If you know much about me, you know how much Matt loves mountains. He loves the challenge and exploration and feeling like he’s at the top of the world. You might also be aware that Ohio has very few of those. It also happens to be pretty lean on deserts. With these two considerations, Matt wanted to include both natural elements into our Phoenix shoot. His inspiration was largely to create images that we wouldn’t usually be able to create with the majority of our work. He wanted something that was edgy and almost Vogue-esque, full of character and potency.
The story between Xan and MEP is a long one. We made this friend galavanting around Israel, diving into theological conversations and charming bartenders as we went. From late night walks in the Old City of Jerusalem to somehow staying in touch despite the long distance, it was so good to catch up with this old friend again.
Having become acutely aware of just how strong of a smolder Xan possesses, we knew he would be the perfect partner in the quest for meaningful and intense desert photos. Also after hearing so much about Bree and just how alike she and Xan are, we had every faith she would be able to match Xan step-for-step during our session. All in all, between mountains, cacti, and beautifully penetrating eyes, we’re so excited with how this shoot came out.