Every winter – which is slow season for most photographers – I grab my senior model girls and we go out for a “creative concept” shoot. This basically means I brainstorm an idea that I might not normally do with a regular client, and then I make that come to life with my girls!
My original plan was to shoot this entire session in black and white, and give it a very high contrast, grungy, moody, expressive feel. Well, I think we accomplished the grungy, moody, expressive part, but I just couldn’t stand shooting in black and white only…. so I ended up with a mix of that and color.
As always, I prepped my girls on clothing, hair and makeup, and that came up with some pretty great outfits to carry out our theme. On these bigger shoots, it seems like even the best laid plans can be thrown out the door. In this case, we actually used a location I had not even scoped out, so I knew I’d be in for some surprises. Our first obstacle came with this parking garage. My original plan was to shoot on the rooftop deck, but that didn’t work out, so we ended up shooting INSIDE the parking garage for the 1st half of the session. Then we ventured outside, ran into a lady walking her 3 greyhounds and used them as props!
The shoot was cut a bit short when a freak rainstorm rolled into downtown Dallas and sent us all running and screaming for the nearest bar. Oh wait – they are only 17 and 18? Well, it was POURING and that was the only place open nearby! Don’t worry…. we just sat down for a few mins, tried to dry off, and wait for the storm to pass before getting back to our cars. All in all, it probably was one of the most memorable group shoots I’ve ever done, and will go down in the books as just plain FUN!