All About Angels: An Interview with Russell James
It’s no secret—we’re known for our Angels. Their hair, their look, their je nais se quois. And for the past 15 years, world-renowned photographer Russell James has been bringing them to life from behind the lens. His new book, Angels, is a photographic tribute to some of the world’s most beautiful women, including Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, Sara Sampaio, Brooklyn Decker, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Kendall Jenner and Rihanna. We sat down with the mega-talented Aussie to talk Angels, Instagram insights and what it’s like to work with us for 15 years.
You’ve been shooting for Victoria’s Secret since 1997. What has been your most memorable moment on set so far?
I could narrow that to memorable ‘moments’ in the plural—there have been so many! I think that at last year’s Fashion Show, suddenly being asked to take a single shot of all 40 girls in the show, was up there. The girls were so pumped up from having just come off stage and I had to chase them in every direction. Oh, and the day I had our model standing by the ocean for a swim shot in Mexico. A freak wave came through and took her, me, my assistants and camera equipment out completely.
Some people might say you have the best job in the world, but we know it’s not all fun and games. What’s the most challenging aspect of your work?
The most challenging part is actually making it feel like ‘fun and games’ to the amazing models I am so lucky to work with. There is so much that goes into planning a shoot. The models don’t see me, the producers and the creative team planning the shoot in the weeks before. However, my goal is to have a shoot that feels fun and effortless to the models, even though it is the complete opposite in reality.