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This was a special photo session. A mother called me asking for senior photos for her high school daughter. I always recommend that students bring something to the session that is important to them at this time in their life. Her mother mentioned that her daughter is a ballerina and may want to incorporate that. I was thrilled.
Since I was a little girl I have loved the artist Degas. I remember being at a museum as a child and seeing my first Degas. It was the statue Little Dancer of Fourteen Years. I was transfixed. From that moment ballerinas didn’t just perform an art, but they became art. As a teenager my uncle gave me a replica of that statue and I treasure it. I have always been more drawn to that statue than to the artists other work on canvas. I like to see the focus on the ballerina and not the stage around her.
Several blogs ago I mentioned juxtaposition. I love it. My eye is immediately drawn to things that don’t belong together, but work so well. I also like breaks in pattern. For this shoot, I wanted the background of my photos to be primary subjects like the ballerina. I wanted the strong backgrounds to show either juxtaposition between the two, or I wanted the background to inspire the form you see the ballerina take. In my mind, the world inspires music and music inspires the ballerina. I wanted to cut out the middle man and have the surroundings directly inspire the story of the ballerina .
While we did do a part of the shoot just focused on her senior photos. The ballerina agreed to become a model for me for these fine art photos. We did both the session and the photo shoot in the same morning. The photos from the ballerina fine art shoot will be featured in the commercial work area of my website and some of the images will be available for purchase.
I am very excited to share this shoot with all of you. I have shot at this location a few other times, but this was the first time there with a male client. It always amazes me, how different a location can look simply because of the subject. But this location is almost unrecognizable. Although I do mostly candid shots I do provide direction at times. I love the challenge of knowing which direction to give my client. Male and female poses are very different, as are child poses. Just like when writing, one must think about the subject and the audience. Giving direction during a shoot requires the same thought.
As always I ask my clients if they would like to bring something important to them to the session. It can make a photo that much more meaningful. This client brought his saxophone. I really love the details of a photo, so the photos of him playing are some of my favorite.
What a truly fun photo session. When I met my client, I asked her if there were any props that she had in mind. She said no and that she wasn’t into props. That worked out well for me, because I am not into them much either, with the exception of an amazing vintage find or a basket for a baby. So off we went to a local farm with just my camera in hand. What an amazing farm. The staff was ready for us and went out of their way. They even offered a horse! Who could say no to that?
So while not really a prop, but really a stunning animal, I still like to say think that I started that day with no props and ended up with the largest one ever!
This shoot took me back to one of my favorite spots, the town of Haralson. My client for this session really blew me away with her look. Not everyone can pull off serious looks but she can. She nailed over a hundred photos, many filled with smiles. However, I decided to post mostly the serious photos here because her look is really special. When photographing people I like to always have the photos tell a story, in her case all I had to do was to focus on her eyes. That was enough said.
This session started with my client wearing a pair of jeans standing in a barn. The session ended with my client in a dress, sitting on a chair, in the middle of a creek. I love it when a client is up for anything.
Two days before this shoot, I knew the client wanted water in some of her photos. She chose an area that has shoals. Having hiked there in the past, I was familiar with the area. While imagining the area, I stood in front of my props and the blue chair jumped out at me. Who doesn’t just sit in a chair in the middle of a creek? So I packed it in my car and when we arrived to the site, my client took to the scene and made it look like she did this every day. Love it!
I also love the unplanned props that drop on our laps during a shoot. While at a fairgrounds where we did the rest of the shoot, I saw a sign and liked the shape and had my client pose with it. As I was focusing the shot, I began to read the sign through my lens and fell in love. I pointed it out to her mom who beamed when she read it. It read Chocolate O’hara. It fit perfectly with the beautiful girl I had before me.
The town used in this senior photo session is called Haralson, and I affectionately refer to it as my little ghost town. There are only about 50 households on the neighboring streets and the entire town is only .7 square miles. It is the main street that I fell for.
One of the buildings has a marking of 1909 upon its brick broken step. Most of the buildings are just store fronts with a door and merchant windows. If you walk to the side of the buildings, you will find that the walls are missing as are the roofs. Instead of floor tile, you find trees and flowers growing. Doors are hung without the glass centers, making it possible to just walk through. All the buildings are made of different textures. Several of the buildings are brick, several more are wood, and then there are the magnificent metal structures that were part of a plant back in another time. The town speaks of a time that has since passed. It is my photographer’s paradise.
The day I scouted the town, I noticed that something seemed off. While all of the structure seems old, there were a couple of buildings where some of the oldness seemed new. It took but a moment to figure out that the movie “The Wettest County in the World” with Shai LaBeouf, had built the set as an extension to the real town. I figured it out once I turned the corner of one structure and realized the buildings were just facades and the backs we new raw plywood. This was the second time that a place I scouted turned out to be part of this movie. The set no longer stands but the beauty of the real town still remains.
My client liked the idea of the town I described to her and was not shy to enter the rubble and bring the photos of my imagination to life. I hope you enjoy.