Rich Burroughs and Jennifer with Option Model Management
So those of you who follow my work will recognize Jennifer and probably know her better by her modeling name Ryonen. She’s signed with an agency now so she’s modeling under her real name. It’s a sign of how amazing she is that she could even get signed with an agency, she’s very short for a fashion model.
I hadn’t worked with Jennifer since October of last year, so it was great to shoot with her again. We’d already shot a lot of the kind of minimal stuff that I’m doing for my Polaroid book, so this shoot was a little different. We didn’t have much of an agenda besides the idea of incorporating a bit more color into the images than I usually do.
While we were shooting I asked her about things she’d like to try, and she mentioned liking portraits where the person’s face is at least partially obscured. I actually know a lot of other art models who like to make those images too, which I’ve always found very interesting. You’d expect a model to want to have their face seen, so I think the people who want to make these kind of images are often people who are more motivated by making art than by vanity.
We spent a while trying different variations of her face remaining hidden, things like facing away from the camera. This was my favorite though. Jennifer also mentioned that she likes this kind of image because her eyes are one of the things that people comment on the most, so it’s interesting for her to kind of take that off the table.