I’ve always seen her around, heard about her clothing line and Fashion Design business YC Clothing but never actually met personally. Earlier this year I had the fortunate opportunity of meeting her at an event we worked on together. As a portrait photographer or just someone with a creative eye, I’m always observing things, places and people that may interest me and satisfy my need to create. While at the event, I remember working on some images to send off to press and I took a brief moment to rest my eyes from the screen.
It was at this moment I realised just how beautiful Jami was and also how the light above contoured her face in a lovely balance of shadows and highlights. It was there and then ideas and concepts of how to re-create and capture Jami in a different light came rushing to me. I didn’t confront her then however. I did some preliminary research on the types of shoots she had previously done, how I wanted mine to differ and when I came up with a plan of action later on in the event I asked her if she would be interested in collaborating with me on a black and white studio portrait session, at first she laughed and alluded to the fact that her modelling days were behind her. I had a plan however, I told her I would put together a mood board, send it to her and if she didn’t like it that would be perfectly fine.
Well here I am writing this blog post so of course, you know my idea was bought and we began the planning stages. Jami is an amazing mother to her son Spencer-Rein and I wanted him to be apart of the shoot. So we came up with three simple but profound looks with that in mind and the shoot was set for May. However due to work and availabilities clashes the shoot moved from May to June then Finally we finally got it done on July 9th, 2017.
The day started for me at 12pm at Darien’s Home studio, where we prepped the space, discussed shooting and lighting style; which involved the use of two DIY Gobos to create a certain type of lighting.
Gobos Created for shoot:
Dominique who is always my go to MUA/Creative Director came around 1pm, then shortly after Jami and Spencer came along. The day was long but went along pretty smoothly and I was surely pleased with what I was capturing. Editing for this set of images was surely fun and I’m happy to present this new set of images. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
-Jik-Reuben Pringle, The Visual Ninja
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