Wardrobe: Dan Minicucci; Amanda Moisan
Some of you may recognize not one, but two of these outfits from a previous shoot done with the same photographer. I was ecstatic to have a chance to revisit the couture Marie antoinette dress made by Amanda Moisan, especially with such a unique location to add to the boldness of the look.
It also gave me another chance to use my fun contacts-just surreal enough to make me feel more alternative, even if you can’t see them that well in the pictures.
The blue dress was essentially made on location via safety pins and binder clips/clamps. Amazing what one person can do with enough creativity and a few yards of fabric when they set their mind to it.
And sometimes, the best things happen when they’re not planned
(And sometimes you have to remind the person you’re working with that they have to be in a different state in a few hours because you get so caught up in shooting)
After the first two looks, tromping around out in the rain/snow or as its so fondly called, “wintry mix”, your stamina gets pretty low. I was ready to curl up in front of a heater with a blanket (and maybe a pillow...heat makes me sleepy) and had made up my mind that we were done for the day, heading back to my car. However, on the way, both Dan and I looked over at this beautiful, untouched field of snow, with fog covering it and just a faint hint trees in a gray outline beyond the fog. Sometimes, when nature presents itself, the opportunity is too good to pass up. So, I got dressed over/under my clothes in the front seat of a truck, stepped into a tulle skirt in the middle of the road, and ran as quickly as possible into the field before the fog moved away.
While the field had about a foot of snow on it, because of the rain, when stepped on, I quickly realized that i was essentially walking onto a very wet field, and got a boot full of water (all morning I was realizing I need a better pair of winter boots for hiking around and trudging through slush WITHOUT getting a boot full of snow...or worse, slush). So worth it though. It couldn’t have been a better location/visual scenario if we had planned on it.
Especially after rescheduling the shoot because of snow (something that has happened TWICE already this month), when I heard we were getting rain the day of the shoot, I was not happy. However, upon arriving at our location, the atmosphere created because of the weather was amazing.
I also learned that it isn’t the temperature that gets to me...its the rain. If its cold, you can just throw a jacket or blanket on and warm up...but when it’s drizzling and your clothes get damp, and your hair starts getting wet, you throw a jacket on... and you’re still wet.
Lucky for me, we were shooting right next to our transportation, and were able to duck into it and turn the heat on between looks. And I had a great photographer who convinced me to take breaks right before I would even realize I was needing one.
I loved this entire shoot, and that I finally got my “winter” photo shoot in for this year…
Now who is ready for spring!!!