Four years ago, before my digital camera, before my studio lights, I met the 21 year old niece of my stock broker. I told her I wanted someone to pose for me to help me improve my photography. Over the next year we did six or seven shoots together ... and then she moved to another market. Last week we shot together for the first time in four years and got some amazing pictures. But what's more amazing about this women -- she refuses to call herself a "model" --saying that "real models" are professionals and she's just doing this for fun.
Let's see -- she ALWAYS shows up on time for a shoot (and sometimes early) ... she never complains about the pose, the makeup, the hairstyles, the outfit (or lack of outfit) ... or waiting for over 30 minutes for me to get the lights JUST right. She ALWAYS sends me a thank you note after each shoot. She ALWAYS emails me to pass along complements she receives. And yet, she doesn't consider herself a "professional model."
I'm just darn happy she decided to move back into this market!