“I want to do a shoot with you but you can do anything you want. I trust you.”
One of the many great things I took away from being pharmaceutical rep was a lot of great friends. Susanne and I met a long time ago pushing pills and this small world has us living in the same neighbourhood, going to the same crossfit box (clearly she goes much more religiously than I do these days) and her sister just happens to be the girl Marse backpacked around Europe with back when she was a wild woman.
Susanne is the one who, after a 5 minute discussion on her patio, convinced me to try crossfit. I tried to listen to what she was saying but all I could see were abs and muscle striations every time she moved. So when she said she wanted to do a shoot as a surprise gift and we could do anything we wanted I immediately thought, “No way in hell am I doing a glammed up fitness shot.” That was the obvious direction…so we went the other way. We booked the ‘honeymoon suite’ at the Burnside Motel, brought in a pack of Parliament menthol cigarettes, a bottle of cheap champagne, lots of hand sanitizer and some cheap and dirty strobes. Susanne brought her BFF and stylist/art director in disguise, Steph Brake.
Its important that you know Susanne does not smoke. She’s a well respected and highly successful talent in the pharmaceutical industry and the fact that we still get to post these images makes me extremely happy.
This is for fun. This is like those old time photographs where you get to dress up and be a gunslinger…this is just a bit more ‘risqué’. I love that, on any given day, we may be shooting the raw and real emotion of a wedding and the next day we’re playing dress up in a dirty hotel room. This truly is the best job in the world and its only that because we have clients who take us on these adventures. Thanks Susanne (and Steph B.)