I met Melissa aka @UrbanNatureChick through a few mutual friends and immediately knew I wanted to photograph her. It was her style, charisma and vibe that had me from the moment I saw her thinking about how I would photograph her. Luckily for me she was more than cool with linking up with me for some photos. I decided to keep our shoot simple and shoot on location since she is a @urbannaturechick. For our background I chose Brandywine Creek state park as the skyline there is unlike the norm found here in Delaware. I had her wear something she’d rock while hanging in the park, and she advised me she’s always out in nature hence her name @urbannaturechick. We met at the park and she had this dope floral skirt with a floral top that worked perfectly with the background of our shoot.
I also had her bring a book so we can shoot her as she would actually be in the park. This is when I found out she loves to write (might have to get her to write for www.itsnatural2bnatural.com) and after quickly scoping out a few areas I settled on 4 separate areas to photograph her. And let me say she was so fluid with my direction as I wanted it to be natural and not posed and since this is an environment she’s accustomed to, it was a cakewalk for her to look natural and not posed. It’s been awhile since I’ve been pumped about images in the camera that I couldn’t wait to get home and start working on them. She also asked if she could use some for her blog at Sophia’s Notebooks and you know I’m like ‘hell yeah you can‘ so be sure to visit her blog after reading mine, you won’t be disappointed. Now during each shoot I try my very best to bring their personality into the shoot. So while we were walking to our first location I got her talking and she shared with me that she’s been vegan for 2 yrs. I shared with her although I strongly doubt I’d become a vegan myself I did admit that I have tried some vegan cuisine and thoroughly enjoyed it… but not enough to shed chicken and fish (hey I can cut down on the pork so that’s not a problem). She also shared with me that she’s a recent college graduate, from where it slips my mind as I was fooling with my camera back during this part of the conversation (my bad).
After reaching our location I walked her into position I thought was best to photograph her and began our session walking her through the poses until it became to the point she was moving fluidly from pose to pose and keeping it totally natural and not forced. Which of course made my job way too easy which I greatly appreciated. So moving from set to set was a piece of cake and I think she was really having a blast.
It also helped that the weather on this Sunday afternoon was nice, not too breezy and the humidity was pretty much nonexistent. I did have to go on bug patrol as she said the bugs tears her skin up but luckily for us they were minimum in attendance. The session ran roughly about 50 minutes give or take and I was quite confident that I had captured the very best of her on this day. I believed it so much that I took a few pictures from the back of my camera via the viewfinder to share on social media of what a great session we had. And from the response many vibed with me on that as well. I’m especially proud of the images of her with her books as those look totally natural and not staged. Although I will say I honestly thought she started reading them when I was switching memory cards but hey it worked so I’m good with it.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing and photographing for it. And be sure to check out Melissa out via her social media accounts.
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Her Blog Sophia’s Notebook
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