Tom and I lived in the work/live spaces where our photographer Ariel and Warren are now, so we knew the next-door neighbors, a Dutch couple. The husband runs research on the evolutionary development of the brain at the University of California Santa Cruz (Frank, did I get that right?), and Marlies does her artwork while raising their (now two) kids.
They have a totally groovy old yellow van, and we used it for a set of photos. It’s sitting in the parking lot right outside their studio.
I am taking far too long to tell the story of our photo shoot, so let’s just carry on and finish.
Ariel had a fun idea, but it didn’t work. Hey, let’s have the models chew gum and blow bubbles!
Turns out that when you’re chewing gum and working on a bubble, you look kind of funny. If you DARE to comment below and request photos of models chewing, I’ll do it. Otherwise, please use your beautiful imaginations. So the gum-chewing scene was the last of our group shots.
Vicki, Heather, Sixto, Juli0: you were incredible. So much enthusiasm for everything we asked you to do! The behind-the-scenes glimpse: there was much laughing and fooling around between shots, and people really seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The final bit of work we had to do: take photos of each and every shirt, on one man and one woman.
Why was that? I confess that this business has kept me awake at night more than once. I was imagining our site, with our great-looking ladies, Vicki and Heather, wearing our shirts. But wait! If (imaginary customer) Steve sees Heather wearing a shirt showing science fiction writers, will he hesitate? Does having Heather model the design mean that the shirt is FOR GIRLS? The horror.
It’s uneven, I know. Girls will buy clothes that are ostensibly for guys, but it’s a rare guy who will wear a skirt.
So we went with every. single. design. on a man and a woman.
We celebrated as Julio, the last model to do product shots, put on his last shirt. High fives all around!