Friday, July 05, 2013
There's a rather short two month window here in Texas, between April and May where the weather is bearable and the everything is starting to turn green. Anything after this window is in the brutal heat that is the Texas summer. All the stars aligned this past May and I had the opportunity to work with the wonderful Olivia for a portrait/fashion shoot. I had wanted to shoot with her for quite a few months, but she first had to finish her deployment to Afghanistan with the Air Force. Just to make sure my photo shoot requests weren't lost in the daily shuffle of life, I think I must have sent her "reminder" messages on a weekly basis. Lucky for me, she wasn't completely sick of hearing from me and still wanted to shoot upon returning home! Ha!
As you can see from the photos, Olivia is a very striking model. It's her unique look which made me want to work with her for so long. Now that she was home, we made the arrangements and planned our shoot. We met at the location for the shoot around 10am. It was already becoming warm and quite humid. I wasn't too worried about the sun light being high overhead because our shoot location was nicely covered by a tree canopy. I setup my lighting gear while she touched up her make-up. Olivia brought her boyfriend along which worked out really well because it's always handy to have an assistant to put to work. He helped me move lights, hold a reflector and keep an eye her to make sure hair and make-up were all looking good.
We shot for almost 2 hours and everything went really well. I was really happy with the images we came away with. Olivia was great to work with... a total professional, and I hope to work with her again on future projects!