Uptown Funk

I recently got to shoot with Shawna again for a quick test shoot in the studio and love seeing her progress as a model. I honestly think she is one to watch for the future.

I first shot with Shawna a couple of years ago when she was only 15. She had quickly responded to a casting call for a walkabout shoot after I'd had a cancellation at short notice. I didn't realise how young she was when she applied to the casting call until last minute so I made her drag her (lovely) mom round with her at short notice. She did an amazing job back then for someone so young and inexperienced , following direction and mixing with three adult photographers she'd never met before. I think I've shot her four times now and the progression has been great to watch.

For this shoot I wanted her to lose the grungy, cute, emo vibe and turn it up a notch. Trying to capture a more grown up candid, funky vibe and I think she nailed it. She has moved from that young girl of 15 to become a young lady that poses freely on her own and can add emotion and expression with her poses. If you get chance, book this young lady now because I think this is a big year for her.

Model | Shawna Leigh

MUA | Sammy Carpenter