Day 82 of Project Portrait. Next up we have the awesome Grace Probyn (the only Grace Probyn on Facebook, so I’ve been told). Grace has just started working with Nana Wereko-Brobby at Social Concierge. The first thing Grace said to me when we went to shoot this photo at The Hatch was, “I absolute hate having my photo taken.” But of all the people who have said that to me (which is most) the camera seemed to love taking pictures of Grace. When I wasn’t trying to get her to ‘squinch’ – a weird halfway house between squinting and not – she had this amazingly deep gaze that just jumps out of the photo as I hope you can see below. She also told me this incredible story about how she was an au pair to a mob family in Chicago which immediately got me thinking of British nanny stereotypes and this idea of us Brits (can you believe it eh?) being the epitome of class of sophistication (at least in some American circles). I wanted to try and bring out that idea of Grace being the quintessential child carer in the eyes of her former employers. A hark bark to the ideas of good manners and excellent elocution. This photo is a nod to those more proper times via the side profile and pale, gentle lighting.