Model Session: Shante | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Fine Art Photographer

 Going during low tide proved to allow for a great photography opportunity.  Shante wearing Lila Nikole

Going during low tide proved to allow for a great photography opportunity.

Shante wearing Lila Nikole

CONFESSION: I don't usually post nude/fine art work online. But since it is a blue moon, why not? 

Seriously, I don't like posting nude work and projects online. One, because of privacy and discretion, but two because I honestly feel that fine art work should be printed, savored, and enjoyed. It is intended to live longer than a snap or a gram, but for many years. 

 Shante wearing the Love fringe tank from Starcrush Boutique and a skirt from the photographer's private collection

Shante wearing the Love fringe tank from Starcrush Boutique and a skirt from the photographer's private collection

So I guess I'll let the cat out the bag. I've been working for the past few months with a model from Jacksonville, Florida.  Shante has been a blast to work with as we work through this project, but recently while reviewing the images from a session, one image jumped right out at me. 

The call time was 5 am, where I met Shante at her hotel that she was staying in for her weekend in Charleston, SC, along with fellow photographer, Jerrica Smith-McKune of Jerrica SM Photography. We ventured out to an area of Edisto Beach that is well known for its driftwood beach. I was extremely nervous about coming out to this beach, because I had not been since the summer before the hurricanes. I heard there was bad erosion, and the beach was closed. Came to find out that the beach is only closed for the 2 hours before and after high tide. 

 Shante wearing the Love fringe tank from Starcrush Boutique and a skirt from the photographer's private collection

Shante wearing the Love fringe tank from Starcrush Boutique and a skirt from the photographer's private collection

So with an overcast sky, and temperatures in the 50's, we set out to do an outdoor shoot consisting of fine art nudes, along with a little editorial fashion. Shante and Jerrica were great to work with, and proved to be the ideal team to try new concepts of lighting and looks with. 

About a half-mile away from our "camp site," we decided to get a little bohemian type look going. While shooting, I must have made a joke that was so funny that Shante laughed out loud. Reviewing the look on her face in the image below, reminded me on how liberating a shoot like this can be. You're out in the public. Bare for all to see. Cold. Yet you are having fun without a care in the world. 

 A smiling model is a happy model.

A smiling model is a happy model.

 Shante wearing a coat from the photographer's collection

Shante wearing a coat from the photographer's collection


After the boho look, the shoot started to warm up, even with the cold temperatures. We did a few other looks before going to a fully nude bodyscape.  I really have to give Shante a lot of credit for she was willing to stand in very cold water, in the brisk air to get the shot.

The experience was great for all, and I can't wait to finish the collection of fine art work. 



 Shante, wearing her own private collection.

Shante, wearing her own private collection.

Leighton DaCosta

LeightonD, LLC, PO Box 80065, Charleston, SC 29416, USA

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!

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