Her first session was very sensuous, with gentle, inviting smiles or far away looks. Nearly all nudes with only a few pieces of lingerie images from the boudoir part of her session selected for her album.
She was such a delight to photograph back then – a little shy, a little surprised she was doing nudes, especially the bolder ones.
13 years have passed.
She looks remarkably the same. Her smile was bigger, though, and her eyes sparkled just as much. Her photographs, she explained, was her ideal. She used the nudes as the ideal form she wanted to keep. It was hard work, but fun. Like so many of the women approaching 50, she looked amazing.
Today was her second session. This time no lingerie arrived with her. Inside her small bag was only her three designer glasses. One, she laughed, was her librarian look, one was her racy look and one was for fun.
This time she wanted lots of smiles, lots of fun sexy, still nudes though. Then we were off!
Like everyone coming in for their second time, she was really relaxed. She was surprised at the difference. We did the beach scene with Mylar water reflections and puffy clouds, the canyon drenched in golden sunset light, and some with our new parachute material.
The funniest part of the day was with her in our super high heels with a huge fan blowing. She had never been in heels so high, she was short so with the wind she kept staggering off balance. It just made her grin bigger. She loved that her long hair went flying around her head.
We did have fun with those glasses. We set up a repetition – this is where we do the same pose, with a variation in each, for each of the glasses. Our plan is to combine them into one seamless image in post-production.
It’s hard to describe second sessions. Many think it’s just doing the first over again, but it’s so much more. You know what works and you are ready for more creative, interesting, and personally reflective image creation than the first time. Not being so nervous, you can really enjoy the flow more. They are usually more focused in towards the end result; this time around there is clarity in purpose. Even if it’s just to experience again, more fully this time.
You don’t have to wait 13 years though.