I loved this shoot! I say that about all of my shoots, but I really mean it. I think that it’s a process, the way that the magic happens. Before a shoot I usually feel a bit of anxiety or nervousness. I remind myself that this is normal and that if I didn’t have these feelings, I wouldn’t be in love with what I do. I also remind myself to be myself. My mantra is: Just do your thing. It never fails me. I am most successful when I am able to just do my thing. Now, there are certainly contributing factors. Light, location, subject. I usually tell my clients that I’ll look at weather. I don’t really care about the temperature, I care about the light. I ask my clients if they have a special place that means something to them? Fortunately for me, Alice did. Her grandparent’s family farm was the perfect setting. And fortunately for me, Michele Taylor, my expert hair and makeup gal was available that cold Saturday morning. I try and have all of the pieces together before the day of the shoot. Often times, I’ll drop off some slick magazines for the girls to peruse and I ask them to tag the images that they like. I ask them to really think about it. I ask them why they like the image. Is it because of the wardrobe, the light, the location or the posture of the model? We might have a conversation before the shoot, but because we all lead busy lives, it’s usually the day of the shoot. I get a sense from these young women what is important to them. How they see themselves, how they view the image and how they wish to be seen. And then, we rock and roll!