Back in November, I planned a personal project for December 2015. I asked local fellow photographers on my personal Facebook page if they would like to exchange a photo shoot with me. I offered them one hour meeting, when both, them and me, would be a model and a photographer. The truth is, I failed to make the project in time. The project evolves much slower than I would like it to, but the good thing is that it didn’t stop at all. And now I’m ready to show you the second part of it. I’ll remind that the first part was devoted to Yuliya Shumskaya.
This time I was meeting with a photographer, based in Salaspils, but working with her clients mostly in Riga, Yulia Kovalchuk from ArtMelange Studio. I’ll start from telling you how we almost didn’t meet. Like I usually do it, I had been recharging the camera battery pack before the shoot. But this time, I forgot to insert it back! I swear, it’s the first time something like that has happened to me! The moment I realised that it had been left at home I was ready to get on the tram. So I had to return to fetch the battery pack. Luckily, Yulia agreed to wait for me for another 40 minutes!
We had known each other with Yulia Kovalchuk for several years, but we never were close enough to meet in person. And I’m so happy this project brought us together! We chose a cosy little cafe in Old Riga as a location for our shoot. It turned up though that the atmosphere in the cafe was too relaxing for the shoot. I did accomplish my obligations (and even a little bit more this time), but I believe my work would be much more impressive, if we had some things less to say to each other! We talked all.the.time. Do you know that feeling when you start talking faster and even more faster, because you understand that the time you have will end pretty soon and there is just too many things to talk about? This is how it happened to us!
Anyway, we had a great time together!
Now, let me share the details. As mentioned above, we chose a nice cafe “Parunāsim” in the heart of Old Riga as our location. The cafe has a second floor with some small tables near windows. I was worried about mixed lighting, because the windows were pretty small to light the whole room because of how old the building is and there was some artificial light too. But luckily the light from the lamps was too dimmed and I think it didn’t actually reach our table. Therefore I didn’t have any strange casts on my subject except the orange cast from the table lamp. Oh, that table lamp! It has ruined a few of my shots disbalancing my composition! Actually, of course, no. It was me, who was too excited about the shoot, so that my brains almost stopped working! Therefore I didn’t move the lamp at first, so as it didn’t came to my mind simply to turn it off!
And here is were my little anoxiety transmitted to her.
I took both of my lenses with me — the 135 mm and the 30 mm. I prefer to work with the first one outdoors and with the second one indoors, if those are not portrait close-ups that I’m working on. So I started with the 30 mm lens on, and then, while being still inside, switched to the 135 mm. This introduced another moment. Apparently, I was too happy and the levels of my endorphin hormone were too high, which made me too self-confident, and suddenly I decided that I actually CAN shoot with a shutter speed 1/160 of a second with a 135 mm lens. The truth is, I can’t. I can hardly shoot with it with a shutter speed 1/200 of a second without a camera shake, and I don’t ever shoot with it with a shutter speed 1/250 of a second when I’m on a client session, just because stress always makes my hands a little bit shakier. I can’t, but I did and I had consequences. And as a result of this every second shot I got had a camera shake, that, unfortunately, was not big enough to see it on my LCD screen and make a conclusion on time.
And, by the way, here you can compare two similar shots, the first one taken with the 30 mm lens, the other one with the 135 mm one.
After shooting and having tea in the cafe we head out outside. The weather was pretty nice and light was just great that day! The sun was hiding behind a very light cloud cover and was pretty low, so there was no problem with making it look soft and directional. The cloud cover also made it possible for the beautiful backlighting.
And here is a similar shot that I actually like more than the previous one because of the more thoughtful composition, but it has a slight camera shake, mentioned above. So as the next one.
Here I wanted to shoot her with the reflection, but I totally forgot that my 135 mm lens has some weird relationships with some reflections (I swear, I saw only one reflection, while my lens gave me two)! I haven’t figured out the reason of it yet, because it has never really bothered me. I guess, it’s a good time to finally do it.
Apparently, Yulia was also totally distracted by our talk, and didn’t make much from this session. This is why we agreed on another meeting with just me being her model. So here I’m going to share her pictures from that second shoot that I LOVE. Speaking of the first shoot, she was a great model for me though and even was so kind to share with me some tips about posing!
I had two of my girls with me on the second shoot, but I’m actually happy about it. It was a great opportunity to have some together shots. My girls did great, the oldest made a duck from the snow, and the little one was totally amused by that. And thus I had my chance to step away and pose all by myself for Yulia too.
I must say, being Yulia’s model was a true joy! She was full of ideas and used the location very creatively. I’ve got a lot of directions on where to move and what to do, which certainly made my job as a model much easier!
Here are some of my favorite pictures that I got from Yulia! Thank you so much Yulia for participating in my project!
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