Considering that I was literally the Ice King (from Adventure Time) for Halloween (Thanks to Mae Bryant's make-up) I found it logical to follow suit with the Ice Princess themed photo shoot. Mae actually planted the seed for for such a concept and we emerged together completing what was sought for: the subject emerging from of our backyard pine tree. Contrary to belief the snow that fell that morning provided inspiration to finish this shoot (along with two others) a few days ago.
The morning started with Mae and I going to Michael's craft store and purchasing (on sale) holiday decorations and merchandise. We had a general premise of what the hair was going to look like and the colors but not a clue as to where to put all of the accessories. Needless to say I have a trash bag full of random goodies to use for the future.
The 1st Shoot probably was the most extensive, so my assistant Jade and I went out to prepare the enclosure (the tree) while Mae and Summer got the the make-up and hair done. Jade and I did some set construction and I tested all my light settings. This shoot was outdoor on a clear day so natural light was the priority for the shoot. I used a flash gun for backlighting the tree but Summer's primary light was reflected from our beautiful sun.
I felt bad because out of the four of us, she was the only one in sweats and a tank top while we all were bundled up asking her to title this way or move her head that way or stand tall etc... The good thing is Summer requires little direction, and she's patient so I think we were out there for a fraction of the time that could've been spent with out subjects.
The 2nd shoot was simple, another natural light shoot that was transformed from an extensive hair shoot to a clean beauty shot reflecting sunlight in from Mae's office window and throwing a back drop across the walls. I just wanted a simple clean "cover girl" look without studio lighting, the only thing is the shutter speed was too low for handheld shooting and Summer had to remain super still. I think we got some good looks. (Now to explore conversions to black and white)
*Why didn't I make three separate blogs?*
The 3rd shoot was in my brother's beautiful haven (his bedroom) which was ideal for the concept because it aligns with the project that Summer, Mae and myself have been working on for nearly 8 months. A patient project which has allowed me to grow and develop and produce images worthy of sharing to the world. Stay in tune for the project and it's publishing.