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I tend to shoot A LOT. If I don’t have any client work scheduled I will always try and stay busy. Sometimes these shoots are extensively planned, with a full team, and sometimes they are spur of the moment with just the model and I. This shoot with Jess was spur of the moment. I like these type of shoots. They allow me to try new things, whether it be lighting, composition, posing, etc. I don’t put any pressure on myself for these and if I only get a couple of good images I’m still happy. It’s all about the learning experience right? I hadn’t shot anything for myself for a while and Jess was eager to get in front of the camera as she hadn’t modelled for a couple of weeks.
I wanted to try a few different lighting techniques and I wanted to get more time shooting in natural light. I have always been a flash user. I use flash outside all the time (and obviously in the studio) but I hadn’t been doing much work with natural light. So we did some studio and some location looks.
Natural light (when used properly) can be extremely beautiful. It gives the images a completely different look and feel. I was greatly inspired by my good friend Billie Chiasson who shoots pretty well exclusively in natural light. If you take a minute to click on her name and view her work you’ll see why I was inspired by it, it’s just fantastic.
I wasn’t the only one who wanted to work on things during this shoot. Jess wanted to work on some out of the box posing. Whats great about working with her is I have to give very little direction, and because she wanted to try out some new poses, I hardly directed at all. It’s really nice when both the photographer and model can work on a shoot and just let go.
She is another model I work with who is extremely dedicated. She has true love for modelling and for fashion. We’ve shot together 4 or 5 times and I’ve gotten to see her grow as a model and its because of her dedication and love for the industry that she will be successful. She also writes a wonderful fashion blog that you can check out here.
We shot these a couple of months ago, and like I said earlier, because these shoots are for me I’m not overly quick at getting them edited. Sometimes I get busy with client work or full on projects. What’s great is not feeling as much pressure to get the shots posted (and I VERY much appreciate the models’ patience when I do take a while).
But I do have a few more of these types of shoots to come on the blog as well as some test shoots. I went on a bit of an editing marathon and got pretty well caught up, what a great feeling…Well, that’s enough talking for now. I hope you enjoy the images.
Model: Jessica (City Models) hair and makeup by her.
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