I met Dani in November of 2011 at a photographer meet-up. The first thing I noticed about her was her infectious energy and passion for photography. We have been friends ever since, and it has been awesome to watch her grow as a fellow photographer. Late last year I held a contest on my Facebook page, as a means to attract more fans. I offered a free photo shoot to the first person who could bring my page 10 new 'likes'. When Dani sets her mind to something, she gets it done. And that's exactly what happened- Dani brought it, and far quicker than anyone else.
When planning the shoot, we chose the rustic urban vibe of Deep Ellum, which ended up being a great backdrop for the shoot. Dani contrasts well with her surroundings while at the same time seeming right at home. She had warned me before the shoot that she was a little uneasy in front of the camera (most photographers I know are like that, myself included). She warmed up nicely though, and was great to work with. It's worth mentioning that I decided to strictly shoot film for the entire session, a first for me. I shot these all with my new Mamiya 645 Pro medium format camera, with an 80mm f/1.9 lens, and both Ektar and Portra films. I've been experimenting more and more with film and I really love the tonality, depth and sharpness that it brings. And there really is just a magic to shooting film- it's more 'real' to me, sort of listening to a record vs. a digital mp3. What better way to capture Dani's natural beauty. I'm grateful for her letting me play around a little and try something new. I developed these myself in my bathroom, and scanned them in to create the digital files. I was a little uneasy about what the results would be on my first attempt, but I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out. Needless to say, I'll be shooting more film in the future. Now enough talk, more pictures!