When artist Jane Prophet first contacted me for portraits, we talked a lot about her art and how she wanted to be photographed. I only had an inkling of her fantastic sense of style. It was at our first meeting—when we recognized each other’s shoe brands—I began to realize we would use fashion a lot in this photo shoot.
At our planning meeting, I learned more about the kinds of images Jane is drawn to. We decided on many things. We would create “non-stuffy” headshots for Jane to use on her website and in brochures when she gives talks. We would make some Vanity Fair-style portraits, and some portraits that incorporate her art. Jane’s husband, David, would join the shoot for his own portraits, and we would do some couples shots.
On the day of the photo shoot, Jane enjoyed professional hair and makeup styling, while David had breakfast.
Jane brought outfits that ranged from a vintage 1960s jumpsuit to a metallic top, custom-tailored for her in Hong Kong, to Vivienne Westwood dresses. Here is a selection of the couple’s favorite photos from the day.
This is a piece Jane’s art, which she created by laser-cutting the leaves and vines from an old Oxford English Dictionary.
Jane wore her grandmother’s cheongsam, which she also wore when she and David married.
Hair and makeup by Ashley Conn