You here a little “ding” from your phone, telling you there’s a new email. Another advertisement? Someone else trying to sell you retouching or web services? No … this time it was from your “dream client!”
The email inquired about a photo shoot for a young woman named Abby Hannington, a singer/ songwriter looking for images for an album cover. She saw my work on Pinterest and was just an hour away from Midcoast Maine.
During our consultation, we planned an aesthetic for the shoot using a shared Pinterest board. Dreamy light, vintage clothing, moody vibe … what could be better?! The location: Camden Library and Ampitheature, early spring, golden hour.
The timing of the exact day was key. We very impatiently waited for spring to arrive, it was sooo late this year. The leaves didn’t start to pop open until the end of May. I wanted some color but not too much … and atmosphere … that misty thing that happens in early spring when the subtle warmth of the sun meets the cool, not quite evening air. It was an essential element for the shoot. A carefully watched weather forecast revealed the perfect day in early June.
Clients often express concerns … a health consideration, disfiguration, skin condition. Indeed, we are all imperfectly perfect.
“Not to worry, I said to Abby’s mom. Your daughter’s inherent beauty will shine right through” And it certainly did!
I am careful to make sure to maintain a very natural look with my editing process. I try and keep the overall texture and color of the skin while limiting the number of imperfections I leave in the image. Balancing an individual’s strength of character with the ideal is important to me.
The wonderfully amazing thing is that when we are all in … pretending, playacting, imagining we are a character in another time … our health concerns melt away and we experience freedom. The resulting imagery is a reminder that we are indeed beautiful in every way.
It was such a pleasure working with Abby. We turned corner after corner in the park capturing beautifully moody scenes with sun-dappled shade and backlit bokeh. Abby wanted me to edit her images with a vintage vibe so I chose a number of different colorways according to the scene.
I can’t wait ’till her first album is released!
The rest of Abby’s Fantasy Photo Shoot can be found here.
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