Two weekends ago I was asked to participate in a really low key group shoot. Basically one of my model friends was already renting a room for the weekend because she had a girl’s night planned for that Friday, so she started throwing this shoot together for the following Saturday. I showed up early on Saturday because I had a bit of free time on my hands (which usually helps create unnecessary anxiety on my part) and figured would allow me time to set up any lighting I might need to use, etc.
The really funny part of this story is that I had shot with my friend Maggie in the same hotel almost exactly two years to the day. This made it easier for me to decide how I was going to shoot since we weren’t going to start at the earliest until around 6. The room had multiple light fixtures with varying types of bulbs and lamp shades/coverings. I already knew what effect this would have on the images and pretty much did an immediate happy dance.
The above image is of Kingsley and was taken much later in the evening. He literally walked in the door around 9pm and was dressed to the nines, there was no need for an outfit change. I knew that I wanted to do some kind of a power pose without too much need for directing the shot. This was the first frame of 3 that I took before we moved on to trying some other ideas and it is obvious why I tagged if for immediate processing.
The below image is of Austin. Austin was the first of the models to show up. While Manny and I were setting things up and working out how to light the room, I noticed Austin sitting on the couch out of the corner of my eye. I snapped about three frames before Austin caught on to what I was doing before Austin caught on to what I was doing and jumped straight in to model mode. The colors in the room and mixture of light temperatures helped created this Mad Men vibe. I highly suggest watching the show if you haven’t yet. The set design and wardrobe styling is nothing short of amazing.
And y’all thought I didn’t photograph men.