I had been wanting to photograph this girl for some time now as part of my projects for the B&H Photo Portfolio Development Series. I have a few directions that I’m going in but I’m trying to narrow it down. My original intention was to capture her timeless look – similar to this other girl that I had photographed. The problem was the vision wasn’t coming to me. Yes – I get a vision – a picture in my mind and that’s how I know what I want to photograph. It just wasn’t happening.
Then one day after school we ended up at the same hill during a snowstorm for sledding and then it just hit me. The vision came flooding in! I knew what I wanted to do and we had to do it right then. Fortunately she and her mom were totally open and ready for it. Love that!!
I decided I wanted to photograph her in the snowstorm and do a red riding hood inspired shoot. She had a red coat and I had a basket so we were all set!
This shoot was so much fun! She was so great to work with – such a natural and exactly the look I go for!
We went to an area that looked like a forest. It was snowing and I was a bit concerned about my camera because it got water damage from rain over the summer in Maine so I didn’t want to go through that again!
I never really shot in a snowstorm so it definitely was a bit challenging! Trying to keep my camera from getting wet, trying to focus through the snowflakes, trying to keep warm – but honestly I didn’t even notice that part – I even took my coat off so I can cover my camera! Then my mom side kicked in as well and I was concerned that she was getting cold – especially when she asked if she could put her gloves on!
These next images were unintentional – having the man in the background, but I ended up really liking them. To me he represents the wolf – in the first one lurking in the background.
and in this one off to Grandma’s house…
She has such an amazing look to her! In my personal work, I tend to lean towards moody, emotive, non smiling images. Couldn’t ask for more with this one!
I actually got 2 shoots in one this day. She had a cute hat with her so we also did more of a tween fashion shoot as well. I’ll save that for a separate post.
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