I filmed Tavi for months for her story in Letters to Lost Lovers: Second Chapter, but never took her photo. When she wanted to participate in Week of Models, I tried to come up with something fun that reflected her personality. She’s a funny gal, good at improv (from what I hear), and she loves all the ladies from SNL (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, and so on). At first I thought to recreate some awesome photos of those gals, but during my research I remembered how great all the Saturday Night Live celebrity photos are between commercial breaks, and we decided to do a photoshoot replicating that style.
She felt ridiculous throughout the whole shoot, but I say that was a good thing. Lots of laughter, absurdity, and crazy ideas. It made it a lot more fun to think of what would look silly than what would look pretty.
Of course, the downside to this style is all the pain-staking effort of hand coloring the photos afterward. I spent ALL day coloring these six photos in as much detail as I could. Almost 2 hours a photo. I hope she thinks it was worth it, because now if she ever happens to host SNL, she’s got her photos ready.