First planned shoot of 2016: Completed!
This past January I helped out modeling for a studio lighting class at the SOPHA in Manchester NH. I've modeled for that class in the past, but it had been quite a while since I'd visited the wonderful studio. Not only was it a joy to get back into the swing of modeling for a class, but I met BlackAxePhoto, and exchanged contact info to plan a shoot together.
(Images below taken by BlackAxePhoto at SOPHA, January 2016)
While the shoot that we've been working toward is still in the planning stages (don't worry, that will be happening before the end of this month), we decided to get together for a more low key shoot while we waited.
The photographer found a location using AirBNB to shoot at, and the owner, who is also a photographer, loved our idea. They have a beautiful home, with great decor (I loved the giant map they had in the guest room with push pins in different countries) and everything about the shoot flowed smoothly.
Well, except for our lack of memory when it came to terms and posing (at one point I suggested we sing the "head, shoulders, knees, and toes" song to figure out where I should place my hands for different shots), but hey, I did what I was asked and rested my face on my shin (it was actually a really nice stretch) before moving it to my knee to prove I was listening (we both had a good laugh, and then I put my hands in the wrong spot the next time, so it evened out).
I don't remember the last time I laughed so much during a shoot.
We had a great time, took some really nice shots (which I can't wait to share), and plenty of outtakes as well (let's be honest, those are one of my favorite parts).
One of my favorite outtake moments was when we were shooting outside and found a shovel (because in New England, you really can't safely put your shovel away until about June) and I decided it would be my new prop (because sometimes, I just don't understand art director's decisions on set, so this seemed like a great tribute). It actually looked a lot better than I thought it was going to!
So of course I had to do something even more ridiculous and turn it into an air guitar of sorts...
I will say my favorite set of the day was when we did a natural look in the kitchen in front of a chalkboard and brick wall (and not just because it involved coffee).
It's also when I spent the most time laughing and making all sorts of lovely expressive faces while lighting was adjusted and conversation flowed freely.
And by expressive faces, I mean awful, borderline scary expressions...(I feel pretty, oh so pretty...)
Ridiculous gestures aside, I'm very pleased with how our shoot went and excited to show off our hard work (yes, I did actually work, and not just showing off how high my eyebrow can go).
Thank you BlackAxePhoto for the memorable shoot and great outtake images!
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