I didn't realize it at the time, but I was in The Zone. Deeply focused, I was in a daze when it ended and needed a few minutes to mentally adjust to the real world.
I did my first studio shoot yesterday. I'm enrolled in an Intro to Studio Lighting course that requires us to do at least two studio shoots using the equipment and techniques we learn about in class. I doubt I will ever do studio shoots professionally, but I'm learning more about light, which is what photography is all about.
Although I was anxious about operating the equipment for the first time, I was blessed with an amazing model. Ruby is like family. She began babysitting for us when she was fifteen, and we all were devastated when she graduated high school and moved to New York to pursue an acting career. Luckily for me, she was home to visit her family and willing to give up some precious visiting time to model for me.
Because I'm still rather maternal toward Ruby, whom I will always see in part as age fifteen, I needed to step outside myself for a while to capture the striking young woman in front of me.
Ruby arrived with her hair beautifully pinned up, but I soon asked if she minded taking it down.
I couldn't resist featuring her hair. Just look at that.
It catches the light so beautifully.
I strongly prefer close-ups in all my photography, but I needed to mix it up a little.
As I downloaded the photos to my computer, my son protested that they "do not look like Ruby at all." The sexy adult is not the persona he knows.
The girl he knows is his favorite, most fun babysitter ever. The one who would wear her bathing suit so she could run in the sprinkler with the kids. During the shoot, I would make her smile or laugh, take her photo, and proclaim, "There's our Ruby!" Apparently my son felt the same way, because he declared this image "the best Ruby."
She may be grown up now, but she'd still run through the sprinkler with the kids if given the chance, and she was nice enough to come play with me in the studio yesterday. I couldn't have asked for a more special way to try studio photography for the first time. I love this kid. Thanks, Ruby.