This shoot seemed like Deja Vu for me in more than one way (would that make it a Deja Vu Deja Vu? Double Deja Vu? Deja Vu squared? ...all right, I'm out...).
Not only was I shooting on the same exact day, with the same photographer as last year (for Golden Hues), but I was shooting in a location that this same photographer and I had shot in at the beginning of this year (Contrasting Couture). Of course during this shoot, the location looked very different, and was much easier to navigate without two feet of snow and ice to find our way through during the snow/rain.
We were able to see the field (and actually use it) this shoot and work with the tall grass and sunlight-a perfect example of November to me. Granted, whenever I'd thought of shooting in a field, I imagined the tickle of cattails passing under my fingers, sunlight warming the brush all around, 90's music playing in the background (from the...sky speakers...you know, the usual stuff)... but let me tell you right now- that was a total fantasy (in case the sky speakers didn't make that evident). I wasn't in there for long, so for anyone who spends a good part of their day or shoot walking through it, major credits if you make it out totally intact with no plant life attached to you. I can't tell you how many times my skirt or sleeves (or HAIR because it's long now and I don't realize that little fact until stuff like this happens) were caught on branches and poky things, preventing me from moving any further until I untangled myself.
Another thing I never realized, those tall plants love marshy ground...so you have to keep any eye out if you don't want a boot full of mud/water. All of this being said though, it was still a blast, and totally worth it. My mother was kind enough to let me borrow some of her clothes and jewelry from when we lived overseas, and it fit perfectly with the scenery (thanks Mom!!!).
At this point we realized the sun was starting to set-and quickly. Dan's other model for the day, Meg, and I hurried to our next set (which again, is much easier to do when you're not trying to make your way through large amounts of snow). This was my first time wearing designs by Candice Wu, and let me tell you, the "flow factor" (fabric length/pretty draping ability) on the first dress I wore was magnificent.
This was the second time in one day that I got to climb a tree (I'd forgotten how much I love climbing trees-I should try it sometime when I'm not wearing long or large skirted dresses...). We had to work quickly because our light was running out, but I managed to grab a few shots of Meg in the tree. She looked amazing!
Our last set was working within and on the archways, something I wasn't able to do last time we were at this location, so I was stoked to be able to finally make my way to the top of the ruins. Once the sun dropped, it was apparent that we were shooting in November as the cold crept back in. It felt like the shoot went by in a moment, but I suppose that's what happens when you're having fun- time seems to speed up.
My day would have been so much harder without Sam's help, grabbing outfits for me, handing me a sweatshirt between sets to warm up, holding lights, and making sure I didn't fall while making my way up and down the various heights in our sets. Not to mention, she was kind enough to help me find some Bactine to put on my legs at the end of the evening (those fuzzy plants weren't as fuzzy as I thought they'd be...more like prickly...). So I want to say a tremendous thank you for your constant help during and after shoots Sam!
The pictures from this shoot are going to be fantastic (I can already tell!), so keep an eye out in the gallery. I'm already excited to share them and I haven't even seen them yet!
I have a sneaking suspicion that by the next shoot I do, we'll be getting ready for a whole new season.
Speaking of, any suggestions for winter shoot themes? Feel free to leave them in the comments or send me a message!