In May, my friend Keisha Prince, a wonderful model, actress and singer, whom I had shot before for a character gallery, came by the studio for a few hours for some personal promotional shots.
When I'm shooting people, I prefer to have a very clear idea of what I'm going to get during the shoot and absolutely love having a mood board to reference. When I'm shooting models, I ask them to provide some reference images. They will often send a Pinterest board or link to a Dropbox folder.
In all my shoots, I like to keep the shooting loose, to play around and experiment. I liken this to working on a commercial set, where things can and do go awry all the time. You need to be flexible, improvise and figure out solutions without looking like the wheels are coming off the cart. Thankfully, my extensive improv training has taught me to be resourceful and adventurous. I've gotten a lot of shots I wouldn't have otherwise been able to get without keeping an atmosphere of play during the shoot.
In Keisha's case, she sent me a Pinterest board full of images of Solange Knowles, Beyoncé's sister -- you know, the one that attacked Jay-Z in an elevator. Keisha has this amazing afro that's a fantastic throwback to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s.
Keisha brought her kids along for the ride and we all went out for dinner after the shoot, where we had the biggest beef ribs I've ever seen.