I should start by saying that, with the exception of the occasional holiday family portraits taken at large department stores, I have never had the pleasure to work with a professional photographer. Indeed, it has been a pleasure working with David! He knew I did not have any meaningful experience in front of a camera, yet he completely put me at ease and made this experience a fun and memorable one. He was very encouraging, patient, and extremely attentive to all details -- from the more obvious ones like lights and shadows, to the more laser-focused ones such as the slight pointing of my foot or the nearly imperceptible correction in the tilt of my head.
Never restrictive or judgmental, David shared with me his vision for the work he wanted to accomplish and provided me with tips and suggestions to ensure the photo shoot was not only successful but also positive and fun for me. David's reassuring and charismatic personality put me at ease immediately and we were able to move past the initial awkwardness nearly instantaneously and become productive from the very beginning of the photo shoot.