Shelby is someone I instantly felt like I “understood.”  Now, it may very well be that I don’t truly understand Shelby at all, only she can say… but at the time I really resonated with her quiet, saturnine demeanor.  You may sense that in the pictures.  I wanted to post this older session because I learned something on her shoot.  Jay is moody.  My wife could have told you that years ago (thank you very much, tip your waitress)… but what I mean by that statement is that I personally gravitate towards darker, moodier images.  Shelby’s personality and “look” allowed me to explore that in a way I hadn’t before.

Incidentally, she is also a photographer, and I really dig what she does.  Can you say moody images?!? Check out her work here and leave her some love.

When I think about shoots that I walked away feeling like I grew as an artist, this is most definitely one of them.  In a lot of ways it was like my shoot with MacKenzie; the quietness and intensity of the subject forced me to think about how to accurately reflect that in the finished images.  These are the shoots and the photos that energize me most.  Of course I enjoy all kinds of photography, but give me “dark” and I am happy.  Go figure.

  • November 11, 2009 - 2:44 am

    Kaarin - love it. and that one shot with the rainbow flare right in her face – WAY TO KEEP IT. i love it. it’s my fave. and you can totally tell the moodiness. very well done friend. 🙂

  • November 11, 2009 - 2:47 am

    Sean Porto - This is amazing she is a great model. Good job!

  • November 11, 2009 - 7:38 am

    Carrie Hasson - Yep. Another shoot that I’ll dream about. Nice work Jay…5,6,&10 REALLY grab me

  • November 11, 2009 - 7:19 pm

    Jamie Ray - STUNNING shots of this gorgeous gal! you certainly did seem to capture her perfectly….

  • November 11, 2009 - 9:14 pm

    Dustin Boyersmith - I dig the one of her sitting on the yellow curb with her fingers interlaced together.

  • November 13, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    Heather Elizabeth - So this shoot is incredibly rad. You find such wicked locations.

  • December 4, 2009 - 5:41 pm

    Drew - Dang Jay!

    You’re an incredible photographer. I think I just spent the last 20 minutes reading through your blog, looking over your flash site and I am unbelievably impressed.

    Keep up the inspiring work!

  • April 15, 2010 - 2:47 am

    shipra - I LoVe this series. She has such an intensity in her gaze. Beautiful work

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