I want every person to just pop out of their photograph. I want you to feel as if you’re standing in front of them. I want to erase the barrier between what is seen and what is felt so that when you look at a photo you are filled with emotion. I want you to feel a person, not just see them.
To that end I ask you to look at me. To really look. You know when you’re a child and you’re arguing with your parents and they say “Look at me!” ? It’s that level of focus I ask though not in a condescending way.
When I was living in New York, and spending a lot of time in Manhattan, I learned how to break down barriers quickly so that a person would become an instant friend. They say you’re not supposed to look people in the eye on the streets, in order to avoid conflict, and that’s mostly true, but it also works in reverse. You can make friends by looking a person in the eye. So it becomes a case of discerning who is who.
When I do portraits, everybody is a friend. I arrive at each situation with so...
When you're a brash, young start-up like we are, you can't afford to wait for the good gigs to come to you; you've got to go out and seize them. When we wandered into Petaluma's Metro Hotel last week it was like stepping through a wormhole into France. We fell in love, and knew we had to photograph it. Imagine a Parisian flea market with airy sunlit rooms, a shaded garden and a quaint cafe. You can almost hear Edith Piaf oozing through the wooden floorboards. At any moment Amelie might walk through the door. This is an Inn with a story to tell. It's not just about rooms and amenities, there's life here, there's nuance, there's love. And love begets love. Our hearts are in our cameras, and we think it shows.