Snow Days

A portrait photographer's best friend is the snow! I always get so excited for those 1 or 2 snows a year that we get here in the mountains of Asheville, NC. For a day or two, the ground is a perfect canvas of white, the world is quiet and serene, and the light is gorgeous!  I always celebrate by forcing my friend-models out into the cold in beautiful gowns to shoot with me. 

This year, I got to team up with Avant Geek and photograph her truly spectacular pieces in a beautiful field in Cullowhee.  Jill Summers and Kayla Morgan donned white gowns and trudged into the field to capture these magical images.

We shot in 20-minute bursts before running back inside to warm up and drink whisky. I just love the pops of colour against all that white. And we caught the sun setting over the mountains, which lit the background up with glorious golden light. 

Olivia Mears' designs really added something spectacular to Jill's movements. 

Kayla's red hair was the perfect compliment to these red streaming bits of fabric.

After shooting Olivia's gorgeous gowns, we switched to some warmer cloaks and crowns for some druidic shots in the tree line. 

The very next day saw Jill back over at my house shooting in the backyard and under the railway bridge. For these, we went more urban. My partner, Cody airbrushed a badass black mask on her for makeup, and we let the cold air take care of the rest. 

We managed to catch that perfect sliver of golden light just before it disappeared behind the mountain line.

Snow days make my over-worked creative little heart so happy. More of them, please, Mother Nature!

Surprisingly, the snow held out for a third day, and I was able to shoot with Kayla again in the nest! I've shot both her and Devon le Fae as birds in our life-sized nest before, so we wanted to do something a little different this time. We decided that Dragons would probably build nests, too. Kayla did her hair and makeup, we styled her in lots of scaled textures, and thus, the fire dragon in the snow was born!

Kayla really channeled a dragon in these images in her posing. 

Snow days make my over-worked creative little heart so happy. More of them, please, Mother Nature!