These photos represent a friendship that began over Labor Day Weekend 2010 with a professional, self-employed fashion & product photographer. Just two months before I met him, I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. In a nutshell, Asperger Syndrome is a form of autism.
Our first conversation was on Friday, September 3rd. He said he liked my look and wanted to update his business card with my image. I met with him on Labor Day and we did a practice shoot in his studio. Given my lack of experience and slight autism, I was doing a lot of things wrong during the practice shoot. In spite of all that was lacking, this photographer befriended me, and over the following year, he mentored me, taught me how to model and how to interact with the camera. He also taught me how to use Photoshop to retouch my own photos. He said that I had potential as a Fashion Catalogue Model.
In spite of our efforts to reach my potential, there has been no success. Due to the economy, my limited ability to travel, and the lack of opportunities in Chicago for me, I have not been able to pursue commercial fashion modeling as a career. I think I’m losing interest in pursuing modeling as a hobby.
However, we did create this portfolio of images during those months, resulting from all the time he spent with me in his studio coaching, teaching, and just being my friend. He photographed me with his arsenal of Canon and Hasselblad photography equipment and accessories. I’m glad I gave it my best shot, and that I got to model for such a talented and knowledgeable artist. Working with him was a blast, and I wish him the best.