Shannon and I have been talking about having her model for me for, oh I don’t know, a couple of years now. Usually, we’re so caught up shooting the amazing landscapes we visit together, that we totally forget to create some portraits. Plus, we live thousands of miles apart, which makes it tough to do a shoot.
Well, this time, we finally managed to remember to do some portraits. I think its because we had 2 weekends together in October. Naturally, we forgot on the first one, so we made an extra effort to remember for the second. I also think it helped that Shannon went out and bought a dress, and a lantern, from goodwill. With money invested, we sure as hell weren’t going to forget again.
I really only had a vague idea of what I wanted for this mini session. I knew I wanted her in a dress, in the woods, though. When she showed me the lantern, I thought it would make for a cool prop, but I wasn’t quite sure what we would do with it. Since we’re great procrastinators, I waited until the morning of the shoot to take some time to get a vision. I decided to meditate, while listening to some music, and see what came to me. Surprisingly, I could actually see the image in my mind.
I saw her walking down a hall of trees, with the lantern, with this same expression on her face. I could also see a vortex of light on the lantern, that was creating a swirl of leaves around her. I quickly made a rough sketch on my phone, using Adobe Ideas, before I forgot.
While we were hiking through Ricketts Glen in Pennsylvania, I saw a trail that looked similar to the one in my vision. We were already starting to run out of light, so I told Shannon we would just do a quick shoot there. Luckily, since I already had this vision in my head, I knew what shots I wanted. I knew I not only needed shots of her posing, but also twirling around, so I could add movement to her hair and dress in photoshop. I couldn’t have asked for a better model, because she absolutely nailed the look I wanted, and she didn’t need too much direction from me.
The edit was a lot of work, between the composite work, turning it from a day to a night shot, making a lot of little tweaks here and there, and a lot of molding the light. I hope you enjoy this one, we had fun creating it together.