I regularly shoot with aspiring models to practice new techniques and to expand our respective portfolios.  Most of the models I shoot with are in their late teens and early twenties.  These shoots are usually fun and regularly produce usable portfolio images.  When I get the opportunity, I really enjoy shooting with “mature” models, those that are in their 30’s, 40’s and beyond.  I find that they’re usually confident, self-aware, creative, and that they make excellent subjects.  I always try to capture the character and personality of a subject, and find that mature models often have more character and individuality.

I recently had the opportunity to shoot with Corina, a “new” model just getting started at the young age of 41.  We set up a shoot and she was interested in doing some creative artistic shots.  She didn’t have any experience posing and was a bit “stiff” at first, but after some coaching and gentle coaxing on my part, she really started to come out of her shell.  Before I knew it, she was doing some very creative poses and we were making some really interesting images.  It turned out to be a really fun and productive shoot.

Here’s the first image from the shoot.  It wasn’t intended to be a “fitness” shot.  We were shooting nudes with a single gridded light source to create an emphasis on her face and upper body, while letting the light quickly fall away on her extremities and minimizing the amount of light on the background.  When I was reviewing the shots, I fell in love with this image.  I think it’s very expressive, and really shows off Corina’s muscularity.