Josh is pretty handy with the pitchfork, but he is even more gifted with the pen. In a note he wrote sometime around the beginning of my fourth decade, he succinctly summed why crossing that threshold can be so psychologically challenging.
“At the age of 30,” he wrote, “you suddenly start to realize that the odds are against you for becoming a movie star.”
So now with both us into our 30’s (and one of us nearly finished with the decade) how thrilled were we when SunHee Grinnell, the ultra-chic, ultra-fabulous beauty director of Vanity Fair sent us an email saying how much she loved our soap?
We passed out. And you better believe that in our unconscious state we had visions of champagne-sipping with Graydon at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party with Kate and Sean.
While the invitation to that event somehow got lost in the mail, I have to admit that our roll in the hay with Vanity Fair was a perfect way to celebrate the one year anniversary of our little company.
Ben Hoffmann is an adventurer well-accustomed to photographing animals in their natural habitat: celebrities in Hollywood and Imelda Marcos in her shoe closet. He was a natural choice for filming us and the goats. You can see more of his work at his website and in magazines like Vogue, W, WWD, Conde Naste Traveler and Town & Country.
The shoot was completed over the course of 2 days in February. It was below zero outside, so all of us were thankful that the goats, eager for their own star-turn no doubt, huddled close to anyone who was anyone (or anyone in close proximity to a camera). Gieves (left) is Ben’s aptly-named assistant.
One day Susan is sitting in the glamorous surroundings of the Conde Nast building in midtown Manhattan, and the next thing you know, she is herding goats. She was such a natural that one has to wonder if Annie Liebowitz has her do this at every photo shoot.
As promised, here is a web exclusive–one of the portraits not used in the magazine (thanks, Ben!). In order to prepare for the photo shoot, we watched an entire marathon of America’s Next Top Model on Bravo. We practiced “looking fierce” and “smiling with our eyes”. We think this degree of preparation is clearly evident in the final product.
What do you think?