As always, I get excited when it’s time to prepare for a shoot. When Jerome and I spoke about scheduling and preparation for a shoot, August 2015, in Anguilla B.W.I; I couldn’t have been more excited, but also a little nervous. For the main fact, that it would be my very first swimsuit shoot, my very first time meeting and working with him, and the goal was to get published in Elléments Magazine’s, Summer Issue. From beginning to end, Jerome was extremely helpful, and very well engaged in the preparation before the shoot. He had the vision, and all I brought was myself and the garments. In which, he had a huge input, as far as choosing the right look. Then, is when I became very comfortable and even more excited for the day of. Keep in mind, I have not met him yet. But, it was always positive energy whenever we communicated. The day is here, and I finally meet Jerome and his team. No discomfort whatsoever. It was just as if, we’ve met before. We get to our location, and right away started shooting. I loved that Jerome was very focused and persistent in his vision. A few times, I’ve felt a disconnect from previous photographers, and it’ll sometimes give me a feeling of discomfort, and I tend to become distracted. Not Jerome! He made sure I stayed focused, gave very firm direction, while allowing me to be myself. I can honestly say, it was the best shoot I’ve had thus far! Aside from an amazing experience, my photos came out absolutely stunning!!! Jerome’s work is impeccable! I was definitely satisfied with both the experience and outcome. That day, Jerome had submitted a couple photos of his choice to Elléments Magazine. He definitely kept me updated on the submission. A couple days passed, and I reached out to Jerome about the submission. He was basically still waiting for a response. The publication was always on my mind. But, after a little while, I didn’t think that we got it. And I was honestly ok with that. My experience alone shooting with Jerome made my whole summer. I also always have a positive outlook on situations; so, I just said .. “There will be a next time!” Jerome couldn’t get in contact with me at the time, so he reached out to my mom, and gave her great news! WE WERE PUBLISHED IN ELLÉMENTS MAGAZINE!!! I was right next to her when she got the message. My jaw dropped. I paused for so long in slight disbelief, and literally started crying! It was all smiles, laughter, and tears.. For almost an hour I would say. I contacted Jerome right away, and really couldn’t stop thanking him. He then told me that he knew all along, he just wanted to keep it as a surprise until the magazine actually touched the web. I cried more! To this day, I can’t thank him enough. I appreciate his patience, and willingness to work with me. First time ever being published in a magazine. From the minute I starting working with Jerome, the anxiousness left, and so did the doubt. I am extremely proud of myself! My own experience, inspired and motivated me to continue working on my portfolio and pursue this strong desire I have, for modeling. Even the encouraging words I received from him, has mentally prepared me for what’s to come. I choose, for discouragement to no longer be an option! Will I work with Jerome Dupont again? Yes! Yes! Yes!!!! Absolutely! Thank you so much, once again!
Behind The Scenes – Teaser.
Model: Shanois Smith
Mua: Shanois Smith
Lighting Assistant: Dajun Dupont & Jamal Gumbs
Photographer: Jerome Dupont
Location: Anguilla, British West Indies.