by Trevor Yerbury Published 01/10/2008
Faye and Trevor Yerbury talk about Yerbury Confidential, their new concept in nude photography
How many of us remember the 'make-over' sessions from the 1980s and early 90s? The ones where the client sat in the make-up chair and had her face plastered over with enough foundation to tarmac the M82. She was then rushed into the studio by some spotty-faced assistant, to be met with an overworked photographer to whom she was session number 12 of that day. Then the poor client was unceremoniously wrapped in several layers of multi-coloured boas, none of which had been changed since they had been bought, so they had a slightly niffy odour.
For the finale of the shoot experience, the client was thrown into the obligatory 'leather flying jacket' for that sexy overthe- shoulder, take me now look, never mind that the size 10 jacket had to fit all sizes it was a question of get it on as far as possible before the stitching exploded and smile seductively.
And as for the photographs - well, it was more a question of how many soft-focus lenses can you fit on the end of a camera, in fact I would guess that some photographers simply guessed at the focus because I am damn sure they couldn't even see the client, let along focus on them.
Then, the final insult to the poor client, whipped back into the make-up chair where her recently plastered face is unceremoniously stripped away to leave a pink, flushed face that was then dumped into the street and told to return at a certain time on a certain day, or even sometimes the same day, to then be put into a small viewing room with a voracious sales person whose only motivation in life was to empty as much money from the client's bank account in the shortest time possible, before moving swiftly on to the next victim, usually because they were paid according to their sales.
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