SAM PICK & SONNY MATSON

This set all started through another friend of mine, Annalise, and her lingerie line that she's about to launch. She needed some more models for a test shoot and I knew Sonny was in town, so I asked her to come along. There were five girls dancing around in the lingerie and me shooting away, so I was able to get a bunch of pretty good shots, including a few of Sonny.  Once those shots were done, Sonny wanted to get a few of her own looks on the floorboards, so she proceeded to take off her panties and lay herself down. That's definitely something that sticks out to me as the other girls were busy packing up and Sonny could not give a shit, she wanted those extra shots, dropped her panties right in front of us all and walked over to the spot. These shots were done in a matter of minutes as we were right at the end of our allotted time in the studio.   

Once we were done at that location, we went to shoot where Sonny was staying in Silver Lake; she had told me about a massive background and plenty of open space to fuck around in. The weeds were long and the hedges were out of control with colour, so it made for a pretty sweet location.    

 

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The fact that she was a fellow Aussie trying to shoot in L.A. was obviously a plus, but I guess it was the raw nature of her work that I loved. It had real attitude and was something I thought I could really feed and work off and work with. Her eyes as well, ridiculously captivating. 

 

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Having a unique quality is something that I really look for. That can be a little difficult these days, but it shouldn't be. Everyone can bring a uniqueness to each shoot and every single shot. I don't necessarily mean a physical attribute, but also a general style they're working with, the energy that I can see they have in their images, and their ability to make anything their own.    

 

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I randomly took a film photography class as an elective during a four month exchange program, then put photography away completely for almost three years before getting back into more digital work just in the last few years. My close mates that I grew up with are very surprised - and I hope slightly impressed - that this is something I am now doing.     

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: The ability to learn and develop my skills on a daily basis. Whether it's challenges with lighting, locations, working with different talent, or learning and tweaking a new editing technique, there's always something, but I'm eager to work with it because I know I'll only be better for it. 

 

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Just a big thank you for letting me talk about my work. I don't often get to sit down and critically think about what it is that I'm trying to accomplish with my photography, but just writing these few lines, as boring as I'm sure they are to read, was bloody good fun for me. I want to continue to grow as an artist and as a collaborator, so thank you to everyone that has worked with me previously, and hopefully hello to the many that are to come. 

 




















Sonny Matson // sonnymatson

Sam Pick // sdrpick // sdrpick.com

 

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