Rebel Wilson for The New York Times Styles

Posted on November 9, 2015 in Portraits

This shoot was just me in an empty studio with one on camera flash. No assistant, no set, no props (other than a stool I dragged from a corner seating area), no complex lighting, no fuss. Me, my camera, and of course, the lovely actress Rebel Wilson (and her team), who was there to promote her new clothing line Torrid. (Story HERE)

The photo below, with the cellphones, wasn’t planned. Rebel walked over to the cyc wall and I was testing my flash when her makeup and hair guys (who were really great) came over for finishing touches and then started taking photos of Rebel with their phones. When you photograph celebrities, often they give you very little time so first I worried that this was going to slow me down a lot but then I stepped back and thought, wait, this could be fun to do intentionally, so I shot them shooting her and then asked for a few other people from her team to step in and worked with it. When I got home and told my husband David about the shoot and showed him some images on the back of my camera (including these phones with her shots), he said, “Go look at our fridge.” And on the side of our fridge is a postcard from our friend photographer Melissa Lyttle and this photo of hers. So I suppose this was an accidental homage to that photo she shot.

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