two photographers shoot the same model: Hudson Valley Photographer

Day number one of 2020!!!!! And I’m blogging!

Does that mean I’m going to actually bring my blog back to life this year?

Maybe! We’ll see.

But one thing I’m absolutely certain about for my photography business is that I’m going to be doing lots and lots and lots of photo challenges this year to really stretch myself creatively. And two photographers shoot the same model is one of my absolute favorite challenges.

Here are the rules:

  1. Two different photographers can each pick two locations each.
  2. Each photographer has 3 minutes to photograph the model in that location.
  3. Each photographer picks their favorite photo from that location and edits in their own style.
  4. At the end of the shoot, the model and photographers will stop and get a delicious treat somewhere. That is ABSOLUTELY the most important rule. I should have made it number one in this list.

I love this challenge because I always love to shoot with others. I always have a second shooter with me at weddings, but for portrait sessions, I work alone. So it’s a lot of fun to do portraits with another photographer around. And it’s definitely a challenge to be timed.

Crazily enough, this particular photo challenge took Jess and I us into three states! We started in Delaware (the tippy top part of the state), and then traveled 15 minutes to Pennsylvania, and then 10 minutes back to Maryland.

First location … behind a Home Depot : ) We met in an Acme parking lot, and I was just in love with how the rain was laying on the car window, so I thought it would be fun to use the car window as our first “spot”. We pulled around behind the Home Depot for a bit more privacy. And here are our favorites …

Also right behind the Home Depot was this magical little area of woods. And that served as Jess’s first photo spot …


We then headed out to PA to a spot Jess had in mind. But unfortunately, it was roped off and we couldn’t use it. So while she thought about another spot, I remembered a grassy area I had used years and years ago for a family portrait session. And since it was rainy and dreary, I thought it might be kind of cool …

And then last but not least, we went over to Fair Hill and used the same location where I shot wedding photos for Jess when she was married : ) : )

Our model hates having her picture taken. So huuuuuuge thanks to her for being willing to come out and play with us : ) She’s so gorgeous and has the most unbelievable hair … so it was easy peasy getting amazing photos. It’s always a fun challenge working with people who are camera shy. I’m a big baby when it comes to the camera and refuse to get in front of it … so I really do understand the fear. So thank you, Tara, for being our stunning model.

Here are a few other photos from the shoot that I love, love, love …



Kate Callahan is a Hudson Valley wedding photographer and family photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for people. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC,  Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond.

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