I photographed model Kristela Benedicto on June 30, 2011 at my home in San Francisco, California USA.
I used my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR digital camera. I used Canon lenses, including a 135mm soft focus lens.
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[Edit January 24, 2013: I paid Kristela a USD $60.00 modeling fee for this shoot and she signed a comprehensive model release. When I first created this post, I included three additional photographs, which pictured Kristela in swimwear. They were tasteful and beautiful images. Kristela asked me to remove this entire post, without offering to refund the money I paid her and without offering to pay me for my time, which amounted to roughly five hours of work. Kristela claimed she got in trouble from her current employer because of the pictures I posted of her. Kristela was a model when I photographed her, and had dozens of photographs of herself in a revealing bikini on the modeling website Explore Talent. My pictures were far more responsible and artistic than those shots, which were online on November 13, 2012, and were a quick Google search away. Given Kristela was self publishing dozens of bikini pictures of herself, I chose to ignore her November 13th request. Kristela wrote to me again on January 21, 2013 and again asked me to remove the pictures but without offering to compensate me for my time or trouble. Today I discovered that the dozens of bikini pictures Kristela had posted to her online modeling portfolio no longer show up in a Google search, so it appeared that the three swimwear shots I had published of her in 2011 were the only such revealing shots of her still easy to find via Google. Because of this new information, I decided to remove the three images, but to leave the two shots you see here, which are so beautiful and tasteful they could be given by Kristela as gifts to her parents and grandparents. I dislike removing posts from the Internet, because it breaks inbound links others have established to this site. By leaving two pictures, I don't break the most likely links, and Kristela's employer should rest easier knowing that they were able to pressure Kristela into doing something she likely didn't want to do. Kristela is lucky that she had me photograph her, and that I am such a nice guy. Lots of photographers would have refused to remove them for any reason. Kristela was not a beginner. She was a pro, and had lots of modeling experience when I worked with her. She should be grateful that somehow she has managed to effectively 'retract' the model releases she presumably signed, which normally are not retractable. If Kristela's employer is reading this, please keep in mind that it will take months for the search engines to delete their copies of the pictures I deleted today, so please understand Kristela has done her part and can really do no more. You should not fire Kristela for being a model, particularly when she tried to adhere to your requests.]