It was not a typical Saturday morning watching the sunrise in downtown Sacramento. What makes this Saturday morning unique compared to most is that it’s dark and I’m meeting a young lady for the first time in person. From the sound of her voice and her face book photos she’s going to make the perfect model.
India is a beginning model with a nice shade and beautiful eyes. The morning chill is still in the air and the glow of the sun peeks over the cityscape. I see India emerge from a small import car that looks as if it gets 35 mpg. She’s a caramel complected young lady with long brown hair and grey eyes. Her eyes look great but don’t fit her ethnicity, but fit her well. We exchange pleasantries.
I explain to India what I was hoping for in the shoot and how I like to work. India explains to me that this is her second shoot. As the shoot began I saw the playful side of India when the camera wasn’t pointed in her direction. In front of the camera India gave me the serious and focus look. I tried to connect with her and bring out as much emotion I could. The shoot went well and at the end I felt as if I knew India far longer then a few hours.
Several weeks later I found myself back at the same location watching the sunrise and the glow on the cityscape. It felt like déjà vu. I walked the area looking for more options that the location may have. As I cross the street a car pulled up with a young lady accompanied by an older gentleman.
LaShante jumps out of the car and gives me a big huge. This was a bit odd being that I had never met LaShante in person. I guess since it has been over a year since we met and have communicated via text fairly frequently.
LaShante is a well built brown skin young lady with an athletic build. Her legs and arms are well defined. LaShante touched up her make-up and expressed that she would like to do a mixed martial art (MMA) theme shoot. She also stated that she would like the fight competitively in the MMA sport as well as be a fitness model. I didn’t say anything to LaShante but if she does pursue fighting in the MMA cage I feel sorry for those other women. LaShante body is ripped and she’s sexy that would be hard to live down if you get beat down by a hot model. (I’m just say in)
We began to shoot as the sun continued to rise. LaShante would flash the camera with her giant gorgeous smile. From time to time I found myself looking forward to her smile. With a fun free spirit we moved around the building.
During the shooting I used a strobe and balanced it with the sun light. I was two hands short being my assistant (Cautious) wasn’t available. I wasn’t short on offers to assist from men and women passing by. So I made a witty comment that LaShante can stop traffic.
We shot several outfits with the shoes being the largest part of the discussion. I’m learning a lot about how important the right pair of shoes are for a woman. LaShante was very understanding. We continued to shoot and discussed doing a studio shoot next and I explained that I have a friend with a studio so when she’s available we can shoot.
Both of these shoots were fun and each model was amazing. I feel that each of them have the personality to explore whatever they like in life. I look forward to watching them grow and when they make it, they can take me a long for the ride.