So, I’ve always been into photography. But after all this time, I’ve never really had a model that’s there for me. I’ve always been the type to take action shots or random whatever-is-around-the-house type things. I love capturing people in their natural environment before they pretend in front of the camera. That being said, I was giving this opportunity to shoot the beautiful and very camera-friendly Samantha Laura Kaye. Sam is looking to build her portfolio as well as crack into the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM. I’m just trying to learn and see where I fit in.
To be honest, the shoot was last minute and unplanned by me. Not that it makes a difference, I’m not sure I would’ve done it any differently had I had time. I had never had my own model to myself nor had I been on many shoots, so I wasn’t too sure of what exactly I should be doing. Sam helped where she could by bringing large amounts of sexy lingerie and we had a great house to use in De Waterkant.
It was tough directing a model for the first time. I know I didn’t do a good job at it. I also didn’t know what I wanted so didn’t convey my thoughts well enough. Normally I let people do their own thing and I snap. This is totally different. Much harder. And needs much more creativity from me, which probably isn’t my strong point. On the plus side, I can look at the outcome and see what I would’ve liked changed. I must just remember to voice those thoughts and remember that the model is there to do what I ask.
It was also the first time I’d ever used a speedlight. Or any other type of additional lighting, actually. I kind of got the hang of it but there’s a lot of practice that needs to happen first. And I also need my own! Sam also let me use her 10-24mm which you can see in some shots. I loved it too and it’s definitely one I’d like to save up for.
I loved working with Sam and I’m hoping to shoot her again in the next few days before she goes to London for a few months. You can see the pics here. Don’t forget to vote for Sam on the 100 Sexiest and you can keep track of her on her site.