Deirdra and I met at the home studio to test some lighting and play with a few different looks. Because it really was just a day of play, Deirdra did her own makeup and hair. We had a great session and we had a lot of fun.
A lot of my work is influenced by mythology and classical literature. I guess it's just more proof that my head is in the clouds more than it is here in reality. Isis is from Egyptian mythology. She is the patroness of nature and magic and thus the perfect subject for a sunrise and location shoot.
I found these wings and knew I had to do something with them. They are epic so I knew the image had to be epic in order for them to work. Sunrise is my favorite time of day, even more so than sunset. The light is perfect. There's something about the cooler tones at sunrise that appeal to me more than the warmth at sunset.
Shannon and I met before dawn in order to capture that 10 minute window of perfect light. We needed this light to set the perfect mood for this image. As a bonus, the mist was rising from the lake to complete the mood and softness needed for this concept.
I've been toying with surreal ideas for some time. Some of my fantasy portraits border on surreal, but i wanted to step it up a notch. So, I've been sketching ideas and making plans for other concepts all while the travel concept with my friend Michael had been in the works.
Michael and I have been wanting to work together for some time. We started a joint blog where we highlight alternative fashion. Originally, we were going to highlight all fashion, but after much thought, we agreed that our hearts lie with alternative fashion and that our blog would suffer if we wrote about fashions about which we weren't passionate. It's not that we don't like fashion. On the contrary, we create a lot of fashion imagery. But both of our styles are more quirky and less mainstream fashion.
We had planned a travel concept for the blog months before we shifted our direction on the blog. We were going to shoot straight fashion editorial images. In the days leading up to the shoot, I decided to apply a surreal theme to one of the locations using the props we had already assembled. Michael and I previously scouted locations so I knew exactly where I wanted to create my "Travel Woes" surreal image.
Our plan for the day was that we each would come to the shoot with ideas for an image using the travel theme. Then while one of us was shooting our idea, the other would assist. I was excited to put this surreal theme to work. We shot the pieces for my surreal idea first, then alternated between shooting and assisting for each image idea following.
The remainder of the shoot went as planned with fabulous work from the entire team.
Model: Kelly Ryan
MUA: Mrs. Kelly Louise
Assistant: Michael Falk
Concept/Photographer/Retoucher: Donna Macauley
Robert will be a senior next year. When he graduates, he wants to further his education in sound mixing and production. This was a l/lifestyle senior session. We met at a park and shot on location.
I've had the pleasure of testing Carly a month ago. However, she is also a senior and will be going to Michigan State after graduation. We shot in an outdoor setting for lifestyle senior portraits.
Although I create a lot of fantasy and fashion, I love straight portraiture for senior, family, and baby sessions. Additionally, I enjoy creating a themed experience, combining straight portraiture with a fantasy or fashion theme. Any of these kinds of sessions tell stories and can capture special moments.
Makeup and Hair: Stacey Manuel
I am a Warren, MI based headshot, fashion, fantasy, fine art, senior, and portrait photographer. I have photographed the Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan for over 25 years.