Got up very early this morning (5:30 am) for the photo shoot with Shawn, the new model. (I met Shawn at the party I threw on October 5th. He came with a friend of mine. As soon as I saw him walk in, I thought, wow! He’d make a great model. He looks kind of Latin, but he turns out to be Native American. Beautiful face, gorgeous body.And he’s a really nice guy. Just moved to Hawaii from the Mainland. Seemed excited about modeling for me.
So at 6:30 am, Shawn showed up on my doorstep and we left for the beach. I had asked my surfing buddy Jimmy to be my assistant for this photo shoot, and he was waiting for us when we got there. We hiked down to the beach just as the sun was coming up. (I love the early morning light. It’s the best light you can get, with the exception of sunset light, which is also wonderful.)
Shawn looked incredible in the early-morning beach light. Very muscular, defined, and handsome. A beautiful man, very easy-going and pleasant to be around, and a pleasure to photograph. I started by having him do some stretches on the beach. Jimmy was a terrific assistant, keeping a watch for people coming up or down the beach, and feeding me props, film, etc., as it was needed.
Then, after about 6 rolls of film, the camera (my Canon EOS) started acting up. And I hadn’t brought my backup camera with me. Tried and tried to get the thing to work but it was jammed and the film wouldn’t advance. Damn! And the light was just perfect. So, very reluctantly, we put our things in our backpacks—and Shawn put on his clothes—and we hiked back up to the cars and drove back to my apartment.
—where I checked the manual, and figured out how to fix the camera. It seemed to be a minor problem. So we shot a test roll out on the deck in the bright morning light and everything seemed fine. We decided to go back to the beach (it’s only a 10-minute drive from home) and try again. Jimmy suggested we bring the backup camera (the Olympus) this time, though, just in case.
Good thing he did. As soon as we got back to the beach the Canon started acting up again and then wouldn’t work at all. Thank goodness Jimmy had his act more together than I did. I guess that’s kind of the definition of a good assistant. They protect you from yourself.
So I shot the next 10 rolls of film with my little Olympus. (Not as flexible a camera as the Canon but in a pinch it works fine.) We did some more beach shots, then picked up and moved over a few hundred feet to a greenery-covered wall that looked promising.
All things considered, it was a pretty good shoot, in spite of the camera problems. I know I got some good shots of Shawn running, jumping, standing and stretching on the beach and in the water, and some of the shots by the greenery-covered wall should be really nice. I’m looking forward to getting the slides back.
UPDATE to this post:
In April 2012 I produced an e-book of uncensored Shawn photographs. You can view it and purchase it for instant download here.