What seems like ages ago I come across a young lady.  A lady that caught my eye.

She was young and beautiful, she had  soft looking skin and eyes that had deep richness, that radiated a tender side.

However it wasn’t any or all of these that attracted me to her… It was the colour of her hair…

It was bright purple, which I must say for someone under the age of 95 is out of place. 🙂

I am not backward in coming forward so I approached her and said if she is ever in Canberra that I would just love to take her photo.  Now to my surprise she was in Canberra and lived here, and with that I we quickly lined up a shoot and we were on our way.

Neki is not a model and as she tells me she has not been photographed before, so with that in mind I made sure she was comfortable and we spent a lot of time getting to know each other on location. I walking her through different poses, while all the time explaining what I was doing and why.  – I talk A LOT on location!!!

I find that when I explain things to the people I photograph, it is not only easier to think out loud but it helps them understand that I am looking for, for me this this is important.   After all, how is the person in the shot to know where to put their hands, or if their head is in the wrong spot?  So it is easer for me to tell them and it builds trust between me and my subject., this trust if very important and can not and should not be underestimated.

I generally find that it takes about 1 hour on set before people start to feel comfortable and get into the swing of it.  It also take about that long before we are all comfortable with each other and we are communicating in a way that we both understand. Some of my hand movements and institutions can confuse even me… lol

Neki and I found out groove fairly quickly and we started to capture some truly amazing images.

These are just some of the images.

Neki - Straight Portrait

Neki – Straight Portrait

Neli - What a profile.  WOW

Neli – What a profile. WOW

Neki - Just love the rich colours

Neki – Just love the rich colours

Neki - Hangin out on the stairs

Neki – Hangin out on the stairs

Neki - Looking fantastic out of shapes

Neki – Looking fantastic out of shapes

Neki - Image from her past

Neki – Image from her past

Neki - Help from the darkness

Neki – Help from the darkness

Neki - Alone in the dark

Neki – Alone in the dark

Neki - Hey you out there

Neki – Hey you out there

Here is the general setup lighting for these images. With all of these images taken using just one light.

Neki - Setup shot

Neki – Setup shot