Last April, my friend Germain Choffart asked me for a favor. As you may remember, he plays both Joe and Ned in our Joe&Nancy Mysteries Series. Recently, he has been participating in some plays in North Carolina and wants to dedicate part of his free time to both acting and modeling. As a consequence, he needed some portraits to update his personal portfolio at the beginning of spring. Since I had just bought a Canon 70D for my trip to New York, Germain asked me if I could help him with a photo shoot. I saw this as an opportunity to foray into model photography and, of course, agreed to help him immediately.
We decided to shoot at the American Tobacco District in Durham and spent a couple of hours there. With my 75-300mm telephoto, I was able to get a soft blurry background to make his figure pop up in the images, and since it was a bright sunny day, I used an ISO of 400. Germain brought four different outfits and we decided to try multiple combinations with four different types of facial expressions: “serious,” “smirk,” “smile,” and “laugh.”
For we found at least 4 different locations (the number 4 again!,) we ended up taking around 500 photos that day! It was totally worth it since Germain got several options to choose from. In my case like I said, I was able to do a favor to a friend, foray into model photography, and use my telephoto lens in a fun way.
What outfit and what facial expression did you like the most, dear friends? Who knows, maybe we’ll see Germain’s face on the cover of a fashion magazine sooner than expected! Fingers crossed!…