So, as I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, I had my first official model shoot. Using a website called "Model Mayhem," I was able to get in touch with a model who was willing to do a photoshoot with me. I was actually a little nervous right before the shoot, but I couldn't quite put my finger on why - but my wife figured it out. Before, if the shots didn't come out well, it only really affected me - they were shots for my portfolio. But this time, the model (her name is Rachael) also intended to use the shots for her portfolio. We are both intending to use the shots we created together to further our respective careers. Once Natalie and I started setting up the gear though, my nerves calmed right down. The shoot went great, Rachael is a very professional model and knew what she was doing - and my wife (as always) was a HUGE help. We all worked together and got some great shots! I have a few hundred to go through - now, many are almost identical, but even so, Rachael and I will have many shots to use. I will be posting a few here (on my website) and even a couple on Facebook over the next few days :)
The location we used was the "Back To The Grind" coffee shop in Riverside. The owner, Darren, was nice enough to let us use their downstairs area (for free!) for nearly 4 hours! That was very cool Darren, thank you!
I am very happy with how the shoot went, and the pictures we got! Immediately after a shoot, I am exhausted - it's actually kind of bizarre how much a photoshoot takes out of you (I can only imagine how tired Rachael was afterward - she had to go to work after the shoot!). But now, a day after, I am even happier! Well, I gotta get back to editing these pictures :)
If you are a photographer anywhere the Inland Empire area of Southern California and you need a model, Rachael was the exact opposite of some of the diva/model horror stories I have read. She was on time, she was professional, she worked hard and stayed in a great mood throughout the nearly 4 hour (!) shoot - and she is a sincerely nice person as well. Her Model Mayhem number is 3450170 and her Facebook page is: Rachael Hughes Modeling.
Thanks for readin!