I did say that. It was meant as a joke but I think it really happened. We did a double booking that day, one person in the morning, one in the afternoon. Unfortunately, at the last minute, the morning model could not come so I quickly texted Naomi to let her know she could arrive earlier.
I worked with Naomi before. The 1st shoot we did was an outdoor, on location. Things went very well back then so I had good expectations for a studio shoot. Naomi came very prepared with more clothes than I ever seen models arriving with. This was a good thing. Especially in studio where once I got the shot I was looking for on a backdrop, I tend to move on to something else. Being surrounded by 4 walls, the something else leans toward the model’s attitude. Model’s attitude and wardrobe goes along so there was plenty attitudes in Naomi’s bags.
While Julia worked on the makeup, I finished setting up the place. For some reasons, I really slacked off in the morning. I had 5 hours to kiil and instead of putting together the softboxes and lights, Julia and I went through portfolios and stories behind shootings. I now know that Julia would not be a good candidate if I ever need a MUA at motel Pierre where mystery brown water leaks from the bathroom’s ceiling. I had already plans to shoot on white seamless and on the bare walls. In addition, I mounted 2 fabric backdrops.
The 2 fabric backdrops are also cheap avenues to bring variety into a shoot. The one that looks like wall paper was about 40$ and the shag about 70$. Well maintained, these will last a long time. Stick that up somewhere and you just changed the “shoot on white” routine for a moment.
We shot for about 3 hours, pretty nonstop. We went through all 4 setups a few times, got through 3 different outfits and a few makeup changes. I really like the 1st set we did because it was the simplest possible setup we could come up with: one natural looking girl, a quickly put together everyday outfit, a white wall, and 1 light. This is the kind of thing that can be simply done just anywhere. This was also the 1st shoot where I did not swap my lens, ever. Everything was shot with the 85mm 1.8 which is a relatively inexpensive lens.
By 4pm we were done. It felt like everything was done. I felt exhausted and I could imagine Naomi was too. She did work for 2.