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Rest in peace


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Rest in peace

5 Jun 2021 9:50AM   Views : 1067 Unique : 812


This is my second obituary blog: and in all ways is far sadder. The subject is one of my favourite models, who died less than two weeks after we did a remote shoot. Stephanie Dubois was full of life and hope, and was enjoying her new house in Cyprus: during our last shoot she described both the things she had done since moving in, and her further plans over the next few months.

People have many misconceptions about models, and Stephanie confounded more of them than most. She was never in any way a victim of the male gaze, and was bracingly intellectual in her approach to work that many see as not requiring much thought. Every model has a life away from the camera, but I think that few have as broad a range of interests.


I suspect that she would be distressed at the way that social media have allowed comments to focus more on the fact that she had received her first vaccination against Covid a couple of weeks before her death, rather than the tragedy for her parents and brother. The same Stephanie who identified that if three cameras were all giving the same problem when I swapped a lens between them, the culprit was probably the lens would understand the difference between correlation and causation. (Need I add that she was right about the lens?)

Stephanie worked hard at modelling, mentally and physically. She knew that it is tiring to bend your body into the best shapes, but she never backed away from difficult poses, and I have wonderful results from half a dozen different occasions over a period of five years. One of the models who have no truck with glamour (despite being inherently glamorous), she excelled in portraits, fashion, and art nude. The world is a poorer place without her, and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.


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dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.2k 2064 England
5 Jun 2021 9:51AM
Please - no comments about the dangers of vaccination: I will ask the moderators to delete any such comments.
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AltImages 3 4
5 Jun 2021 10:13AM
I don't know how one goes about such things. But wonder if, as someone who has worked with her recently, it might be appropriate for you to inform Purpleport and other sites that she is featured on to place some kind of a 'marker' on her modelling profile.
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 451
5 Jun 2021 10:59AM
God please give rest to the soul of Your departed servant Stephanie in a place of light, in a place of green pasture, in a place of refreshment, from where no pain, no sorrow, and no sigh exists. As a good and loving God, please forgive every sin she has committed in word, deed, or thought, for there is no one who lives and does not sin other than You.
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Chrism8 17 1.1k 34 England
5 Jun 2021 11:27AM
well said ( typed )
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kaybee 19 8.7k 29 Scotland
5 Jun 2021 3:04PM
I am so, so sorry to hear this.
That first shot (I think it was the first) you posted doing the remote shoot with her sitting on the floor with the flowers, perfectly mimicking the shapes and shadows in the background showed how perfectly in tune she was with what was required.
I suspect that she intimidated several 'togs with her knowledge of all things photographic and modeling.
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JuBarney Plus
12 36 7 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2021 6:14PM
Beautiful images to match your lovely tribute John.
banehawi Avatar
banehawi Plus
19 3.0k 4384 Canada
5 Jun 2021 8:29PM
What a beautifully crafted tribute.

I do hope her family get to see this.

James124 Avatar
James124 Plus
8 110 64 Portugal
8 Jun 2021 7:33PM
So sad.
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Robert51 15 14 147 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2021 3:44PM
Just seen this post John and would like to sayhow sorryI am for the loss of such a beautiful young lady.
There always so much to everyone and the problems we do not know about and it would be nice if people were a little kinder before they judge. I sure her loss touched you greatly as we all know how close working with people in photography is.
I'm sure we all send our thoughts and wishes to her family and friends, also to you John...

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