Christina Ambers is the supermodel of hand models. She has long, delicate fingers and beautiful, naturally long nails. Nice skin tone, a lot of patience, and an upbeat personality in the bargain. Just perfect.

I helped Christina get her first job, and we worked together for 15 years. On this spa story, I thought acupuncture needles would provide a cool visual, as they suggest a medical setting and look a little painful, too.

I put the needles in myself to create a composition I liked. Christina, whose hands of course are well insured, had to trust me on this one.