In late October I had the chance to do something I've never done before:
Stand behind the camera to take pictures for another model. I've had practice over the past few months learning my camera by taking pictures for my blog, but typically, I'm taking pictures of myself.
Taking pictures of another person was something totally different for me, especially factoring in that it was 26 degrees the morning of our shoot, and didn't warm up past 35 all day.
At the very least, I know what it feels like to be posing for someone when you're shivering and doing everything in your power to still look relaxed while covered in goosebumps, so I did what I could to work quickly and make sure we took breaks so she could warm up.
Because it was October when we did this photoshoot, I wanted the tone of our images and the varying ideas to still exhibit an Autumn air, along with some darker styling.
Our first look was our most simple and minimal style, with a softer ambiance and more casual display: "An Air of Fall".
I had this idea of capturing the leave falling around her, but as there was no wind (thankfully if I really think about it - otherwise we would have frozen during this shoot), we had to create our own whirlwind of foliage.
I can't tell you how many attempts were made at throwing armfuls of leaves into the air during this ordeal. It may have taken a few tries, but it was not in vein - I am very pleased with how elegant these shots turned out (there were multiple times when we burst out laughing at how ridiculous it felt throwing leaves in the air, and the number of times we had to remove pieces of leaves from her hair and sweater were too many to count).
From there we went to our next look: "Modernized Lost Boys", fangs and all.
Who doesn't love some good ol' fashioned bold 80s punk styling, plus bold canines?
Anerael's hair was already fantastic for this punk styling, but it just so happened that I still had the extensions I used for my Mermaid Costume, and with adding that little feature, our creation was perfect.
The location we shot at even had a concrete staircase going below ground which worked really well for the cooler tones in some shots.
From Lost Boys, we went back to headquarters (aka: the car) to warm up and planned out our next look: "The Enchantress".
You may recognize the dress used for this outfit...I made some modifications to it for this shoot, and it looked stunning on Anerael. We paired the dress with some killer shoes, pleather leggings, and a lace mask for a dark and mysterious tone.
This was one of the hardest parts for me during the shoot. I knew that with the adjustments I had made to the dress, we could do some cool stuff with motion in the skirt portion, but having never tried it before, it took a while for me to get the hang of timing. It also took me longer than I wish it had to realize I had the ability to not only shoot in shutter priority, but that I could also take multiple shots in succession to capture the different points of the skirt falling.
Once this was adjusted, things quite literally fell into place for a magical shot (additional magic provided by a some editing in post).
Of course, there were some excellent outtakes as well, especially when I started shooting continuously before Anerael was even posing and she just laughed at me for being so overzealous. At this point the cold was starting to kick in, but I wouldn't let that stop us (...sorry A...)!
Our last set in front of the stone church was one that I really loved: "The Mourner".
Not only was the combination of the dress and lace veil beautiful, but the lighting as the clouds moved overhead combined with the cold stone stairs contrasting her skin was breath taking.
This was probably the coldest part of the shoot, especially since I was asking her to lay down on the already cold stone, and stay still while I experimented with shoot through and around the bars of the railing.
Our final look to wrap up the day's shoot: "Golden Folium".
After a long day of shooting, I knew that I had to close the day out with at least one portrait in the yellow leaves.
There is nothing quite like laying in the leaves in Autumn...
The stunning foliage will always be one of my favorite things about New England.
I'm so glad that I was able to shoot with Anerael before the leaves were gone and further my photography skills by trying new things. I'm extremely proud of these images, and the hard work that went into them. It was a wonderful experience, and great way to embrace the season while trying something different, especially after spending so much time on the many costumes for October, focusing on a new challenge was fun!
Here are a few outtakes taken during our shoot, because personally, I love sharing some good ol' behind the scenes fun!
Thanks for reading! I can't wait for my next change to play photographer again!