It seems that one of the things that I do on a large number of shoots is develop a crush on my model. It’s happened several times in the past few years and I’m going to be bold and say I think it’s a good thing. It doesn’t happen on all shoots and I don’t actually have genuine romantic expectations from any of them. For me it’s like when you can’t help but stare at someone on the train on the way to work. There’s an undefinable quality in someone that enters your life very briefly and then leaves but instead of a 10 minute infatuation on a train, this is an hour or two on a photo shoot, usually followed by me buying them breakfast and a coffee to cure the of their hypothermia after I make them get up at a ridiculous hour of the morning. It would even seem that whether I develop a crush or not is one of the ways I can tell if a shoot is going to go well. Of course it’s far from a hard and fast rule but it does seem to be a good gauge.
The photo shoot I did on Sunday is a prime example. Antonio is a performer in the show Limbo that I saw earlier this year. I followed him on Instagram after seeing the show and liked a few of his photos. Surprisingly he followed me back and liked a few of mine. Sadly the show had already left town by this stage but I sent a message anyway and it turns out they were coming back to the city I grew up in and my parents still live in. So on the weekend we made a photo shoot happen.
It turns out that aside from looking spectacular and being a great performer, Antonio is also a very very sweet man. Constantly apologising for not speaking English well, he made me fall just a little bit in love with him. Doing a handstand nude on the rocks at the beach he’d lose his balance he’d say “Oh shit” in an adorable little way. There is a cheeky smile constantly struggling to break loose and light up his face. As you can see, my crush barometer was working. We got some really nice shots. Coming to a download soon!