I have grown to love marathon shoots. Although they tend to be physically taxing they are SO worth the effort. That's one of the reason I have dubbed them "marathon shoots". It really comes down to a law of averages type of situation. It's just more likely for me to get more great captures out of several shoots rather than just one.
So what is a marathon shoot some of you may wonder? It's when I schedule several mini-shoots back to back in a 4+ hour time slot. Usually the "mini-shoots" involve just one look (outfit) for a half hour session. I will work to get as many different poses in as I can during that half hour. As long as the subjects are on time for their session and easy to work with then things work out great. That has been the case with every marathon shoot I've had this year. Including the one that yielded this capture.
There were actually more than a few things that had to come together to pull this photo off. First and foremost was a 'model' who could make it work. That's where JB came in. His mom Tanya signed him up for one of the slots in my marathon shoot. Lil dude was a complete ham. And that was not a bad thing at all. He gave off just the right amount of attitude for the camera. There's a big difference between cockiness and confidence. His confidence shined thru brightly.
Then there's the outfit. What you see here was not entirely JB's wardrobe. It so happened there was another guy there for an earlier shoot who had the leather bomber jacket and aviator shades. The pics he took in them were cool and all but something told me the look would have a bigger effect if JB was sporting it. I could not have been more right. JB owned that gear like it was his from day one.
There was also the issue of the lighting. The whole purpose of this particular marathon shoot was for me to get more experience working on different lighting techniques. It was something that I had struggled with early on when using darker backgrounds. I was able to achieve just the right ratio here though. Props go out to to my friend Jaye who was assisting though. She tweaked the set-up just a little bit right before this shot. Then she held the reflector in the right spot to get the perfect exposure on JB's face.
Another thing was just a little bit of luck. I realized with the first photo I snapped that the glasses were acting as mirrors catching anything in them that was in front of JB. Including me. And the first photo also captured Jaye as well. It gave me the idea of putting Tanya in that spot instead. I knew that I could always edit out everything else in post-processing so that the only thing you see is Mom checking out her son.
There are some captures that I instantly fall in love with the minute I see it on my camera's LED screen. But that's only part of the test. Some of my images look awesome on that small screen but not not quite so amazing when I put them on my 17-inch laptop screen to edit. That wasn't the case with this one. I was so enamored by this photo that I immediately knew this was one of the pictures I wanted on the animation for the front page of my website when I revamped it. Sometimes you just instantly know when you got a good thing. Feels good to be right...