By Nina Ornstein
Posted in Mexico, Nina Ornstein, founder of Paraiso, The Paradise Story, Todos Santos | Tags : Derren Versoza, Fashion, Mexico, Paraiso Adventures, Photo Shoot, Photography, The Paradise Society, Todos Santos, travel
Hey guys! It’s Nina here, sweating through a crazy hot day in NYC. My mind can’t help but wander off to my last Baja trip with The Paradise Society. So much goes into production, this what draws me to the role I play on photo shoots. I have a definite passion for aligning all the moving parts necessary to create that certain magic we are looking for in a photo shoot. That charismatic, aesthetic appeal that only translates through the lens of a camera when everything is just right. A story must be in place, and the personality of the talent and location need to shine brightly. For all of this to happen, someone like me, needs to produce the shoot to arrange the details of the puzzle. Just sayin’. I meticulously plan the itinerary and the logistics so that everyone else can function at their optimum level. Much of this happens long before anyone arrives on the scene.
With that being said, and my yoga brain reminding me, that not much can be planned or controlled, especially in a place like paradise. However, with the right team, anything is possible. Today, my sombrero goes off to the almighty photographer. And in this particular case, Derren Versoza, the working photographer on The Paradise Society’s Pachamama shoot earlier this summer. Derren made everything a positive experience, and was absolutely “on brand” with Paraiso Adventures. All about those vibes. Derren physically maneuvered the shoot in a very mindful way, stretching and anchoring himself in yoga or martial arts types of postures. I taught a couple of yoga classes on this shoot and Derren even did a forearm stand on his first try… some people OMG.
The skill set of a photographer extends far beyond being able to take a picture. Especially a photographer that excels in working with models. If I had to breakdown the characteristics that appeal to me when working with a photographer, I would list the following:
- Can make people laugh
- Knows how to work with people cohesively and make them comfortable
- Observant, resourceful and creative with surroundings
- Not afraid to speak up and express creative direction
- Calm demeanor
- Strong work ethic, committed deadlines, adapts well to crazy schedules