About a year ago I signed up with modelmayhem.com . I wanted to expand my photography skills and start working with models. I have been working on building a home studio. Backdrop, backdrop stand, sofbox for my speedlite and a not so steep learning curve were complete. I didn't want to subject my friends and family to the time that it would take for me to be comfortable shooting with this setup. So I put it out there to a few models that I was interested in someone that was patient and that could deal with me fumbling a little. We as photographers must admit that we do fumble a little when we attempt a new type of photography. Mistakes will be made and it will take time to perfect your abilities.
A few weeks later I received a response from a model and the correspondence portion of our potential meeting began. After a few e-mails we arranged a meeting at a neutral location. You have to be careful. This goes for photographers and models. While modelmayhem does some screening, you must protect yourself. Bring a friend as well, if it makes you feel more comfortable. So we met at a local coffee shop, more to get a feel for each other and see if it would be a good fit. I asked a ton of questions as well as presented what I was interested short term as well as long term possibilities. The meeting went well. We then scheduled a time to meet for a shoot. Like most photographers I do not have a dedicated studio. My setup is in my garage. It is neat and clean and with the backdrop setup it actually looks the part. I shared this up front as I didn't want there to be any surprises. She asked if she could bring a friend. I told her that, of course, she could. I believe that any photographer that says you can't bring a friend is someone you should avoid. I went the extra step to tell my wife that I would text her if everything was going smoothly. Safety, safety, safety is the name of the game.
The shoot went well. Some of the shots were great. Some of the shots were not so great. I also learned the limits of my equipment. My SB600 Speedlite overheated. It would still work but needed time to cool down. I'm thinking of switching to dedicated LED's or may spend some money on professional strobes that have dedicated power. I have to thank the amazing model Molly Scott for her patience, professionalism and her poise during our first shoot.
Below are my favorite images from that day. I am looking forward to our next shoot and have to say that I may be hooked on this type of photography. While it is more labor intensive than my regular shoots, the results are worth it.