Day 172 - Melissa [cont'd]
WHAT: Portraits, Project 365 (2009)
| WHEN: June 21, 2009
|So, when Melissa came into town last week for her "just because" photos, honestly I was a little nervous going into her session 1) just because she's a photographer which means I'm always a little leary about what they're thinking as I'm shooting (I know she's thinking I'm a crackhead and wondering why I'm taking this photo... Oh, crap, I forgot to white balance before those last 5 shots...), and 2) she mentioned a couple times in advance how nervous she gets on the other side of the lens. In fact, I think she said "I'm sorry" more than once before we even got started. I started thinking... Uh-oh... I wish I woulda paid more attention in my college Psych 101 class so I could play some Jedi mind tricks on her to get her relaxed. When it was all said and done, though, if Melissa was nervous, I wish all my clients would get that nervous for their sessions. She was fantastic and a breeze to photograph, not to mention funny and sweet.
Melissa just wanted something very casual, so we went down to the Deep Ellum Arts District, and the urban backdrops were a perfect compliment for her images. Here's some of my favorites from our time together.
Tell me, does she look nervous here?
|And these next three images are just. plain. saucy.
|I love the "casual-ness" and the beautiful light in this photo.
|One of my favorites from our play time in Deep Ellum.
|It was right after this image that we got kicked outta the parking garage for photographing on private property. Whateva... we still got this cool image, so take that professional-but-overly-authoritative parking garage police lady.
|Last one of the night. I think we were all a little beat down at this point, but Melissa was a trooper to accommodate another "just one more" request.
|Thanks to my friend Tina for helping me out during this session. We used a lot of off-camera flash for this session, so I know her arms were burning by the end of the night from holding the light above her head.
And thanks, Melissa, for making this such a fantastic session. I had a blast and loved that you were willing to do whatever. You're the best!