Back when I decided to turn my passion into what would become a career, I sought out subjects that weren’t my family. Oh, they were good enough to pose for me whenever I asked, especially my son and daughter, I figured that was too easy. After all, they wouldn’t be honest and tell me that an image was horrible. They would be nice and encouraging and there’s something to be said for that. But there’s also something to be said about the brutally honest critique. So I needed some people to shoot. Luckily, back in 2002, a burgeoning modeling scene started in Louisville. I met Amanda and her husband Thomas on a group shoot. During that shoot, we set up a one-on-one shoot at Saunders Springs Park in Radcliff.
Being a guy from Louisville, I trusted them that this would be a good place to shoot and they were right. Amanda had a gothic bent and the wardrobe to go along with it. Thomas, not a model himself, encouraged her at every turn and even agreed to do photos with her when I asked. As an aspiring professional, I valued shooting with them more than they know. We shot together once more at their home in Upton and kept in touch on Friendster (remember that one?), but he joined the military and they moved away.
It wasn’t long after that the modeling scene dried up. I worked with people on a TFP, or Time For Photos, basis. That means, the photographer and the model donate their time and get photos for their portfolio as compensation. But soon, the models wanted to be paid and the photographers wanted to be paid and no one wanted to learn anymore. I miss it, but I’ll be sharing more as I find interesting work. It gives me a chance to gauge my progress and show me I still have a lot to learn. But it’s an awesome experience.