So things were going great with photoshoots in 2020. And then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in California. I prudently took a couple of months to see what the research on this *brand new* disease said. Then I took a couple of more months off to see how things went. And then I was just stuck in a rut. Thankfully, Yanleyna (IG) asked me to photograph her Star Trek cosplay in July. Masked up, and a little apprehensive, out I went and had an amazing time— thanks to social distancing, shooting outdoors, and double hand sanitizer.
@Liialeone mentioned that she’s been hired for modeling jobs in which the first thing they did was cover her freckles with foundation. I was completely baffled and a little offended on her behalf. My mom told me when she was a little girl, she thought there were white people, brown people, and leopard people because there was a girl in her class with the most amazing freckles. Leopard people— you can imagine my disappointment when I ended up with only one freckle and that on the very tip of my nose. Sigh.
My shoot with Banhxeobrujx (IG) on March 11, 2020, was when I started to realize the covid-19 pandemic was real. On one hand, the lack of crowds is nice for doing a photoshoot. On the other hand, good grief, where are all the people?
For my birthday in 2020, I spent a week in San Francisco so I could have the opportunity to work with some of the amazing models in the Bay Area. Bakedbybabe was the first model I scheduled, and it was a great start to the week. I especially love this photo because it reminds me of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “There was a Little Girl.”
There was a Little Girl (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
This was a fun shoot with ciarraparra (IG)— it went from downtown Stockton (rough even by my Fresno-raised standards) to the University of the Pacific (fancy!). I think this photo demonstrates one of my strengths as a photographer— utilizing “found light.” Found light is unmodified natural or ambient light, no reflector, no flash, no white piece of paper- just the light as it exists in and is modified by its immediate surroundings. It doesn’t always (okay, rarely) works. But when it does, I love the intimate feeling it provides.
Mari.Callista (IG) was nice enough to meet me at oh fuck o’clock in the morning at Sutter’s Fort so I could see what morning light is like. It’s really nice, but did I mention oh fuck o’clock?
This is from my second shoot with jadejacobartistry (Instagram). There are no photos from the first shoot because I learned the important lesson about checking locations. Just because the parking garage was there last week, doesn’t mean it won’t be a giant hole in the ground this week. Sigh.
I know— I already did this. But I missed my first (and favorite) shoot of the year due to poor organization (I know! What has this pandemic done to me? Who even am I anymore?)
So let’s do this again! This is Jkat (follow her at Instagram)! As you can see- she’s an amazing cosplayer and beautiful. What you can’t see is that she is kind, patient, fun AND funny— if I didn’t like her so much, I’d hate her. Here’s her Starfire cosplay that I was lucky enough to photograph in February 2020.