I first met Olivia at a CMG shootout in Charleston SC. A few months later when my work schedule took me close to her hometown Chattanooga TN, I contacted her and we arranged a shoot after work. She chose the location downtown, the outfit, styling, makeup, even the transport. I provided the camera and some extra light.
At the last minute my schedule changed, and we were left with just one hour of shooting time. With rapidly changing lighting conditions, we quickly worked through a series of poses and angles, and ended up with a very nice set of pictures. She was looking for something a “little edgy”, I was trying for a fashion look with some dynamic poses. I think we nailed both.
A thoroughly enjoyable and productive hour.
This Twilight-inspired photo-shoot took weeks to find a time that coincided with one of my visits to Greenville, SC, and fitted in with Katie and Neena’s busy schedules. It was originally planned as an outdoor shoot, but the morning arrived and rain was threatening then started pouring during makeup. Our only alternative was to do the shoot in a small area of an office. It wasn’t easy and the space not wide enough to do some of the poses with two models, but it worked! Later the final three images were created by dropping in suitable backgrounds.
I arranged to meet Angelica at Old Salem Museum and Gardens for a test shoot. I had seen a few pictures of her but had not met her prior to the shoot. We chatted for a few minutes then took a leisurely stroll around a few blocks, stopping every few yards when an interesting background presented itself. I found her easy to work with and she picked up nicely on my workflow – I set the scene, took a few pictures then she added something to the pose. We moved from one interesting place to the next and covered more than 10 different backgrounds in little more than 1 ½ hours. The first 4 pictures below are almost out-the-camera, with minor cropping and corrections. The last two have some post-processing in Lightroom 4, Photomatix Pro and/or Photoshop CS5.
The result was a great variety of looks, and in my opinion, a successful test shoot with a confident young lady.
Warning to other photographers! Even though I had obtained verbal clearance beforehand to take pictures on museum property out of museum hours, and I was complying with the newly published Photography Policy, one resident seemed somewhat irate that I was taking pictures of a pretty girl and a lamp post across the street from his property. I had been warned that in the area some property is owned by The Old Salem Museum and Gardens, some property is owned by the City of Winston-Salem, and some property is privately owned, and to respect all three. Just passing on the warning.