Heather and her friend Amanda Cummings(makeup) approached me in December of 2010 about doing a photo shoot of her for a MAC makeup contest. I was hesitant, as I generally am about portrait photography, but I agreed (you try saying no to that face). In about 3 hours we shot 6 gigs worth of raw images, and agreed on this *one* as the keeper. The overhead lighting(eugh) combined with the two point kit I had with me turned out to be just enough to capture her with the aperture wide open (thank god she's pale). It was a learning experience to say the least, directing a model can be much more difficult than waiting for the sun to hit a particular spot on an otherwise stagnant building. (On the bright side, spare some frizz in the hair, no airbrushing had to be applied.) Meanwhile, her boyfriend at the time loomed ominously in the background. It began to remind me of hiding from security guards when I am photographing somewhere that I'm not supposed to be. That odd familiarity actually brought a comically strange comfort to this otherwise foreign medium of portrait photography.
- Nicolas Boileau