This is the first installment of a series that I've entitled "Lost in the Woods." The inspiration comes a bit from fairy tales and a bit from Renaissance Festival fashion. I made the cape in this series of images. Disappointed in the cheap quality in costumes, I set about making my own cape. I wanted a cape that had heft and character. This cape is made from crushed velvet. I loved the colors in it and I knew it would be perfect for a Fall shoot.
Leslie wanted some images with the Fall colors. She is from Indiana so we met in the Irish Hills area of Michigan. However, we met late in the season and the winds had picked up the day before and the day of our shoot, knocking what remained of the leaves to the ground. That still didn't stop us. We took advantage of the areas where we did find color and even used the leaves on the ground.
The following image is special to me. Leslie was kind enough to trek from the state park to the run down old amusement park that my parents used to take me when I was a kid. It is no longer operational, but I was fortunate to see the owners at the park. They gave me permission to create some images on the property. It was bittersweet. It was good to see the park still standing, but sad to see they were in the process of deconstructing some of the attractions.
Stacey recently finished fitness competitions and wanted to create some images that weren't fitness related. The word she used to describe the images she wanted was "Fun." After we met in Sterling Heights, Michigan, we decided to create some artistic and commercial looks, throwing in a few dynamic poses here and there. Stacey was very open to ideas and willing to experiment. She is very sweet and easy going. We worked well together and produced some lovely images.
Behind the Scenes - Mother and Daughter
Craig wanted to get some fitness and commercial images. He is a marathon runner and biker so he has a very, lithe build. His look is more sinewy with long, lean muscles.
We met at the St. John in Plymouth, Michigan. The grounds are very beautiful. We started with commercial looks to take advantage of the golden hour light, then moved to the fitness looks. Craig had a great sense of humor and an easy manner.
For the commercial looks, I wanted to showcase his stunning green eyes. His purple shirt complements his green eyes and the Fall colors in the background help to amplify their color.
For fitness images, I love contrasty black and white so I shot with that in mind.