THE WEEKEND BEFORE WE TOOK THESE PICTURES, WE HAD SCHEDULED TO DO A PORTRAIT SHOOT WITH A MODEL FROM AN INDUSTRY-LEADING AGENCY.
The idea was to experiment with various light sources (mainly natural) and department store photo lab muslin, the latter element introduced as a challenge to take something tacky and make it tasteful.
We woke up that Sunday expecting to find another beautiful late Virginia summer day, but instead saw ominous, dark skies and a forecast of heavy precipitation. We would have been forced to do the shoot indoors and entirely with artificial lights, which wouldn't have fit with the aesthetic that attracted the agency to our work in the first place.
We called the model and the agency and let them know about our predicament. Although it was a purely volunteer shoot, we still wanted to make sure the model got the best pictures possible. We offered to reschedule for upcoming weekend, when the weather would be much more favorable. At the time, we determined postponing the shoot was the courteous, professional thing to do, as opposed to having the model drive four hours to a substandard shooting environment.
The agency was not happy. The 40-message email chain went cold, thwarted by the weather and our inability to control it.
On the following weekend, we regrouped with Bethany Jane (hair/makeup) and the folks at Gladiola Girls (styling), and decided we would go ahead with the shoot we'd already planned — albeit without the agency's talent. Instead, we asked our talented friend Kristina Petrick to be the model.
Everyone was a blast to work with. We wound up chatting about yoga, and Kristina's non-practicing India-born boyfriend's uncanny ability to do some of the more challenging poses with relative ease. Bethany absolutely NAILED the hair and makeup, and Gladiola's clothing worked out perfectly.
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