My buddy Rob posted an article that the owners of Los Angeles' Union Station were soliciting bids to renovate the aging station. I've shot there a couple times over the past two years and haven't really captured the charm of Union Station. The art deco architecture and warm tones takes you to an era long gone and my previous attempts fell short.
I decided I would attempt to do Union Station justice and contacted my favorite pin-up model, Jenna, and asked if she would be my model. As luck would have it, she and her fiancee' were heading to Anaheim to catch an Angels Baseball game and would be available to shoot.
Few models really "prep" for a shoot, most just ask ''What's the Theme?" "What should I wear?" I love working with models who throw ideas around and actually know how to execute. There have been three models that I have worked with that have that ability, Anahy, Jenna and Taylor. On this shoot, Jenna kept sending me images of her outfit, hair, wardrobe and props that she would bring.
We (Rob, Brian, Monica and I) met Jenna and Kelly at Union Station at 10:00 and wandered around the complex, stopping and shooting. I brought along an SB-900 Speedlight, Monopod (for the flash), and a 1/8" grid as my light modifier. Traveling light is key in areas where you aren't too sure how Security will react. Turns out, we were left alone throughout the two hours we shot, well t least Security didn't bother us. However, visitors to Union Station kept asking if Jenna was someone famous and if we were shooting an advertisement of some sort.
I wish I had some sort of epiphany, or gleaned some tidbit of wisdom while shooting, but everything fell into place and we had a really rewarding shoot. The light was nice, not too harsh, and Jenna was spot on. After we wrapped, we headed to Phillipes for French Dip and the a quick stroll down Olvera St.
I always enjoy a shoot that's collaborative, filled with laughter, good food and expected results.