i’ve found over the past year or so that when i choose to work with a given model, the characteristics i look for have changed significantly. as a young, inexperienced figure photographer, i tended to look only for beautiful features, great figures, and a certain kind of hair style that i might think would work well within a given project. now, having had more experience, there are definitely personality characteristics that i look for as well. i really tend to spend a lot more time talking, joking, and interacting with these people trying to figure out if our personalities mesh in some good way that lead to serendipity in the studio or at the chosen location. i really need to feel that we have connected at some personal level. and when i feel this connection, it is very clear to me that i will be able to produce a much more personal and introspective piece of artwork than if we were strangers, meeting for the first time under the studio lights.
the photos i wanted to feature in this posting are all out takes from sessions i’ve done with people with whom i share a much deeper personal connection. goofing off, eating the props, and making funny faces have all happened and usually lead to uncontrollable fits of laughter and this just makes an art photography session into what it should be… a lot of fun.