For Japanese Vogue I shot a summer story featuring jewelry and shoes. I wanted to shoot it in and around a swimming pool with two models. But a location shoot would be expensive, and we were working with a limited budget. So I asked Jocelyne Boudoin, the set designer, how much would it cost to build a pool in the studio.

Which is exactly what we ended up doing. Every detail was accounted for—the mosaics, the stone, the grass, the lip of the pool, the diving board. The only limitation was the size and depth of the pool.

To enhance its size, we stretched the pool in Photoshop. And to give the illusion of depth, we swirled the water to produce shimmer and highlights. Add summery lighting and glossy skin—and voila!