I still remember the moment when we made this specific photo. We were outside of the National Portrait Gallery and the physical space we were working with was massive. Because this was also an active street with cars driving by, we had to be fast. There was no time to fuss over tiny details.
I carefully directed Emma into the middle of the road and told her to GO BIG with a pose. She absolutely nailed it. Had Emma not been able to take control and command such a large space with her presence and pose, this photo never would have worked.
But the story behind this photo is greater than just a bold pose. Hours of planning went into this photo session.
You see, when we initially started talking about working together, Emma told me she wanted photos that combined the aesthetic styles of Alicia Keys and P!NK.
We made that happen through an incredibly collaborative process that started with a detailed conversation about why Emma wanted photos, how she'll be using them, and what she's looking for. That conversation got my creative juices flowing, and I spent a few days doing additional research and scouting locations. From there I put together a two-part, fully custom photo session with a shot list and detailed schedule to ensure Emma got the photos she was looking for.
Emma added the cherry on top by rocking a GORGEOUS one-shoulder red, flowing ballgown that the camera loved.
I’m so glad we were able to work together to produce such a quality image, and truly honored that Emma chose this image for the cover of her book.
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