Kelsey Ann Rose is a fashion and lifestyle photographer living in Brooklyn, NYC. Inspired by an open conversation between photographer and subject, her images result in honest and unique snapshots.
How did the idea for the series come about?
I’ve had this old vintage slip in my closet for years now. I’ve always swore up and down I would use it for a shoot, I was actually ready to finally surrender and throw the thing away! But then I met Skylar from JAG Models. She had this beautiful youthful feel about her and the idea just kind of fell into place. We had shot together earlier that week and I was curious to see her take on a more intimate and mature ‘role‘.
How do you approach these intimate shoots?
Like I mentioned, Skylar and I had previously worked together – which I think always helps in these situations. But I try to make all my subjects feel as comfortable as possible, keeping things light and fun on set. I always tell my subjects to always speak up if they’re uncomfortable in any way, once that trust is made, I think things become much more fluid.
What was behind your decision to shoot this story on film?
The texture of the vintage lace and the baby’s breath, I knew that would translate well on film. This was such a simple shoot and I think that’s the beauty of it. Shooting on film was a way to keep things simple and beautiful.
Was Skylar stoked to be in NYC for the first time ever?
She was the cutest. She showed up to our first shoot together with an entire suitcase of clothing and a huge smile on her face, eager to work. I’ve lived in New York for 7 years now and meeting newbies is always a great reminder of how wonderful this city really is.
Whenever I’m in NYC, there’s this intangible energy that ‚you can do it all and that all your dreams come true‘. What’s your take on that as a NYC based artist?
I think that’s both a blessing and a curse. There’s so many inspiring people and you’re constantly wanting to do more, more, more. I’ve pushed myself more creatively here than I think I could have done anywhere else, but that can also go too far. Lately, I’ve been trying to remind myself I don’t have to do more than the others around me. Just to focus on my own path and do my personal best.
What’s next for you?
This year I’m really focusing on trying to balance work with personal projects. I’m very blessed to be able to make my living as a photographer, but not every project I’m given will be able to satisfy me creatively. I try to always have something personal going on, to remind myself of how much I love what I do and keep the creative juices flowing.