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!


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.


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.


The breathy look.

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


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!

Latest Comments

  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.


  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!


    • 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.


  3. hannele says:

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


  4. Charissa says:

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


    • 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.


  5. Ed says:

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


  6. saharkarami says:

    Very great captures!


  7. caleephotography says:

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


  8. Sid Dunnebacke says:

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


  9. artsifrtsy says:

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


  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.


  11. edithlevyphotography says:

    Great post and awesome captures.


  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.


  13. Simone Lipscomb says:

    What a beautiful model! Great commentary as well.


  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!


    • 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.


  15. Rexlin Victor says:

    Beautiful clicks!!!


  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.


    • 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.


  17. Seenorway says:

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


  18. Pani Peonia says:

    Lucky you… Great shot!


  19. Gunta says:

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


  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.


    • 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.


  21. rachel bar says:

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


  22. rprtphoto says:


    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


  23. vanbraman says:

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


  24. toughlittlebirds says:

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


    • 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.


  25. thehappyhugger says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!


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