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byJason Schembritext byMarius Troy

For his second story for Ben Trovato, Sydney fashion photographer Jason Schembri teamed up with makeup artist and hair stylist Chereine Waddell, in order to shoot something completely honest and raw. Model was Angelique Toy represented by eMg Models. We caught up with Schembri and ask him a few questions about Angelique.

The story is truly a beautiful piece, how was the idea conceived?
I was so sick of the fabric getting in the way of the models. I worked on the idea with the team, and we just really wanted to strip everything back from the beauty and fashion we’ve been shooting lately and go with a story full of raw emotion.

Anything specific that inspired the idea?
This was a style that both Chereine and I have been wanting to work on for a while, and Angelique herself was a great deal of inspiration for this. We originally wanted to go with a much cleaner and innocent look, but as we got deeper it turned into a darker story with a lot more emotion.

When shooting something this stripped, the subject in many ways carries the whole story, and we are completely in awe of Angelique’s presence. How was she to work with?
Angelique was honestly amazing to work with, and I’m not just saying that for the sake of being nice. I had worked with her on another shoot recently, although we had ten models on the day so I didn’t get to spend much one-on-one time with her. During that short time I became fascinated with her as she is such a beautiful and interesting character, unlike anybody I have met before. So when Chereine approached me and mentioned that Angelique was on board to shoot as well, I was really looking forward to it. The day itself was perfect, just us crammed into my little apartment, letting the creativity flow.

How about Chereine? Have you worked together before?
I’ve worked with Chereine many times before, and she was great to work with as always. Never scared to try something new and a great energy to have there on the day.