I wanted to share the excellent advice from David DuChemin.
Finally, the trees have bloomed. There is a short time-frame in which to squeeze in client sessions for the cherry, apple, and pear blossoms. Shannon and I threw this together last minute while the weather and flora were cooperating.
I offer floral tree sessions as mini-sessions: two looks, 30 minutes shoot time. Session fee is $100. Prints sold separately.
I'm a little late in posting images from the Victorian session with Irene. As you know, the last couple months have been difficult with the loss of two elderly pets. Then, the addition of two youngsters. I forgot how much work puppies and young cats are! It has been 16 to 20 years since we've had young puppies and kittens. Our other pets, we rescued as older animals. Never let anyone tell you that you can't teach old pets new tricks. They learn quickly and they don't come with all the puppy chewing or kitten scampering that the youngster do. I don't regret a minute with any of them.
I'm off topic...
These images are from the Victorian set with Irene.
For this image, we were going for a Victorian era look. This time I went without the steampunk element and I chose more of the realistic styling you would find from that era, complete with the smile-less expressions.
I wanted to do something different and dark. I've been on a "pretty" and "painterly" rut with my last few sessions. Fortunately, these twins were up for dark and different.
I cross processed the image and lit to give the feeling of a Hammer Film. I used to watch a lot of the Vincent Price movies on Saturday afternoons when I was a kid. I liked that they were creepy, but not gory. However, lately I've been watching the very gory Hannibal series. I hope this is somewhere between the two.
For Hailey's look, I wanted to do something ethereal and princess-like. Once again, the weather didn't cooperate so we kept it in studio. This year is going to be interesting with the way the weather has been. I've been dying to get outside to do some location sessions, but I've been forced to stay inside the studio.
However, being in studio is not a bad thing. I really do love that bronze wall. It's very versatile. Plus, I am quite fond of studio lighting. I like playing with and manipulating the light to create different moods. I like using light to bring focus to some areas and take focus away from others. I've heard it called "painting with light" and I agree. I like the control of adding and removing light to areas of a portrait.
I made the tulle skirt and neck piece for the studio. I made it so that it will fit all different body types. I look forward to mixing and matching it with tops that clients bring for their sessions.
This was a fabulous collaboration.
I've always loved strong women warriors. Growing up I read the Red Sonja series among numerous other fantasy and science fiction novels. I always loved the art on the covers. Boris Vallejo and the Brother's Hildebrandt book covers heavily influenced my vision of the characters. But, I always found it unbelievable to have these strong women in scant armor. I always thought you could be strong and sexy without exposing everything. I mean, the guys had full plate armor. Why were the girls barely protected?
Fast forward many years later and I meet this fantastic leather armorer, Peter Vanslyke of Stoptroll. His work is lovely and his appreciation for the female form shows. His leather wear fits without exposing every little bit of skin. The leather hugs in the right places and boosts and minimizes in exactly where it should.
Martina Weiss created a perfectly dewy makeup look complete with dirt. We wanted Melissa to look like she'd been in battle. Martina knew exactly how she wanted to create the look, making sure Melissa looked gorgeous, with just a sheen of sweat.
Melissa is a tiny powerhouse. She brought the fierce looks and a great attitude. She was a trooper, hefting a heavy and ornate sword while never breaking character. Well, okay, maybe we laughed a few times.
Photographer/retoucher: Donna Macauley
Makeup: Martina Weiss
Model: Melissa Frith
Sword: Licata Custom Knives
I am a Warren, MI based photographer.