All the fashion type things I had done in the past were done using friends
. This was the first time I have worked with a professional model. Ruby's father is 1960's artist Alan Aldridge
and her Mother is Laura Lyons
Playboy Playmate 1976. Ruby's older sister Lily Aldridge
is also a Victoria's Secret model. She is the half sister of British fashion photographer Miles Aldridge
, and the half sister of British model Saffron Aldridge. No pressure.
This dress, it turns out, was ridiculously expensive. Only rich young heiresses could afford one.
None of the photos from the 'Breast Augmentation' bus stop around the corner from my house made it in.
Grant and Ashley were sports with the modeling. And Deanna Templeton
was my beautiful photo assistant. Grant is an accomplished photographer
, and Ashley is a celebrated fashion blogger.
In between photos the California sun was free-based by the models' skin.
I love these photos of Ashley taken at the very end of the shoot looking off the HB pier.
The light was very nice. These scans from the proof sheet don't do it justice.
"Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away." -Fay Weldon
"Beware of the person who can't be bothered by details." -William Feather
"Beauty is only temporary, but your mind lasts you a lifetime." -Alicia Machado
I had this idea where Grant would be looking at an old 1960's Playboy and the girls would be giving him dirty looks. Had I known Ruby's mother was a Playboy bunny in the 70's I would have tracked down that issue.
"O human beauty, what a dream art thou, that we should cast our life and hopes away on thee!" -Barry Cornwall
"He (Marilyn Manson) has a woman's name and wears makeup. How original." -Alice Cooper
"I'd have to say that, in general, models take themselves too seriously. Basically, they are genetic freaks who spend a couple of hours in hair and makeup." -Rebecca Romijn
"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image." -Goethe
I put them up to this, it's all my fault.
Grant and Ashley may have been bored by the end of the day.
Deanna tried to shield the nudity from the stares of lecherous men. But this guy got a sweet eyeful of boobie anyway.
Sadly this photo did not make the cut.
"Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price." -Jean Baudrillard
This one did make it in.
This was my fave from the bike shots.
The surfers were walking by on accident, I was lucky to only get one shot with them in the background.
I made Grant and Ashley kiss a lot for this one.
Try keeping a straight face as these filthy sharp beaked fuckers are pecking at your fingers.
Come hither to the unheated "hot-tub" that is freezing our feet.
The in-between stuff was the funnest.
"It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction." -Pablo Picasso