Model Tara sent me a message on a previous casting call letting me know she’d like to work with me on a future GELOSI SESSIONS PROJECT. She’s a surfer and a bartender and only models for fun. We talked about a bigger photography project I’d like to shoot that will take some coordination of resources, but opted to start with a simple studio session. To put it bluntly, Tara was phenomenal. In the 3 hours that we worked together she channeled so many different looks–from girl-next-door to rockin’ chick–it was breathtaking to shoot.
I started the GELOSI SESSIONS PROJECT to grow as a photographer, but I have an ulterior motive, too. I get to meet interesting people and hear some of their stories. I suppose that’s why I enjoyed photographing Taylor, an aspiring chemist who begins college this fall. She models on the side, proving that you can be very smart and very beautiful. For me, this is what portrait photography is all about.
The purpose of the GELOSI SESSIONS PROJECT was to challenge my photography skills. Sometimes, I do that by writing a brief and choosing a style that’s new to me. When I was introduced to model and actress Camille Montgomery, I knew I wanted to try something new. I chose the photographic style of the late great fashion photographer Sam Haskins.
I felt the need to get a different style of shots into my portfolio–something with a burst of color and a sense of movement. So I put out a casting call on the GELOSI SESSIONS PROJECT for a female model who liked to move. I was introduced to Jenifer, a model and a dancer who fit the bill perfectly. She was looking for new headshots, but we opted to try some less formal portraits while she moved around the studio. We only planned to shoot about 100 frames. We had so much fun we shot about 250.
While flipping through the work I’ve been doing on the GELOSI SESSIONS PROJECT in the portrait studio, I realized that my portfolio was weighted with more women than men. After posting a casting call for a studio-based portrait session that was intended for a black and white finish, I met up with Natan, a fellow Illinois native who had only recently transplanted to Los Angeles. This was one of those shoots where the very first frame was spot on.
I decided to take a solo vacation and see the last great frontier: Alaska. Of course, I brought my camera gear. And, of course, I put out a casting call to do a session while I was on the road. I was fortunate to meet Chelsea, a beautiful model and knowledgable native who gave me a small tour of downtown Anchorage where we caught these shots.
I never know what I’m going to get when I post a casting call. Let’s just say I’m pretty lucky. I put the word out that I was looking for a female model to do a fashion-oriented style photography. Not only did I get a 2-for-1 response, but both models are former Miss USA contestants. Brittany and Claire are models and entrepreneurs who have recently launched a makeup and styling business called Be Blushed. But they haven’t strayed far from the lens and we had so much fun the time went by in a flash.