Haydee Bittencourt – a ginger beauty
I usually say that it takes a little while for a photoshoot to flow. Both model and photographer need to warm up to get in the right “frequency” to get great photos going. Usually it takes 30 minutes… but in this photoshoot it didn’t fire off quite so well. Haydee was in a great mood, anxious to do the photos and one of her cousins (that used to be a model) was doing her make up and styling. I absolutely love when there’s someone doing the styling and her cousin did a great job. There’s always so much to think about during a photoshoot, it’s a relief to have someone taking care of the styling. But Haydee inadvertedly summoned a large entourage to tag along and that was the doom of this photoshoot. The other cousins and aunts were talking and laughing and making Haydee self-aware and stiff, absent minded from the shooting and… the cousins were getting on my way too. They had their point and shoot cameras and felt the need to photograph every look themselves, either standing by my side or… in front of me. In the field with the bicycle it got chaotic. I had to tell them to back off… it was a very uncomfortable situation. May it serve as a lesson for myself. I feel this photoshoot lacks… it’s just a lackluster. And an early (and sad) lyric by Amy Winehouse made me rethink the way I’m doing my photography: “I’m digging myself into a hole/These days I’ll just work when once I had so much soul.” I must set myself to do better.