Lately, I've been wanting to get back to doing some model shoots. I enjoy traveling when I can and experimenting with HDR, but there's something about finding a nice model who is really into the shoot. The thing that's great about models is that they bring attitude. I don't mean that in a negative way. The models I've met have a great way to express themselves, joke, have fun during the shoot, and still work to get the images you want. Sometimes, though, I can capture one of the light-hearted moments where the attitude slips out a bit. It could be someone sticking out their tongue, making a face, or just giving a look that seems to sum up the moment.
Just yesterday, I was able to re-connect with one of the models I worked with last year. I had gone through some old images and pulled one out that I hadn't processed of Rachael. I commented on that post that she had a great attitude. As luck would have it, she still is a ball of energy. She's also pregnant and asked if I could do some maternity shots for her. This is definitely going to be a new experience for me. I don't think I'd want to do maternity photos for most people, because it just doesn't seems like something that would be fun. I know the shoot with Rachael will be fun, so it's worth giving it a try. We'll see how it goes.
The lovely model above, Alesha, is not pregnant (to the best of my knowledge). She was actually kind of quiet and reserved while we were shooting. I'm a bit of an introvert, so I feed off the energy of people around me. If they aren't a bit of an extrovert or show-off, then I tend to get kind of quiet. Sadly, that doesn't make for the best shooting conditions when we're both quiet. That's why I look for some little signs and this was one of them. I think she didn't expect that I'd be ready for a shot and she was just letting out a little energy. Not much, but enough to give the session a little spark and get our creative juices flowing a bit more. Sometimes a little attitude is just a way to break the ice. Then it just turns into fun.