It has been almost a year since I last did a model shoot and if the truth be told, without access to a studio, I did not foresee when my next one would occur.
I seem to have accepted that my camera would be used mainly for music events and parties in Thailand or maybe an odd tourist attraction.
Although I was frequently in the studio working with a variety of models in Scotland, the lack of a studio to rent in Pattaya has put an end to model days. My last outing with a model was this time last year with the gorgeous Jane and there has been nothing on the horizon since.
Or so I thought.
I got a text out of the blue from a girl I know as Karin. She asked if I would take some photos of her and her cats. This didn’t excite me too much but her beauty was something I was keen to capture and so I suggested that we do a few shots of her after the family affair and her felines.
She agreed and the images I have displayed in this post, are the result of 90 minutes with the girl.
I discovered that she was not Thai but is in fact from Kazakhstan. She is here in Pattaya with her family and is keen to improve on her English skills, whilst in the city.
The shoot took place at her family home, the adjacent street and nearby swimming pool. As agreed, we began with a few shots of Carina (the name on her Facebook page) and her cats, then a couple with her mother, before moving onto the part that interested me most.
Carina has a very photographic face, slim figure and is tall, so it was easy to obtain decent images of her.
Like most girls, they are often overly critical of themselves and we debated what was a good or bad photo. However, I rely a lot on feedback from other photographers on a variety of websites and take on board what they say.
Also comments from people who see the photos of Facebook and Instagram, often provide you with an idea if the image is worthy of inclusion on my blog or not, so it is with those remarks and opinions that I selected the photographs on display.
Carina appeared wearing jeans and a loose fitting orange top, which immediately displayed her excellent figure but my concentration was very much focused on her face. Her make-up was applied to perfection, which again helped me to capture her attractiveness with ease.
She is perfection apart from one small scar, which was easily photoshopped out. She was also a natural in front of the camera, needing little in the way of direction. All I had to do was follow her around and watch as she changed pose with every click of the camera.
Carina’s skin required no attention in post editing, although I did sharpen the photos, crop and occasionally adjusted the contrast or colour balance but generally, the images are straight from the camera, straightened and resized.
Carina has a fantastic figure and is a joy to work with. She knows what she wants when she stands in front of the camera but is not overly assertive. She oozes confidence when the camera is aimed at her and moves around like an experienced model.
She would try different poses and decide if she felt comfortable with the position or how she thought she looked. Generally speaking however, all I did was accompany her and point my Nikon D750 in her direction and let her do the work.
After 20 minutes or so in her jeans, she decided to change costume, arriving in what appeared to be a leopard skin printed dress or possibly one of those outfits that looks like a dress but could in fact be shorts. The outfit was complemented by a hat of a similar design.
She donned black platform shoes which helped stretch her legs and gave her additional height but she commented that she wished she had a pair of high heels to stretch her legs further. Again a sign that she knew exactly what she desired from the shoot.
However, it was her facial features that I found myself being attracted to and I was soon getting close ups of her striking features.
We did a few full length shots in the centre of the private road where she lives before we moved to the swimming pool.
Carina became a different person in swimwear. She began with another orange outfit over her bikini, before discarding it and pulling off some wonderful poses in a lovely bikini. She adjusted her stance and posture with amazing grace and with little prompting from me.
Every movement was natural and classy. She maintained a sense of charm and sophistication as I followed her around the pool, permitting her to move with the freedom she deserved. It was working well so I did not need to interfere in anyway.
She has natural ability to strike a pose, elegance, an air of simplicity in everything she does and of course incredibly looks, which at the end of the day, produced images that I am delighted with.
I would dearly love the opportunity to do a second shoot with this girl, for she is a joy to work with. If Carina can come up with something along the lines of fashion and a change of look and make up, I could be easily persuaded to get the camera out again.
The last image is one of the few that I did a bit of messing around with and is not straight from the camera but only because I added a vignette to give a different feel and it is one that I particularly like.
I hope you enjoy viewing the images as much as I did creating them and Karin – anytime you want to have another shoot, just say the word 🙂