John and I had some Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock last night because there is something to celebrate.
The abandoned house next door is (we assume)
A couple of weeks ago (actually the Saturday before last) I had the opportunity to do a real photoshoot. With an actual trained model and everything.
Sarah, who is way more socially connected and networked then I will ever be, knows Tracy McElfresh, who is a local seamstress who custom makes vintage-inspired dresses, introduced the two of us and basically set everything up. The whole purpose of the shoot was to catalog some of Tracy’s new dresses and new designs. (Sarah wrote about observing the shoot in her blog)
We all met up – Sarah and I, Tracy, and Mandalynn (the model) – at The Clash, which is a consignment store/art gallery in downtown Dayton. The shoot itself took place on the sidewalks and in the alleys surrounding the store.
It was my first time working with an actual model (previously when shooting people my style has been along the lines of “just keep doing what you are doing and pretend that I am not even here”) and I was relieved that she pretty much knew what to do, and that I didn’t need to give her a lot of direction as to how to move and pose.
Basically, the whole thing was a lot of fun and I took a lot of photos (most of which turned out really well). Hopefully I will get to do something like this again sometime.
(Shameless commerce plug – you should go to Tracy’s shop and order something. She does really good work. I am planning on getting her to make me something, I just have to decide what!)