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These images are from a test shoot I did while the prep was being done for the last shoot I posted… wow I made that sound more confusing than I had to… anyway… Alysha is good friends with a model I work with regularly (which is how I found her) and I think she has an absolutely wonderful look. We shot some fairly simple looks in simple locations, and that’s how I like to do the test shoots. I have various reasons for this…

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Mostly it’s because the people I photograph for the test shoots don’t have a lot of experience in front of the camera and I don’t want to overwhelm them. It also allows me to focus more on the posing in the images as I tend to give much more guidance during tests.

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Alysha caught on to the poses I gave her extremely quickly. Towards the end of the shoot I was actually saying very little.

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So why do I call them “test shoots”? Well I do these shoots to test new models/lighting/poses etc. Mostly I am testing the models though.

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You eventually see models, from my test shoots, pop up in my editorial and conceptual work. I always prefer to work with models that I worked with in the past for these types of shoots. It also allows me to see what type of shoots that the model I’m testing will work in.

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Hair: Francine Benoit

Makeup: Nicola Jefferis (Facebook Page)

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