Adventure park is a great way to describe this place. I’ve been talking with Justin for quite sometime on Instagram and after months (and months) of waiting, the stars finally aligned and we found a day (kinda spontaneous) to shoot. The results? AMAZING! I think we really took advantage of our surroundings.

Misha on a swing by Justin

I must admit, even though we were talking for a while I was still really nervous to meet Justin for the first time. But its not only Justin, it’s with EVERY new photographer I’ve ever met. The truth is, meeting new people is scary or even difficult at times. It takes time to build connections, and that’s okay. I think the difficult part for me at least is always worrying if they will like you or even if you will like them.

When starting new shoots with “strangers” I feel like there’s always a strange pattern to them. Its this evolution of being in front of a camera that comes in phases. This can ultimately also impact the type of photos you get from a shoot.

The photo below this writing block is one of the first photos we took at the park. A nice photo, classic framing and a standard pose. It really gives you the “we kinda shot this maybe at a farm in the middle of nowhere” type of vibe. Or at least to me that’s how I feel about it with the fence and the tall grass in the background. I think when people first initially meet for the first time these type of photos are common – eyes away from the camera, face also away from the camera.

Misha “at a farm” by Justin

This next photo to me is the second phase. By this point a few photos have already been taken and maybe confidence is starting to build. I would call this the slightly bolder move – looking at the photographer and more importantly the camera lense. Whom I sometimes see as a whole new set of eyes… or maybe “eye” to be more accurate.

When the photographer gets behind the lense it’s hard to tell what they are focusing on. Is it your face, body position, or overall composition for the shot. It is honestly quite hard to tell. But at this point I think it’s important to believe in your photographer to capture something or direct you. But models, it is also important to believe in that process. So although it might be a little awkward to hold your gaze, it will be worth it in the end.

I honestly think the best (more creative) photos come at the end of the photoshoot. This is because you have now spent a lot of time with the photographer at this point and starting to feel yourself! Or maybe a deeper connection has been made and more ideas are being tossed around. Either way I like to think of this point of time as the true creative in every creator (model and photographer). Ideas get “crazier” and so do the poses.

The vulnerable s(l)ide by Justin

Okay okay, is this a crazy idea or pose? No, not really, however, it is quite open relaxed type of pose and dare I say a little more on the vulnerable side. I wouldn’t call it crazy but I would call it unique and genuine. I feel like when you think of portrait photography on instagram, this is the kind of shot that gets blown up in the hashtags. I’m pretty much lying down on of a slide at the bottom, while my legs and feet kind of dangle off the edge. Justin, is pretty much standing over me to get this top down look. Hands down one of my most favorite photos to date.

Into the Weekend by Justin

This very last photo (above) was one of the last taken from the adventure park. I like to call it – myself and yourself. Maybe I can also coin it as “this is a very Misha like moment” in its truest form. At the end of the day a shoot is also fun, so as much as its important to get the shot, I think it’s just as important to enjoy the moment with the people your with, and maybe you’ll also get a candid like this in the making!

Happy shooting and modeling my friends. As always, thanks for reading!

MI ❤

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