These are the results of an afternoon with my friend Katie, who was such a pleasure to shoot. As well as being ridiculously photogenic, she has a finely tuned intuition for portraying emotion and interacting with the camera. This is my first 'proper' photoshoot, so it's a bit experimental but I am pretty pleased with the way the images came out, and I feel like I got enough of a variance between the photographs to sustain interest when viewing them.
The location is the absolutely incredible run-down/derelict California Hotel which I highly, HIGHLY recommend visiting if you're nearby. I went there once at night with Jon and it creeped me out so badly I felt like I was about to burst into tears (srsly). There are numerous sets on flickr that show just how amazing it really is (unobscured by the presence of people in the photographs). Spooky. After a few minutes there, in broad daylight mind you, Katie and I were starting to shiver a little bit. Maybe I should mention that I am a huge wuss who can't even play boss battles in Mass Effect 2 without feeling the need to pause them and fling myself on the bed in terror, demanding that Jon finish them for me (he declines to).
I'm starting to plan my next shoot soon - I'll be scouting for locations for the next couple of weeks and trying to build a feel around that, some kind of mood and story and aesthetic to start from. A monochromatic series would be really nice, something to learn from - I'm so used to shooting in colour that it would be a good learning exercise to break out of that particular boundary.
This set is also up on flickr. Thanks for reading/viewing!