Keeping with the red theme of Valentine’s Day, Sha came back to my studio for a repeat shoot. While most of the work was outdoors, we did a few shots inside as well. This is one of them.
Met Rafa last year and finally got to work with him. He’s a natural in front of the camera and did better than 90% of the people who come through the studio doors. He is smart, talented, funny, and able to project a wide range of feelings. He convincingly can give you bold and brave, and then move into meek and cautious. He portrays playful as skillfully as he does quiet reserve. He’s preparing to leave the area so I want to work with him one more time before he leaves. He’s too good a talent to miss out on one more shoot.
It is quite rare for a model to walk through the door to the studio and turn out to be an absolutely spectacular find. Sadly it is more often true that you get someone who is stiff, cold, unwilling to do what you need them to do, and just generally a waste of your time and money. But then you sometimes hit the Jackpot. That was what happened to me when Aleks walked through my door.
Aleksander Dragov and I connected when I responded to an ad he had placed looking for modeling jobs. Never have I found a man who was as animated, so lively, so imaginative, so expressive, not to mention so gorgeous, as Aleks. We worked together four times and those sessions produced some absolutely phenomenal photos.
Aleks wants to be on a book cover and I have shown his photos widely to encourage a book cover artist to use him. Look at him. Wouldn’t you be attracted to a book that featured him on the cover? Be honest.
Nineteen years old, body by God, animated, expressive, can assume just about any personality you want. Aleks is a photographer’s dream come true.
This is obviously not a guy nor a book cover, but it is one of my favorite orchids. Each spring I put my orchids outside on the back deck and I basically ignore them all summer long. If they get wet its because of rain. In other words, its survival of the fittest. Each fall just before the first frost I bring them in and typically they have all set flowers and are producing some spectacular flowers starting in November, peaking around Thanksgiving. That is true again this year, with the following plant being my favorite this year. In addition to being beautiful, I like dendrobiums because once they start to flower they can remain in bloom for up to five months — pretty good for a plant that has a reputation for being very fragile.
Had an interesting photo shoot with Luke on Tuesday afternoon. He is definitely attractive and photographed well. I’ve never worked with someone who is also a photographer and had strong views on what constituted an acceptable pose. It took a little while to get accustomed to one another but I think we got some okay shots.