Sometime back in ’16, I spoke to this vibrant young lady named Danaé. I saw her work and was really impressed with her look and presence in photography. In our conversation we spoke about working together one day, but it was a matter of when not if.
Fast forward to ’17, we are sharing ideas and concepts as well as a date that would fit into our busy schedules. After finalizing a date and some ideas; we postponed. Keeping the same ideas, we rescheduled for a different date.
On the scheduled date for the shoot there was the looming concern of rain. Rain is something I plan around constantly. Let’s put a pin here on weather, as we will circle around to it soon enough. The location for our adventure was the overpass on the ABC highway. The location, while simple does have some really nice qualities that can help add depth to a photo. As we arrived I started to vlog the session, the footage (which will be posted in Chapter II on YouTube).
It was a bit overcast with the sun peaking through the clouds, everything looked soooo promising. We got the lighting gear setup and started taking a few test shots. My wife was now handling the behind the scenes camera for the vlog and my lil brother was the lighting assistant. With the session officially started we are able to get a few shots in when everything changed.
Let’s go back for the weather pin we stuck earlier. Dark clouds rained on us so quickly, it was a mad rush to get all the gear back into the bags and safely away from the elements. Filled with laughter we ran all the way to the car soaked and dripping from head to toe.
Now imagine this, after running to the car, getting soaked and having a good laugh at the whole situation, the rain suddenly halts. There was no way I was gonna go back on the overpass, not having the model soaked like this. This is where Danaé shines, she was game to take the session to a different location, so we took it home to the studio setup. The ideas and concepts that we were working on for the overpass won’t work for the studio setup so we had to think on the fly and just roll with it as it came.
We hear many times when someone has IT. The IT factor, believe when I say this, Danaé doesn’t just have the IT factor, she oozes it. Yes the outdoors was great and we would have had different looks, however, things work out great. She rocked this impromptu studio session. Willing and able to go the distance to make the shoot so much fun. Then came my wife (Makeup & Body Paint Artist) with ideas of painting Danaé, who was even more willing.
Normally, sessions are 90mins (1hr 30mins), but not in this case, we spent just shy of 5 hours in total. It was an amazing time and I look forward to working with her again.
I have made the shoot into a series which will be released differently than normal: Series Black, White, Red, Purple.
The photos speak for themselves.
Check us out on IG:
Akira Joseph – @photosbyakira
Danaé – @danaeedidit
Deidre – @deidrejosephmua