Tuesday Viewsday: The Inner Zebra

It’s a beautiful sunny morning here in central Illinois… the sky is blue and the temperature ain’t too bad just yet. As for me, I’m getting excited and nervous at the same time this morning. I didn’t realize it until yesterday, but in just a few minutes, I’ll be heading over to the Testing Center at Illinois Central College to take my Adobe Expert Certification exam in Photoshop!

What does that mean? In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit of a photography, and therefore, Photoshop, nut. Assuming that I am going to pass, which I’m pretty hopeful since the practice test was a snap, I will have documented proof that I am a full-time geek/nerd/dweeb/spazz Photoshop guru! And this certification comes straight from the guys who invented Photoshop… Adobe themselves! Pretty geeky sweet, right?

Update (11:30 AM): I passed… yours truly is now an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop… oh snap!

Anyway, I know you didn’t all stop by on this lovely Tuesday morning to hear about my endeavors to dive headfirst in the world of geekdom so, without further adieu, here’s a beautiful image of a beautiful model!

The Inner Zebra

Jenny (2011)

Jenny (2011)

I met Jenny for the first time last year when I was in the process of developing my new model shoot policy. I was still on the fence about rolling it out until 2012 so I decided to float the idea past her to get her thoughts. She thought it was brilliant and we agreed to do a shoot.

I put the ball in her court when it came to concepts and Jenny, being a zoologist in her day job (no, really… she is!), texted me on the day of the shoot and said, “I’m thinking we should do a Zebra shoot.”

I wasn’t sure what that meant until she showed up. As you can see, she’s a class act. I swear to you now that I had no idea what she was bringing/wearing/doing and that I offered no advice about any of it earlier; I let her mind do the walking and talking and boy, did it ever! Not only did she show up with matching jewelry and dress, but she did all the face-paint and hair styling herself. And yes, that is a styled “mane” and it took her almost four hours to do! Isn’t that crazy?

And this was only our first shoot! Oh, and did I mention she was pretty much a newbie to modeling at this point? Anyway, the shoot was a total blast. We put on some Lady Gaga (I’ll admit it was my playlist and I was inspired by Jenny’s face-paint) to which we both were rocking out and did both high key and low key studio shots.

For this shot, Jenny had a small, over-the-shoulder jacket that I thought was a great way to start the session. We eventually did some shots without it, but with the jacket, I was able to pose her hands like they are, giving a very bad-ass feel to the shot. This was one of my first times trying some blown out background images with lighting and I’m pretty happy with the results. I have since replicated this type of shot with clients and it works wonderfully.

Unfortunately, Jenny moved north to the Chicago area before we could do any more, but I’m looking forward to shooting with her at some point in the future, whether there or here. She’s a total rock-star and professional.

What do you think? Was this a pretty fun shoot? If you could do an “animal” portrait, what would you go for?

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