Telling a Story without Words & Creating Emotion

Telling a story without words requires vision, planning and execution.  I decided to do a fashion shoot this past Saturday in the woods near my home.  I envisioned long colorful dresses backed by the stark, naked woods. I wanted to create a feeling of dominance over nature. I fortunately had a few of my sons friends who were home for the holidays agree to model for me.  They had each spent countless hours performing in theater and musical venues so when instructed, they were able to achieve the look and feel I was trying to create. My first model had on a beautiful pink flowing gown.  Not a dominant color in nature.  So, how was I to best use the color and beauty to tell a story. I looked around the woods and envisioned a fairy peeking out from the trees.  I had her play a role as seen in the images above. Take a look and use your own imagination to tell this story. Feel free to send a response to this blog.  I would love to see if our stories are similar.

My second model had a long red gown.  Now THIS was the color I had in mind when I originally started planning for this session.  I thought about this model in front of a big old tree on a particular path.  The tree, towering above her with strong bulky branches, yet, she, was in charge.  She was the dominant force in nature.  My vision was somewhat derailed when I saw this section of woods near where I shot the first model.  I loved the curves of the fallen tree and the strong subdued back light.  We cleaned up the area and worked within the fallen area of tree. I was still able to create the feeling that I wanted in a slightly different location.  Maddie appeared strong, in control, untouchable.

I will return to this area soon.  I have additional visions with snow, fog, light and the colors blue and white.

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My Little Woodland Sprite

So, Sunday Caitlin requested to do a new photo shoot.  I had wanted to experiment with my 50mm 1.8 lens and borrowed 2.8 lens.  Needless to say, I honored her request.  By six o’clock the light was getting very low.  She still wanted to shoot in her prom dress in the woods.  I wasn’t crazy about the low light but grabbed my tripod and followed her and a friend to the woods. I had ideas once we entered the woods.  I was looking for a patch of light to have her stand in.  She yelled back to me ” mom, I found some light”. We placed her in the light and all I could think of was a little fairy worshiping the sun.  I wanted a goddess pose and this is what I got.  It was so worth the full CF card, yes, I filled my card shooting.  Loved this shot to pieces!!!!