I specialize in maternity, newborn and child portrait photography in both Northern NJ and Southern NH. I like to do personal creative projects from time to time and they have manifested in my Do You Dream in Color? stylized shoots. Each shoot has a different message, but they are all in my dreamy, whimsical style.
This latest installment was an idea I had to recreate a Winter Fairyland in Keene, NH. I had done the Art Walk in Keene last summer. I was paired with Salon Exodus in town. Over the fall, I approached Deb, the owner of the salon, with my idea for a soft, ethereal winter stylized shoot with a neutral color palette. She was very receptive. I sent her some visual inspiration as to what I had in mind and she was 100% on board. Three of her salon employees were in on the shoot with me and agreed to be models. It was lightly snowing on the day of the shoot and I was wearing warm winter clothing and they were in dresses……they were shivering between frames. But they were open to whatever I had in mind. It was really amazing.
A few technical details for those who are interested: It was a little overcast, so I had a soft, flat light to work with. I shot all the images with the Canon 24-70 2.8 lens on the Mk2 body. I did not use any additional equipment, although the snow on the ground helped create a nice natural fill light at times. My ISO was consistently at 200 (although in retrospect, I think I could have shot at 400). F-stop was 2.8 with a single subject and up to 5.6 with all three. My shutter speed was all over the place, depending on aperture and the direction we were facing.
Initially, I wanted my characters looking for fairies in the woods. My thoughts later evolved to a storyline more universal. Maybe there is a comforting ethereal light around all of us, even in the coldest of days…….
I want to acknowledge Jellyka Nerevan, the font-maker of Jellyka Delicious Cake. Also, we utilized Robin Hood Park in Keene, NH. Many thanks also to the styling and expertise of Deb and her team at Salon Exodus.