I met Ida through Model Mayhem. We had initially agreed to meet under the hope that we could shoot some environmental portraiture outdoors, but the weather was changeable and I'd booked the studio as a Plan B - I was glad I did.

Ida was a total professional - completely at ease in front of the camera, I didn't have to ask her to pose in any way; she just knew how to move and what worked well for her body. So much so that at one point I asked her if she'd ever been a dancer because she held herself with such grace.

I have a load from this shoot that I'm really pleased with, and selecting one for the portfolio was tough.

2 Elinchromes aimed at the background.
1 hairlight, camera right, half power.
2 huge soft boxes on 1/2 power either side of the camera.

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