With a couple of days to go before the journey north though, I woke up to a Facebook message from May. She’d noticed I was in town and it coincided with a trip she was making with her mum. Did I want to shoot? Truthfully speaking, having just completed two lengthy shoots I was a bit weary. However, after several messages bouncing back and forth I found myself agreeing to it. And as it turned out, it was so much fun and I’m so glad she persevered with me!
I was a little low on ideas after the previous days and didn’t really know what we were going to do. I was also really nervous that I was going to let May down with the images I was going to capture. I guess because I’d sensed how important it was to her.
The first 20 minutes or so was very tricky. I couldn’t find a location or composition I was happy with and in my own mind I felt like May was regretting shooting with me. In desperation I was looking everywhere that I could to capture her. More through luck than anything else, I wandered out the back of a Starbucks and found a clean wall, with just a few bushes. The light bounced perfectly off this wall. Thinking I’d finally get a few simple shots to build upon I snapped away. And from there everything just seemed to fall together. May took one look at the back of camera and relaxed immediately with a huge smile on her face. I knew then we weren’t wasting each other’s time.
After some street shots we headed back to the hotel and shot several swimwear sets. There was an amusing moment where a housekeeping maid came into the room and tried to make a swift exit as she thought we were doing something else! She saw the funny side when I called her back and I showed her some of the images!
Lastly we shot around the pool. It was funny to me that I’d shot that swimming pool with 3 different models in only a few days. yet had got some very different images and compositions in each.
I’m so glad I shot with May. She’s a terrific person and is so, so passionate about modelling and capturing images. Honestly a joy to work with and totally recommended to any travelling photographer.