I constantly have to divide my duties between taking care of my photographers on-set (produce the jobs) and also being at the office soliciting new business for them. When I feel that a job is pretty corporate and straightforward I usually make a cameo on set and then leave, but definitely on Episode 2 this was not the case…at all.
Luis Barajas, editor-in-chief of Flaunt magazine, just wanted sex, sex, and more sex flying of the page for his editorial story for Flaunt. At first, this shoot was supposed to happen with Ed Westwick from Gossip Girl and Jessica Stroup from 90210. But, Ed had to cancel because of scheduling conflicts. Armie Hammer took his place instead, and although he only had an arc on Gossip Girl, he definitely fit the perfect bill to do a sexy shoot with Jessica.
Once we started to shoot, things were getting steamy really fast. I had worked with Jessica Stroup’s publicist in the past, and she has always been a sweetheart and very professional. Even though the publicist was being sweet, she was definitely having an issue with the raciness of the images. In fact, after a super sexual and sensual shot at the diner of the hotel, she asked for my help so that I can speak to Markus and Indrani about making the next shot more tame. As an alternative, I suggested for the shot to be about “the moment after something sexual happened.” Markus and Indrani loved the idea and then executed a really sensual and suggestive, but very PG-13 shot. That whole day I stayed on set to not only take care of Markus and Indrani, but to also take care of the publicist and talent. Jessica Stroup and Armie Hammer were incredible, and the images speak for themselves.
Right after this shoot we went straight into another one for Dita Von Teese’s book. Dita is such a perfectionist, and she is also very beautiful and strange-looking, sort of like a black widow. What’s really cool about the shoot with her is that the viewer will get to see how funny and normal she really is.