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Test Shoot with Temple

A few weeks ago I reached out to a local modeling agency to set up some test shoots. Agency test shoots are something that allowed me to experiment during shoots and I did them somewhat frequently before covid, but I haven't felt inspired to do many over the last two years, especially with agencies, mainly because the pandemic had a big impact on my mental health. A lot happened over these last two years that really shifted the coarse of my life, in some ways good but in many ways not so good. I still really miss the life I had before the pandemic and it's been a struggle just to get back a fraction of it. At the end of 2021 I started renting a room from my chosen family, and that started the process of healing and finding myself again, which eventually led me to feeling so much less worry in my life and much more energized and inspired to get people in front of my camera with the sole purpose of having a good time and making something (hopefully) beautiful at the same time. I decided to start at a run and set up four different test shoots over this last week. The reason I'm going in depth with this explanation is because I only realized today that it's been exactly two years now since I have felt this good and this optimistic about photography and life in general, before the pandemic really started affecting mine and everyone else's lives. To me that's significant because I was worried my life had gone completely off track for good, and sometimes I never thought I'd feel good again. I'm feeling much more optimistic again, and while these shoots don't necessarily visually represent that state of mind, they personally represent that shift in state of mind to me. That's all I really have to say about myself and will get to the images.

This model, Temple, was really great to work with. He brought amazing creativity to the shoot with his posing, expressiveness, and personal style. I feel like I haven't gotten this many good shots from a shoot in a really long time. All were lit using natural light and a 5-in-1 reflector disk, sometimes using the diffusion disk inside the reflector to diffuse the sun, and sometimes just using the direct sunlight for itís sculpting effect. I edited most of these to somewhat match my favorite pair of rose-tinted sunglasses. The untied shoes, while likely going to be hated by some, was an intentional stylistic choice by the model and I really loved the playfulness/ youthful feel of it. I apologize for dumping so many images here at once.

Camera used was an original Canon 5D with a Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens.











Mar 12, 2022 at 05:14 AM

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