Sigma 50mm 1.4
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Working with people during a photo shoot is something indescribable. Every subject you shoot is completely different than the last and has a totally different personality. The locations are always different and you can never fully prepare for what will happen during a shoot. You have to be able to be very fluid and not too expectant of what is going to take place. The only time I still get nervous before a shoot with a model is when I am going into the complete unknown. On the drive down I-95 to Fort Lauderdale to meet and shoot Ali I was incredibly nervous. Ali and I had never met or even talked on the phone prior to this shoot except a brief 5 minute call for directions right before I left to drive to Ft. Lauderdale. We had arranged the shoot over Model Mayhem and you never really knew what to expect when dealing with complete strangers. The pictures were to be taken at Ali’s house and I had arrived late in the afternoon. As soon as we met and had a quick walk around the back yard, I was completely at ease with Ali. She had an infectious laugh and the light seemed to swirl around her as we were outside. I couldn’t wait to get the camera out and start shooting. It was incredibly hot outside and I wanted to be fast before Ali started to sweat. This shot was one the very first pictures taken and Ali and I hadn’t known each other for more than 10 minutes at this point. This picture is virtually untouched from the camera outside of being converted from a RAW file to a jpeg. It was taken with the setting afternoon sun at Ali’s back and me kneeling on one knee shooting upwards at her. The colours in her backyard were incredibly saturated with the setting sun. Ali and I spent the next hour taking a bunch of photos and I was back in Boca Raton within 3 hours of the moment I left. Photoshoots that are fun for both me and the model seem to be timeless when they are happening but always seem to have ended too quickly when looking back afterwards.