This session was almost an embarrassment of riches; Kayla, Jenn and her boyfriend had come to Halifax for a visit, and offered to spend some time working with me. Fortunately, I had the time to work with them, and before the three arrived, I had everything set up; white sheets, bright luminous windows, and both colour and IR cameras ready to go.
I began the session working with Jenn and her partner. It is a real pleasure to work with a couple, as I can often step back from directing, and rely upon the internal chemistry between the two to create poses and moments to work with. There is a saying that a hint is more erotic than showing it all, but in
this case, I applied that logic to lips, as opposed to bodies.
Digital infrared original, 4 frame stitch
Though Jenn's boyfriend had never modeled before, Jenn's first experience modeling was working with Kayla, so she took the lead. In many ways, the hesitation and insecurity that often foreshadows a first session dissipates when working with couples, as they already have a comfort with one another.
It is a challenge to photograph three models under any circumstance, but
made somewhat challenging when two of the three are lovers (I have
numerous times photographed three models who are friends, and there is
an equality of relationships that works well in those images). In this
case, I tried to work beyond my usual default of “body as landscape” and
focused on the relationship between the lovers, while still
incorporating their friend, the third model.