As a photographer I have been incredibly blessed with my career so far. Watching the Oscars this year, of the 20 actor & actress nominees I realized I had shot 5 of them. I’ve worked with some wonderful publications as well as organizations such as BAFTA. For a girl who grew up in Ontario, Canada loving film and photography, it’s more than I ever could have hoped for.
Some of my favorite shoots over the years have been working with talent on the rise. Before Star Wars, I shot John Boyega by his mom’s house in South London, hanging out in front of his old drama school. Before 50 Shades of Grey, Jamie Dornan and I spent an afternoon by the canal debating how a duck’s foot stays warm in the water. Before Ex Machina, Domhnall Gleeson told me about the weirdest job he’d ever had which is still one of the best stories I’ve ever heard (it involves wealthy Russians, a castle and a fake haunting).
Equally precious to me have been the surreal moments of working with talents I have long respected from afar. I’ll never forget walking down the streets of Sicily with Willem Dafoe chatting about ice fishing, Judi Dench telling me in her dressing room about how she goes for pedicures with Maggie Smith, or realizing that there was absolutely nothing interesting I could small talk about with Oprah because she’s Oprah and has heard it all.
I decided recently it was time to start a new project – The Picture Journal – to bring talent together from the arts with a focus on film, television and theatre. Some of the individuals features you may have heard of already and some you may not have, but they are all passionate about what they do and I’m excited to share them with you on this new platform.