It's not every day that you get to shoot in the studio as a business major in college. It also isn't every day that you are able to work with a model who is as dedicated to making your vision a reality as you are. Eleven days ago I was given the opportunity to do a photo session purely for recreation rather than for a client. In addition, one of my friends Christina volunteered to model as Marilyn Monroe for this theoretical shoot that I had talked about hoping to someday accomplish.
On the evening that we decided to shoot, it was quite the process to get the studio set up. From butterfly lighting to stubborn back-lighting to making a gray background appear black, getting the lighting perfect was quite the undertaking. Fortunately, I was blessed to have my friend Sammie, a senior photo major, along for the shoot to help with everything. My goodness it was a gift to have her, I don't know how I would have done it without her capable hands and fantastic input.
After about an hour or so of adjusting lighting, backdrops, and etc, we were able to get the ball rolling. The shutter was clicking, "Marilyn" was grinning, and the flash of several lights couldn't be stopped. In our attempt to capture the iconic actress, her fun-loving spirit was reflected in our attitudes as we laughed and conversed with one another. What a gift.