While out in the St. Louis area working with Zairia, we (along with models Heather Nicole and Kasia) took a road trip to visit Pittsfield's own, JT Smith. After being chided for not coming to see him during my last visit, you bet I took advantage of his kind invitation this time around! And, on so many levels, I sure am glad that I did!
JT was a wonderful host, openly sharing with us some of his personal locations to work in; offering advice and instruction as we worked; holding the odd reflector here or there and basically making the day the highlight of the trip. Along the way we got to see some lovely countryside, his boyhood home, meet his family and basically shared his world and community. Hell, he even popped for dinner at the end of the day!
Besides being one heck of a great shooter, he's an even nicer guy and one helluva tour guide. Yep, even when zooming down a dirt road at 90 mph as we chasing a setting sun on the Mississippi with me eating his dust all the way ... lol
The highlight, for me, was when we all struggled against the wind, dropping sun and conditions as he photographed Heather Nicole on a piece of driftwood on a sandbar along the Mississippi River. After about twenty minutes of trying -- with me thinking the elements weren't ever going to come together -- things meshed and he fired away at this gorgeous scene that just leap out at us all. It was amazing!
Thanks JT, it was all truly priceless!
Here are a few from our shoot. Comments and critiques very welcomed.
Model: Kasia (A marvelous model & MUA with near flawless skin and talent out the wazoo)
MUA: By model
Special thanks: JT Smith
Model: Heather Nicole (Such a sweetheart who brings it all to any shoot, makes me laugh and kept me out of the ditches and away from hitting deer, raccoons and foxes on the drive back to St. Louis later that night while the others snoozed ... lol)
MUA: By model
Stylist: Zairia (on left image ... oops, not the JT day, my bad)
Special thanks: JT Smith (on right image)