The locations and Dekilah's vintage peignoir pieces inspired me to photograph her in a classic victorian painterly style.
When Xaina contacted me asking if I wanted to photograph a litter of puppies, I didn't hesitate. Actually, I think the only coherent response I gave her was "puppies" along with a bunch a squeals and coos.
I'll start with a behinds the scenes. With animals, you are at their mercy. It takes a lot of patience and waiting. Everyone is on the animal's schedule and the animals safety is the number one concern. It took quite some time for these little ones to tucker out. The excitement of a new location was too much for puppy explorers. They had to discover every nook and cranny.
It was hilarious to watch a littler of 10 start dropping into nap mode one by one, at the same time. They would fight it as long as they could and then they would just flop.
The theme of the session was similar to one with did together with her white and black adult shepherds. One outfit was white the other was black. However, with the pups, the Victorian era paintings came to my mind. The ones with women and young girls on the farm or in a field surrounded by, you guessed it, puppies.
Lars and I planned a WWII themed shoot while we were working on knight session. Lars has a lot of vintage war gear and I knew I wanted to leverage that with him. When the opportunity arose to shoot on location in an historic home, I knew we had our chance to really make something that had the feel. Not all the items at the home are period appropriate, but we used them to interpret the theme.
Because we had access to an historic home, we decided to concentrate on the moments in between battle, such as sending letters to home, shaving, and sleeping in the field.
"Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends." ~General Dwight D. Eisenhower
While walking around with friends, I saw this tree and red door. I screamed to me to be photographed. I loved it. I mentioned it to my friends and they encouraged me to go ahead an "scratch that itch." So I asked Krista to get in the doorway and I posed her so that she'd mimic the three.
Detroit has a historic are designed by the famed architect Mies Van Der Rohe. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture. He, like Frank Lloyd Wright, blended architecture with nature. Because the cherry blossoms are blooming, I decided to document the architecture and flowers over the weekend.
Below a couple images showcasing the architecture with nature:
And the rest are apple and cherry blossoms. I spent a lot of time on those since they are in bloom for a very short time.
My photography friend getting a closeup of the blossoms. We like to tease each other and call each other (f)artistes.
The following day, I went around my neighborhood looking for more blossoms:
I have posted before about the impact we are having on nature: the disregard for wildlife, trampling delicate ecosystems, litter, etc. I have stated that I proudly follow leave no trace principles and ethics in wildlife photography. I am now a member of Nature First, an alliance for responsible nature photography.
THE NATURE FIRST PRINCIPLES
About a week ago, I shot some portraits, toured, and photographed Detroit's Eastern Market. The Eastern Market area is a historic marketplace in Detroit, MI . It was designated as a historic place in 1974 and received a National historic place and added to the register in 1978. The farmer's market was first opened in 1841. Eastern Market is the largest public market in the United States.
Throughout the district, beautiful murals are painted on the exteriors of buildings. It's hard not to get caught in the phantasmagoric swirl of color that surrounds you.
And some shots of the local buildings and sites:
Julien's paisley jacket inspired me to light the set in a 1960s psychedelic style. I quickly put together a 60s set style using a mod chair, table, and a couple vintage lamps.
At my friend's studio, there is a hallway that is boring. Yet, I was drawn to it. Every time I rented the space or worked in it with my friend, I would think, "I need to do something here." Yesterday, my friend gave me that opportunity. We had a session with Julien scheduled. It was supposed to be on locations, but with the weather being rain all day, every day for a week, we had to change plans. With the shift in location from outdoor to his studio, my friend said, "bring some of your ideas."
When I arrived, I told him the ideas and he was on board. The funny thing about photography and photographers is that there a many ways to achieve the same thing and each photographer has their own way of doing it. I had one idea of how to light the hallway and my friend had another idea. Fortunately, we work well together. We problem solved and came up with solutions in order to get the lighting just as we wanted it.
As always, I am grateful for my friend and the opportunities we've had to collaborate and share ideas, spaces, and models.
Model/Actor: Julien York of the iGroup agency.
Assistant/Second Shooter: My friend (he likes to remain anonymous)