I had the opportunity this week to do another photo shoot with the lovely Savannah, a new model from Alabama. I usually stay away from railroad tracks (too cliche), but the railroad bridge in Gadsden offered an interesting backdrop for a portrait session. As an Alabama model photographer, I’m always looking for great settings and awesome new faces.
I first collaborated with her at the start of summer, along with her brother’s girlfriend Greta. I’ve stayed in touch over the last several months and frequent Jefferson’s in Fort Payne AL, where Savannah works as a bartender. I love their burgers, sipping a cold brew, and watching Savannah interact with her regulars, who obviously adore her even as they lightly tease and flirt with her. Now that football season has mercifully returned, I guess I’ll keep coming around.
I notice a huge improvement in Savannah’s modeling from that first shoot to this one. Models are always nervous that first time, but once they see the results of the first collaboration, their self-confidence and confidence in my ability and legitimacy as a real photographer encourages better results. She showed signs of improvisation, a sense of styling, and was able to move with minimal direction.
I’m hoping she and I will be able to connect again before year’s end to shoot more content for my Patreon, Instagram and this website. Doing photoshoots like this gives me a chance to experiment with new styles and concepts that I may later employ on a paid gig.
If you’re in Northeast Alabama, I encourage you to stop by Jefferson’s on a Friday or Saturday night, ask for her autograph, and TIP YOUR BARTENDER!
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