The Amber Sceats shoot was one of those that was meant to be. In the weeks leading up to Amber approaching me to photograph it, her name had come up in meetings, her pieces had come up in styling briefs, editors were talking, retailers were talking, colleagues were talking... so when the job came up, it was a bit of a relief. Finally, we could meet and work together. That, and I have always been a fan of her chunky chain necklaces.
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The same could be said for Nicole Trunfio. From afar, she had always been this hyper-glamorous, raven-haired prima donna and femme fatale, leaping across the pages of Vogue, and lighting up Australian silver screens with what can only really be described as radiant beauty. Mutual friends and agents had always said that we ought to shoot when we were next in the same city, which we never were. And then, just like that, we found ourselves battling Sydney's seaside drizzle at the crack of dawn during Fashion Week, smashing out 14 looks before Nicole had to get on a plane back home to Perth.
My vision for the campaign had been for Nicole to be rolling around in Amber's white turquoise and pearl pieces around the peeling, painted white textures of the Bondi Iceberg's pool - a goddess in white, a little rough around the edges. Ania Milczarczyk's signature skin illumination for the former, Carl Reeves' done-undone hair expertise (and quality onset banter) for the latter. Nicole is one of the few models I've shot with who asks questions about the character she's portraying before the shutter starts. She knows how her face and body look in different light, she understands what pieces need to be the focus in each frame. It's a rare quality in today's modelling industry, awash with younger and younger new faces.
Becoming a mother, perhaps, has only increased Nicole's camera appeal. At a point of success in her local and international career where she is willing to experiment with fresh interpretations on her usually polished look, her only distractions from her truly professional approach to modelling that day were adoring eyes at her baby son. Not even the sneaky paparazzi, zeroing in with a telephoto lens from above the pool, phased her. How else would you be able to shoot a campaign in half a day?
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