If you follow my blog, you may have noticed I was away for a bit. My company sent me overseas to Afghanistan for some contract work, and I didn’t get to take my camera. So no shooting for several months. I am back though, and looking forward to sharing my perspectives after some time away.
The past few months I have begun dabbling in the Denver modeling scene . . .
although I am not sure it is much of a scene. What I have determined is that Denver really is not where you want to live if you want to become a runway model or runway model photographer. Which is really pretty obvious if you think about it. What concerns me, and why I feel compelled to write about it, is that there is a definite group of people in the Denver area who are trying to pretend that it is. They throw free events for young pretty girls then offer to make them models for several thousand dollars. Problem is, there aren’t enough jobs here to make that investment worthwhile.
What there is in Denver is a great bunch of ladies with talent and ambition who are a joy to work with. And some great photographers willing to work with them.
Aspiring models – as you seek to build your portfolios, I highly encourage you to use some of the free and reputable Internet sites such as Model Mayhem or the Colorado Modeling Network to network with photographers. And as for those promising great futures for big bucks – enjoy their free events if you like. Some of the girls have a lot of fun being pampered for an evening! But stay away from expensive obligations. Resist their promises of great futures in their hands. And if you do consider working with them, know that they are definitely going to want to show a lot of skin. Because let’s face it, sex always sells.
We decided to shoot in at the historic buildings in Lakewood with a casual 50s kind of look.
We started next to the old diner. This proved to be a challenging location to get much interesting though.
So we moved on to the abandoned gas station looking building. We initially moved over there because it was a perfect match to her outfit. But playing around here proved to be pretty fun. Here we were getting some cool sunlight coming in through the windows behind her.
The windmill was one of our number one targets for the shoot, so we took it on next as the lighting was getting right for it. I had to switch to a wide-angle lens here to get the windmill and Ashley. The clouds were being cooperative and we got some pretty cool shots here.
Next destination - the old barn. The sun was setting giving us the opportunity to play with the dark contrasted with the lighting.
For the final shots, Ashley jumped a gate and climbed up some stairs for some dreamy early evening shots.
Emily is a young model with some awesome athetic talent . . .
For this shoot, our original goal was to try to get some sunset shots with mountains in the background. However, mother nature had other plans. The clouds were looking grim, so we gave up on our original planned location, stayed closer to the car, and got some pretty cool shots anyway!
Emily is a dancer and started off doing some shoulder stand poses. This one came out pretty cool.
We ended the session with her jumps. These were by far my favorite of the set. The timing was a bit tricky . . . I’m pretty sure she got a good workout as I tried to get the timing just right.
Then came the rain. Luckily, we got some pretty good stuff in before though.