One of the greatest aspects to being a photographer is all the amazing people that you meet that dance in and out of your life only to reappear down the road with new stories to share and new images to create together. Back in November 2012 we casted model Maggie Geha in our Lincoln Motor Co. Cinemagraph shoot. It was one of those shoot days where everything came together perfectly and we all bonded in such a fun, creative way. After that shoot Kevin and I were watching an episode of 30 Rock and BOOM! There was Maggie! It was so exciting to see her acting career take off. Fast forward to a flight from NY to LA this past January, Kevin and I started watching the Beyonce music videos and BOOM! There was Maggie again in “Pretty Hurts”! So I sent her an email to catch up and hear about all the amazing things she has been up to since our first shoot together. When she told me she was moving to L.A. soon I said that’s it, we have to do a shoot together before you go. Since I controlled the way she looked the first time we shot her, I let Maggie tell me how she would like to be photographed – 90s Guess Jean Ad Supermodel. DONE. We sat down afterwards to talk about Maggie and hear what this redhead plans on doing next…
Maggie! It’s been so long! We last saw you in November of 2012 for our Lincoln shoot. What have you been up to since then?
I had a really great 2013 in terms of work, continuing with modeling and beginning acting. Major highlights – I did a Hanes campaign, I was featured in Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” music video, I booked a role on the series finale of 30 Rock, I did my first soap opera, All My Children. I had a really teeny tiny, “blink and you miss it” role in Winter’s Tale but I spent the day with Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell and director Akiva Goldsman so that was really cool; it was my first major movie set! I also did a Marc Lawrence film with Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei, where I had a more substantial, fun part. That comes out this year! It’s called The Rewrite. They’ve “renamed” it many times! I worked several times on Good Morning America which was super fun and I booked my first two commercials with one of my favorite directors, Wyatt Neumann. What else? I worked with supermodel David Gandy on a short film for Bionda Castana which was fun and sexy, like this shoot!
What are the major similarities between acting and modeling?
Some people think that modeling and acting are completely different and that a modeling career can hurt an acting career, which I can understand, but I also think they can help each other. I mean, I feel like I act while I’m modeling and embody the concept of whatever we’re shooting, and modeling has provided me with an awareness of the camera and lighting, so they kind of go hand in hand that way.
Ultimately, I’d like to be working primarily in film and television, but I think I’ll always love modeling too. I would like to be able to do more fun creative shoots with really specific concepts. I love period pieces – like we did last time, and even this time. I like that kind of work. For me, in the beginning – I’ve been modeling for maybe three years – and for the first couple of years, it was lookbooks and catalogue and e-commerce and a lot of bridal, and it was more a means to make money. But modeling can also be a really great form of creative expression.