Anneliese was another model that I shot with Miracle Amor Artistry as my MUA. We went up into the hills above Milpitas to Ed Levin Park. As we drove in, I was pleased to note the pond at the park is stocked with trout during the late fall and winter months (if I’m not shooting, you can find me fishing!).
Anneliese had her own idea for her shoot and since Miracle and I are in portfolio development, we were happy to oblige. She wanted a vintage theme with braided hair and some cute vintage outfits. Miracle kept her makeup very straightforward, with some gold around her eyes the red red lips that are a must for the vintage look.
We found a great oak tree with low branches that allowed us to take some beautiful images of Anneliese reclining in the tree like a nymph. I also wanted a particular shot of her lying in the grass but found it very challenging as the grass was soaked by the sprinklers in some places and covered in goose poop in most others. We solved the problem by finding a poop free zone and having Anneliese lie mostly on my large reflector to keep her from getting wet. The reflector also added the benefit of giving her white dress extra luminosity so it truly looked like it was glowing around her.
My favorite shot of this shoot occured in the reeds near the pond. The flash was a little too unnatural for the background so we reflected light into the shadows instead. There wasn’t a good place for Anneliese to stand safely so she half sat, half squatted along the edge of the pond near the reeds. Anneliese was very natural with posing with her hands and arms and came up with this beautiful pose. Eyes closed and arm back, she reminds me of a lost princess waking from a dream after sleeping along the edge of a lake.
I processed this using VSCO Kodak Portra 800++ and softening of the light source and evening of skin tones in Photoshop. I also applied some blue green tones to the highlights.
More photos from this shoot can be seen in my Fashion/Editorial portfolio.
Hi, I'm Todd, a professional freelance photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area available for all kinds of image creation including portraiture, events and fashion. This blog is where I share my about latest projects and thoughts on the creative process in general.