It’s always amazing to me what social networking and a year in our business can yield. Last November we went to NYC for a getaway and volunteered to photograph a make-up and headpiece shoot with Ruffled Blog. Which led us to form a relationship with the headpiece designer, Melanie, of One Little Dove. Forward a few months to May and I am back in NYC to second shoot Melanie’s wedding! Now we are well into the fall again and Ryan and I had the privilege to shoot Melanie’s new fall line of headpieces and fascinators. This was not a product shoot, it was a full blown girl-fest of awesomeness!!! (Not for Ryan, of course…but he was a great sport)
Melanie gave us full liberty to take the shoot in pretty much any direction we wanted to go. Music to our ears! I recruited two of my friends who are not only stunningly beautiful, they are a ton of fun. I knew they would revel in the fact that they would get to play grown-up “dress-up”. My trunk was full of shoes, jewelry, dresses, and of course a box full of headpieces and fascinators.
This was a photo shoot with three distinct end products. An editorial set up using props, full body posing, and showing the headpieces in “action”. Ryan tackled the actual head shots that will be used to showcase the headpieces for Melanie’s Etsy shop. The final scene brought the girls back together for some dramatically lit, fiercely posed shots.
That amazing teal desk was refurbished by our friends Sarah and Nathan at Solace Restoration. She’s a gem and currently for sale. The pinwheels were made by yours truly, with the help of Sara. They came out so much better than I imagined and the tones of the paper worked so well with the woodgrain on the barn.
Without further ado, Sara and Kristin working some serious magic.
As well as the girls did apart, they also worked some magic together.
A few outtakes. The copper tea kettles became a huge joke and then the laughing started and continued for awhile.
Moving into the twilight hour and some more dramatic lighting.
A few headshots that will be gracing Melanie’s Etsy shop in the near future.