Now to expand on yesterday’s picture…
Personal work is extremely important to keep a photographer focused and constantly improving. Even with my clients, who are amazing and more willing to experiment than most people, I can’t ever say “Hey, I tried this really cool thing and it didn’t work out. Can you get married again next weekend?” So I’m putting together a little project that should mean some envelope-pushing for me. It might take a little while because it’s busy season, but I’m very excited about it. All you get to know about it beforehand is that, for my main star, I needed more than just a model, I needed an actor with an amazing emotional range.
Luckily I knew just where to find one: My friend Kelly Denicolo. Kelly and I actually went to high school together in the frozen tundra of upstate New York. We didn’t know each other that well, because, let’s face it, I was much cooler than she was. My talent and fabulous singing voice made me the star of all the musicals, while she was more of the subversive class clown type, encouraging students to have disco dance-offs during class-time and thinking up new and creative ways to get detention.
No, wait, I got that backward. She had the amazing singing voice (mine has been outlawed in 43 states), and I was the one who wrote the president that I wanted to secede my room from the Union because I had always dreamed of founding a climate-controlled nation.
But it’s been … several … years since high school, and we hit it off as New Yorkers. She’s focused on her dramatic talents ever since, so I thought she’d be perfect for the project, but I wanted to do some test shooting to see her emotional range on-camera.
I thought she’d be good, but I was wrong. She was amazing. I told her to recreate emotions so complicated even I didn’t understand what I was saying, and she nailed every one with subtlety and seamless transitions from one to the next. Seriously, if there are any screentesters out there, call me.
I’m more excited than ever now to get this project going!