The Emerald Lady
The Emerald Lady was one of the first models I worked with when I started shooting portraits. After years of making vague resolutions to learn how to use studio lights I finally took at lighting class at Photo Center NW and start going out to a glamour modeling meetup. The very first glamour shoot had a bit of a technical issue, I had set my camera on manual focus mode and was too nervous to notice that the half-press of the shutter button wasn’t actually focusing the lens. Lyssa was the second model I worked with and at least that time I was able to get in-focus shots.
Seeing Lyssa’s name pop up again in my email for an upcoming shoot for the glamour meetup gave me an idea of seeing how much I had learned in the nearly two years since I had last worked with her. After editing the photos I saw that I have learned quite a bit, but not where I expected. The real improvement was in terms of post-processing rather than lighting. I’m still having trouble visualizing light and getting the effect I want. Looking at my photos from two years ago shot at Studio Paradiso I can see a lot of areas where I could have done a much better job retouching. At the time I didn’t see some problems and didn’t have the tools to fix the issues.
It might be an interesting exercise to go back to some of my older photos and re-edit them… if I wasn’t already snowed under a pile of new edits to do and limited time to do them in.
You can find Lyssa on Model Mayhem and Facebook. Working with Lyssa is a delight. I only had a 30 minute time slot but was very pleased with the work we created. She has beautiful expression using her hands and worked with the selected outfit to create some stunning poses.