I've been a bit slow at poting the last shoot at the Academie Agencie. I've been associated with the Academie now for over 15 years and it has always been a very rewarding and fun relationship. Several times a year, I go to Fargo to shoot with their new models and also to update portfolios for models that have been listed in the past.
Without any additional preamble, let's get on to this round of models.
Victor had a great intense look that I wanted to feature. Think he nailed it here.
Pure print commercial look by Ciara. Excellent smile and a ton of fun to work with.
Downtown Fargo has always been a fun place to shoot, but it has changed dramatically since 1999. Such great energy uptown with all the new things going on. Of course now, there are a lot more challenges with more people (and tons of other photographers!)
Worked hard to find a spot that was out of the intense light and some of the congestion for this shot of Mary.
I really liked the light and color of this particular location. Played really well with, Ken.
Probably the most fun working with Academie models is when I get to work with them multiple times. It is always rewarding to see how they've grown with experience and over time.
Been a while since I shot with Megan, she was quite a bit younger, but it was great to reconnect. What a beautiful face!
Loved the different looks that Leslie was able to pull off and the wardrobe and props she brought with her. Revisited this gritty alley again, the light was fantastic.
Here's Ciara again. What a fantastic look.
Used some tools from OnOne Software to give this more of an old school look.
Here's Ken again. I love the completely different look the Academie gave Ken with a dramatically different hairstyle.
This alley has completely transformed over the years. Originally it had a roof and was very seedy. I usually took a walk through the alley to make sure it was safe before I ever brought a model here. Now, for a good chunk of the day, I was unable to shoot here as it is now outdoor seating for a restaurant.
The alleys near the Academie always give me a good mood for this sort of photo. I've actually shot several boxers and fighters over the years here. Chelsea certainly fit the part. Talk about an intense look.
I used tools from OnOne Softare again for this "Holga-like" look.
Here's Leslie again. Completely different look from her first grunge shoot earlier in the day. Also another new look from when I first started shooting in downtown Fargo. Back then, this was a parking lot.
The lighting in this lobby is really cool and a fun change from working outdoors.
I've got a few more blog posts lined up to send out to the interwebs over the upcoming days. Hope you'll stop back and check them out.
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