I had used the very capable Ashley Rihel: Hair and Makeup Artist on several corporate, meetup and model portfolio assignments. She is always on time and ready to work. During a recent studio session Ashley asked if I would do some trade work with her to develop her MUA portfolio. Always willing to help I said “Sure, let me know”. Soon it went to off into direction I hadn’t expected.Thank you ladies
The original conversation with Ashley was for ‘a’ model and we’d split the studio cost. As time passed it went to 2 models. No worries – headshots only – in and out in under 2-3 hours with makeup.
A few days after setting up for the headshot portfolio session for Ashley I got a message from Gaylee. A friend and fellow photographer; owner of Urban Chic Designs Photography Gaylee had found a studio for rent closer to her home than Dallas and asked if I would go look at it with her. Always willing to help I said “Sure, let me know”.
The studio was on the smallish side but well equipped with background sets. Unfamiliar with the provided lighting equipment my monoblocks and modifiers would work well enough. Gaylee’s a wiz with props and clothing and Ashley wants images for her port – right? The hourly and day rates were very reasonable so we decided – after a beer stop at the local Fuzzy’s – to rent it at the day rate – 8 full hours. Now – all we needed were models.[pullquote align="left"]Now – all we needed were models.[/pullquote]
Coordination between Ashley and Gaylee worked well and we booked 10 models fully understanding grandmothers tend to pass away on TF shoot days and we’d end up with 4-5 models.
We had 8 show up over the course of the day.
The models, at left, ranged in age from 17-~35ish. White, black, Asian and Hispanic. Experience levels were just as diverse – from brand-new to very experienced. Quite the mix, I was very pleased with the subjects for the all day shoot.
This started as simple session to help a friend’s business. Photographing 8 models in 8 hours for portrait portfolio development taught me a few things also.
Models: (Left to right – top to bottom)
- Cynthia Ann
- Ms Click
- Alisha Lee
- Pocky Pants
- Amanda Rose
Thank you ladies for the experience – you were all great to work with.