Kiauna and I collaborated to create three different Gotham looks.
I think this grove of trees is becoming one of my favorite places to visit. I look forward to seeing how it changes throughout the seasons. One of the fun things about photographing nature is that it's always a surprise.
I love creating fantasy stories, even if they take me weeks to complete. It's the process of creating and bringing what's in my head to life that keeps me coming back to labor intensive digital art.
Inspired by the longer days, I wanted to create a fantasy concept around summer and birds migrating back home.
This past weekend I was able to incorporate my two loves into one: conceptual portraits and wolves.
When we started, it was overcast, but not raining. By the time we got to the middle of the session, it was pouring.
The team was great. No one complained about the rain. We worked through the session and quite frankly, the rain added a great element to the story and provided some really beautiful light and intensified the colors. Thank you to the team for being troopers.
If you are interested in meeting one of the wolves and having a photo session to capture that moment, contact me via email or the inquiry form for investment details.
The series: "Embracing the Wild"
Every species on this planet serves a purpose and when the balance is interrupted, we disrupt nature and the cycle of life. We have to preserve our wild places and all the species that inhabit this planet.
And a couple behind the scenes bloopers. As you can see, Kory suffered vicious kisses and head rubs from Cana.
I love working with formal gowns and there's nothing better than to repurpose a wedding gown. Why wear it once when you can use to to create a piece of art?
Now that the Damned Exhibit is through, I can show you the image that was premiered at the show. I wish I could have attended the opening of the show, but I'm delightfully working on a few client commissions.
The other nice thing about sharing this image now is that it's appropriate for the time of year.
Happy Halloween and be safe!
This image is not the image I had originally envisioned. Because it took a different turn, I have mixed feelings about it. I'm happy I was able to think on the fly and come up with a different look for the concept, but I'm disappointed that it's not what I had planned.
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.
I just love stormy skies. They add so much drama to an image. Especially for this one. I think it added to the story.
On top of it all, the approaching storm added a tremendous amount of color saturation. This session was simply gorgeous.
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 30 years.