Skreened is an eCommerce company that specializes in on-demand screen printing. Shirts are their biggest sellers. Since each shirt design is unique, they needed a library of images with models in blank tees so they could overlay the latest designs in post. When they approached me to shoot for them, their main request was that these portraits be fun and energetic.
I am, by nature, an introvert. However, I have realized that if I am visibly awkward or uncomfortable, my subject will mirror the discomfort. So I have learned to push through it when I am working. But it goes with saying that when I am tasked with creating fun, natural portraits in a studio (where almost no happy accidents can occur), I am flexing every social muscle in my body to make it through the shoot.
I put together a short little BTSV of the shoot. I brought a Flip video camera to the shoot and instructed the models to use it throughout the day, shooting whatever they wanted. Though the quality of the footage isn't great, it captures the mood of the day. Though we began the day as strangers, we left as friends.