Because of these mixed emotions, this image almost didn't get posted. But, I started thinking that it makes a good teaching post.
You can plan every detail, but there will be times when things just don't work out. You have to have that ability to improvise in order to create something.
I won't describe my original plan because I might still implement it at another time. What I will say is that I had a different point of view, different pose, and different wardrobe planned.
What happened was storms flooded most of the good dirt areas, the park was busy, and we had a wardrobe malfunction. That's a lot of mishaps going into the session.
So, I walked around the park a bit when I saw the flooded areas and found a nice "rooty" tree on a bit higher ground giving us a dryer place to work. Okay, location issue solved.
The new location introduced a different problem. The point of view had to change. That was fine, though. Since the location changed, the ground was not the same as I planned. The ground and point of view change also made me have to change the pose. What looks good from one angle, might not look so good from another. At this point, I had to think quickly, scan for how I wanted to photograph the angle and determine what pose would work to convey a similar mood to the original concept.
Another issue, but not a terrible one was a busy park. A busy park isn't really a problem. It's not ideal, but being a photographer you get used to working with and around crowds. The problem that happens when working in a busy park is people walking into the image or accidentally jostling you while you try to compose and capture the image.
The final challenge was the wardrobe. I ran out of burlap. What was I thinking? I usually bring more than what's needed for a shoot. That was completely a lapse on my part. However, I had gauze that I was going to use under the burlap for comfort. Instead, Shannon wore short shorts and the flesh colored top. I then added the gauze to the bottom half of the burlap dress and that brought about an idea for a bit more surrealism. I had extra gauze. I could have pinned it behind her where no one would see it. But as it hung off the dress, an idea struck me. That's where the "tendrils" floating around her came into play. What would have been a bit more sedate and emotional, turned into emotion and surrealism.
All in all, it's not a complete bust. For an improvised surreal image, it's not bad. Shannon did a great job bringing the emotion I was looking for in the concept and I adore the light. It's one of the things I look for in park locations. I love the magical soft light filtering through the trees, that lightness and haziness against the shadowed contrasts.