Austin, Texas, is one of my favourite cities. Not only does it have a vibrant live music scene, but it’s got some of the best food joints I’ve ever eaten in — this may have something to do with my fondness for Tex-Mex and BBQ, but we’ll leave that to one side.
I had the pleasure of being in Austin once again in mid-November and, having some time to spare and a creative itch to scratch, I decided to set up a shoot. I was very lucky to find Deja, my model for the day, and despite the cold we had an absolute blast.
It was unseasonably cold in Austin when we were shooting — daytime temperatures were regularly around the 5˚C mark — so we rapidly decided that discretion was the better part of valour and moved our shoot inside, thanks to a cooperative bar owner on 6th Street.
I decided that since I had them with me, I’d play around a bit with gels and colours.
The room we were in was full of mirrors, which meant there were lots of cool reflections to be had — and lots of compositional contortions to be made in order to keep lighting gear out of shot.
Deja was an absolute star on the day: professional, warm, kind and friendly, and totally committed to getting the best shot; my favourite attributes in any model. I hope I get to work with her again some time soon.