Swamp Cat

September 9th, 2009

D20 5075 Swamp Cat I was talking with an on-line friend a few days ago about why we do what we do and what direction our work may take in the future. He said something that, as he said, is a pretty generic statement, but it is true and sometimes photographers are afraid to admit it.

“I like to look at naked women. It’s even better when they are smart and creative naked women, and they’re fun to talk to while we create the pictures.”

One of the joys of traveling and doing this kind of work is meeting new models. And now and then I run across one who is smart and creative and fun to talk to while we create the photos. It’s always a great extra charge to find another one of those models who I know I’m going to want to work with for years to come. I may find other things to photograph, but models like that are going to keep me coming back to figure work.

On this last trip to Florida I found one of them. Noelle Elise is a fairly new model, but she has dance training and a bright mind. She already understands how her body looks and what it takes to get a great photo. And she’s willing to do whatever it is that needs to be done. Add to that the fact that she is fun to talk to and a very enjoyable person to be around. Well, you’ve just described the makings of a great shoot.

I had two models scheduled for the Orlando area. One of them flaked on me…that’s pretty normal when booking models from Model Mayhem. I thought Noelle was flaking on me too, but it turned out there were some e-mail issues that almost kept us from getting together. I’m so glad we overcame those communication problems and did this shoot.

I’ve been wanting since I first visited Florida to do some photos that capture the feel of the swamps there. This is the first time I’ve gotten what I was after, despite several earlier attempts. Noelle suggested this location and it was perfect for what I was after.

Thank you Noelle. You really made this work and I really appreciate it.

The best news for me is that Noelle is moving up north in the very near future and will be close enough to me that we should be able to work together more than we would if she were staying in Florida. Of course it remains to be seen if her thin Florida blood can stand the kind of cold I tend to subject models to up here. I’m looking forward to finding out.

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Photos and comments by Dave Levingston. This is the place to see my most recent work which may include nudes, dance, landscape, nature and whatever other kinds of photos I feel like taking.

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