Photographer: Aaron Ryskiewicz
Instagram: @ ryskiewicz
Hair/MU: Elena Denning
Instagram: @ elenadenning
Styling: Rachel Reisdorf
Instagram: @ rreisdorf22
Model: Elise at Factor Women
Model Instagram: @ uhleece
Agency Website: http://factorwomen.com/
Agency Instagram: @ factorwomen
Photo Assistant: Mark Silgalis
Styling Assistant: Elise Hunt
- http://www.kurtgeiger.com / Carvela Kurt Geiger
- http://www.dionlee.com / Dion Lee
- http://www.gorjana-griffin.com/gorjana/ / Gorjana
- http://blaquelabel.com / Blaque Label
- http://www.sassandbide.com / sass & bide
- http://julessmithdesigns.com / Jules Smith
- http://www.michaelkors.com / Michael Kors
- http://nicholasthelabel.com.au / Nicholas
- http://lagencefashion.com / L’AGENCE
- http://www.acnestudios.com / Acne Studios
- http://www.chanel.com / Chanel
- http://www.luvaj.com / Luv Aj
- http://www.zara.com / Zara
- https://www.eddieborgo.com / Eddie Borgo
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW
1. What does this collection say about your mindset when you were creating it?
I would rather not pull it apart. I visualized the idea; it’s how I felt at the time. I then talked with the team about it and proceeded to collaborate from there.
2. Where do you most often find inspiration from? And when you lose it...what do u do to find it?
I am probably most inspired by a combination of experiences, daydreaming, and going on walks. I’m particularly inspired by places, it’s important to go to places you've never been. Being lost and alone is useful; it’s romantic not knowing what is around the next corner. I love possibilities; what could be. If I feel like I have lost inspiration that’s the cue to relax, take a break and take your mind off of it.
3. What do you look for and lookout for... when putting together the perfect set team?
I look for people that are on the same wavelength as far as taste, but still unique and have their own ideas. I look for people that are reliable and committed to the success of the project on a very personal level. I look for people who are good at what they do and enjoyable to spend time with. People who are bad communicators, flakey, lazy/not committed or who have an over inflated sense of self-importance are a huge turn-off.
4. Why editorial, session work? So many say it’s a dead road... why did you continue to pursue this path?
Editorial work is fun and the results are rewarding. If someone doesn’t get at least that out of it they should probably consider doing something else, which leads to your next question…It’s correct to say some may think it’s a dead road or waste of time, but judgments like that are based on completely subjective attitudes. So I guess I perceive value where others might not.
5. While on set, how do you stay focused?
Staying focused is easy. You've put so much time into the project up to the point of getting on set and you've gathered the team, letting distractions get in the way is just letting yourself and your team down, which is unacceptable. Luckily, staying focused and having fun aren’t mutually exclusive.
6. Share with us the most unexpected thing that has happened while on set, good or bad.
One time we were shooting in the woods and we quickly figured out we were in the middle of a popular cruising site. There were many dudes who all happened to be wearing blue wandering around either aimlessly or on a mission. That was unexpected.
7. Favorite quote or quotes you live by? And how do u apply them to your work? What is your personal mantra?
There isn't any one quote, but I have always enjoyed the writer’s monologue at the end of 8 ½. It’s long, but the gist is that it’s important to only engage in creative ventures that are truly necessary. It’s better to not create, or even to destroy, than to create something of little worth. They are definitely words to consider when push comes to shove. I don't really have a mantra.
8. Is there anyone experience(s) in particular that you feel has made the biggest impact on your career?
There isn't any one experience, but rather, the collective experience of working with my closest friends has been extraordinary. Having mutual support, positive energy, and meaningful relationships is exceedingly valuable personally and professionally. I owe them an infinite amount of gratitude; a debt that no matter how hard I try I will never be able to repay in full.
9. What do you believe is a common mistake within the industry? And what can others do to avoid being a cliché?
People would be best off relaxing, being themselves, and following their convictions rather than behaving in a way that they feel is expected of them. I guess I'm saying the best way to not be a cliché is to not be a cliché, hah.
10. Favorite adult beverage? Why...and when did u first have one?
On a hot, sunny, dry summer day nothing beats a negroni. It’s refreshing, pleasantly bitter, and conducive to conversation. A friend of mine who had spent some summers working in Tuscany (where it was invented) introduced me four years ago.