I truly enjoy working with the same model again and again. It gives us a chance to develop a relationship, a sense of trust, and an understanding of the work we are doing together. Some of the work I like the most has come from these creative relationships. But all relationships start somewhere and in the case of figure photography, it is with the first session. You hear lots of advice about a first shoot . . . meet beforehand to discuss what you both want from the session, cover limits and expectations, and so forth. In my experience, most new model relationships start with an email, an agreement to work together, and a date for the shoot. When the model arrives, I like to show her a little of my portfolio and chat for a bit, but we really get to know each other by plunging into the work.
It is a moment of mutual vulnerability . . . While the model is more vulnerable, certainly, the photographer risks sharing his vision, a piece of his artistic soul. "What do you want me to do?" the model asks. And I begin to tell her. For the relationship to really work, there has to be trust on both sides. Trust and vulnerability. At least, that's how it seems to me. I'm curious to know what my model friends think
The image above is of a wonderful model I had a chance to work with for the first time several days ago . . . Blueriverdream. She is poised and comfortable and elegant in front of the camera and she settled into this moment in a lovely and pure way. I look forward to working with her again.