I’m not going to lie – I was nervous about this one. She’s a photographer, a photographer who wanted to hire me to take her photos. And not just any photos – but photos that she wants to grace her new website and blog. I mean, it’s pretty important. Not only that – but the photo shoot was to take place in Toronto. Yes, Canada. In other words – I would be totally unprepared location-wise, having never been there before. Everything would have to come to me on the spot – no pre-planning. And so I was a little bit nervous.
But along with the nervousness there was this huge excitement. Excitement because 1) she obviously likes my work enough to want me to take her portraits 2) I’d be in a brand new location which would probably be filled with inspiration and 3) I’d get to make a new friend in the process. Win -w in, right?
As soon as I met Dallas all of the nervousness went away. I realised that she was so genuine, patient, and kind – and that she totally trusted me! She even brought along three different outfits! Yes – you heard me – three! And so everything fell beautifully into place. It didn’t rain like it was supposed to, the light was just perfect (cloudy, but not grey), and she was just so wonderful and easy to photograph and my camera loved her.
We started shooting and the excitement poured into my heart ten fold. We’d be photographing, and whenever I’d take a quick look at the screen on the back of the camera, I’d get a wave of happiness – because capturing such beautiful moments is something I was born to do. I feel so lucky to do something that I’m so passionate about. So, so lucky.
So, here are my favourites – which, by the way, were very hard to chose as I could have chosen them all ;). Also – for those wondering, I shot this entire series with the Canon 85mm 1.2 (which I had rented for the weekend!). I fell in love, and now have dreams of owning it ;).
Think Dallas looks like a great person? That’s because she IS! Find her at these places:
For those who are interested, this was shot with the Canon 5d mark ii using the (rented) Canon 85mm 1.2 lens. The Photoshop actions I used were all part of the November 2011 Collection which you can buy here.