My inspiration for Genuine Beauty actually stemmed from the figure work I did prior to this series. I was inspired by an interview with my daughter when she asked me, "Do you think you are pretty?" That question tapped into deep insecurities about myself, and I began photographing the layered silhouette female figures in Perfectly Imperfect. For Genuine Beauty, I wanted to continue working with the female form but following in the direction of some masters of figure photography like Ruth Bernhard, Edward Weston, and Bill Brandt. The master mezzotint artist, Mikio Watanabe, also directly influenced me. I knew I wanted Genuine Beauty to have a similar lush dark tone that his figure work does. The concept for this series was simply to bring my own artistry to figure work.