Model on a Ship (A Tale of Never Knowing How You’ll Find Your Next Job)

As a freelance photographer, photo shoots can spring from the unexpected. Anywhere. Any time. Case in point:

I was on vacation a couple weeks ago, a big family cruise down in the Caribbean. In lieu of my Nikon DSLR equipment I brought along my Nikon 1 V2 camera and a few interchangeable lenses. This mirrorless camera is a powerhouse in a small body, with it’s own hotshoe flash that does a decent job for its size. It takes some solid images and makes for a great travel camera.

Turns out, that this mirrorless camera is also great in a pinch as a portrait camera.

The second evening of the cruise was the ship’s “elegant night”, where it’s customary to dress up in suits (tuxedos if you’re in the mood) for the men, and dresses or gowns for the women.  There are also photo stations around the ship,  studio-type setups (some pretty kitchy) where you can get formal (if slightly blown-out, IMHO) images shot, to then buy the next day.

So, as my wife and I are waiting at one of these studio setups,  in front of us is this young woman, Natasha who we start speaking with. Natasha is dressed in a stunning outfit and her hair & makeup are gorgeous. She tells us she’s a model and designer (who makes the dresses she wore) and lives in NYC. And, her birthday is in two days and she’s trying to see if she can find someone to photograph her. Well. . . Next thing you know I’m doing a photo shoot on the ship. Below are some of the images, edited in Photoshop and Nik Color Efex Pro4.

Natasha ends up loving the images and now we’re scheduling a couple of photo shoots for next month. So, you never know where your conversation, wherever you might be, could lead you a new assignment.


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