Pennie Belle – 30 in 30 project (NSFW)

It is nice that in a small community of people, that even an “ex” would recommend someone to me and my project.  After I put my call out for models, a friend of my wife sent me a message hinting at me that he thought his ex would be great for the project… and he was totally right.

I contacted Pennie Belle shortly after the first message and she was keen on the whole project and we quickly planned a shoot.  We both had to work around the parent schedules and we settled on Friday the 13th.  This was actually the first day of three days worth of project shooting (blog posts with gallery to come) and it was a great start to the weekend.

We had very little communication before the shoot, which tends to be the nature of this project, and part of the excitement.  Her apartment is like most of ours with children, organized messes to certain areas of the house with little areas of clean areas reserved for parental sanity.  I looked at the light and thought it would be fine to use natural light, but I had to use large bounce and kick some light into the room from an open outside door in the kitchen area.  Light bouncing is always fun – however, I really see the need for a few California Sunbounces  in my gear… those things practically make light!  I didn’t have them on this shoot, so a regular 36″ round would have to do.

The session began and continued without any hitches.  Pennie is new to modelling and performing but it’s evident she comes by it naturally.  In fact, this was her first ever nude shoot!

I’m always interested in how the models felt about the shoot and what was their favorite shots, and when I asked Pennie these questions a few days after the shoot, I got some great responses!

“It was my first nude shoot and it was a really positive experience.  I felt comfortable and would totally do it again.
Its hard to pick one [favorite shot].  I like the ones of me on the edge of the bed, because of how personally intimate they are, but anything involving the pole was pretty amazing.”

Photographing the nude, and specifically this project is about more than just photographing someone naked.  It is a quick and very intimate interaction that can bring both the photographer and the models to different and new places once its over.  For me that may mean technical things or how to better my model rapport, for the model it can be about realizing their own natural beauty and gaining confidence in that.

Do any of you know someone that might me interested in this project and working with me?  Please check out “Call for Models – 30 in 30 Project” and turn them onto the project!

So a thank you has to go to Matthew for the referral, as well as to Pennie Belle for the great shoot and the amazing feedback.  Thank you both for being awesome!

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