It's 9:00am, on the day before our Genlux shoot with our cover model, Dita Von Teese, and we still don't have a location. Am I worried? Not at all. Lucky for me, I don't have a boss breathing down my neck to get a location locked in weeks, or even days before the shoot. As the Creative Director, all of the stress I place on myself comes from myself.
Over the past week I've looked at a few homes and made a bunch of inquiries, but nothing solid has surfaced. Still, I'm not worried.
I have a vision in my head of a large outdoor fireplace. A huge old limestone one that you'd find in Paris. Rewind to a few years ago when we photographed Emma Rossum using snow and it was beautiful—so I envisioned snow piling up on the mantle and on the hearth with Dita in front of it wearing a beautiful coat with her chic lingerie peeking out from underneath. Can you picture it?
This is the third time we've photographed Dita for our cover. Once by Marc Baptiste. Once by BrakhaX2. And this one by Tracey Morris.
10:00am: I remember having seen one of those outdoor sculpture shops over on Robertson and Burton Way, so look through the internet to find it. I call Sculpture Design Imports and the man who answers, George Judah, tells me he's open. By 10:30 I'm in his shop jaw-slacked at the crazy beautiful sculptures and urns and fountains. These aren't the cheap cast versions. Each of these are painstakingly carved from marble or limestone. Gorgeous "original" reproductions. Some really stunning stuff. But can we strike a deal?