.
For the remainder of the
session, I alternated between the various combinations and permutations
possible with three models (1+2+3, 1+2, 1+3, 2+3), often working with
very similar poses with alternating models, to make the most of the
possibilities. To a degree, it was harder to work with the two women and
Miles together than with any other combination, as it was a little
difficult to keep the images from looking too hedonistic, but with
careful attention, and a focus on a more stylistic approach, the results
were very pleasing.
In the end, for all that the day was cold and wet, with the help of the enthusiastic models I was able to make some very striking images. For all that I was hyper-aware of the potential issues of placing two, and then three models, in such a personal and intimate setting, the day's sessions couldn't