We move on, removing the mirror that we used on the previous page.
For me, the difficult part about preparing for a sitting with a new model is figuring out what we should do. The objective for initial sittings is "get acquainted", but it takes a session or two before I have a good sense of what the model looks like & how she moves & how she responds to direction & what animates her, etc. So, for many of these setups, it's just a blind guess.
Note to beginning photographers: Do your homework before the sitting. It's not enough to invite a model over & then hope that something good happens. You should prepare some concepts ahead of time, and if necessary have the appropriate props & lighting available. Sure, there's room for spontaneity, but the best photographs come from a prepared photographer.
So, what if you don't know what to do? For me, that often happens when working with a new model (especially one with limited experience), and when that does, I fall back on some generic ideas. For the images on this page, I fall back on a favorite concept: Do something to keep the model's hands busy.
the time, I didn't realize the technical problems we were having -- I
didn't check the exposure with the digital camera for this setup.
The scarf is dark, but when the light hits it just right, it has a deep
ruby sheen that's great, but this side lighting isn't the right light
for the scarf -- we needed more direct light (meaning light that came
from the direction of the camera position). Ah, well.
But we weren't done -- I get Jessica's boyfriend to help for the next images.