In the end, it's still all about the people. "I have shoot teams that I love working with and going on amazing trips with," Yee says. One such trip was, in fact, Utopia. On that shoot for HTSI, all the parts worked: idyllic (if sweltering) setting, capable model, skillful crew, gracious hosts. "This [local] family just engulfed us, like we were part of the family," he says.
"They put us up in these lovely little cabins. They cooked for us; we went to their barbecues. It was nice to go and not be like, Fashion!"