Practice makes perfect
The last few weeks have been a blur for me. I have been so busy working behind the scenes on the launch of two new businesses – which I will post more about of course, when the time comes. I’ve been rushing from place to place (sometimes hundreds of miles) and making many, many phone calls. At the same time, I’ve been working for several clients on large jobs. It’s a fairly stressful time for me, but the way I have it planned out, September onwards will be much more stress-free.
One of the new business ventures involves collaboration and up to date equipment. This post of Jess the model involves both. I had arranged a meeting with my old time friend Kelly (I posted studio photographs I had taken of her previously). We hadn’t spoken for about fifteen years and she called me out of the blue, much to my delight, to ask if I would be interested in photographing her pregnancy. I won’t repeat myself, as I posted about this story before. More recently, I have been staying in contact with Kelly, and we’ve had various discussions about equipment and studios. She already uses an amazing studio and has some nice studio kit, I will be adding newer kit to that kit in return for being able to use her stuff. We both believe it’s a great idea.
I have a very important job coming up this month and needed to practice with the lighting before it happens. Kelly happily agreed to meet me at the studio to play around with it. On that day, Kelly phoned me and said “Oh, by the way.. I’ve got you a model”. I’ll be honest, initially I felt a little pressured to perform because I hadn’t done much studio work at all since university. Kelly still doesn’t know this, unless she’s reading now. I have to say though, my worries were complete nonsense and Kelly’s decision to get me a model was awesome.
Jess is a lovely, lively, young nut case and a natural model in my opinion. Her face is extremely expressive, which is ideal and always increases the captivation factor of an image. I think she has the potential to go very far in the modeling world if she works hard enough. I will be working with her again… and possibly again… etc
Kelly and I also had a whale of a time. The photos were a collaborative process. I would love to say… “she just held the reflector, what a lovely assistant.” But she was 100% more useful than that! We were actually kind of reliving the old days of being at college taking photos in the studio. Both of us were playing with lighting, I was framing and exposing, while Kelly hunted for props and ideas. It was an awesome time indeed.
I couldn’t be happier that Kelly got back in touch and now we’re working so well together again. This morning was a much welcomed fun break from my current stresses. Hat’s off to Jess again for being a great model/gal.