I’m not sure whether I had more fun photographing this cake, or eating the uneaten half with my girlfriend when all was said and done. I kid.
But jokes aside, this was an incredibly fun photoshoot, with a very talented local model, @Maddie Leigh.
One of the coolest things about Maddie Leigh is how quickly she gained a ton of experience with modeling. Last year, she acted on a longheld interest in modeling, but she has already shot with dozens of the most talented photographers in the North Carolina area.
I was incredibly blessed to have the privilege of being one of her very first professional photographers.
My first photoshoot with a model, especially a brand-new model, is generally a chance for us to get acquainted with our working styles. Although I sometimes break this rule, generally speaking, I try not to tackle concepts that are too ambitious.
Maddie Leigh’s first shoot with me was relatively simple, from a conceptual perspective. We went to Charlotte’s gorgeous Southend neighborhood at ‘golden hour,’ shooting until the sun went down. She was was so pleased with our first shoot, that days after finished it, we scheduled a second one.
This time, I told her that I wanted to explore a concept, and make art together. We decided on grunge, to bring out a side Maddie identifies with but hadn’t yet made it into her modeling portfolio as a piece of her personality.
The ‘badass attitude boots’? All her. The jewelry? That’s Maddie Leigh. I love how comfortable she felt wearing her own wardrobe.
I was surprised when she brought a birthday cake and balloons. We found a way to integrate these items into the shoot. How about we eat the cake in the shoot?
“Cool,” I said. “Get a fork and knife, but put it on the floor, untouched. And leave it there.”
I thought it added a nice touch of irony.
Badasses don’t eat cake with cutlery.