Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot
I’ve spent the Sochi Olympics putting the finishing touches on the shots I took of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir last September. (For those of you who aren’t already familiar with Tessa and Scott, they are the Canadian ice dancing champions who took gold at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and won the silver last week in Sochi.) Please don’t ask what’s taken me so long to post these images. I could, no doubt, conjure up a great many vaguely plausible excuses — involving polar vortexes, snow days, sick days, Newton’s first law of motion (“objects at rest tend to stay at rest”), various bodily aches and pains, an earthquake, a terrible flood, locusts, and on and on. But, if I may confide in you, the simple truth is that I don’t want this amazing working relationship — between me and “my” ice dancers, obviously; but also, and far more poignantly, between Tessa and Scott — to end. Ever.
Like so many figure-skating aficionados, I have great adoration and respect for Tessa and Scott. Their talent, integrity, joyfulness, and dedication to their art are boundless. And their skating has a way of transporting me (and countless others) to a place of palpable passion and romance. Dreamy to watch, but also dreamy to work with: effusively appreciative, always positive, ready for action, and simply hilarious. It’s been nothing but pure pleasure photographing them. (Back in 2008, I actually declined their first request for a session, because ”I don’t work with couples.” Can you believe that?! Thank goodness, they weren’t deterred by my utter stupidity.)
When we were discussing ideas for this session, Kate (Tessa's mother – another dream to work with), came up with the most fitting concept: looking back and looking ahead. Tessa and Scott clearly have a deep appreciation for their unique partnership, their friendship spanning 17 years, and the extraordinary accomplishments they’ve achieved together — all during such a formative period in their lives. Their remarkable shared history simply boggles my mind. Whatever their futures hold — and I have not been made to privy to any information on this — I can easily imagine that they will always have each other’s backs.