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!

fashmob vii: media magnet

Here are my favorite shots from the latest Fashmob at Reuter Terrace.  Thanks as always to Duncan Chaboudy for organizing this amazing event.

The wide steps in front of the fountain provided an excellent backdrop for the first hour.  I love the starkness of the concrete in the afternoon light.

     Left: Emily Gillis, styled by Grace Cox, makeup by model.
     Right: Kasha Gauthier, wearing KatDog Couture, makeup by model.
Brooke Jagger, wearing clothing from her own line Feathered Gypsies, makeup by model.
Grace Elizabeth Cox, styling and makeup by model
Beautiful Sophia. What a pleasure it was to meet this serene and artistic young lady.
Masha Bachuk wearing Rachel Weisberg, makeup and floral crown by model.

The flowering Dogwood trees surrounding the park also provided a colourful and dynamic background.

Deanna Tipton wearing Royal Peasantry
Casey Puhr wearing Brain Candy Inc.

As evening wore on, I moved to the planters around the terrace to use their directional lights for some fun 70's themed shots with Kayla Morgan.  Kayla's makeup was done by Anna Grace Waller.  I always love shooting with this girl, and I think that her personal style and vibe really came through in these photos!