Elizabeth Weinberg and Ruby Rose Are Flawless
The breakaway success of Netflix’s show about a women’s prison proves that truly Orange is the New Black, but this season it is Australian actress and model Ruby Rose who is stealing the spotlight. Inspiring adoration from all corners of the globe, Rose has popped up at the perfect time. Already extolling the benefits of androgyny and gender fluidity, Rose’s accent and flawless countenance earned her millions of fans before she debuted on the hottest show of the summer.
Part of what makes Rose so attractive to her fans is that she seems so relaxed, effortless in her temperament. When she showed up on set to meet Elizabeth Weinberg for a Rhapsody Magazine shoot, she arrived alone and ready to go. “It’s really funny,” starts Elizabeth. “She rolled up by herself in her car. And I rolled up by myself in my car. We got there at the exact same time. She showed up with an In-N-Out Burger cup (very iconic). She looked really LA and really summery.” Typically, Rose likes to wear all black or solid colors, but her choice of apparel was pitch perfect for their location: Runyon Canyon, a favorite spot for outdoor activities.
Even though they only shot for half an hour, Elizabeth walked away with a ton of images that she really loved – which wasn’t a fluke. She’s incredibly efficient with her time, understanding that many of the famous faces she photographs are working on tight schedules. But she’s figured out how to maximize the time and ensure that she gets a lot of great images. “I like when I come out of it with a lot of outtakes that I love,” Elizabeth explains. A lot of times this is reliant upon the kind of model she’s working with. And actors are her favorite. “I find actors are the easiest people to shoot because they know how to move in front of the camera, and Ruby just turned it on. I liked how simple it was because then I can focus on the pictures.”
It doesn’t hurt that Ruby Rose was practically born to be on camera. “She showed up camera ready, and when I say ‘Camera ready’ I mean this woman was unbelievably flawless,” Elizabeth says. “I basically had to do nothing to the pictures. She looked amazing.” It allowed both Elizabeth and Ruby to focus on the task at hand and complete their work in record time.
You're Safe with Elizabeth Weinberg
If there’s something about Elizabeth Weinberg’s work that jumps off the page, it’s her use of light. Whether she’s shooting Diplo for the debut of K-Swiss’ new crowd sourced artist movement, The Board, or a portrait for a Complex Magazine feature on Shamir Bailey, Elizabeth is all about keeping it simple. By using almost exclusively natural light, she’s able to capture intimate imagery relating directly to her subject. “I like to keep it as simple as possible,” Elizabeth explains. “Just me and the subject. I think setting up a light can automatically intimidate people. I like to make it feel like we’re just hanging out.”
That personal interaction means that her subjects have the opportunity to open up and show a side that we may not otherwise get to see. “I really like timeless, intimate pictures, no matter what,” Elizabeth says. “It’s less common to find those unguarded moments with people and I try to get that out of them.” That’s how Elizabeth gets those uncommon photographs, those looks at something different: with her presence and steady hand.
When she was shooting Diplo, it was in the middle of a busy day for him – he was shooting a new video. The shoot with K-Swiss afforded her a quick cameo in his video that she hadn’t exactly planned for. “I play a photographer, which I was not expecting to do because I was wearing a really dumb hat and my hair was insane, but in the video that they shot there’s a clip of me doing an over exaggerated hand motion to kind of show that I’m taking his picture,” she says with a laugh. It was perfect because they were already shooting in LA’s Arts District, so it fit in seamlessly, and allowed Elizabeth to show off her behind the camera energy, even if it was just for a music video.
Another musical artist that Elizabeth captured recently, Shamir Bailey, has a voice that is unique to say the least. Many are taken off guard by his high pitch and energetic lilt. But that’s what makes him the musician that he is, and Elizabeth was there to empower his creativity. When a young artist is facing a big feature like one Shamir had in Complex, it can be a stressful moment. But Elizabeth is there to offer her guidance and support to make sure the final images are as flattering as possible. “Just have fun and do whatever,” she says with a laugh. Those words are as welcome on a set as they are anywhere else in life.
We’re proud to welcome Elizabeth Weinberg to our roster at Bernstein & Andriulli.