I was all set to shoot. I arrived a half hour early to get a sense of the place and meter the light. A sweet little spot by the shore seemed the perfect place for a lifestyle branding shoot. Sharon Bloomgren’s artisan silver and gold jewelry reminds one of the organic textures found in fossils and weathered sea encrusted stones. Beautiful!
But when Sharon arrived she was a bit nervous about being the model for her own jewelry. Especially where this was a public park and several people were milling around. After a few minutes, we decided to head to her summer home. She guaranteed me it was a suitable setting. “OK,” I hesitantly said, not sure at all if I would be successful with the aesthetic we were going for in this new location.
As we arrived, I was completely taken aback by the scene! Behind the house was the most idyllic setting … cattails, water lilies, a quarry with dark water and dreamy golden light washing over it. I had to think on my feet and create a new aesthetic for the brand but it was totally worth it.
Thing is, this place, this absolutely perfectly wonderful place, appeared in my creative dreaming months ago. I imagined just such a place for a water-themed photo shoot. I searched high and low and had not found just the right spot until now. It needed to have a low shoreline for the model to wade in, a place for me to put my feet solidly on the ground and not lose my balance and fall head first into the water camera and all, and, a peaceful, dreamy setting. Here I was, in the place of my dreams all of a sudden and quite by accident. I had already scheduled the model and here was the setting, I just had to ask my client if I could come back.
As it turns out Kayla was the perfect model for Sharon’s jewelry, so we did some work with her in a black dress before shooting the water scene. But the sun was setting fast. She changed clothes and began interacting with the environment at the edge of the quarry. I kept clicking away as my mouth hung open in amazement. I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing through the lens. Turns out Kayla was exactly the right person for this shoot and knew how to move without me hardly saying a word. In less than an hour, we had exactly what was needed.
The sun dipped behind the trees as we were helping Kayla out of the quarry, completely drenched and caked in mucky gooey waterlily grunge that had been kicked up from the bottom of the quarry.
I have come to realize, if you dream it, it will come. Certainly, this is true with creative endeavors, for this is not the first time locations or props or vintage clothing appeared seemingly out of nowhere allowing visions and schemes to come together in just the right way. When I let go of the details and stop being concerned about the outcome I am amazed each time at the result. And the cool thing is … it’s not only about me. It’s about the natural environment, the vision of the model, other individuals who contribute their creative expertise and materials or time. And lastly, the camera itself. Well, sure, I have to know how to work the thing, but it seems to have a vision of its own, a third sense as it were. I just have to click the shutter.
Images were photographed in Rockland, Maine. Book your on location or in studio fantasy or fine art portrait session here.
Model: Kayla Busque
Cotton gauze wraps hand dyed and crafted by me expressly for this shoot. Clothing sourced from local thrift stores.
See all of the water lily photo shoot images here.
I am now an Arcangel Contributor. Some images from this shoot are available here. More Renuko Style imagery coming soon on this platform.