I had a chance to be photographer again (for the second time this year!) for my friend, and professional cellist, Carly Fleming. I worked with her previously when we modeled together for my "Love is Love" project last summer (check out the gallery and behind the scenes!).
This was my first time shooting her (aside from the quick snaps I took for my blog during our "wedding"), and I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity than to work and spend time with Carly and her husband, my dear friend and one of my top supporters, Clint Fleming.
The benefit of working with friends, is that when they don't live nearby, you have a place to crash for the night before work the next day! They only live about two hours away, but are in a beautiful part of Connecticut, close to the water.
We were able to set up our home base at a church Carly teaches cello classes out of, and use their facility for wardrobe changes and bathroom breaks (always handy to have a designated place to "go"). It was a stones throw away from the beach, where we shot our first few looks earlier in the day.
It was beautiful weather, but I always forget that being right on the water means a chance of more wind...and more sunburn opportunities. Even though it didn't get any hotter than 80 degrees at the strongest point in the day, I still managed to get some color on the back of my neck (oops - guess I should add sunscreen to my equipment list for the summer).
Another benefit of using the church as our base was access to their lovely garden out back. We took some lovely portraits under a blooming tree by the stone wall. I also did my leg workout for the day at this point by climbing said tree to get some interesting angles, and proceeding to hold on with my lower body strength so I could use both hands to focus and stabilize my camera (so daring!).
Our last set was taken along a concrete wall and walkway on the beach. We shot some great punk inspired looks here that I'm very pleased with. I'm also pleased that Carly was able to use some of the wardrobe I brought to create the look (a benefit of having a strange collection of clothing as a model yourself is being able to provide styled looks for your client!).
We wrapped up the shoot and grabbed some pizza and beer from a local eatery before Sam and I headed home for the evening. Not only was it a great experience for me as a photographer, and learning what I need to work on (my articulating pose suggestions for one thing), but it was a wonderful chance to hear a friend do something she loves - play the cello. It was as if it was a part of her body. I never would have imagined I'd hear such beauty in person (especially coming from Sam's "stunt cello" as we branded it for the day). It was fantastic to watch Carly play, and to see this side I never knew before, unveiled. I was honored to be able to capture it, even for a split moment of time.
Thank you to Sam for being my navigator, reflector stand, and companion for the weekend; Thank you Clint for taking some great behind the scenes of us mid-shoot, and a huge thank you to both of the Flemings for being such great hosts, and letting me practice my location photography in a new area.
Make sure to check out the gallery for more about Carly's background in being cellist and the finished images!