This model knew how to pose!

I normally don’t photograph models but when I heard about the opportunity to shoot this gorgeous beauty, I jumped at the chance. This was exciting!

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Those art directors always like exotic locations for their photo shoots.

We had decided on an outdoor shoot to give it a more natural and fresh feel. All the agencies seem to going for that look this year.

Last week we finally found a day to organize the photo shoot. After some cooler weather, we had a bright sun that warmed things up to -10 C (14 F) – it was time to do it.

I drove out to the secluded location we had chosen. We’ve had a lot more snow than usual this year so there was a beautiful blanket covering everything, including the road I was driving on.

When I arrived, I was pleased to see my model was already there – no prima dona here. At first glance I was bit surprised at what she had done with her hair but I pretended not to notice. I knew from experience models can be a bit touchy about their looks so I also decided not to say anything about her facial hair.

She seemed a bit fidgety at the beginning of the shoot and was pretending to hide behind branches. To a trained professional, her nervousness came through in the photos.

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I used my extensive training in interpersonal skills to build on my natural charm and we were soon engaged in friendly conversation. She even laughed occasionally.

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The breathy look.

As she got more comfortable, she relaxed and started giving me these wonderful poses with hardly any direction from me.

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The coy look.

The evening light highlighted her natural beauty and wonderful features.

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun and before I knew it, I had the photos and my model was mysteriously disappearing into the darkness.

I’m convinced she’s the hottest model for this season!

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  1. Judy says:

    I loved this tale of the shy model and intrepid photographer capturing her prickly essence. Very cute as are the photos!! Fun and thanks.

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  2. Rejoice For The Day says:

    I would agree, the hottest model on the scene! I have a new like of porcupines thanks to you. And after driving passed an eagle eating in a field today, which flew off the second I stopped my car, I find your photos that much more amazing because of all the time it takes to get these perfect shots!

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    • lylekrahn says:

      It’s funny because I just discovered my appreciation for porcupines with the two I found this year.

      Photographing wildlife sometimes takes more patience than I have and a little luck certainly doesn’t hurt. After putting in the time and missing a lot of opportunities, it sure is satisfying to get something. I guess that’s what gets me through all the times when the wild creatures take off right away.

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  3. hannele says:

    i love your commentary. and your model; what a beauty!

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  4. Charissa says:

    This post is hilarious. She knows she’s a hot mama! I’m insanely jealous of your location.

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    • lylekrahn says:

      Always glad to hear that someone shares my sense of humour! I had fun putting this together. Your jealously comment is unusual for me since I’m jealous of other locations. Go figure.

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  5. Ed says:

    I had no idea Porcupines climbed trees! Superb shots. I found your site through Mike Powells site…:-))

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  6. saharkarami says:

    Very great captures!

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  7. caleephotography says:

    LOL!!! I absolutely *LOVE* this post! Fantastic photographer/model cooperation!!

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  8. Sid Dunnebacke says:

    You two work well together. Can I assume there’ll be further collaborations coming? Wonderful stuff, Lyle.

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  9. artsifrtsy says:

    Amazing creature – I got to see a pair at a local zoo – seeing them in nature like this is just stunning.

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  10. Phil Lanoue says:

    It is amazing how a real pro model can totally enhance photos and give them that extra something special.
    From what I understand, that frosted hair look is all the rage in Paris these days.

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  11. edithlevyphotography says:

    Great post and awesome captures.

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  12. FeyGirl says:

    I’ve never seen one in real life…. That FACE! What fascinating creatures. You really captured such a lovely portrait of her.

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  13. Simone Lipscomb says:

    What a beautiful model! Great commentary as well.

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  14. The Green Study says:

    We’re fast becoming porcupine fans in our household due to your photographs. After such a heavy week, this post really lightened my heart – thanks!

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    • lylekrahn says:

      So glad to help lighten your heart. Humor is a wonderful friend. As for the porcupines, I think I’m becoming a fan too after seeing two in the month and not many more the rest of my life.

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  15. Rexlin Victor says:

    Beautiful clicks!!!

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  16. Mike Powell says:

    It’s a strange sensation when you simultaneously feel awe and laughter. I am in awe of the photos. You managed to capture the delicate beauty of a porcupine (did I say delicate and porcupine in the same phrase?) in a way that most of us will never experience. Your humorous narrative helped to frame the wonderful images, drawing us in without unduly distracting us. I loved the entire posting.

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    • lylekrahn says:

      If you keep coming up with such thotful comments, I am going to have to dramatically improve my game just to keep up! If I did all that it’s wonderful and I had a great time doing it. Thanks Mike.

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  17. Seenorway says:

    I think I’d have travelled a few miles too 😀
    Wonderful shots!

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  18. Pani Peonia says:

    Lucky you… Great shot!

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  19. Gunta says:

    Fantastic shots of this lovely creature. The story was almost as cute as the model. 😉

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  20. LizzieJoy says:

    Brilliant photos, Lyle. Stunning creature. I’ve never seen one close-up. Thank you for enhancing my world with your wonderful photos. Sending blessings for a joy-filled Christmas season.

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    • lylekrahn says:

      Thanks – it is a stunning creature. The strange thing is that before this past month, I think I’ve only taken one photo of a porcupine and it ended up behind a blur of branches. Thanks for the blessings and I hope you also have a great Christmas and wonderful new year.

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  21. rachel bar says:

    Again, not sure what I enjoy more, the pictures or your sense of humor and playfulness.

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  22. rprtphoto says:

    Lyle,

    These are great! Wonderful story, too: a porcupine portrait session! 🙂

    I never knew they were capable of so many different expressions.

    Very fun. 🙂

    RPRT Photo

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  23. vanbraman says:

    I like the first shot of the model the best. The snow on top of the head :-). Nice direction and commentary.

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  24. toughlittlebirds says:

    She looks awfully nervous for someone completely covered in spiky quills! Great photos.

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    • lylekrahn says:

      Thanks. Those quills certainly add up to a lot of protection. It doesn’t look so bad from a distance but I think I involuntarily wince every time I zoom in on a photo.

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  25. thehappyhugger says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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