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I was playing piano in a joint one night...
Old 12-03-2005, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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…and she walked in….

Well, actually, the “joint? was my basement and she had made an appointment. Jesseca found me on the Internet, looking for photographers in the area. She just stumbled on my website and sent me an Email.

She didn’t have pictures, but her stats sounded great and when she finally got some pics up, they looked better, so we arranged a trade.

Then she walked into my studio…I shot the first test frame…I looked at the image on my D100’s preview screen and thought, “OMYGAWD! She’s PERFECT! Why the HELL didn’t I get an Makeup Artist!?

And that was the low point of the shoot. From there it got better.

Great smile!

Great lips!

Perfect Body!

The list kept growing and growing as we shoot. She had absolutely no (none, nada, zilch) downside, bad side or anything that just didn’t “work?

Fashion – dynamite!

Commercial – phenomenal!!

Glamour – jaw dropping!!!

Now, what to do with her?


Jesseca is 5’8? The upper limit of Wisconsin commercial modeling. Let’s face it, in the Midwest, there is not the dearth of height proportionate males to work with women her eight and taller, like in New York or LA (even Chicago has the problem). One of the other models I work with occasionally does Fleet Farm ads, she’s 6’1? and sometimes when she’s posed with males, they’re standing on the old-style wood soda cases to look right.

So, before the shoot was done, I’d done some quick edits and Emailed them to an fashion agent I know in Florida. The “Season? is just starting there. The Season is when models invade South Beach and a vast majority of the Spring and Summer catalog, fashion and commercial ads are shot. Then the models jump on the “Circuit? where they go to Europe to shoot in the fashion mags there, then to Milan and Paris for the fashion shows, then to NY in late spring/early summer for the fashion shows and to shoot the Fall and Winter Catalogs, then they get a slight break and they’re back in So. Beach.

Because there just isn’t a market for models like her in this area, I know an agent in Florida I refer models to when I think they are someone he’d be interested in. I’ve researched him and he has a good reputation for helping models get developed for the fashion business. Mind you, I don’t send everybody, and for the most part, I don’t tell the models I’m sending their images. If he says “yea? then I talk to the model, pass his phone number and then get out of the way. If the answer is “no? the model isn’t any the wiser – no harm, no foul.

Anyway, I send the stuff off and, whammo - I got an Email back within an hour, and a phone call by the evening – “ding, ding, we have a winner? was his response. On the phone, he wanted to know one thing – how fast can she get down there.

And, for a change, when I told the model, she got it. This is the real deal. He means: give the notice on your apartment and job, pack your bags, put your stuff in storage at your parents place and get on a plane to Florida – NOW. She decided the odds she had in Florida were better than the local Walmart she was working at and took the plunge.

Then came the rush - agent calls, I need to get some photos for her comp card, can you send show me more pics from the shoot. So, I go through the raw images and do about 10 up (doggonit – why didn’t I get a @#$%@#$ make up artist! The one shoot in 50 I don’t and…). He pics 5 images and has me upload the HiRes so he can use them for comp cards.

We shot on Nov. 06, she called me from the airport on Thursday evening Dec 1st at 10:15. She was waiting for her flight to be called: she was on her way.

She was so happy and excited she was giddy!

She thanked me again (for the upteenth time), asked one more time if the agent was legit and then told me he already had shoots for her over the weekend and through the week, including one for a fashion mag.

I talked to the agent, she will probably be too busy for her return flight later in week or so.

She promised me, if and when she gets back, we’ll shoot. She also promised if she’s ever interview by Barbara Walters, Oprah or People Magazine, she’ll make sure she mentions Joel Stensberg of Appleton, the photographer who got her that first break.

I, frankly, don’t care. I’m so excited for her - I’m giddy.

Go Jessica, you go!
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Old 12-03-2005, 10:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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She is incredibly beautiful. In that first one she looks a little like Angelina Jolie(sp?). Great job!!
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Old 12-03-2005, 10:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The model is beautiful but I'm sure it had something to do with your great photography :0) The backgrounds, cropping, etc. all make these photos great!
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I love hearing success stories like this. Wishing her the best!

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Old 12-04-2005, 07:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow,

Every photographer's dream!

Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-04-2005, 09:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Good story! Good job by all involved.
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Old 12-04-2005, 11:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Great story and great find! She is very beautiful and your photography captured it very well. You are so right on the market in the midwest, she would be doing herself an injustice staying here. Congratulations to you both.

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great cinderella story! (minus the evil step-sisters and a glass slipper.)
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Who did she sign with?
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