On August 25, I photographed the last model for my Spanish Harlem project. My model was Marina, and she didn’t disappoint. She came prepared with jewelry, and had a very clear understanding of the concept. Marina was the second model that I photographed at The Arboretum. I tried to utilize other locations at the mall because I didn’t want the images to look too much alike. I used the front of one of the restaurants that had a Spanish feel to it. As we were heading to our cars, Marina suggested using the restaurant’s patio as a backdrop. It was perfect.
The lighting that I used for this session was all-natural light. I had OCF with me, but there were a lot of clouds in the sky. The lens that I used for this session was my 85mm. It has become my favorite piece of glass.
As we were walking to our cars, I asked Marina if she had time to go to another location that was about 5 minutes away. I stumbled upon the spot the week before, and was anxious to have a session at the location. Marina agreed, and followed me as I led the way to the area. Well, I incorrectly marked the location on my iPhone, and we ended up driving through a residential area! Marina had an idea of where I wanted to go, and we eventually found it.
When we got out of the car, Marina saw why I was so excited about the location. The lighting was perfect, and the rocks provided a natural reflector. Marina offered suggestions for poses, and I was there for all of it.
Now that I completed this series, it’s time to shop the images for publication. So far, I’ve identified 5 magazines. I’m also very pleased with how my first styled shoots turned out here in Austin. Here’s to many more!
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