I met first met Marissa at Unique Photo where I was presenting a seminar on studio lighting. She was 17 at the time, but she did a great job posing in front of 20 or so photographers who were present. By the time we shot this spread a couple of months later, Marissa had tunred 18. I think my model release was the first one she ever signed for herself.
I met Nikki at the NY Open, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament I was shooting for the IBJJF a few months ago. In the photo below, she is the one who is standing.
Despite the fact that she was trying to choke someone out when I met her, I knew she would be able to pull off a delicate beauty shot in my studio. I reached out to her a few weeks later and she told me that she had never done any sort of modeling at all. While I enjoy the expediency at which an agency model can complete a shoot, I also enjoy the experience of shooting an inexperienced model who doesn’t have any preconceived notions about what poses work for her and what poses don’t work.
I expected that she’s be a bit nervous coming into the shoot, but I knew the atmosphere in my studio -(non stop videos courtesy of Vevo on Apple TV), and the team I work with, would erase that pretty quickly.
The goal was to make her hair as large and busy as possible and still convey a feeling of sensuality even though we would only see part of her face. Needless to say, Nikki pulled it off.
Photographer: John Ricard @johnricard
Model: Nikki Mak IG@nikki_mak21
Nails: Shakinya IG@sohoxshakii
Hair and Makeup: Ashley Lee IG @Alstyling