Australian fashion photographer David Hauserman returns to Ben Trovato having debuted earlier this year with his ethereal shoot Salone Del Sol. This time around David has joined forces with fashion designer Arnhem to create this beautiful editorial titled Vestige. The shoot features model Charlee Fraser hanging out in a ’57 Chevrolet on the coast road just north their hometown of Byron Bay. We caught up with David to hear about how the shoot unfolded.
Tell us about your inspiration for this shoot.
I have wanted to work with Charlee since she first got signed by EMG models over six months ago, but she has been in New York for most of that time. So as soon as she landed back in Australia, Arnhem and I booked her for this Ben Trovato/Arnhem collaboration.
The Chevrolet is a diamond in the rough, it’s an epic location in it’s own right. That’s why we kept the background plain, having Charlee and the Chevy in frame, nothing else was needed.
What about the crew, who else did you have on board?
We teamed up with our regular stylist Aasha Tozer and makeup artist Nicola Emanuel. It’s such a good feeling when you have a day where everyone’s input was listened to and in most cases acted on. Everything moves so much faster when you all have a similar aesthetic and look out for each other.
I remember that you trained in cinematography, what do you bring from that discipline to your fashion photography?
Often on film sets one shot can take quite a while – there is the lighting to be set up, the art direction and styling, the rehearsals and takes. The cinematographer is adjusting and refining the framing and lighting right up until the last take.
Fashion shoots are much faster, you often don’t have the benefit of seeing the image until after you’ve shot it. Once I’ve found my composition I do a few small refinements as I’m shooting but in addition to that I shoot a handful of major variations on the composition as well. I find this gives me lots of choice when post processing, it’s often the unusual variation of the composition that I choose.