As a location photographer I usually shoot between April to October, as you get a reasonable length day and the weather should be a little warmer, I also usually book models for a whole day. However over the Christmas break I did a couple of indoor shorter shoots which I really enjoyed and which were extremely productive, and I also booked a few hours on a studio day for late-January. I had not used the model or the studio before, so I thought it was a good opportunity to try new things. What attracted me to make the booking was that the model, the rather amazing Soria, was a pole instructor, so I thought I would get some images that were different to my usual ones.
While I like to think I understand light, I’m less confident with studio lighting. The pole was situated in a white alcove, so my plan was to light the background with a single bare flash, and then hope that fill from the sides of the alcove, ceiling and rest of the studio would provide interesting light on her body. So here are some of the results. I was absolutely truly amazed at how Soria could seemingly defy gravity, and how was able to hold poses that looked effortless but must have required immense strength.
I believe the pose in the first image is called Superman, she does look like Superwoman flying through the air.
I find this image extraordinary, the elegance of the pose, while her whole body weight is held by the grip of a few fingers of each hand.
The curves in this image are beautiful, again held just using her hands and the single knee wrapped around the pole.
Now Soria is multi-talented, not only a super model, but she is also a photographer and retoucher. I consider models as much the creators of the images as myself, and so I’m always willing for models to edit images of themselves from the shoot, if they wish, as long as they credit me as the photographer and themselves as the retoucher. So here are some edits done by Soria, I find it interesting when different people edit images from the same set, with the different crops and treatments they give the images.
As you can guess I’m over the moon with how my relatively short shoot in the studio went, there are quite a few more images to edit. I’ve also found a new local studio, and I’ve met a great new model who I hope to work with again in the future, both in the studio and outdoors. Thank you Soria, Superwoman indeed :)