This shoot like many shoots I have done in the past with people I have never meet before had me a bit jittery. Yes! I get jittery and not because I doubt my skills but its just the feeling of anxiety of not knowing what to expect. She contacted me on Facebook initially and we spoke. I guess my random posts of past works are paying off. But I digress. She’d seen my work and was ready to commit.
Because of the COVID-19 reality that we’re living in, I was a bit reluctant to shoot in public because I didn’t want to draw any attention because of my setup. However, she mentioned that she lived in the eastern area and preferred the scenery in that area. The problem with that is that there are many location options but many are privately owned and the road way is a bit narrow and can be potentially hazardous. So pre-shoot Myra and I scoped out the area for an ideal spot. Eventually we were stuck on a parking area near Black Beard’s Lighthouse and the pathway at Montague where sea-grape trees form arch. She settled on that location after I sent her a few snapshots.
We were originally supposed to shoot at 2:30 but in reality 3:05 Bahamian time. I got to the location a bit early on the day just to scope out the scene and to look for framing possibilities. I still had no idea the poses I was going for or what she would be wearing to make the process easier. I was jittery because I had no clue about her personality, would I have to work hard to posing?
Dr Campbell arrived eventually after a short wait looking very stunning in a yellow romper she said she purchased in New York but never wore until that day. She was inspired by the snapshot of the location that I sent earlier. She was running a bit late because of the traffic. Apparently, there was lots of traffic because of the last minute shopping before the weekend lock down. But the real reason she was late was because of her makeup artist who did an amazing job. Great make-up artists make my work in post a whole lot easier.
So we go to shooting and she was very eager. We started at the furthest point and worked our way back to the parking area. She had a very bubbly personality and it intensified when her friend came on location and made the experience more enjoyable. I should have asked her name. Even though I chose the location to be a bit conspicuous, as people passed by in their cars, they cheered her on adding to the excitement of the moment. I wanted to try a fluid poses since she was in good spirits but every time I suggested it she reminded me that she was over 50. Does she look it?
The final shots of this great shoot were of Deborah sitting on a bench enjoying life as her friend poured more wine into her glass while teasing and jerking her. I used that opportunity to catch a few candid shots that captured her true essence.
So the lesson I learned that day was to simply enjoy life because it’s shorter than you think. To see more images from this session click on the gallery link below