I heard Roman Polanski's cinematographer once tell a story about how he framed a shot of a telephone sequence through a doorway, focusing on a woman sitting on her bed. Polanski looked at the framing once, adjusted the camera and showed it to his cinematographer. He complained that the woman's face was cut off, so the audience couldn't see her reactions. Polanski told him to trust his instinct. And at the screening, when the shot came up, every single person in the theatre tilted their head and craned their neck to see if they could somehow see around the corner.
This is all to say that we want what we can't have. And I enjoy taking photographs that exploit that basic, human trait. Our photos are fun and sexy... hopefully provocative. We want our models to be having a good time, flirting, teasing the camera/viewer. And, if we do it right, the viewer should be looking for the arrow to click for the next page, in eager anticipation of a decadent payoff. To get our viewers that invested, we shoot series that include undressing, public up skirts and down blouse shots, lots of revealing panty shots, shear garments that show the outline of the nude form... again, we're looking to tease with contemporary pin-ups and glam.
Inspirations: Jan Saudek, Steven Meisel, Diane Arbus, Elliot Erwitt, Juergen Teller, Helmut Newton, Ellen Stagg, Patrick Demarchelier and Bunny Yeager.
A caveat: I am a director (film, TV, stage) first, commercial/fashion photographer second. Phlurt is a fun side project for me that comes third. Meaning my professional (i.e. paying) art comes first and my shooting and editing schedule must fit in when and where possible. Typical turnaround is 4-6 weeks.
***2013 was a shit year for me and mine. There were some great times and some great shoots along the way. But way too many friends and family members getting sick and dying. As a result, I've been on a professional sabbatical for a while now. If I owe you photos, I apologize for the delay. Rest assured, I have not forgotten about you. If you've submitted for a Phlurt shoot, you are in our files and we will contact you when we have appropriate opportunities for you. That said, we'll never be offended if you want to send us gentle reminders, cupcakes, compliments, et cetera***