Pool Shoot with Jessica from TCM models

Before I can share some of my recent shoots, I am gonna share a behind the scenes from a shoot I did last spring. I was still in the photography program at the time. It was early March or April.

Here in Seattle, when the sun comes out we all flock out in the sun as if it were 70-80 degrees, but in reality its more like 60 degrees. Which is funny to me because I grew up in Arizona and our winter was 60 degrees and had us wearing gloves. Either way, this day was one of those days. We thought it was warm enough to do a pool shoot, but unfortunately the water was probably below freezing so we didnt really get any water shots. It had been covered all winter until we came. 

The makeup artist for this shoot was one of my favorite ladies to work with. She is amazing! Her name is Heidy. You can find her on instagram at @always_heidymua 

Our model was the beautiful Jessica from TCM models. 

When I was in the photography program we had a class where every week we submitted an image and we all voted on the best one of the week. Every week we all tried so hard- we were all very competitive. I tried and tired every week- one week I came in second to a kid in my class who does CGI stuff, then finally  during one of the last weeks I won with one of the images from this shoot. So that was exciting. 


In school I was styling all my shoots myself. But unlike clothing, you cant really return a bathing suit so I left it up to Jessica to bring a few items from home, luckily she brought some good stuff! 


Here is our moodboard | Inspiration for the shoot : 

Here are a few iphone BTS photos I had. 


Heidy working her magic! 

I'm hard at work while Jasmine is getting Behind the Scenes footage.

Jasmine- the umbrella with feet. haha. We were using her Profoto B1 light, by the way, which is so much better than using my speedlight on location. I'm saving up to get one for my on location shoots! 

A friend from class always offered to help on my shoots and I asked her to come and do some BTS stuff since she loves to do video. So I made a video with some of that footage! You can find my friend and fellow photographer Jasmine on instagram at @jpikakephoto 

Here are some of the final images from the shoot! 

Best Image 

By the way, I asked the model to get in the pool once for like 5 minutes or less and after she left I got in to feel it out and man o man was it cold! It was the coldest water I've ever swam in. I'm so sorry I asked her! She was a trooper tho! 

Special thanks to my good friend Liz for getting her grandmas permission for us to use her pool and my boyfriend tim for coming out and assisting.