Over the last weekend in July, I had scheduled a Time for Print Session with a model from one of my Facebook groups. I put out a casting call, and several models responded (Yeah me!). I selected Allisa because I liked her look, and she has curves! All too often, we don’t see a variety of body types when models are photographed. I want my clients to see themselves when viewing my work.
I styled the session with items from my stash – a red tutu, black halter dress, a faux fur vest, and costume jewelry. Allisa only needed to do her own make-up, bring a pair of black heels, and red or black Converse shoes. I added the vest at the last minute when I was selecting my clothing for the shoot. I thought that it would add a different look.
I selected to use downtown Austin as our backdrop. I was inspired to shoot down there after completing a photo walk a week earlier. I packed my speed light to use, but I forgot the Bowens mount, and didn’t want to hand hold the light. Oh well, natural light would have to be used.
I scheduled this session for several reasons. The first, I needed to get a living person in front of my camera! When I made the casting call, I emphasized that masks and social distancing would be observed. When scheduling sessions during this time, I will not shoot in a studio.
Our meeting time was at 7:30 AM. I wanted to avoid the heat, and use the natural light. My intention was to also use OCF, but I forgot my Bowens mount for my speed light. Oh well. I was simply excited to shoot my second portrait session with the Sony!
Allisa arrived at 7:00 am, and waited at our preselected location. She was such a joy! We started with the red tutu and blue jean jacket for the first look. I love looking for locations that contrast with the aesthetic of my concept. There was a construction with unfinished walls. This was perfect for me! I like being different.
We made our way in a three-block radius from our starting point to several different locations. There was this wonderful yellow wall that had hard light shining on it. I loved how that image turned out, and the emotion that Allisa brought to it. It felt really good to be behind the lens again.
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