Almost two years ago, I took my first steps in learning model photography at the now defunct Pinhole Box Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia through a local meetup.com group. It was a great day and I learned a lot of lighting techniques from the instructors but much more so from the model.
Meet Roxie: beautiful, sweet, effervescent, and a natural in front of an audience. She loves the camera and the camera loves her back.
Image above made with a Nikon D300 camera, a Nikon 105 VR macro lens, and studio lights
Coincidentally, we had briefly met the night before at the Roulette table during a charity event. Even then, her sparkling personality stood out amongst the hundred or so other guests. On our initial meeting at the studio, we both recognized and acknowledged each other with a smile and a nod.
There were three other models there for the 20-plus photographers to take our turns shooting with the different props and setups but I gravitated back towards Roxie. I was uncomfortable with the crowd, my lack of experience, and the general hustle and bustle of “getting the shot” but she met my unease with enthusiasm and friendliness and I couldn’t help but enjoy the experience of a very clever cover girl.