Friday, April 16, 2010
When I shoot Barefoot Glamour, I plan the shoot as meticulously as I plan a full studio shoot. I meet with the model and discuss makeup, jewelry, and clothing and I pick the locations in advance as well as the time of day. I prefer minimal and natural looking makeup for the model, little or no jewelry, and very casual clothing. The idea is to create images that bring to mind a beautiful neighborhood girl enjoying a casual day in the great outdoors.
Of course, given my definition of the genré, I have a limited shooting window of good weather in the Great Northwest. I can get in a few good shooting days in April, May and June, but the prime shooting months are July through mid-October. September is a great month for this type of photography, especially during the weekdays when school is back in session and the shoot is less like to be interrupted by wandering families and children. While Barefoot Glamour isn't necessarily nude photography, some of the outfits can be quite skimpy and it's best to choose locations that offer some privacy and solitude. Fortunately, I know of several such places.
We also shot her in military camo, in casual shorts and tops, and as a pirate wench. It was a fun day and the model got lots of great images for her portfolio.
I suppose I started shooting Barefoot Glamour when I first began shooting models when I lived in Upstate New York. I didn't call it that back then, but the shots contained all the essential elements I described above. I shot with about a half dozen models in the 3 years that I lived there and though I had a small studio at home, I enjoyed the outdoor shoots far more than I did shooting in the studio. In fact, I still enjoy shooting in the great outdoors far more than shooting in the studio.
Upstate New York has an even shorter shooting window for Barefoot Glamour than the Oregon, but much like Oregon, it had some great scenery. Unfortunately, those were the days of film and the images I have from those days simply can't match the quality of the images I shoot today.
The park offers a variety of shooting backdrops; two large open areas, several small glades, numerous flowering bushes, a small beach along the Willamette River, a pier, and, of course, the buttresses and concrete arches of the St. Johns bridge that towers above the park.
In the image to the left, Holli is posing for me on the small sandy beach at the south end of the park. There are lots of large logs and pieces of driftwood scattered along the beach and the shadow of the bridge provides some great open shade for shooting even on bright sunny days.
In September the annual Portland Pirate Festival is held in the park and one can photograph many beautifully costumed pirate wenches along with many other characters and scoundrels.
So, as the weather turns warmer and cloudy skies become less frequent, I look forward to shooting in the park and in many other wonderful locations around the Pacific Northwest. Of course, I'm also planning on doing a lot more landscape photography this summer now that I have a new ride, but I won't be doing much transporting of anyone for a while.
This image was part of series we took in a local park in a very populated portion of Portland. Lynda enjoyed surprising me, I think, and was comfortable with her body. In this image, she wanted to show off one of her tattoos. It wasn't the best lighting, but I really love the expression on her face as well as the dappled lighting in the background and on the trees.