Danielle and I loved his portfolio and also the fact that he had a home studio with lights and all other kinds of photography equipment to get the effect needed. After a lot of back and forth email conversations, we set up a date, time frame and got the address of Paolo's studio.
The designer had two pieces she wanted to shoot to complete her portfolio, which was a turquoise corset and a lovely dress that we simply referred to as "The Rose Dress." It was funny because The Rose Dress had been tried on by other models (who were traditional fashion height) and they could not fit into the dress properly. It appeared the dress was made just for me since no one else could get into it--guess it was meant to be, lol.
Below are the best shots from the shoot. This was a trade photoshoot, which means that no money was exchanged and everyone involved got to use the copies of the photos for their portfolios:
The shoot went off without a hitch and our crew put out some great images. Sophia hooked up the makeup as usual and Danielle had fun styling me and making sure the outfits were shown in the best way. It was our first time working with Paolo but it proved to be the perfect fit--not only was he professional, he was so sweet and had a great personality. He bought snacks and drinks for us so that we wouldn't get hungry during the shoot and everything we did was totally a collaborative effort.
Additionally, while I had only asked for my favorite 5-6 images, he ended up mailing me a CD with every image not only retouched but properly resized for various uses (print, online, email, etc.). He definitely went above and beyond what we asked of him and I couldn't be happier with the results. I will be adding Paolo to my list of go-to photographers and can't wait to work with him in the near future.
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