After going almost 6 months without working with any models, I felt blessed to work with 3 of my favorite models this month. I first worked with Natalie last December and we had corresponded since then throwing ideas back and forth. She and her husband came up to stay with us in Ferndale this weekend and we had planned two shoots. First I wanted to shoot her wearing a couple of vintage wedding dresses on horseback, but finding a proper horse proved a greater task than I thought. I wanted an elegant horse and it needed to be comfortable with a dress blowing around behind it. That proved to be the sticking point for a lot of horses. It seems horses get freaked out when they see something behind them fluttering around. So the horse shoot was put off until I can find a suitable horse.
The other idea I had was to shoot at my favorite wildflower patch and we had timed their visit to coincide with the likely bloom time. Actually, I had planned it a week earlier, but her schedule changed, and we had to bump it back a week. Still, with our cold spring, the wildflowers were really behind, and they weren’t even really blooming yet. We got some nice photos up on Route 1 even so.
I still had our last location to look forward to, my favorite pond. However as we got to a clearing on Route 1 and were able to look east, we could see that the previous nights electrical storm had set numerous fires out in the direction I wanted to go. Since that area is pretty remote, and not a place to be if it’s on fire, we headed back. We did stop near Bridgeville for one final shoot in the river. Natalie was a sport and had fun playing and swimming in a reproduction set of Victorian underwear that Lori designed.