70’s poolside with Brandon Marc
After our Okinawan-inspired shoot, I was lucky enough to get the chance to work with Brandon Marc again. This time, I kept it simple with a 1970’s styled shoot.
I had been holding onto an awesome polyester shirt I’d wanted to use in a shoot for quite some time. Brandon was the perfect model to bring that shirt to life. His poses were strong, but casual at the same time.
As many budding photographers know, you can’t control every situation. You can’t control the weather, you can’t control the sun, and you certainly can’t control who uses a pool and when! While we were shooting, families were going about their business in the pool area. I was borrowing the pool from my fabulous makeup artist, Mish (who was a tenant), so I couldn’t just tell them to scram. So in very Taoist fashion, I went with the flow and incorporated the kids into the shot. The last shot seen above is one of my favorites because the composition is so surreal that it seems like I planned it that way. When in reality, that nosy kid just wanted to watch us work.
This shot was challenging because I needed to tame the blinding sunlight being bounced around the pool area. My two strobes worked overtime and so did Brandon, whom I hope I didn’t give a sunburn from posing in high noon sun for a while.
All-in-all it was a great shoot. Thank you Mish for lending me your fabulous pool area. Thank you Brandon for lending me your time and skills. Thank you mysterious nosy kid for just being you.