Introducing – Kyla Jeffries

Introducing – Kyla Jeffries

Although it was defunct for a little while there is a group of photographers on Model Mayhem called “The List” Photographers. This select group of photographers volunteer with one new model every so often as time allows to help build a basic portfolio. A few weeks ago Kyla found me on this list and contacted me to ask for help needing some portfolio building photos to help get her started.

After losing a pretty prime and inexpensive studio space I’ve been using for the last year or so late last year, and although I’ve been actively searching, I haven’t been successful securing a new studio space quite yet. So when Kyla first contacted me I was a little hesitant as I really didn’t have a spot to shoot with her. That said, I’ve been trying to be a little more creative since I really don’t presently have space in my home to set up a temporary studio and trying to shoot outdoors and more on location. I do have rental space at Aperture Studios in downtown Halifax, but it is a little on the expensive side for a TF shoot. TF is the industry term for ‘Trade For’ whether it’s prints CDs or just services, it’s a way for creatives to work together at little or no cost for those involved.

Along came the Big Shoot. This is a large group photo shoot organized by various volunteers through a group on Facebook.

I haven’t done much outdoor work lately and really haven’t done much as far as fashion work goes, since I typically don’t enjoy it much. Well, I contacted Kyla and suggested this might be a great chance for both of us to get out and stretch those creative muscles a bit.

It was a very cold early Sunday morning when we met at a Tim Hortons in Dartmouth and hit the road for the Big Shoot location.

As the morning progressed, it turned out that my lack of interest in fashion really started to show through and I ended up shooting more of a glamour/beauty portrait session with Kyla. Not hard to see why, however, as Kyla has very striking red hair and beautiful features. A puffy white winter coat pales in comparison. 🙂

We both had a great time shooting and Kyla laughed a log, especially when I was rolling around in the snow trying to get “just the right angle” for her.

As part of The List group, I have submitted three photos of Kyla from this shoot for the New Model Of The Week competition on Model Mayhem. Voting by the judges starts on Tuesday and I’ll update this post to let everyone know how we did. I’ll be really disappointed if we don’t do very well.

Enjoy the gallery!