Not every shoot has a story. Sometimes the photograph is all that’s necessary.
I hope to shoot a series of portraits with the dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Yesterday, Shayla-Vie was my test. Initially she wasn’t my first choice but when I talked with her backstage after a show at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, she sparkled. I could sense so much warmth and goodness in her heart. I knew she had to be the model for my test.
The shoot started slow for me. It wasn’t Shayla-Vie’s fault. She was relaxed after a few minutes. I think I was trying too hard to get something I thought the dance company would like. Normally I’m so spontaneous, even during my big ad shoots. Near the end I started to let go and work with the daylight coming through my window instead of forcing the shots. Subconciously Shayla-Vie must have sensed my renewed energy. A new strength came through in her expressions that hadn’t been there earlier in the shoot.
I love this portrait so much.
Shayla-Vie Jenkins photographed in my daylight studio on August 30, 2011.