Well the shoot I had been waiting to have for over seven months finally happened!! I remember getting the chance to see Brittany’s images that Dan Lippitt and Lesa Foto-graphy took and I have to say I was extremely impressed! And behold in less time it took to try to set up a shoot with her, she was gone to the big city to get signed with some heavy hitters in the modeling agency business. At that moment I thought to myself, it will never happen. Yeah, the ole sayin, “never say never” came in to my hope mantra. It did take a bit of hope with luck and quite a few text messages. But the effort paid off! I finally got a chance to shoot with Brittany!
I will admit I was a bit to say the least, intimidated to work with her from learning of in the short time her accomplishments in the modeling field, but she still has a long career ahead of her as well. I could tell you that she walked for a major designer in Milan and Paris, but I am sure you are not interested in that. But from the start time of greeting Brittany and her mother Renee walking up with bags of clothing in hand until the last frame was shot, which went a little bit over, is where the true magic happened. Stylist Lauren Rassel and make up artist Melissa Whitt helped tremendously with making that amazing day complete as well. Many thanks to them and as well as others who played a part in making this shoot take place.
The biggest surprise that came from the shoot was the text message not thirty minutes after I sent the edited images to Renee Burke to hear that Brittany’s agent in Chicago loved the images and had them uploaded to their site that day. I played that scene from the movie Pulp Fiction in my head, “Yeah! We happy!” And happier still to get a chance again to shoot with Brittany again yesterday. The first shoot was a bit more formal feeling each other out I think. But yesterday the gloves were off and we got a chance to work out her expressions. I have to say that it was a blast to work with Brittany. Needless to say I know she will go very far in her career. It would be a great achievement to know that I was around to help her get her career on the road.
So with the new year comes new opportunities. I find that I am lucky to meet new and amazing talent that only help to build my portfolio to new levels. I believe within that the new focus is to work on getting published in a Michigan based magazine. And the plan is to have it happen this year. The year when planets align and the Mayans want us to update the calendars on our own.
Also within the plan is to work with several great modeling agencies around the country. I have to say that my ambitious plan is taking form with the help of a person I worked with a long time ago when I was just getting my feet wet photographing agency models. I have to thank Lynn Clark-Geiner for giving me an opportunity to work with her talent. Along with her and Meghan York, the support they have given has been quite phenomenal. I hope to work with them more in 2012 as well with some new agencies in Detroit, Chicago, and hopefully Arizona and New York. So with that I say to all the new opportunities….BRING IT 2012!!!!
So today I get to shoot with a great model that is at the start of her career and I really want the shoot to go amazingly. I will not put any pressure upon myself anymore. I did however have a quick session with Madison Denomme to take of the edge a bit!
Well to say the July photo shoot with Ella Gomez was just another photo shoot is to say that the Eiffel tower is just another structure. I was put into a warp machine of sorts. As if I was warped to a time where models and photographers connected without the thought of photoshop to “make” the shoot worth a cover.
Ella gave me a glimpse of the days of the photography legends Francesco Scavello, David Bailey, Helmut Newton! As each shot rang out from my Canon I was amazed to note her movement and emotion unfolded like a flower under an advancing timelapse movie. I treasure shoots like this as they are what I dream of being lucky enough to have a chance to photograph. She had the fluidity of Iman, Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and the list goes on. All I can say is for now I can’t wait for another uplifting dream session with Ella Gomez!