I first noticed Melissa on Facebook. We have a lot of mutual friends, and I saw her striking a yoga pose. I noticed her natural hair, which I think had blond tips at the time. When we talked, I found out she a fitness enthusiast. I mentioned I was a fitness photographer working on my portfolio.
The first time I photographed her I brought a pink outfit for her. It turns out that she doesn’t like color…or at least she doesn’t love pink, but she wore it anyway. We took some photos at the Raleigh Little Theater, and they came out awesome!
One of my favorite shoots with her was at Carrie Mills Apartments on Lake Wheeler Road…these are the same apartments that were hit by a tornado while I was inside doing a Fashion photoshoot, but that’s a story for another day.
One morning I went over to her place, picked out some Yoga outfits, and we went out to the courtyard. It was chillier than expected, but Melissa was a trooper. I needed a little extra pop, so I added my Interfit S1 with a deep dish octobox (I got it from Cowboy Studios, I think). I needed to use high-speed sync, and that gave it just enough pop. That brought down the background a little since we were covered in the shade. I tethered to my laptop using Capture One and Teather tools and let Melissa do her yoga thing. She made fantastic shapes!
Her natural hair added to the vision.