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“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” — Dorothea Lange

Photo Shoot with Sara

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So I walk down the stairs, trash bag in hand, to place into the dumpster. I noticed a red pick up truck parked in from of my neighbor's home. It was parked at a peculiar angle, engine running, with a faint image of a person behind the wheel. It was a bright day, and the reflection of the windshield prevented me from seeing who was behind the wheel. A woman, attractive, comes out of the car and gets something from the back seat. Walking back towards the main door, she looks at me and waves. I wave back. 

 

"Your daughter goes to the ballet school across the street right?"

 

Hmm, how does she know? She does look a bit familiar.

 

"Yes, she does."

 

"I've seen you there, my daughter also attends."

 

"AHH! Yes, I remember you now haha! So what are you doing around here?

 

"I teach Yoga right next to you."

 

"What? There's a yoga studio next to my place? How cool!"

 

After talking for a bit, I take her info, and I attend one of her yoga classes. An excellent teacher, she had me bruised for days haha. That was incredible. She was also pretty damn impressive. Most yoga practitioners I know do very simple relaxed poses. She made my muscles question sanity during one of her classes. It was incredible. 

 

I begin following her Instagram and notice her posts. Truly an inspirational person. 

 

Weeks go by, and I begin experimenting with a new lighting technique; low key lighting. One day I say to myself, "I would like to photograph an athlete, to make muscles more pronounced with this style. That same day she posts on Instagram, and I quickly send her a message to see if she would be interested in a photo shoot. I explain the concept, and she was totally in!

 

 

 

Granted, it doesn't look like much, but I was pleasantly surprised with the final shot. 

 

 

Sara made the entire photo shoot seem pleasant, and above all, very easy for me. In fact, she made me feel like a professional photographer haha. She helped me learned much from this technique, and I look forward to building upon what I learned. Now, low key wasn't the only technique we played with. 

 

 

 The antics of a photographer haha.  Sara was such a pleasure to shoot with, and I look forward to more collaborative projects with her.