Somehow…I just knew. I don’t know how, but I just KNEW.
Stacie and I met casually enough…a mutual friend (Kimberly Marvel…learn more here: http://kimberlymarvel.blogspot.com/ ) was about to shoot with a friend of mine (Chuck, the Monk of Mayhem…you can find some of his work here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/monkofmayhemphotography/ ) at my place, and Kimberly brought Stacie along for the ride (and to meet me for possible future shoots, I suppose). I was flabbergasted…not only was she undeniably cute as all get out, but her personality just ROCKED! She’s definitely got one of the funnier personalities of the models I know with a great sense of humor. She stayed for a while…got an idea of what it was all about…and as she left, told me to give her a call when I was ready for a shoot.
Time passes. I have some other shoots with some other models…finally, it comes to Stacie’s turn. I love first shoots with new models…we’re learning about each other and what we can both bring to the table…and Stacie brought a LOT:
I think that’s the pic that got the most reaction….and rightfully so. Actually, it’s been ages since I had a first shoot with a “new-to-me” model that caused such a firestorm of reaction from the fans (Shannon was the last time).
The shoot went well…but I think Stacie and I really “clicked” when I did the first elbow tie. I asked her to put her back to me so I could see how close her elbows would get. She kinda sighed and said, “They don’t touch,” in an almost defeated kinda way. “Well…let’s try and see what comes of it…we’ll be careful,” I replied. I tied the ropes off and was amazed…her first try at it and they were less than an inch from touching…any model can tell you how amazing that is. After making sure that she’d be ok in the position, I took this shot:
I took it mainly to show her how well she was doing, but liked it so much, it wound up being added to the pic update when I finally sent it into the site. She was AMAZED when I showed her this…it really shows in this “Behind The Scenes” shot of me showing her the above pic…
Check the surprised look on her face…she really didn’t think that she could do the pose, and here she was doing it, succeeding at it, and going far with it! I could tell that she was happy with herself and how the shoot was going…and that I had found a real gem!
The rest of the shoot went off without a hitch…she did some AMAZING work with me…some of the best stuff I’d ever lensed. It’s rare that I want to shoot models back to back (meaning, book them for another shoot before shooting with someone else in between), but I did with Stacie. Don’t know what it is…her sparkling personality, wit, charm…or that she just ties up so dang well…
It’s rare that someone inspires me to do this kinda caliber of work…Stacie definitely qualifies as a “muse” in my shooting career…and somebody that I hope to be shooting with for a long, long time!!