Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Portrait of a Model, Pan American Stadium, La Habana, Cuba, July 12, 2012



At times it is beyond the reality of the moment that she truly is barely into her teenage years. She has a presence about her that is beyond her years. Then she'll sit down and play with the gravel, smile up and show me the beauty that is youth. The range of her expressions is limitless.

She sits in front of my favorite place, the Pan American Stadium just outside of the capital. The wall behind her is our backdrop and provides the most beautiful reflective surface to outline her features. It is quite early in the morning, the sun has just risen and her mother sits on a ledge under a tree for shade a dozen or so meters behind me. We are also joined by another remarkable young woman and her mother for this morning's session.

Earlier in the week we met while attending a fashion show presented by a dear friend. We were also there to watch one of our own models walking down the hallway in front of the parents. After the show we managed to mingle with the models and their parents, gaining a session with this wonderful, young woman. Rather than placing her alone in front of the lens, we decided to include another young woman so as to allow both to rest in between their portraits.

Her mother is a most understanding woman, and prepared her daughter perfectly. The fabrics chosen were dark in color, and her jewelry timeless in design. While the sun was less than strong, her clear eyes made working in direct sunlight very difficult. She however maintained her composure and did more than most would have done for the sake of the image. When it was difficult for her to keep her eyes open, she would take in a stance like in the middle image above and blend the expression into the mood of the image.

Even though these are just a sample of our morning, I for one look forward to doing much better for her and her family this year. With her dedication and her mother's attention to detail, I feel that we will do so in July.

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