It was my first time working with Sean but it won’t be my last.
I had the opportunity to work with Sean Facyson thanks to our mutual friend, and fellow fitness buff, Amira Juma. I was talking to her about the fact that I’d like to do a session with a guy. This blog is filled with beautiful women, I told her, but it would be a great change of pace to bring more dudes on board.
Now, I know some of you think I just photograph women and that’s all I want to shoot. Nothing could be further from the truth. I love working with guys, too. It’s just hard to find ones willing to step in front of the camera. It took Amira less than 5 seconds to suggest Sean and put us together. After some messaging back and forth he and I agreed to a time, date and location.
We literally met for the first time on shoot day. We teamed up and headed out to scope out the back streets and alleys of Norfolk. I knew that a gritty, dirty, hard, urban environment like the one found there would make for an interesting backdrop for Sean’s physique. We agreed that a mix of images would be for the best to see what would play well and what needed more work.
It took me less than 5 minutes after setting up the lights to realize we had something here. Sean was open to suggestions and was more than willing to hear me out as well as offer his suggestions. Poses came naturally to him and I only had to offer up an occasional posing tweak. We kept hitting them out of the park. At one point, I believe, I was jumping up and down after we got an awesome shot of him against a brick wall with his face partially obscured by shadows.
We spent two hours roaming those alleys and streets. Shooting and moving, shooting and moving. i was looking for light and shadows to play with and against. All around us lawyers were talking on phones, cooks were prepping meals, delivery people were making deliveries. More than one person stopped and watched – from a respectful distance.
We were firing on all 8, hell, make that 12, cylinders that day. Those are the days I live for and work towards. Being part of something bigger than the both of us and we have the images to prove it. I look forward to more sessions with Sean in the near future as well as anyone else that wants to be a part of something this great. It can be the streets of Norfolk, the beaches in Virginia Beach, a cornfield in Williamsburg or any place for that matter.
Anywhere we can get to for a couple of hours and an idea.
I look forward to hearing from you.