Jessica in Vogue

A quickfire shoot, Italian style

So, as it happens, I've done a photo-shoot for Vogue Italia magazine. I don't think I'd ever have said those words before.

A few months ago I received a call from my friend Jason Felmingham saying that he needed someone to do a shoot with Jessica Watson for an article on behalf of the World Food Programme that would end up in Vogue Italia. Who is Jessica Watson you might ask? Shame on your for even having to ask that. She is the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe, unaccompanied. She also won the Young Australian of the Year in 2011. And she's only 21. Most 21 year olds these days are proud just getting a high score on Candy Crush.

I was to meet up with her at the Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne for a quickfire 1-hour shoot. There wasn't any real direction given in terms of the shots needed and I assumed there would be someone directing the requirements during the session. I arrived first and was greeted by Jessica a few minutes later. It was just us two, winging it.

We'd assumed that they wanted shots of her amongst the boats and on a boat. We walked around the harbour whilst Jessica talked about how she has moved to Melbourne to start her University course. She mentioned how she doesn't get recognised around campus but she prefers the anonymity within her private life as she goes about her business.

Once Jessica found some nice boats owned by her friends, she jumped on board and settled in very easily into the shoot. It's almost like she had done this before, duh, and we quickly went through various scenes and poses to make sure we had covered all bases that may or may not be required for the article.

Dear Steve,
Just to let you know that I have had positive feedback from Vogue and they confirmed that the new material meets their requirements for publication. They did not give me information on which photos will be used but I just wanted to let you know and thank you again for the great work provided.

Again, many thanks for your last-minute help! This picture looks amazing!

Kindest regards,
Elisabetta