I don’t usually repeat the same subject matter this many times in a post so I thought I’d give a brief explanation as well as some comments on my beautiful subject, Ira.
I met Ira while taking tango lessons and danced with her once or twice. She was soft-spoken and seemed a bit shy. However, that doesn’t mean she was timid. She is quite successful and a dedicated dancer. She’s a very hard worker. I was struck by her quiet beauty, though she admits that it wasn’t until she saw some of these images that she began to acknowledge that beauty.
When I asked her to pose for me, this was the image that I had in my mind’s eye. Now, I didn’t actually know how we’d get that picture. I certainly didn’t have the hoodie in mind. I didn’t know if we’d be indoors or outside – but the quiet, soft glow of her face, her lips, the shape of her cheeks and chin – that’s what I hoped to capture.
We decided to shoot outdoors against the gray stucco wall of a neighboring house that was still under construction. It was a Sunday afternoon and just as we were beginning to shoot, a powerful thunderstorm let loose it’s pounding rains, gusty winds and loud cracks of thunder and lightning. It scared the bejeezus out of us as we huddled under the protection of the front porch overhang .
I didn’t know how much time we’d have before we were forced back indoors, so I opened up an umbrella and stuck the handle down my shirt so I could free up both hands to work with the camera. I stepped out into the rain, snapped about 3 pictures and then ducked for cover again as the rain soaked my pants and shoes.
The result is this image above.
A little Photoshop here and there, mainly on the edges but other than that I did no retouching. This picture truly captures all the beauty that I had seen in Ira.
We found ways to take more shots, dodging rain and lighting. We took a few back at her house too. Surprisingly, after shooting for about 2 hours, we had so many fabulous and different images that I couldn’t pick just one shot. I forced myself to narrow it down at to 6 amazing shots of Ira. That’s why I’ve posted so many of her. They were ALL good! This one, however, is my favorite.
I thank her for her patience and willingness to do this with me. It was a delightful experience. I can’t describe the joy I feel from taking an idea in my head and ending up meeting Ira, then together producing this piece of art. How blessed I am!
Thank you again to my new friend, Ira.
Oh…and lucky me! I get to dance with her too!